Good South Korean Films

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1. Ah-ga-ssi (2016)

Not Rated | 144 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo, So-ri Moon

Votes: 49,054 | Gross: $2.01M

2. Oldeuboi (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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74 Metascore

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.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 406,983 | Gross: $0.71M

3. A Bittersweet Life (2005)

120 min | Action, Drama

7.7
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Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-hun Lee, Min-a Shin, Yeong-cheol Kim, Jung-min Hwang

Votes: 28,611

4. Lady Vengeance (2005)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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75 Metascore

After a thirteen-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old boy, Guem-Ja Lee seeks vengeance on the man truly responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow ... See full summary »

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Shi-hoo Kim, Yea-young Kwon

Votes: 59,428 | Gross: $0.21M

5. Biyeolhan geori (2006)

141 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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Byung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened with a terminally ill mother and taking care of younger siblings, Byung-du is feeling ... See full summary »

Director: Ha Yoo | Stars: In-sung Jo, Ho-jin Chun, Namgoong Min, Bo-young Lee

Votes: 6,347

6. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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56 Metascore

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.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae, Ji-Eun Lim

Votes: 51,352 | Gross: $0.05M

7. The Host (2006)

R | 120 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.0
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, Hae-il Park, Doona Bae

Votes: 77,597 | Gross: $2.20M

8. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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82 Metascore

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.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 82,303 | Gross: $0.01M

9. The Chaser (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.9
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64 Metascore

A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Yun-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo, Yoo-Jeong Kim

Votes: 43,359

10. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Drama, Horror

7.8
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67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Joon-hyeok Lee, In-seo Kim

Votes: 83,060 | Gross: $0.13M

11. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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79 Metascore

A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Goo Jin, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 32,455 | Gross: $0.55M

12. Sinsegye (2013)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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58 Metascore

A melodrama revolving around an undercover cop who finds it difficult to play both a cop and a goon.

Director: Hoon-jung Park | Stars: Jung-jae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Jung-min Hwang, Sung-woong Park

Votes: 15,374 | Gross: $0.46M

13. Hwanghae (2010)

R | 136 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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70 Metascore

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, but he doesn't hear from her since in 6 months. He plays ... See full summary »

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Yun-seok Kim, Sung-ha Jo, Man-sik Jeong

Votes: 14,029

14. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Young-min Kim

Votes: 67,332 | Gross: $2.38M

15. I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Soo-jung Lim, Rain, Hie-jin Choi, Byeong-ok Kim

Votes: 19,864

16. Saam gaang yi (2004)

R | 125 min | Horror

7.0
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66 Metascore

An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.

Directors: Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park | Stars: Bai Ling, Byung-hun Lee, Kyoko Hasegawa, Pauline Lau

Votes: 16,863 | Gross: $0.08M

17. Ddongpari (2008)

Not Rated | 130 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Ik-joon Yang | Stars: Kkobbi Kim, Hwan Lee, Ik-joon Yang, Jeong-soon Park

Votes: 4,011

18. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.8
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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.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Bin Won, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 49,559 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Mong-ta-joo (2013)

120 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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15 years ago, a mother lost her child in a kidnapping case. A similar crime happens again and she won't let him go this time.

Director: Geun-seop Jeong | Stars: Jeong-hwa Eom, Sang-kyung Kim, Young-chang Song, Hie-bong Jo

Votes: 3,222

20. Bereullin (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Thriller

6.6
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54 Metascore

Exposed during an illegal arms trade gone wrong in Berlin, a North Korean "ghost" agent finds himself in the crosshairs of an international manhunt. Was he betrayed by his wife or his country? He must prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Suk-kyu Han, Seung-bum Ryoo, Ji-hyun Jun

Votes: 5,355 | Gross: $0.67M

21. Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA (2000)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.9
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58 Metascore

In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 ... See full summary »

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Byung-hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Tae-woo Kim

Votes: 21,110

22. Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom (2008)

R | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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69 Metascore

The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Byung-hun Lee, Woo-sung Jung, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 28,680 | Gross: $0.13M

23. Bumchoiwaui junjaeng: Nabbeunnomdeul jeonsungshidae (2012)

Not Rated | 134 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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On the verge of being fired, a corrupt customs official finds a haul of drugs and teams up with a vicious gangster to become the most powerful crime partnership in Busan.

Director: Jong-bin Yun | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo, Dong-seok Ma

Votes: 4,108

24. Jumeogi unda (2005)

134 min | Drama, Sport

7.4
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Tae Sik, a troubled middle aged man and Sang Hwan, a troubled youth will meet in the ring with their respective mission. To change their life.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Seung-bum Ryoo, Kil-kang Ahn, Jeong-ah Bae

Votes: 2,518

25. Infernal Affairs (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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75 Metascore

A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak | Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Eric Tsang

Votes: 101,607 | Gross: $0.17M

26. Pieta (2012)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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72 Metascore

A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Min-soo Jo, Jung-Jin Lee, Ki-Hong Woo, Eunjin Kang

Votes: 10,286 | Gross: $0.02M

27. In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

NC-17 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

6.6
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A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima, Yasuko Matsui

Votes: 14,719

28. The Wailing (2016)

Not Rated | 156 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.5
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81 Metascore

A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Do-won Kwak, Woo-hee Chun

Votes: 23,690 | Gross: $0.79M

29. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 47,046

30. Failan (2001)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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Kangjae, a small time gangster receive a news that his wife Failan is dead. Failan, his wife who he never met.

Director: Hae-sung Song | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Cecilia Cheung, Dae-Hoon Jeong, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 4,779

31. Ji-geum-eun-mat-go-geu-ddae-neun-teul-li-da (2015)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama

7.2
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81 Metascore

A married film director falls for a young painter - twice.

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Min-hee Kim, Yeo-jeong Yoon, Ju-bong Gi

Votes: 2,244

32. Choyonghan kajok (1998)

101 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

7.1
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A family opens a mountain inn where their first guest commits suicide. Suddenly all their guests befall horrible fates.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: In-hwan Park, Mun-hee Na, Kang-ho Song, Min-sik Choi

Votes: 3,258