The South Korean Film industry is responsible for making few of the best (and ruthless) films in the last decade or so. Here are 10 of them which prove the supreme quality of the films from Korea.
- Oldboy (2003)
One of the most acclaimed and brutal films of our era, it made the director Chan-wook Park and Choi min-sik sensations worldwide. It tells a story of an average man who is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. He is released, equipped with money, a cellphone and expensive clothes. As he strives to explain his imprisonment and get his revenge, Oh Dae-Su soon finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for him and is set onto a path of pain and suffering in an attempt to uncover the motive of his mysterious tormentor. Brutal but brilliant, it is ranked #67 on the IMDB top-250 currently.
- Memories of a Murder (2003)
The movie is set in 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, where a second young and beautiful woman is found dead, raped and gagged. Detective Park Doo-Man and Detective Cho Yong-koo, two brutal and stupid local detectives without any technique, investigate the murder using brutality and torturing the suspects, without any practical result. The amalgamation of humour and suspense makes this a great watch!
- The Man From Nowhere (2010)
This action-packed thriller revolves around an ex-special agent CHA Tae-shik, whose only connection to the rest of the world is a little girl, So-mi, who lives nearby. When one of the most dangerous gangs kidnaps the girl, all hell breaks loose! This brutal revenge drama contains some sensational action pieces for which it is considered a cult worldwide!
- I Saw The Devil (2010)
Highly violent but acclaimed worldwide, it tells a story of how a secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. Starring Choi min-sik and Byung hun-lee, this is a must for all thriller lovers!
- The Chaser (2008)
A brilliant cat-n-mouse thriller , the movie tells the story about a cash-strapped pimp and former police detective who draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes. Brutal, violent and thriling to the core! Viewer discretion strongly advised though!
- New World (2013)
A crime drama with some great performances, it tells the brutal story about a conflict between the police and the mob through the eyes of an undercover cop. Another major reason to watch this is obviously, Choi min-sik.
- A Tale Of Two Sisters (2003)
One of the best horror-thrillers, it tells the story of a family which is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. The climax will surely give you goosebumps! Not for the faint hearted!
- Mother (2009)
A heart-wrenching but thrilling tale about a mother who desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl’s horrific murder. The film is an intermix of some poignant and some thrilling moments, with an excellent performance by Hye ja-kim as the mother.
- A Bittersweet Life (2005)
This violent mob story tells the tale of how things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn’t proceed by his boss’s orders. With the title role played with aplomb by Jeong min Hwang, the movie is a must watch for action lovers!
- A Hard Day (2014)
This thriller tells the story of a crooked detective, who after trying to cover up a car accident that left a man dead, is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event. Dramatic, action-packed and with multiple twists, this is another great watch from the Korean stable.