Manhwa (Korean Comics) Adaptations

by dean11mck | created - 03 Aug 2017 | updated - 03 Aug 2017 | Public

These live-action feature films and TV series are based upon Manhua, Korean comic books original produced in Korean. 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, nowadays 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. 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: Jung Woo-sung, So-Young Ko, Chang Jung Lim, Oh-seong Yu

Votes: 516

AKA Beat.

2. Full House (2004)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Romance

In a bid to reacquire her childhood home, a free-spirited woman agrees to a sham-marriage with a selfish actor. Their daily lives are complicated by overlapping love triangles and comic misadventures.

Stars: Song Hye-Kyo, Rain, Eun-jeong Han, Seong-su Kim

Votes: 3,096

3. Apt (2006)

90 min | Horror, Thriller

Se-jin, a young woman who lives in an old apartment in a Seoul suburb, amuses herself by observing the windows of the apartments on the other side. One day, she notices that the lights of ... See full summary »

Director: Byeong-ki Ahn | Stars: So-Young Ko, Seong-jin Kang, Jang Hie-jin, Ha-seon Park

Votes: 974

AKA Apateu.

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

Votes: 2,422

AKA Goong.

5. 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: Cho Seung-woo, Yun-shik Baek, Kim Hye-su, Hae-Jin Yoo

Votes: 2,142

6. Dasepo Naughty Girls (2006)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Based on the Internet comic strip, Multi-Cell Girl (a.k.a Dasepo sonyo) follows the sexual adventures in one seriously bizarre high school.

Director: Je-yong Lee | Stars: Kim Ok-bin, Park Jin-Woo, Kyeon Lee, Song Ha-Yoon

Votes: 916

7. Voices (2007)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

This creepy, supernatural thriller revolves around the paranoid belief that those dearest to you may want you dead.

Director: Ki-hwan Oh | Stars: Jin-Seo Yoon, Gi-woong Park, Ki-woo Lee, Yu-seon Ham

Votes: 1,259

8. 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: 60

9. 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, Im Won-hee, Lee Hana, Kil-kang Ahn

Votes: 615

AKA Le Grand Chef.

11. Miracle of Giving Fool (2008)

99 min | Comedy, Romance

A mentally challenged man trying to keep his mother's only wish alive at any cost while trying to reconcile with his first and only real crush.

Director: Jeong-kwon Kim | Stars: Tae-Hyun Cha, Ha Ji-Won, Sulli Choi, Lee Gi-yeong

Votes: 1,413


12. Soon-jeong-man-hwa (2008)

113 min | Comedy, Romance

Thirty-year-old Yun-woo bumps into a high school student in the elevator while on his way to work. His heart starts pounding at this teenager's boldness. At a subway station, KANG Sook ... See full summary »

Director: Jang-ha Ryu | Stars: Yoo Ji-Tae, Yeon-hee Lee, Jeong-an Chae, Kang In

Votes: 1,070

13. Blades of Blood (2010)

R | 108 min | Action

During a turbulent time when politics, rebellion, and invasion come to a head. A clash stirs between two swordsmen in a violent struggle to seize control of the country they love.

Director: Joon-ik Lee | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Seung-Won Cha, Ji-hye Han, Sung-Hyun Baek

Votes: 721

14. Moss (2010)

Not Rated | 163 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mysterious person calls a young man and informs him that his estranged father has died in a country village. The curious son travels to the town to discover what happened. From there out ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Suk Kang | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Park Hae-il, Joon-Sang Yoo, Seon Yu

Votes: 2,245

15. 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, Ja-Hyeon Chu, Jin Goo, Kook-jin Han

Votes: 211

16. Priest (2011)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

41 Metascore

A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

Director: Scott Stewart | Stars: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban

Votes: 117,017 | Gross: $29.14M

17. 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, Ma Dong-seok, Sa Hee

Votes: 565

18. Late Blossom (2011)

118 min | Drama, Romance

"Late Blossom" follows the lives of two couples who live in the same neighborhood. Kim Man-Suk (Lee Soon-Jae) delivers milk on a motorbike at dawn. He curses a lot, but actually has a warm ... See full summary »

Director: Chang-min Choo | Stars: Soon-jae Lee, So-jeong Yun, Jae-ho Song, Kim Su-Mi

Votes: 438

19. 26 Years (2012)

135 min | Drama, Thriller

26 years ago, state troops were ordered to open fire on civilians in the city of Gwangju who were demonstrating as apart of a democratic movement. Thousands of civilians were killed. Now, a... See full summary »

Director: Geun-hyun Cho | Stars: Jin Goo, Hye-jin Han, Soo-bin Bae, Seul-ong Im

Votes: 1,053

20. The Neighbors (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, 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, Ma Dong-seok, Ho-jin Chun, Seong-gyoon Kim

Votes: 1,008

Based on Kang Full's eponymous web-based comic book series (referred to as "webtoon" in Korea).

21. 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, Seong-jin Kang, Jung-Hyuk Lee

Votes: 1,073

22. Mr. Go (2013)

132 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Story about the first gorilla playing baseball in Korean Baseball League.

Director: Yong-hwa Kim | Stars: Dong-il Sung, Jiao Xu, Hee-won Kim, Kang-woo Kim

Votes: 820

23. Fashion King (2014)

114 min | Drama, Romance

A teenage boy decides to change his style in order to get his high school crush to notice him.

Director: Ki-hwan Oh | Stars: Ahn Jae-Hyun, Joo Won, Lee Kyung-young, Seong-oh Kim

Votes: 320

24. Secretly Greatly (2013)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A group of spies, the 5446 Corps were trained by North Korean special forces since their youth, with a goal of unifying Korea. They are ambitiously dispatched to South Korea, where each ... See full summary »

Director: Cheol-soo Jang | Stars: Kim Soo-hyun, Gi-woong Park, Hyun-Woo Lee, Son Hyeon-ju

Votes: 3,922

25. Deo pa-i-beu (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, Ma Dong-seok, Jo Han-chul, In-gi Jeong

Votes: 734

26. 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, Shin Se-Kyung, Kim Yoon-seok, Hae-Jin Yoo

Votes: 2,119 | Gross: $0.25M

27. Cat Funeral (2015)

107 min | Drama, Romance

Dong-Hoon and Jae-Hee are ex-lovers. When they were together, they raised a cat named Gooreumi. After their breakup, Dong-Hoon looked after the cat. One day, the cat died. Dong-Hoon decides... See full summary »

Director: Jong-Hoon Lee | Stars: Kang In, Park Se-young, Gyu-Woon Jung, Wan-pyo Hong

Votes: 98

28. Inside Men (2015)

TV-MA | 130 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A former political henchman seeks out revenge for being dropped by a ruthless politician while a determined investigator tries to find proof of a connection between the two of them.

Director: Min-ho Woo | Stars: Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo, Yun-shik Baek, Lee Kyung-young

Votes: 3,154

29. I Married an Anti-Fan (2016)

PG-13 | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

The story is about a female reporter who marries a male celebrity after previously hating him and becoming an anti-fan, the polar opposite of a fan.

Director: Jae-Young Kim | Stars: Chan-Yeol Park, Shanshan Yuan, Seohyun, Chao Jiang

Votes: 814

AKA No One's Life is Easy.

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