Frontier Works Comics & CJ E&M Film Financing & Investment Entertainment & Comics Cinematic Universe Manhwa (Korean Comics)

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An Republic of Korea media franchise and shared fictional universe that is centered on a series of superhero/tokusatsu films, produced by CJ E&M Pictures and based on characters & webtoons that appear in publications by Frontier Works Comics Entertainment. The shared universe, much like the original CJ E&M Film Financing & Investment Entertainment & Comics Cinematic Universe in comic books, will be established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters.

These live-action feature films and TV series are based upon Manhua Cinematic Universe - Frontier Works Comics & CJ E&M Film Financing & Investment Entertainment & Comics, Korean comic books original produced in CJ E&M Corporation. Their current use is largely explained by the international success of the Japanese manga. Although in a traditional sense, in these languages the terms manga/manhua/manhwa had a similar meaning of comical drawing in a broad way, now a days the term generally designate the manga-inspired comic strips. After 2003, webtoons, the terms used for Korean webcomics, are having notable development as setting the form of its platform distinctive from webcomics of other regions.

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1. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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: 57,413 | Gross: $0.05M

In Seoul, Ryu, a deaf worker has a sister who needs a kidney transplant. He tries to donate his own kidney to his sister, but his blood type is not compatible with hers. When Ryu is fired from Ilshin Electronics, he meets illegal dealers of organs, and the criminals propose that he give them his kidney plus ten millions Won to obtain a kidney suitable for his sister. Ryu accepts the trade, but he does not have money to pay for the surgery. His anarchist revolutionary girlfriend Cha Young-mi convinces him to kidnap Yossun, the daughter of his former employer Park, who owns Ilshin Electronics. However, a tragedy happens, generating revenge and a series of acts of violence.

2. Oldboy (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

77 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 Yoo, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 472,711 | Gross: $0.71M

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death?

3. Lady Vengeance (2005)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly brutal means.

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

Votes: 66,076 | Gross: $0.21M

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 inmates and reunited with her daughter, she gets closer and closer to her goal.

4. Snowpiercer (2013)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris

Votes: 251,984 | Gross: $4.56M

Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For 17 years, the world's survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis, a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. A revolution is underway.

5. The Little Penguin Pororo's Racing Adventure (2013)

G | 78 min | Animation, Family, Sport

Curious little penguin Pororo and his friends accidentally cause an airplane to make an emergency landing in their home of Pororo Village. On the airplane are some turtles being shipped to ... See full summary »

Directors: Dong-hoon Choi, Kim Hyun-Ho, Jazz Boon, Yong-hwa Kim, Young Kyun Park, Tae-ra Shin | Stars: Zhang Qi, Ji Hyun Lee, Anqi Zhang, So-Young Hong

Votes: 148

Curious little penguin Pororo and his friends accidentally cause an airplane to make an emergency landing in their home of Pororo Village. On the airplane are some turtles being shipped to Northpia to deliver ice sleds, or racing ice cars. Nevertheless, Pororo and his friends believe that the turtles are racers, and the turtles end up giving the gang at Pororo Village some lessons and passing on the championship spirit. In the end, Pororo and his friends follow the turtles to Northpia to participate in the race. Upon arriving at icily beautiful Northpia's race, Pororo and his friends wind up unlikely front-runners, ahead of the polar bears, and make it to the finals. However, a more complicated course awaits Pororo and his friends- as does their strongest adversary yet.

6. Blazing Team: Masters of Yo Kwon Do (2015– )

Animation

Trained by master Lao Shi, a band of teenage heroes united by the mysterious sacred art of Yo Kwon Do, must learn to reach their full potential as the forces of light and darkness become a ... See full summary »

Stars: Jamie Anderson, Jamie Anderson, Nick Atkinson, Andy Chworowsky

Votes: 14

Trained by master Lao Shi, a band of teenage heroes united by the mysterious sacred art of Yo Kwon Do, must learn to reach their full potential as the forces of light and darkness become a constant and increasing threat to their society. While the teams goal is ultimately keep the two opposing forces in harmony, they learn quickly that the real battle often lies in themselves as they begin to struggle to avoid falling prey to the very natures they swore to keep in check.

7. Jeon Woochi (2009)

Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Jeon Woo-chi, an undisciplined womanizing Taoist from the Joseon era, ends up in present day Korea causing mayhem with his knack for magic.

Director: Dong-hoon Choi | Stars: Dong-won Gang, Soo-jung Lim, Yoon-seok Kim, Hae-jin Yoo

Votes: 2,799

Jeon Woo-chi, an undisciplined womanizing Taoist from the Joseon era, ends up in present day Korea causing mayhem with his knack for magic.

8. The Thieves (2012)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

After a heist in South Korea, a gang of 5+1 fly to Hong Kong to look into a heist, in a Macau casino, of a $30M diamond, planned by someone unreliable. He brings in HK thieves as well. Can anyone be trusted?

Director: Dong-hoon Choi | Stars: Yoon-seok Kim, Jung-jae Lee, Hye-su Kim, Ji-Hyun Jun

Votes: 8,259 | Gross: $0.69M

In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. But the mastermind behind this job is none other than Popeye's old partner Macau Park, who escaped with 68kg of gold several years ago on their last job together. Macau Park brought Chinese thieves as well but little did they know what Macau Park planned for each one of them. His plan takes an unexpected turn when Popeye brings Pepsi, a genius safe-cracker and old flame of Macau Park, to settle the old score. The thieves' target is a $20 million diamond known as 'Tear of the Sun', kept safely away in a casino, brought there to be sold by a notorious Chinese fence. While working together to steal this fabled diamond, they all have their own agenda to keep the diamond for themselves. But who will succeed and live to see another day?

9. The Airport Diary (2012– )

Animation

Small plane Winky dreams of seeing the world while meeting friends at the airport, including the transport plane Gugu and the private jet Force King.

Stars: Yun Seung-hee, Yu Dong Gyun, Hyeon-Wu Byeon, Jeong-mi Bae

Votes: 8

Small plane Winky dreams of seeing the world while meeting friends at the airport, including the transport plane Gugu and the private jet Force King.

10. Martin Mystery (2003–2006)

22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

MARTIN MYSTERY is a dripping goo-fest of slime, thrills and comedy, starring Martin and Diana: two mismatched teenagers with hilariously opposite personalities on a mission to investigate ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam Vincent, Kelly Sheridan, Teryl Rothery, Dale Wilson

Votes: 1,843

MARTIN MYSTERY is a dripping goo-fest of slime, thrills and comedy, starring Martin and Diana: two mismatched teenagers with hilariously opposite personalities on a mission to investigate the weirdest paranormal enigmas and the slimiest creatures from beyond. Commissioned by "THE CENTER" - an undercover bureau specializing in mysterious phenomena - and with the help of Java, a massive caveman lost in time, they leap from their average school duties to eerie slime-dripping caves and lairs.

11. Private Eye (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Thriller

The story takes place in occupied Korea at the start of the 20th century, where a young student in medicine discovers the murdered body of the son of a government official. Being scared of ... See full summary »

Director: Dae-min Park | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Deok-Hwan Ryu, Ji-won Uhm, Dal-su Oh

Votes: 754

The story takes place in occupied Korea at the start of the 20th century, where a young student in medicine discovers the murdered body of the son of a government official. Being scared of being accused, he decides to hire Hong Jin-ho (a detective) to help him find the murderer before the police accuse him of the murder.

12. Dragon Tuka (1996)

84 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Young-gu, a pizza parlor clerk, is sent back in time by a mysterious old man. He finds himself in 1599, but the village he is in has a dragon problem. The dragon requires the sacrifice of ... See full summary »

Director: Hyung-rae Shim | Stars: Hyung-rae Shim, Hyeon-gon Kim, Jong-cheol Yang, Sang-jin Han

Votes: 20

Young-gu, a pizza parlor clerk, is sent back in time by a mysterious old man. He finds himself in 1599, but the village he is in has a dragon problem. The dragon requires the sacrifice of maidens. An alien offers to possess Young-gu's body in order to defeat the monster.

13. Team Galaxy (2006–2008)

26 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

"Team Galaxy" is about a group of friends who try to balance both their school work and their free time. The three protagonists, Josh, Yoko, and Brett, are among the students of a school ... See full summary »

Stars: Françoise Blanchard, Olivier Granier, Fily Keita, Christophe Lemoine

Votes: 675

"Team Galaxy" is about a group of friends who try to balance both their school work and their free time. The three protagonists, Josh, Yoko, and Brett, are among the students of a school called "Galaxy High", a galactic justice authority, which defends the galaxy against criminals. The school teaches subjects suitable for these types of missions, which their students endure. The series apparently takes place during the present day, but in an episode where they go through a time skip, a calendar says that the year is 2051, hinting that the actual series takes place in 2050.

15. Mix Master (2006– )

Animation

Mix Master: King of Cards Season 1

Stars: Stephanie Komure, Marlo Flanagan, Bryce Papenbrook, Dorothy Elias-Fahn

Votes: 20

The series takes place in the town of Gamebridge where, through the accidental opening of a portal from the fictional Mix Master video game world of Atreia, the peaceful little town is invaded by the funny and sometimes dangerous game creatures, known as "hench", as well as the game world's evil Prince Brad. The main protagonist, 11-year-old Ditt Lee, is given a card shuffler by the eccentric Dr. Joeb, and now must "mix" those hench (as learned from the fictional video game) to achieve peace and safety, while he grows into his destiny to become the one true "Mix Master".

16. Real (2017)

137 min | Action

A criminal aspiring to build a casino finds himself in endless threat when a man starts imitating every single thing he does.

Director: Love Lee | Stars: Soo-hyun Kim, Dong-il Sung, Sung-min Lee, Sulli Choi

Votes: 798

A power-hungry criminal of the underworld sets his sights on building a casino, but gets thrown for a loop when a reporter enters the picture.

17. A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama

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: 32,806

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

18. Thirst (2009)

R | 135 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

73 Metascore

Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim, Hee-jin Choi, Dong-soo Seo

Votes: 39,128 | Gross: $0.30M

Sang-hyun, a priest working for a hospital, selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project intended to eradicate a deadly virus. However, the virus eventually takes over the priest. He nearly dies, but makes a miraculous recovery by an accidental transfusion of vampire blood. He realizes his sole reason for living: the pleasures of the flesh.

19. Special Agent Oso (2009– )

23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A kids' show centered around a special agent-in-training needs the help of viewers at home in order to complete his missions.

Stars: Meghan Strange, Gary Anthony Williams, Sean Astin, Phill Lewis

Votes: 366

A world's fight villains show centered around a secret special agent-in-training needs the help of viewers at home in order to complete his missions.

20. The Target (2014)

R | 98 min | Action, Thriller

An ER doctor teams up with an assassination target to rescue his wife, held hostage by corrupt criminals and, in the process, uncovers a conspiracy.

Director: Hong-Seung Yoon | Stars: Seung-ryong Ryu, Joon-Sang Yoo, Jin-wook Lee, Sung-ryung Kim

Votes: 1,588

When an ER doctor saves a murder suspect from an assassination attempt, and the doctor's pregnant wife is immediately kidnapped, it becomes clear that there is a larger conspiracy at play. Now the unlikely duo must team up to uncover the longstanding corruption that plagues the police department and rescue the doctor's wife.

21. Chronicles of Evil (2015)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Thriller

A decorated detective involved in a taxi driver's death realizes he is caught in a trap and must untangle past mistakes to figure out why he was targeted in the first place.

Director: Woon-hak Baek | Stars: Hyeon-ju Son, Dong-seok Ma, Daniel Choi, Seo-joon Park

Votes: 1,125

Detective Squad Chief Choi is set for a promotion for his work and his reputation. After the party with his colleagues he falls victim to a wrong taxi-driver who tries to rob him, but gets killed accidently by Chief Choi. Choi fears about his promotion and decides to cover up the murder. He hides the body and the car and then goes home. But the next day the body he thought to be hidden is hanging from a crane and circles around the newspapers. Chief Choi is shocked and takes on the investigation in order to erase all traces that could lead to him. But at the same time, a mysterious phone call starts brings the already feared Choi to the edge.

22. Killer Toon (2013)

104 min | Horror, Thriller

Popular horror web-comic artist Ji Yoon finds life imitating her own work when her publisher turns up dead in a way, precisely mirrors the images in her latest comic.

Director: Yong-gyun Kim | Stars: Si-young Lee, Ki-joon Uhm, Hae-hyo Kwon, Kwang-rok Oh

Votes: 1,513

Popular horror web-comic artist Ji Yoon finds life imitating her own work when her publisher turns up dead in a way, precisely mirrors the images in her latest comic.

23. Bounty Hunters (2016)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

It is the story of five bounty hunters who chase fugitives for money in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Thailand.

Director: Tae-ra Shin | Stars: Min-Ho Lee, Wallace Chung, Yan Tang, Jeremy Xu Zheng Xi

Votes: 640

It is the story of five bounty hunters who chase fugitives for money in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Thailand.

24. Tazza: The High Rollers (2006)

139 min | Comedy, Crime

77 Metascore

A guy with a talent for cards makes his way into the dangerous world of underground gambling in this crime thriller from South Korea. Go-ni (Jo Seung-woo) is a small-town guy with a big ... See full summary »

Director: Dong-hoon Choi | Stars: Seung-woo Cho, Yun-shik Baek, Hye-su Kim, Hae-jin Yoo

Votes: 1,780

A guy with a talent for cards makes his way into the dangerous world of underground gambling in this crime thriller from South Korea. Go-ni (Jo Seung-woo) is a small-town guy with a big appetite for gambling. Convinced he?s on a hot streak one evening during a card game, Go-ni bets his life savings on a hand of hwatu, only to lose to a crooked cardsharp. Determined to get revenge, Go-ni sets out to find the guy who cheated him and win back his money.

25. Shiri (1999)

R | 125 min | Action, Thriller

50 Metascore

South Korean agents Ryu and Lee are tracking a female assassin from North Korea who has mysteriously disappeared. With new killings and the theft of a deadly bomb, time is running out to catch her.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Min-sik Choi, Yunjin Kim, Kang-ho Song

Votes: 7,612 | Gross: $0.10M

North Korea's 8th Special Forces hijacks a shipment of CTX, a potent new liquid explosive, and threatens South Korea as part of a plot to re-unify the two countries. Ryu and Lee, special agents of O.P.--South Korea's secret intelligence service--attempt to track down the terrorists and find the CTX. Meanwhile Hee, the 8th's ultra-bad female sniper, resurfaces to wreak havoc and haunt Ryu.

26. Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012)

Not Rated | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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 Yoon | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Cho, Dong-seok Ma

Votes: 5,011

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.

27. Commitment (2013)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Drama

36 Metascore

The son of a North Korean spy decides to follow in his father's footsteps to protect his little sister.

Director: Hong-soo Park | Stars: Seung-Hyun Choi, Han Yeri, Je-mun Yun, Sung-ha Jo

Votes: 2,584 | Gross: $0.08M

After his father's botched espionage mission, North Korean Myung-hoon and his young sister Hye-in are sent to a labor prison camp. In order to save his sister's life, Myung-hoon "volunteers" to become a spy and infiltrates the South as a teenage defector. While attending high school in the South (his cover), he meets another girl named Hye-in and rescues her when she comes under attack by school bullies. South Korean Intelligence soon discovers Myung-hoon's activities and begins tracking him, all the while as his own government sends a vicious assassin to eliminate him.

28. Public Enemy 3 (2008)

Not Rated | 127 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

KANG Chul-jung has been a detective fighting crime for 15 years and is at it again against a mob boss who recruits young kids to do his dirty work.

Director: Woo-Suk Kang | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Jae-yeong Jeong, Jung-shik Bae, Kwi-Jung Choo

Votes: 339

KANG Chul-jung has been a detective fighting crime for 15 years and is at it again against a mob boss who recruits young kids to do his dirty work.

29. Tazza: The Hidden Card (2014)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama

Go-ni's nephew, Ham Dae-gil, enters the gambling underworld only to be used as a scapegoat in a deal gone wrong. Now he's planning his revenge by entering one big fatal game.

Director: Hyeong-Cheol Kang | Stars: Seung-Hyun Choi, Se-Kyung Shin, Yoon-seok Kim, Hae-jin Yoo

Votes: 1,752 | Gross: $0.25M

Go-ni's nephew, Ham Dae-gil, enters the gambling underworld only to be used as a scapegoat in a deal gone wrong. Now he's planning his revenge by entering one big fatal game.

30. Sheriff Callie's Wild West (2014– )

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Short, Action

A kids' western centered on a kitty-cat sheriff whose job is to ensure that the town of Nice and Friendly Corners remains the friendliest town in the West.

Stars: Lucas Grabeel, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jeff Bennett, Gary Anthony Williams

Votes: 477

A kids' western centered on a kitty-cat sheriff whose job is to ensure that the town of Nice and Friendly Corners remains the friendliest town in the West.

31. Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs. Keisatsu Sentai Patranger (2018–2019)

Action

The Lupin Collection, a vast ensemble of dangerous items acquired by the legendary gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, was stolen by an interdimensional crime syndicate known as Gangler. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Asahi Itou, Shogou Hama, Haruka Kudo, Kousei Yuuki

Votes: 64

The Lupin Collection, a vast ensemble of dangerous items acquired by the legendary gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, was stolen by an interdimensional crime syndicate known as Gangler. The Gangler receive opposition from two Super Sentai teams: one being the Lupinrangers who aim to steal back the collection to not only live up their namesake's reputation but also wish back those they have lost. The other team are Patrangers, tasked to uphold justice by retrieving the collection and taking down the members of Gangler. Both teams fight not only the Gangler, but each other, in order to collect the pieces of the Lupin Collection.

32. West 32nd (2007)

86 min | Crime, Drama

A lawyer gets mixed up with Korean gangsters in New York City.

Director: Michael Kang | Stars: John Cho, Jun Kim, Jun-ho Jeong, Grace Park

Votes: 454

"West 32nd" takes the cameras inside New York's gritty Korean underworld. After hustling his way onto a homicide case, attorney John Kim (Cho) finds himself thrust into a sordid world of hard realities and moral compromises after he is taken under the wing of a ruthless Korean gangster who knows no limits.

33. Joint Security Area (2000)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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: 24,071

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 remaining rounds in the assassin's magazine, amount to 16 cartridges for a gun that should normally hold 15. The investigating Swiss/Swedish team from the neutral countries overseeing the DMZ suspects that another, unknown party was involved - all of which points to some sort of cover up. The truth is much simpler and much more tragic.

34. Le Grand Chef (2007)

113 min | Comedy, Drama

A young, incredibly talented chef quits the profession after a contest to head a world-class restaurant ends in tragedy. Retiring to a small rural town with his grandfather, he finds a new ... See full summary »

Director: Yun-su Jeon | Stars: Kang-woo Kim, Won-hee Im, Lee Hana, Kil-kang Ahn

Votes: 573

A young, incredibly talented chef quits the profession after a contest to head a world-class restaurant ends in tragedy. Retiring to a small rural town with his grandfather, he finds a new and more peaceful existence, working as a farmer and selling vegetables at the local market. Even though content in his new life, when a nationwide cooking competition offers him the chance to take on his long-time rival, Seong-Chan embarks on a journey that will forever change his view of the world and lead him to the most startling revelations. Surrounding himself with a ragtag crew of misfits, each with his own poignant story to tell, he is soon in the media spotlight, facing stiff competition from the other contestants while dealing with his grandfather's diminishing faculties and a long buried family secret. Seong-Chan can only struggle to overcome every adversity with a quiet dignity.

35. Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle (2010)

Not Rated | 119 min | Comedy

(Korean with English subtitles) Korean's President organizes a nationwide "Kimchi Contest." Brother and sister: Jang-eun and Sung-Chan join the competition, both using their mother's recipe... See full summary »

Director: Dong-hoon Baek | Stars: Jin-Ki Baek, Jong-won Choi, Ja-Hyeon Chu, Kook-jin Han

Votes: 192

(Korean with English subtitles) Korean's President organizes a nationwide "Kimchi Contest." Brother and sister: Jang-eun and Sung-Chan join the competition, both using their mother's recipe. Whoever wins, will decide the fate of their family's restaurant.

36. Beat (1997)

115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

This movie follows the story of three friends in Korea, all three of whom drop out of school. The main character is Min, a tough guy whose widowed mother is a drunk. The story traces his ... See full summary »

Director: Sung-su Kim | Stars: Hyo-Seon Jang, Woo-sung Jung, Bu-seon Kim, So-Young Ko

Votes: 467

This movie follows the story of three friends in Korea, all three of whom drop out of school. The main character is Min, a tough guy whose widowed mother is a drunk. The story traces his journey from high school to the underworld as one of his friends introduces him to life in the mob. Complicating Min's life further is his romance with Romi, a girl from an upper-class family with dreams of going to a prestigious college.

37. RedaKai (2011– )

22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The series revolves around Ky, a 15-year-old student of ancient martial arts, who embarks on an epic quest to find the Kairu, a primordial alien energy source. Aided by his friends Maya and... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Hylander Brucker, Austin Dilulio, Jasmine Richards, Dwayne Hill

Votes: 124

The series revolves around Ky, a 15-year-old student of ancient martial arts, who embarks on an epic quest to find the Kairu, a primordial alien energy source. Aided by his friends Maya and Boomer, Ky travels the world searching for the Kairu while attempting to make sure that his extraterrestrial teenage alien adversaries don't find it first.

38. Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (2015– )

TV-Y7 | 20 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Marinette and Adrien, two normal teens, transform into superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir when an evil threatens their city.

Stars: Bryce Papenbrook, Cristina Valenzuela, Mela Lee, Keith Silverstein

Votes: 4,002

Marinette Dupain-Cheng, a shy high-school student, has inherited some magical ladybug-shaped earrings. The ornaments grant the power of Luck to whoever wears them. Yet there is one condition : they have to be worn in an altruistic manner, or else, beware of the consequences . Whenever the situation needs it, Marinette turns into LADYBUG, the guardian angel.

39. Fists of Legend (2013)

Not Rated | 154 min | Action

47 Metascore

Three old friends and rivals get set to face off on a TV program billed as "The Greatest Fight Show on Earth".

Director: Woo-Suk Kang | Stars: Cheol-woo Han, Jung-min Hwang, Woong-in Jeong, Seong-jin Kang

Votes: 982

On a television show billed as "the greatest fight show on Earth," eager amateurs with lots to prove boldly step into the ring and expect to leave bloody but victorious. The ratings hungry producers seek out "legendary" but largely forgotten streetfighters and mine their desperation for recaptured glory and redemption into ratings gold. Three old friends and rivals from high school days who get their invitation to the big fight for the chance to win $200,000 and much more. 25 years later - Deok-kyu, whose Olympic dreams were dashed, now runs a struggling noodle shop. Jae-seok who always wanted to be number one but still finds himself in a third-rate gang. And Sang-hoon, a thug turned corporate executive who must go back and find his bloodlust one last time.

40. Like for Likes (2016)

PG-13 | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

A notoriously shrewish TV drama writer and a Korean wave star who fight like cats and dogs every time they meet; a spinster flight attendant landlady and a nosy chef tenant who build a ... See full summary »

Director: Hyeon-jin Park | Stars: Mi-yeon Lee, Ji-Woo Choi, Ju-hyuk Kim, Ah-in Yoo

Votes: 489 | Gross: $0.05M

A notoriously shrewish TV drama writer and a Korean wave star who fight like cats and dogs every time they meet; a spinster flight attendant landlady and a nosy chef tenant who build a sense of camaraderie; a genius relationship-virgin composer who harbors a secret admiration for a scatterbrained producer. As they cash-land into each others' lives, will there be love?

41. No Mercy (2010)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Despite of being nearly proven the murderer, a serial killer threatens to kill the daughter of a forensic pathologist if he doesn't get him bailed out.

Director: Hyeong-Joon Kim | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Seung-bum Ryoo, Hye-jin Han, Ji-ru Sung

Votes: 5,242

Sol Kyung-Gu plays a staff member of the National Institute of Scientific Investigation (NISI) in South Korea. He attempts to uncover the identity of a mysterious serial killer who decapitates his victims. Ryoo Seung-Bum plays a environmentalist who holds clues to unravel the mystery.

42. Golden Slumber (2018)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Thriller

A deliveryman has to run for his life when he is he falsely accused of killing a presidential candidate in a car explosion.

Director: Dong-Seok Noh | Stars: Dong-won Gang, Eui-sung Kim, Seong-gyoon Kim, Dae-Myung Kim

Votes: 549 | Gross: $0.07M

Gun-woo (GANG Dong-won) is an honest and hardworking courier who even won a Model Citizen Award for saving a singer from a robbery incident. Out of the blue, his old friend Moo-yeol comes to visit him at work. With just a short moment to enjoy the pleasant surprise, Gun-woo witnesses a bombing incident that kills a presidential candidate right before his eyes. Moo-yeol tells Gun-woo that he is responsible for the bombing and that everyone will come after him as it is the agency's plan to make him the prime suspect. Gun-woo manages to flee from the scene but all evidences, including security camera footages, witness testimonies and fingerprints point toward him as the suspect. He meets former secret agent Mr. Min (KIM Eui-sung), who is an old friend of Moo-yeol and he helps out clear his name. Gun-woo must fight with all his strength to stay alive. However, as he tries to run away, everyone around him is put into dangerous situations, including old friends Dong-kyu (KIM Dae-myeung), Geum-chul (KIM Sung-kyun) and Sun-young (HAN Hyo-joo).

43. Veteran (2015)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A detective hunts down a young and successful man.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Ah-in Yoo, Hae-jin Yoo, Dal-su Oh

Votes: 4,363 | Gross: $1.20M

Jo Tae-Oh is a young man who was grown spoiled in a wealthy family. He keeps on committing pretty much every crime that one can think of. He tries to buy his way out of everything which almost always works but Detective Seo Do-Cheol won't let that happen this time.

44. Princess Hours (2006– )

TV-Y | 60 min | Comedy, Romance

Love, tradition, and politics collide when a spirited young art student is betrothed to the crown prince of South Korea.

Stars: Eun-hye Yun, Ji-Hoon Ju, Ji-Hyo Song, Bool-am Choi

Votes: 1,970

Spirited art student Shin Chae-Kyung's life turns upside-down when she is told she has been betrothed to her classmate, Lee Shin, who also happens to be the crown prince of South Korea. To save her family from debt, she agrees to the marriage. But complications arise from all sides. The newlyweds can barely stand each other. Shin still pines for former girlfriend and ballerina Min Hyo Rin. Chae-Kyung finds adjusting to palace life difficult. And after years abroad, Lee Yul returns. A past family scandal had displaced him from the line of succession. Now, he is caught between his mother's machinations and his growing feelings towards his cousin's young bride.

45. Goong s (2007)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Winning the hand of the queen means becoming the future king. Queen Hwa In (Myung Se Bin) is the reigning queen but the fact that she is still single and has no heir concerns the imperial ... See full summary »

Stars: Ho-jin Chun, Jae-yeong Ha, Yi-jae Heo, Ha Jae-Young

Votes: 41

Winning the hand of the queen means becoming the future king. Queen Hwa In (Myung Se Bin) is the reigning queen but the fact that she is still single and has no heir concerns the imperial court. Although she has been in love with Alexander (Marc Andre Jourdan), her half-Korean, half-English professor from Oxford, she sacrificed her own happiness in order to do what's right for her people.

46. Tazza (2008)

TV-Y | Action, Drama, Romance

Go Ni suffers an incredible loss when his mother and stepfather die because of Young Min. He later ends up in jail where he meets people who will change his life forever. Go Ni learns from a top tazza player in hopes of getting revenge.

Stars: Hyuk Jang, Ye-seul Han, Min-Joon Kim, Seong-Yeon Kang

Votes: 50

Go Ni suffers an incredible loss when his mother and stepfather die because of Young Min. He later ends up in jail where he meets people who will change his life forever. Go Ni learns from a top tazza player in hopes of getting revenge.

47. Confidential Assignment (2017)

Not Rated | 124 min | Action

When a crime organization from North Korea crosses borders and enters South Korean soil, a South Korean detective must cooperate with a North Korean detective to investigate their whereabouts.

Director: Sung-hoon Kim | Stars: Hyun Bin, Hae-jin Yoo, Ju-hyuk Kim, Hae-Young Lee

Votes: 1,981 | Gross: $0.48M

When a crime organization from North Korea crosses borders and enters South Korean soil, a South Korean detective must cooperate with a North Korean detective to investigate their whereabouts.

48. 2009: Lost Memories (2002)

R | 136 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

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