Gregor's Top 100 Korean Movies

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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 Yoo, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 492,884 | Gross: $0.71M

2. A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Crime, 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: 34,483

3. Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

96 Metascore

Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 412,028 | Gross: $53.37M

Parasite

4. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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: Won Bin, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 59,667 | Gross: $0.01M

5. Joint Security Area (2000)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

After a shooting incident at the North/South Korean border/DMZ leaves 2 North Korean soldiers dead, a neutral Swiss/Swedish team investigates, what actually happened.

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

Votes: 25,101

6. The Warrior (2001)

R | 158 min | Action, Drama, History

1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops.

Director: Sung-su Kim | Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Sung-Ki Ahn, Jin-mo Ju, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 10,584

7. The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

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 Cho, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 99,338 | Gross: $2.01M

8. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 144 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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, Gook-hwan Jeon, Joon-hyuk Lee

Votes: 103,444 | Gross: $0.13M

9. 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: 59,999 | Gross: $0.05M

10. No Mercy (2010)

Not Rated | 123 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: 5,955

No Mercy

11. No Mercy for the Rude (2006)

113 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A mute hit-man vows to kill only the rude, and save up enough money for tongue surgery.

Director: Cheol-hie Park | Stars: Ha-kyun Shin, Ji-hye Yun, Min-Joon Kim, Su-hee Go

Votes: 1,598

No Mercy For The Rude

12. A Dirty Carnival (2006)

Not Rated | 140 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small time thug collecting debts for the local triad is torn between his criminal aspirations and his devotion to family.

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

Votes: 7,652

Dirty Carnival

13. Once Upon a Time in High School: The Spirit of Jeet Kune Do (2004)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama, History

By "Fist of Fury", Kim Hyun-Soo (Sang-Woo Kwone) addicted to Bruce Lee. Year 1978. Hyun-Soo moved to KangNam, Seoul. Hyun-Soo transferred to JungMoon High, Maljuk Street, Kangnam, Seoul. He... See full summary »

Director: Ha Yoo | Stars: Sang-Woo Kwon, Jung-Jin Lee, Ga-in Han, Hyo-jun Park

Votes: 2,385

Once Upon A Time In High-School

14. 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, Jin-woong Cho

Votes: 3,602

A Frozen Flower

15. 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: 12,651

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

Votes: 99,519 | Gross: $2.20M

The Host

17. The City of Violence (2006)

92 min | Action

Tae-su, a detective fighting organized crime, returns to his hometown for his high school friend Wang-jae's funeral. At the funeral, he meets his old friends Pil-ho, Dong-hwan and Seok-hwan... See full summary »

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Seung-wan Ryoo, Jae-mo Ahn, Kil-kang Ahn, Dong-Hyeon Baek

Votes: 4,140

18. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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: 53,948

A Tale Of Two Sisters

19. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

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

Votes: 122,812 | Gross: $0.01M

Memories Of Murder

20. Moebius (2013)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

A father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father's, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Jae-Hyun Cho, Yeong-ju Seo, Na-ra Lee, Jae-hong Kim

Votes: 4,822

21. The Wailing (2016)

TV-MA | 156 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, 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: 44,179

The Wailing

22. Burning (2018)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Mystery

90 Metascore

Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Ah-In Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun, Soo-Kyung Kim

Votes: 40,903 | Gross: $0.72M

23. Diary of June (2005)

105 min | Crime, Thriller

On their chase of a serial killer two cops find a diary in which all committed murders and many more to come are predicted.

Director: Kyung-Soo Im | Stars: Ki-beom Jang, Ji-min Kim, Kkobbi Kim, Yunjin Kim

Votes: 643

Diary Of June

24. Ardor (2002)

112 min | Drama, Romance

In revenge for her husband's infidelity, a young beautiful housewife, Mi-heun, starts an affair with an attractive young doctor, In-gyu. Despite her husband's efforts to regain her love and... See full summary »

Director: Young-Joo Byun | Stars: Yunjin Kim, Jong-Won Lee, Seung-Ri Ha, Min-kyeong Kim

Votes: 365

Ardor

25. Battle Ground 625 (2005)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Soldiers from both sides of the Korean divide live among villagers who know nothing of the war.

Director: Kwang-Hyun Park | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ha-kyun Shin, Hye-jeong Kang, Ha-ryong Lim

Votes: 6,407

26. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, War

64 Metascore

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Won Bin, Eun-ju Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 37,011 | Gross: $1.11M

27. The Chaser (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

A disgraced ex-policeman who runs a small ring of prostitutes finds himself in a race against time when one of his women goes missing.

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

Votes: 54,812

The Chaser

28. White Night (2009)

135 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

A pawnbroker is found murdered in a remote town. Police suspect that he was murdered by an acquaintance, as even the most experienced investigator on the case could identify no signs of ... See full summary »

Director: Shin-woo Park | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Ye-jin Son, Soo Go, Cheol-woo Han

Votes: 989

White Night

29. The Good the Bad the Weird (2008)

R | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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: 32,347 | Gross: $0.13M

30. Acacia (2003)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

After unsuccessfully trying to have a baby of their own, Dr. Kim Do-il and his father convince his wife Choi Mi-sook to adopt a child in an orphanage. Mi-sook is connected to arts and ... See full summary »

Director: Ki-hyeong Park | Stars: Hye-jin Shim, Jin-geun Kim, Oh-bin Mun, Na-yoon Jeong

Votes: 1,883

31. Friend (2001)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Four childhood friends go their separate ways, two go off to college while the others become rival gangsters.

Director: Kyung-taek Kwak | Stars: Oh-seong Yu, Dong-Gun Jang, Tae-hwa Seo, Un-taek Jeong

Votes: 4,550

Friend

32. War of the Arrows (2011)

R | 122 min | Action, History, War

A skilled Korean archer goes up against the mighty force of Manchus with the sole purpose of rescuing his kidnapped sister.

Director: Han-min Kim | Stars: Hae-il Park, Seung-ryong Ryu, Mu-Yeol Kim, Chae-Won Moon

Votes: 10,794 | Gross: $0.25M

33. The Villainess (2017)

Not Rated | 124 min | Action, Thriller

64 Metascore

A female assassin leaves a trail of bodies behind her as she seeks revenge.

Director: Byung-gil Jung | Stars: Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung, Seo-hyeong Kim

Votes: 11,062 | Gross: $0.03M

34. Say Yes (2001)

104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

After one year of marriage, things could not look better for Jeong-hyun and Yun-hie. In order to celebrate the publishing of Jeong-hyun's manuscript, the couple decide to take a winter ... See full summary »

Director: Sung-Hong Kim | Stars: Joong-Hoon Park, Sang-mi Choo, Ju-hyuk Kim, Ju-bong Gi

Votes: 450

Say Yes

35. Arahan (2004)

Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Comedy

As a dorky cop falls in with five Tao masters who admire his c'hi, an ancient foe comes looking for them all.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Seung-bum Ryoo, So-yi Yoon, Sung-Ki Ahn, Doo-hong Jung

Votes: 3,584

36. The Treacherous (2015)

133 min | Crime, Drama, History

The story of Joseon's tyrant king Yeonsan who exploits the populace for his own carnal pleasures, his seemingly loyal retainer who controls him and all court dealings, and a woman who seeks vengeance.

Director: Kyu-dong Min | Stars: Ji-Hoon Ju, Kang-woo Kim, Ho-jin Chun, Ji-yeon Lim

Votes: 1,053

The Treacherous

37. Assassination (2015)

Not Rated | 140 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

While Korea is occupied by the Japanese Army in 1933, the resistance plans to kill the Japanese Commander. But their plan is threatened by a traitor within their group and also the enemies' forces are hunting them down.

Director: Dong-hoon Choi | Stars: Ji-Hyun Jun, Jung-jae Lee, Jung-woo Ha, Dal-su Oh

Votes: 5,482 | Gross: $1.90M

38. The Concubine (2012)

Unrated | 122 min | Drama, History, Romance

A tragic love triangle story between Hwa-Yeon, a daughter of a nobleman, her true love Kwon-Yoo, a servant and the man who will be King, Prince Sungwon.

Director: Dae-seung Kim | Stars: Yeo-jeong Jo, Dong-wook Kim, Min-Joon Kim, Ji-Young Park

Votes: 1,429

The Concubine

39. New World (2013)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

An undercover cop 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: 19,267 | Gross: $0.46M

New World

40. Aachi & Ssipak (2006)

PG-13 | 90 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

In a future where energy is made from fecal matter, the government rewards defecation with "juicybars". Small-time hustlers try to get rich while fending off the mutated Diaper Gang.

Directors: Jo Beom-jin, Zack Keller, Ed Skudder | Stars: Nick Ainsworth, Hyeon-yeong, Zack Keller, Gyu-hwa Lee

Votes: 1,578

41. The Age of Shadows (2016)

TV-MA | 140 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

Korean resistance fighters smuggle explosives to destroy facilities controlled by Japanese forces in this period action thriller.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Byung-hun Lee, Yoo Gong, Richard Epcar

Votes: 7,711 | Gross: $0.54M

42. Suddenly in the Dark (1981)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror

A wife starts to suspect her husband's infidelity after the arrival of their new, young housekeeper, who carries a mysterious wooden doll with herself.

Director: Young Nam Ko | Stars: Il-bong Yun, Yeong-ae Kim, Ki-seon Lee, Hye-ri Han

Votes: 206

Suddenly In The Dark

43. The Witch: Part 1 - The Subversion (2018)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Mystery

A high school student with amnesia tries to uncover what has happened to her. All leading her into deeper troubles ultimately revealing a darkness she could not have imagined.

Director: Hoon-jung Park | Stars: Seung-chul Baek, Kim Byung-Ok, Woo-sik Choi, Da-Eun

Votes: 3,979

The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion

44. The Warrior's Way (2010)

R | 100 min | Action, Fantasy, Western

45 Metascore

A warrior-assassin is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands after refusing a mission.

Director: Sngmoo Lee | Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston

Votes: 24,896 | Gross: $5.66M

45. Sex Is Zero (2002)

96 min | Comedy, Romance

At a South Korean university most students are busy having a good time. A 28 y.o. and his horny friends are always getting into hilarious situations. He likes a much younger, pretty girl but she likes someone else.

Director: JK Youn | Stars: Chang Jung Lim, Ji-Won Ha, Seong-guk Choi, Chae-yeong Yu

Votes: 5,768

46. Princess Aurora (2005)

106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A woman gets killed in a department store. No one imagines this could lead to serial murders, but two days after the first murder, another homicide occurs. A woman is suffocated to death ... See full summary »

Director: Eun-jin Pang | Stars: Uhm Junghwa, Seong-kun Mun, Oh-jung Kwon, Jong-won Choi

Votes: 1,076

Princess Aurora

47. The Housemaid (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

A man's affair with his family's housemaid leads to dark consequences.

Director: Sang-soo Im | Stars: Do-yeon Jeon, Jung-jae Lee, Yuh-Jung Youn, Woo Seo

Votes: 8,924 | Gross: $0.15M

48. The Taste of Money (2012)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

Newly-hired gofer Young-Jak Joo becomes a key pawn in a powerful South Korean corporate-crime family obsessed with sex, money, and intrigue. The family bribes a government official to take ... See full summary »

Director: Sang-soo Im | Stars: Kang-woo Kim, Yun-shik Baek, Yuh-Jung Youn, Hyo-jin Kim

Votes: 1,265

The Taste Of Money

49. 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: 69,087 | Gross: $0.21M

50. Thirst (2009)

R | 134 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.1