My 33 best korean movies

A list with my 33 best korean movies
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1.
Oldeuboi (2003)
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After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
2.
Yongseoneun eupda (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An ordinary man seeks revenge on who betrayed his family (125 mins.)
Director: Hyeong-Joon Kim
 
3.
Ang-ma-reul bo-at-da (2010)
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A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (142 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
4.
Salinui chueok (2003)
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In a small Korean province in 1986, three detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit. (131 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
5.
Chugyeogja (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes. (125 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na
 
6.
Madeo (2009)
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A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder. (129 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
7.
Dalkomhan insaeng (2005)
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Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders. (120 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
8.
Ajeossi (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend. (119 mins.)
Director: Jeong-beom Lee
 
9.
Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo (2004)
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A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War. (140 mins.)
Director: Je-gyu Kang
 
10.
Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
11.
Yeo-haeng-ja (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Inspired by her childhood, French-Korean filmmaker Ounie Lecomte recounts the emotional journey of a little girl abandoned by her father in an orphanage. (92 mins.)
Director: Ounie Lecomte
 
12.
Bin-jip (2004)
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A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days. (88 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
13.
Boksuneun naui geot (2002)
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A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant. (129 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
14.
Chinjeolhan geumjassi (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After a thirteen-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old boy, Guem-Ja Lee seeks... (115 mins.)
Director: Park Chan Wook
 
15.
Sinsegye (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A melodrama revolving around an undercover cop who finds it difficult to play both a cop and a goon. (134 mins.)
Director: Hoon-jung Park
 
16.
Gwoemul (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches. (120 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
17.
Nae-ga sal-in-beom-i-da (2012)
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After the statute of limitation expires on the murders he has committed, Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography... (119 mins.)
 
18.
Ddongpari (2008)
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A bitter loan shark strikes a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he faces his own troubled past with his abusive father. (130 mins.)
Director: Ik-joon Yang
 
19.
Kimssi pyoryugi (2009)
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A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness. (116 mins.)
Director: Hae-jun Lee
 
20.
Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons. (103 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
21.
Hwal (2005)
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On a fishing boat at sea, a 60-year old man has been raising a girl since she was a baby. It is agreed that they will get married on her 17th birthday, and she is 16 now. They live a quiet and secluded life, renting the boat to day fishermen and practicing strange divination rites. Their life changes when a teenage student comes aboard... (90 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
22.
Samaria (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates... (95 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
23.
Nabbeun namja (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
One man's attempt to fill humane loneliness. But love is not for "scumbags". (100 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
24.
Seom (2000)
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A Carer becomes the mother to a secluded isle. (90 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
25.
Hwanghae (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of a cab driver in Yanji City, a region between North Korea, China and Russia. His wife goes to Korea to earn money... (157 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na
 
26.
Bakha satang (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Consists of five phases of a man's life about why he committed suicide in the end. (129 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
 
27.
Chihwaseon (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a time of political and social unrest in nineteenth-century Korea, an uncouth, self-taught painter explores his natural talent amidst the repressive world around him. (120 mins.)
Director: Kwon-taek Im
 
28.
Saam gaang yi (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors. (118 mins.)
 
29.
Musa (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops. (158 mins.)
Director: Sung-su Kim
 
30.
Oasiseu (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An irresponsible and childish ex-con befriends a girl with cerebral palsy and develops a progressively stronger bond with her. (133 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
 
31.
Nae meorisokui jiwoogae (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A Korean love story about a young couple's enduring love, which is tested when 27 year old Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease. (117 mins.)
Director: John H. Lee
 
32.
Shi (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. (139 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
 
33.
Maraton (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An autistic boy discovers he has a talent for running and with the help of the mother participates in a major marathon. (117 mins.)
Director: Yoon-Chul Chung