Keep in mind that we have not watch EVERY Korean movie out there, so do NOT start complaining that we didn’t put in your favorite movie on this list. If you do want to see your favorite movie on this list, then comment below and tell us some good movies we might check out. Also, keep in mind that not every Korean movie we have watched is on here so some movies you recommend us to watch, me might have watched it already. We will make some new stuff on top Japanese movies too, so stay tuned for that. But for now, on with the movies!
10. She’s On Duty
“She’s on Duty” is a movie that was made in 2005 starring Kim Seon Ah, Nam Sang Mi and Gong Yoo. It already has a powerful cast to make it on our number ten. This movie is about an undercover cop, who must dress as a high school student, to protect a daughter of an important mafia witness that the police are looking for. As the story progresses, she realizes that her academic skills still aren’t great, her fighting is great to defend people from bullies and even found a new love interest. But why is this on our top 10? This story sounds like another cheesy romantic?-comedy, but it really isn’t. There’s action, romance, and of course the comedy. It’s ultimately entertaining and very charming.
“Windstruck” is a 2004 fantasy-romantic comedy. It stars Jun Ji Hyun and Jang Hyuk. It had reached a success in Korea, ranking number eight on the highest grossing film in 2004. Though, some scenes from this movie relate to “My Sassy Girl,” it really has nothing to do with it.. Except for the fact that the leading actress is the leading actress in both films. The movie is about a female police officer named Yeo Kyung Jin, who has taken time to chase a bag-snatcher during work, but after a mistaken shoot to a person she cares for, depression kicks in and so does the wind. Why is it number 9? The acting in the movie was probably one of the best I have ever seen. The relationship that brew between the two main characters and then the sadness that hits in the middle of the movie. This is a really heartbreaking film, but a film that gives people hope to move on with their life.
8. 200 Pounds Beauty
“200 Pounds Beauty” is a 2006 comedy starring Kim Ah Joong and Ju Jin Mo. The movie is actually based on a Japanese manga titled Kanna san, Daiseikou Desu by Yumiko Suzuki. This movie is quite huge in Korea and became one of Korea’s highest grossing film, surpassing famous Korean movie, “My Sassy Girl.” It’s full of comedy and… plastic. This story is about an overweight singer, who goes through an extreme amount of plastic surgery to become a pop star and win the man of her dreams. This is probably one of the best chick flick I have ever seen. It’s not only interesting to females, but to males. Why? Well, it gives a weird description of what society wants in women and beauty. It talks about how extreme people can be just to be beautiful. It doesn’t only talk about that, but concludes with making anyone feel great about themselves no matter the size, age, or looks. This film proved that no matter what, someone out there finds you beautiful. And this is why it lands on our number eight.
7. The Housemaid
“The Housemaid” is a 2010 melodramatic thriller film that starred Jeon Do Yeon, Lee Jung Jae, Yoon Yeo Jeong, and Seo Woo. It is a remake of the 1960 Korean film with the same title. The Housemaid caught my eye immediately with the photo (as you can see above) and after watching the trailer, the only thing in my mind was to watch the film in full. It was strange, different, sexy. It had everything… except for comedy. Haha. The story talks about a housemaid named Eun Yi, who is hired to take care of Hae Ra, who is pregnant with twins. But as the story progresses, Eun Yi has an affair with Hae Ra’s husband, and that is when the story spirals out of control. But why did it make it to our top 10? I’ve never watched the 1960 version, but after seeing the trailer last year. I spent months, looking for this movie and it didn’t disappoint. The ending was twisting, sick.. brilliant. It was a different side of Korean movies that I have never seen before.. the crazy side.
6. The Man From Nowhere
“The Man From Nowhere” is a 2010 action flick that stars sexy man, Won Bin and Kim Sae Ron. It became Korea’s highest grossing film in 2010 and was later on released in the US and in Canada on October 1st, 2010. Why was it released in other foreign countries? Because it’s that damn good. It’s full of action, suspense, sadness, happiness, cuteness, sexiness, and thriller. Every time my TV decided to act up, I was pissed because I had to finish this movie. This is the best movie in Korea 2010, and it has already been proven, it being the highest grossing film in 2010. It’s one of those movies that just keeps you at the age of your seat or couch. The movie is pretty much about a man named Cha Tae Sik who goes on a mission to find his only friend in the world, a little girl named So Mi, after she is taken by a drug trafficking organization. But why on our top 10? This movie is packed with a lot of great fighting scenes, and crazy stunts. It is sad, but heartwarming also.
5. The Chaser
“The Chaser” is a 2008 Korean movie that stars Kim Yeon Suk, Ha Jeong Woo, and Seo Yeong Hee. The film was inspired by famous South Korean killer Yoo Young Chul. The story, the acting, the climax, everything was just so different from most of the Korean movies I’ve watched. You can never guess the ending, nor can you guess what’ll happen next and how they find the killer. It was just so mind blowing. The movie is pretty much about a detective turned pimp named Eom Joong Ho who sends one of his girls, Kim Mi Jin, to go to a ‘customer,’ who he suspects is reselling his women after he loses two of them. While the story progresses, Mi Jin is placed in danger and Eom Joong goes on a rescue to find this man and save her. Sounds not too interesting? Well.. you’re wrong! This movie is placed at number five because, during the movie, there is this part where you’re filled with joy and it all goes downhill after one horrible mistake. It shows how you should go into stranger’s house or don’t talk to them. It was that movie in which you think it’s boring as it begins, but praise it when it ends. This one is a legend. It has won many awards and became the second most popular film in 2008 after “The Good, The Bad, The Weird,” which I have not watch but will get to.
4. My Wife Is A Gangster Part 1
“My Wife Is A Gangster Part 1” was probably one of the most hilarious Korean film about gangs that I have ever seen. It had me laughing from beginning to end. The story itself is just hilarious. This flick is about a female gang leader named Eun Jin, who must get married to a man to fulfill her dying sister’s wishes. It is a 2003 film that starred Shin Eun Kyung and Park Sang Myeon. There are three parts to it, and there is also an upcoming fourth part. Though, I didn’t enjoy part three, I have no clue why there’s a part four. Anyhow, this film was hilarious and throughly entertaining. I’m glad they made a part two, because that was hilarious also. But why number four? Well, it doesn’t really talk about life in my view, except for the fact that many people do what they have to do when one is dying. BUT, it was a really good movie. It had comedy, sex, and action. Everything the world looks for. If you want a good laugh, I suggest this movie, alongside with another Korean movie titled “Who Slept With Her?” Oh my, too much comedy.
The film “Beautiful” is a type of flick that you never really know what’s gonna happen next. Even the summary can’t help you figure what’ll happen at the end of this movie. When I first found out about this film, I thought it would be very interesting. It sort of changed my ways of what being ‘pretty’ is. The film is a 2008 film starring Cha Soo Yeon, Lee Chun Hee, and Choi Myeong Su. It is about a woman named Eun Yeong, who is seen to men as the prettiest woman in the entire world. But this causes Eun Yeong to not accept her gift after she is raped by a stalker. By being raped, she begins to do anything to look repulsive to the outside world and as the story progresses, a cop who is said to help her can’t help but love her too. Sounds awesome, right? Yes, it is. It is that good. Please, keep in mind that the actress that is portraying this character is not said to be the prettiest female out there, she was casted because she was one of the prettiest actress they have seen that was ALL natural. Well, why top three? This movie showed the world that beauty is a gift, but a deadly weapon too. It proved to me that in this world, no one can accept a beautiful person or an ugly person. If too beautiful, the world wants you and who wants that? If too ugly, no one wants you, as many put it. The ending of this movie was sick, disgusting, repulsive. Whatever word you want to use. I was grabbed from beginnig to end. Though, it is not as big as many other movies in Korea, but it is one of the best I have seen.
This. Movie. Is. A. Masterpiece. It was so mind blowing, the ending was so unexpected, the fighting was just disgusting and the acting was just stupendous. Everything about this movie was so good. I can’t stop talking about it to my friends, my family and my teachers. It is just too good. The film “Oldboy” is based on a Japanese manga with the same name. It is the second installment of “The Vengeance Trilogy,” which is not a movie with three parts, just movies directed by Park Chan Wook that all had to do with revenge. The film stars Choi Min Sik, Yu Ji Tae, and Kang Hye Jeong. The film is about a man named Oh Dae Su, who was locked in a hotel room for fifteen years without knowing why. After he is released, he goes on a quest to find the sick man who locked him up, and while on this quest he finds a new love interest who he puts in danger. This. Movie. Was. One. Of. The. Sickest. Movies. I. Have. Ever. Seen. If you want to watch this movie, do not give the surprising parts away, because I want to do that so badly. It’s raw and wrong, but I loved every part of it. There was violence, blood, sex, everything. It also appeared in CNN’s top ten Asian movies EVER MADE. This film has received a lot of awards and has appeared in many lists of great movies. It even ranked number eighteen on Empire’s “The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema” in 2010. Yes, it is that good. I strongly suggest you to watch this film. I really do. And that sums up why it ranked number 2.
1. May 18th
Probably one of the worst films I have ever seen. I hate this movie so much because it’s really touching. It has gone on my list as one of the saddest movies I have ever watched.. but one of the best movies to ever see. This movie brought out all of my emotions. From happiness, to sadness, and from sadness to anger, and anger to courage. To make it worse, this movie is based on real events, though some of the characters are not real. It stars Ahn Sung Ki, Kim Sang Kyung, Lee Yo Won and one of my favorite Korean actor, Lee Jun Ki. There are only two movies in the world that I would watch more than fifty times, and these movies are “Titanic” and “May 18.” This movie is seriously depressing but it’s a great historic movie. The movie is based on the Gwangju Massacre and it is not a beautiful story. The story is about the life of Kang Min Woo and his brother Kang Jin Woo, who had lived a peaceful life, until the military of Chun Doo Hwan came in and killed over one thousand people. This movie is sad, but it is THE greatest Korean movie I have seen so far. It is not highly popular like many other movies, but it is a truth that has been released. I strongly suggest people to watch this movie. It will keep you in tears in just twenty five minutes into it, so have a tissue ready. I’ve watched this movie more than three times. It is a masterpiece and I am sad that it is not widely known. It reveals that we, as human beings, will fight for what we think is right. RIP to those who died during this awful days.
So that does it. This is KJP’s list of our Top 10 Korean movies.
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