South Korean movies

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1. 3-Iron (2004)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days.

Director: Kim Ki-duk | Stars: Seung-Yun Lee, Hee Jae, Hyuk-ho Kwon, Jin-mo Joo

Votes: 54,636 | Gross: $0.24M

2. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk in an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Kim Ki-duk | Stars: Kim Ki-duk, Oh Yeong-su, Jong-ho Kim, Kim Young-min

Votes: 82,185 | Gross: $2.38M

3. 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: Park Chan-wook | Stars: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-Tae, Kang Hye-jeong, Kim Byeong-Ok

Votes: 562,619 | Gross: $0.71M

4. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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, Kim Sang-kyung, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 173,774 | Gross: $0.01M

5. 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: Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik, Jeon Gook-hwan, Ho-jin Chun

Votes: 126,382 | Gross: $0.13M

6. 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, Byun Hee-Bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona

Votes: 119,078 | Gross: $2.20M

7. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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, Kim Sae-ron, Kim Tae-hoon, Kim Hee-won

Votes: 68,646 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

R | 129 min | Crime, 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: Park Chan-wook | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Shin Ha-kyun, Bae Doona, Ji-Eun Lim

Votes: 68,045 | Gross: $0.05M

9. 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: Park Chan-wook | Stars: Nam-mi Kang, Jeong-nam Choi, Hye-Sook Go, Bok-hwa Baek

Votes: 77,998 | Gross: $0.21M

10. The Chaser (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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

Votes: 65,024

11. The Yellow Sea (2010)

R | 136 min | Action, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

When the attempt to kill a professor goes wrong, a series of violent events are triggered which force a taxi driver to run for his life.

Director: Na Hong-jin | Stars: Ha Jung-woo, Kim Yoon-seok, Jo Sung-ha, Cheol-min Lee

Votes: 20,944

12. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

79 Metascore

A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Hye-ja Kim, Won Bin, Jin Goo, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 62,259 | Gross: $0.55M

13. 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: Lee Byung-hun, Shin Min-a, Yeong-cheol Kim, Jung-min Hwang

Votes: 39,868

14. Pieta (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.

Director: Kim Ki-duk | Stars: Min-soo Jo, Lee Jung-Jin, Ki-Hong Woo, Eunjin Kang

Votes: 14,547 | Gross: $0.02M

15. Time (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

73 Metascore

To save her relationship, a woman puts herself through extensive plastic surgery.

Director: Kim Ki-duk | Stars: Ha Jung-woo, Ji-Yeon Park, Jun-yeong Jang, Gyu-Woon Jung

Votes: 12,411 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Address Unknown (2001)

R | 117 min | Drama, War

Romances end in blood and the frail hopes of individuals are torn apart in a vile karmic continuity of colonialism, civil war and occupation. After surviving Japanese colonization, Korea ... See full summary »

Director: Kim Ki-duk | Stars: Dong-kun Yang, Min-jung Ban, Kim Young-min, Pang Eun-jin

Votes: 3,654

17. Crocodile (1996)

102 min | Drama

A woman forms a twisted bond with a homeless violent thug who prevented her suicide.

Director: Kim Ki-duk | Stars: Jae-Hyun Cho, Jae-Hong Ahn, Moo-Song Jeon, Yun-kyeong Woo

Votes: 1,740

18. The Bow (2005)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

On a fishing boat at sea, a 60-year old man has been raising a girl since she was a baby. It is agreed that they will get married on her 17th birthday, and she is 16 now. They live a quiet and secluded life, renting the boat to day fishermen and practicing strange divination rites. Their life changes when a teenage student comes aboard...

Director: Kim Ki-duk | Stars: Yeo-reum Han, Ji-Seok Seo, Jeon Gook-hwan, Seong-hwan Jeon

Votes: 11,318

19. Snowpiercer (2013)

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

84 Metascore

In a future where a failed climate change experiment has killed all life except for the survivors 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: 353,799 | Gross: $4.56M

20. 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: Lim Soo-jung, Jung-ah Yum, Kim Kap-su, Moon Geun-young

Votes: 61,455

21. 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, Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 35,575 | Gross: $0.13M

22. War of the Arrows (2011)

R | 122 min | Action, Adventure

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: Park Hae-il, Seung-ryong Ryu, Mu-Yeol Kim, Moon Chae-Won

Votes: 11,985 | Gross: $0.25M

23. Tokyo! (2008)

Unrated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

63 Metascore

A cinematic triptych of three Tokyo-set stories.

Directors: Leos Carax, Michel Gondry, Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Ayako Fujitani, Ryô Kase, Ayumi Ito, Nao Ômori

Votes: 10,856 | Gross: $0.35M

24. The Berlin File (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Thriller

54 Metascore

Jong-seong, a North Korean ghost agent, interrupts an illegal arms sale in Berlin. A notorious North Korean agent tests the loyalties of everyone involved as Jong-Seong prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Director: Seung-wan Ryu | Stars: Ha Jung-woo, Han Suk-kyu, Seung-beom Ryu, Jun Ji-hyun

Votes: 7,156 | Gross: $0.67M

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

Votes: 10,909 | Gross: $0.15M

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: Jang Dong-Gun, Won Bin, Eun-ju Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 39,539 | Gross: $1.11M

27. 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: Park Chan-wook | Stars: Lee Yeong-ae, Lee Byung-hun, Kang-ho Song, Kim Tae-Woo

Votes: 29,651

28. The Taste of Money (2012)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

The assistant of a wealthy socialite reveals her husband's salacious affair. The fallout entangles him in a web of sex, love and deceit that could threaten his life and career.

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

Votes: 1,529

29. Secret Reunion (2010)

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A fired South Korean agent and a deserted North Korean spy meet by chance after six years and start a business partnership, each with the intention of stealing information from the other.

Director: Hun Jang | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Dong-won Gang, Seung-ik Baek, Yun-seo Choi

Votes: 3,967

30. Oasis (2002)

133 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

An irresponsible and childish ex-con befriends a girl with cerebral palsy and develops a progressively stronger bond with her.

Director: Lee Chang-dong | Stars: Sol Kyung-gu, Moon So-ri, Ahn Nae-sang, Seung-wan Ryu

Votes: 9,292

31. The Unjust (2010)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When the most probable serial killer suspect dies and the case looks like it's reached a dead end, police brass decide to create a killer - and anyone will do.

Director: Seung-wan Ryu | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Seung-beom Ryu, Hae-Jin Yoo, Ho-jin Chun

Votes: 2,184

32. Chunhyang (2000)

R | 116 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

79 Metascore

A governor's son falls in love and marries a beautiful girl, the daughter of a courtesan. Their marriage is kept a secret from the governor who would immediately disown him if he found that his son married beneath him.

Director: Kwon-taek Im | Stars: Hyo-jeong Lee, Cho Seung-woo, Seong-nyeo Kim, Hak-young Kim

Votes: 1,673 | Gross: $0.80M

33. Poetry (2010)

TV-PG | 139 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

Director: Lee Chang-dong | Stars: Yun Jeong-hie, Lee Da-wit, Kim Hee-ra, Ahn Nae-sang

Votes: 12,080 | Gross: $0.36M

34. Attack the Gas Station! (1999)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Crime

Four disaffected youths rob a gas station but find their plans complicated and sidetracked before the night is through.

Director: Sang-Jin Kim | Stars: Sung-Jae Lee, Oh-seong Yu, Seong-jin Kang, Yoo Ji-Tae

Votes: 4,339

35. Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy

66 Metascore

An idle part-time college lecturer is annoyed by the yapping sound of a nearby dog. He decides to take drastic action.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Bae Doona, Sung-Jae Lee, Ho-jung Kim, Byun Hee-Bong

Votes: 8,250

36. Voice of a Murderer (2007)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

One day, the only son of famous news anchor HAN Kyung-bae, disappears without a trace. Soon, the kidnapper calls the mother demanding a $100,000 ransom. The police assign a veteran ... See full summary »

Director: Jin-pyo Park | Stars: Sol Kyung-gu, Nam-ju Kim, Dong-won Gang, Yeong-cheol Kim

Votes: 1,967

37. 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: Lee Chang-dong | Stars: Jeon Do-yeon, Kang-ho Song, Lee Dong-yong, Lee Hee-joon

Votes: 8,223

38. 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: Choi Min-sik, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Ma Dong-seok

Votes: 6,526

39. Peppermint Candy (1999)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama

Following a man's suicide, time traverses back to reveal six chapters of his life on why he committed suicide.

Director: Lee Chang-dong | Stars: Sol Kyung-gu, Kim Yeo-jin, Moon So-ri, Se-beom Park

Votes: 9,230

40. Public Enemy (2002)

Not Rated | 138 min | Action, Comedy

A detective plays cat-and-mouse with a banker who brutally murdered his own parents.

Director: Woo-Suk Kang | Stars: Sol Kyung-gu, Sung-Jae Lee, Kang Shin-il, Jeong-hak Kim

Votes: 2,245

41. 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, Lee Bo-young

Votes: 8,681

42. No Mercy (2010)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Despite 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: Sol Kyung-gu, Seung-beom Ryu, Hye-jin Han, Ji-ru Sung

Votes: 8,315

43. Real Fiction (2000)

69 min | Crime, Drama

The film follows a South Korean artist as he systematically seeks out, and then guns down his real or imagined enemies.

Director: Kim Ki-duk | Stars: Ju Jin-Mo, Yi-yeong Shim, Min-seok Son, Je-rak Lee

Votes: 1,460

44. 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: 1,890