Good Asian films

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1. 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 Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 465,177 | Gross: $0.71M

2. 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: 65,187 | Gross: $0.21M

3. The King and the Clown (2005)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, History

Two clowns living in Korea's Chosun Dynasty get arrested for staging a play that satirizes the king. They are dragged to the palace and threatened with execution but are given a chance to save their lives if they can make the king laugh.

Director: Joon-ik Lee | Stars: Woo-seong Kam, Jin-young Jung, Seong-Yeon Kang, Joon-Gi Lee

Votes: 4,714

4. Duelist (2005)

108 min | Action, Comedy, Mystery

Set years ago in the era of the Joseon Dynasty, the story follows a young police officer named Namsoon (Ha Ji-won) who, along with her fellow officers, discovers a counterfeit ring ... See full summary »

Director: Myung-se Lee | Stars: Ji-won Ha, Dong-won Gang, Sung-Ki Ahn, Young-chang Song

Votes: 1,264

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

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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, Seong-hun Cheon, Hee-jin Choi

Votes: 21,461

6. The Magician (2015)

122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

During the joseon dynasty in Korea, the princess travels to the Qing to have a beneficial marriage. On her journey to the Qing, she meets and falls in love with a magician.

Director: Dae-seung Kim | Stars: Ara Go, Dal-hwan Jo, Yun-hie Jo, Do-won Kwak

Votes: 503

7. Antique (2008)

107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Jin-hyeok opens a cake shop in an old antique shop, hiring Seun-woo, Korea's best pastry chef, who fell in love with him in high school. Also there, are Soo-young, crushing on Seun-woo, ex-boxer Gi-beom, and Seun-woo's French ex-boyfriend.

Director: Kyu-dong Min | Stars: Ji-Hoon Ju, Jae-wook Kim, Ah-in Yoo, Ji-ho Choi

Votes: 1,235

8. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 103,703 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Confession of Murder (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Thriller

Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography describing murders he committed after the statute of limitations expires. A detective and one of the victim's mothers search for the author while another killer begins a spree of murders.

Director: Byung-gil Jung | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Shi-hoo Park, Hae-Kyun Jung, Yeong-ae Kim

Votes: 7,246

10. Castaway on the Moon (2009)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Romance

A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness.

Director: Hae-jun Lee | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ryeowon Jung, Yeong-seo Park, Mi-kyeong Yang

Votes: 14,531 | Gross: $3.73M

11. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

78 Metascore

In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, Siu-Lung Leung

Votes: 118,040 | Gross: $17.11M

12. Modern Boy (2008)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama

At the height of Korea's early modernization in the 1930's, LEE Hae-myung is proud to be the most modern boy in Seoul. He lives a high profile lifestyle partying in bars and clubs until one... See full summary »

Director: Ji-woo Jung | Stars: Sang-kyeong Hwang, Ki-yong Jang, Hye-su Kim, Nam-gil Kim

Votes: 126

13. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

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-Hyuk Lee, Kap-su Kim

Votes: 95,488 | Gross: $0.13M

14. Flu (2013)

Not Rated | 122 min | Action, Drama

40 Metascore

Chaos ensues when a lethal, airborne virus infects the population of a South Korean city less than 20 kilometers from Seoul.

Director: Sung-su Kim | Stars: Hyuk Jang, Soo Ae, Roxanne Aparicio, Tom Bauer

Votes: 5,460

15. Drop (2009)

TV-MA | 122 min | Comedy

After dropping out of private school, Hiroshi enrolls at a public school and falls in with a pack of unruly thugs. He loves the reckless partying, smoking and boozing - but can he hang when... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Shinagawa | Stars: Hiroki Narimiya, Hiro Mizushima, Yuika Motokariya, Yusuke Kamiji

Votes: 235

16. Fly, Daddy, Fly (2005)

Suzuki's world is shattered when his teenage daughter is brutally attacked. The assailant, Ishihara, son of a politician, brazenly mocks Suzuki as he throws him cover-up money. Angry, ... See full summary »

Director: Izuru Narushima | Stars: Mire Aika, Munetaka Aoki, Kazuyuki Asano, Goshin Hirose

Votes: 62

17. One Missed Call (2003)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery

54 Metascore

People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, foretelling their deaths.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ko Shibasaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Anna Nagata

Votes: 15,882

18. The Host (2006)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Horror

85 Metascore

A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and begins 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: 86,437 | Gross: $2.20M

19. My Mighty Princess (2008)

122 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

A beautiful martial arts prodigy becomes a ruthless warrior to guard the world against the evil spell.

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Min-a Shin, Joo-Wan On, Tae-Hyun Cha, Jae-Sung Choi

Votes: 699

20. Dark Water (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 28,065

21. Traffickers (2012)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A thriller about the passengers with different objectives on board a cruiser headed for China, being chased over and over again and unexpected happening of things.

Director: Hong-seon Kim | Stars: Chang Jung Lim, Daniel Choi, Dal-su Oh, Yun-hie Jo

Votes: 554

22. Deranged (2012)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

Jae-hyuk is an ordinary man in his 40s. He works as a medical supplies salesman and is hassled by doctors all day. His brother Jae-pil is a detective that is not all that interested in ... See full summary »

Director: Jeong-woo Park | Stars: Myung-Min Kim, Jung-hee Moon, Dong-wan Kim, Lee Hanee

Votes: 1,727

23. Baby and I (2008)

98 min | Comedy

A rebellious high school student sees his life take a strange turn when he goes to the grocery store and someone leaves a baby in his shopping cart, along with a note claiming he's the father.

Director: Jin-yeong Kim | Stars: Keun-Suk Jang, Shin-Ho Byun, Jae-Hwan Choi, Gyu-pil Go

Votes: 1,564

24. Secret Sunshine (2007)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama

84 Metascore

A woman moves to the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to fit in, another tragic event overturns her life.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Do-yeon Jeon, Kang-ho Song, Hye-jin Jang, Yeong-jin Jo

Votes: 5,685

25. Rough Cut (2008)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Drama

A gangster who wants to be an actor; an actor more gangster than anything. Here their paths and lives begin to cross.

Director: Hun Jang | Stars: Ji-seob So, Soo-hyun Hong, Hie-jin Jang, Man-sik Jeong

Votes: 2,163

26. Happiness for Sale (2013)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

Mi-na got suspended from her job, her dad is hospitalized, she needs money to help him so she decide to sell his dad's shop. But, she needs to popularize back that old shop in order to attracts buyer. Can she do that?

Director: Ik-Hwan Jeong | Stars: Tae-gyu Bong, Kang-hee Choi, Moon-soo Choi, Jae-won Hwang

Votes: 183

27. A Frozen Flower (2008)

133 min | Drama, History, Romance

A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard.

Director: Ha Yoo | Stars: In-sung Jo, Jin-mo Ju, Ji-Hyo Song, Yong-gu Do

Votes: 3,364

28. Breath (2007)

84 min | Drama

A love story involving a convicted prisoner who "slowly falls for a woman who decorates his prison cell".

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Chen Chang, In-Hyeong Gang, Jung-woo Ha, Ki-duk Kim

Votes: 4,306

29. Going by the Book (2007)

102 min | Action, Comedy

Things get out of control when Doman, an eager and saintly traffic cop, is asked the play the role of the bank robber in a robbery intervention police training program.

Director: Hee-chan Ra | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Byung-ho Son, Young-eun Lee, Chang-Seok Ko

Votes: 1,525

30. The King of Comedy (1982)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

Rupert Pupkin is a passionate yet unsuccessful comic who craves nothing more than to be in the spotlight and to achieve this, he stalks and kidnaps his idol to take the spotlight for himself.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard

Votes: 68,454 | Gross: $2.50M

31. The Five (2013)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Eun-A lost her family at the hands of a serial killer. She is now mentally and physically destroyed. She then decides to get revenge by enlists the help of four people from different life to fulfill her revenge.

Director: Yeon-Sik Jung | Stars: Hak-rak Choi, In-gi Jeong, Jeong-ha, Han-chul Jo

Votes: 464

32. Troubleshooter (2010)

Unrated | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

KANG Tae-sik, a former cop who was once the best man on the force, is now an infamous private detective who handles all kinds of dirty work from catching philanderers to collecting people's debts.

Director: Hyeok-jae Kwon | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Jung-Jin Lee, Dal-su Oh, Sung-min Lee

Votes: 327

33. City of Damnation (2009)

121 min | Action, Comedy

A comic variant of the "Infernal Affairs" plot. A traffic constable goes undercover in a mafia gang, meanwhile someone from the mafia gets inside the police.

Director: Dong-won Kim | Stars: Jun-ho Jeong, Woong-in Jeong, Woon-taek Jeong, Go Eun Han

Votes: 63

34. Bedevilled (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A woman subject to mental, physical and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out.

Director: Cheol-soo Jang | Stars: Yeong-hie Seo, Seong-won Ji, Min-ho Hwang, Min Je

Votes: 11,738

35. The Neighbors (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Thriller

Residents of a mansion live in fear when a young girl is murdered. They suspect their neighbor for the crime, and a battle erupts to protect the next victim.

Director: Hwi Kim | Stars: Yunjin Kim, Dong-seok Ma, Ho-jin Chun, Seong-gyoon Kim

Votes: 715

36. The Client (2011)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Thriller

Elite attorney Kang Seong-Hee goes up against a top prosecutor over a case involving a man accused of killing his wife.

Director: Young-Sung Sohn | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Hee-soon Park, Hyuk Jang, Dong-il Sung

Votes: 1,201

37. Over My Dead Body (2012)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

Science researcher Hyeon-cheol demonstrates with co-workers against the company president, who stole an important semiconductor chip and is attempting to flee to the United States. ... See full summary »

Director: Seon-ho Wu | Stars: Beom-su Lee, Seung-bum Ryoo, Ok-bin Kim, Chang-Seok Ko

Votes: 247

38. Our Town (2007)

R | 112 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Two killers are living in our town An ordinary small town is terrorized when local women are found brutally murdered and 'crucified' in public places. Gyeong-joo, a struggling novelist, ... See full summary »

Director: Gil-young Jung | Stars: Soo-hwan Jeon, Ha-ram Kim, Da-mi Ko, Sun-kyun Lee

Votes: 415

39. A Company Man (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Drama

When a change of heart moves a well-trained hitman to tender his resignation to his employers, no good comes of it for anyone.

Director: Sang-yoon Lim | Stars: Ji-seob So, Mi-yeon Lee, Do-won Kwak, Dong-jun Kim

Votes: 4,655

40. Don't Click (2012)

93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

You better not click if you want to survive.

Director: Tae-kyeong Kim | Stars: Choi Ji Heon, Lee Yoo Joo, Byeol Kang, Namhee Kwon

Votes: 462

41. 71: Into the Fire (2010)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama, War

The story of student-soldiers trying to protect a middle school during the early days of the Korean War.

Director: John H. Lee | Stars: Seung-won Cha, Sang-Woo Kwon, Seung-Hyun Choi, Seung-woo Kim

Votes: 4,700

42. Pained (2011)

104 min | Drama, Romance

After losing his family when he was young, Nam-soon feels no pain. He cannot feel physical pain and is emotionally barren until he meets Dong-hyeon, who calls herself a vampire because she ... See full summary »

Director: Kyung-taek Kwak | Stars: Sang-Woo Kwon, Ryeowon Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Sa Hee

Votes: 493

43. Steal My Heart (2013)

PG-13 | 115 min | Comedy, Romance

Hot-shot police detective Lee is out to get a hit-and-run driver. He discovers the driver is his long lost girlfriend from ten years ago. As her crime-record accumulates he tries to protect her.

Director: Hyun-Jong Lee | Stars: Joo Won, Ah-jung Kim, Seong-woo Bae, Do-bin Baek

Votes: 587

44. 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: 5,030

45. Bunny Drop (2011)

114 min | Comedy

A man adopts his six-year-old aunt and raises her as his own kid.

Director: SABU | Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Karina, Mana Ashida, Mirei Kiritani

Votes: 1,218

46. My Wife Is a Gangster (2001)

107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

The story of how Eun-jin (Eun-kyung Shin) became a legend in the South Korean underworld by defeating an army of gangsters.

Director: Jin-gyu Cho | Stars: Eun-Kyung Shin, Jae-mo Ahn, In-kwon Kim, Se-jin Jang

Votes: 2,971

47. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 160,324

48. A Love (2007)

104 min | Action, Drama

A boy's first crush on a girl leads to a violent journey through his adult life. But as he decides to be happy for once in life, bitter cruel destiny rattles everything in his life.

Director: Kyung-taek Kwak | Stars: Kwang-won Bae, Seok-yeon Hong, Hyun-Seong Im, Hyeon Ju

Votes: 227

49. Man of Vendetta (2010)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Drama, Thriller