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1980s Korean-language Movies

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Suddenly in the Dark(1981)

1h 35min | Horror, Mystery, Drama
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

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.

Directed by Go Yeong-nam - With Kim Young-ae

Pulgasari(1985)

1h 35min | Horror, Drama, Fantasy
2.7/5 (with 22 votes)

In feudal Korea, a group of starving villagers grow weary of the orders handed down to them by their controlling king and set out to use a deadly monster under their control to push his armies back.

Adultery Tree(1985)

2h 5min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The matriarch of a highly respected family orders one of her daughter-in-laws to kill herself unless she can produce a child within a year.

Directed by Jung Jin-woo - With Won Mi-kyung

The Last Witness(1980)

2h 38min | Crime, Mystery, Drama, War
3.4/5 (with 4 votes)

Detective Oh goes searching for the murderer of Yang, a small-time brewer bludgeoned to death by a quiet riverside with no witnesses, no apparent motive. As he wanders about the winter landscape of South Jeolla Province and Seoul, he finds himself caught in a story of treachery, rape and murder.

Directed by Lee Doo-yong - With Hah Myung-joong

The Surrogate Woman(1987)

1h 35min | History, Drama
3.5/5 (with 7 votes)

A barren noblewoman encourages her husband to take a young peasant as a surrogate to secure the male line.

Directed by Im Kwon-taek - With Kang Soo-youn

Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?(1989)

2h 24min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 13 votes)

About three monks in a remote monastery; an aging master, a small orphan and a young man who left his city life to seek Enlightenment.

Directed by Bae Yong-kyun

Chilsu and Mansu(1988)

1h 49min | Drama, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 5 votes)

Chilsu and Mansu focuses on Chilsu, a smooth-talking billboard painter who struggles to hold down a job, and his evolving friendship with Mansu, a capable and intelligent worker who is held back in life because his father is an unreformed Communist sympathizer.

Madame Aema(1982)

1h 42min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Oh Su-bi's husband, Shin Hyun-wu, is in jail for involuntary homicide. For the past two years, Su-bi has visited her husband every week. Though she is anguished by Hyun-wu's affairs, Su-bi is unable to divorce him even though everyone thinks she should. While visiting her husband, Su-bi meets Kim Dong-yub, a student of art, and feels his sincerity. One day, Su-bi runs into an old boyfriend, Kim Mun-ho, who lives in the same apartment complex. They engage in an affair. However, Su-bi is unable to bear the perverted sexual preferences of Mun-ho. She goes to Dong-yub and engages in a pure love. Hyun-wu asks for a divorce. When Su-bi is in the country, Dong-yub comes to her and promises to take her to France. However, the day they are supposed to leave for France, Hyun-wu is released from jail on a special pardon. Though she was on her way to Dong-yub, Su-bi finds herself greeting Hyun-wu, unable to free herself from the shackles of marriage.

Directed by In-yeob Jeong - With Ahn So-young

Come Down to a Lower Place(1982)

1h 42min

Yo-han is the son of a Christian minister. Following his father's career, he joins the seminary without much enthusiasm, then drops out. After doing his military service as a KATUSA, he teaches at the U.S. educational center. When he is given a job teaching in America, he hastily marries in preparation for the move. He is suddenly struck blind, then begins contemplating suicide. Instead he has a religious vision and dedicates himself to the ministry, and opens a church for the blind.

The Village of Mist(1983)

1h 34min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 1 vote)

Su-ok, a young teacher, moves into an isolated mountain village whose inhabitants are all related except for a mysterious dimwitted vagabond.

Directed by Im Kwon-taek

Mandala(1981)

1h 57min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 9 votes)

A story that follows the lives and interactions of two Buddhist monks living in South Korea.

Directed by Im Kwon-taek - With Ahn Sung-ki

Gilsoddeum(1986)

1h 45min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Hwa-yeong leaves her middle-class life in Busan to search for the son she lost during the Korean war.

Directed by Im Kwon-taek - With Kim Ji-mee
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Woman of Fire '82(1982)

1h 55min | Thriller
2.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Intrigue and murder on a small poultry farm outside of Seoul when a young maid starts working on the farm and is seduced by the local farm hand.

Directed by Kim Ki-young - With Kim Ji-mee, Na Young-hee

The Age of Success(1988)

1h 50min | Drama, Comedy
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Kim Pan-chok (means “sales promotion”) is assigned to work in the sales promotion department of Yumi Inc., a sweetener manufacturer. He falls ill after a heated sales war with Gammi Inc., a leading competitor and is hospitalized. He devises a genius plan while in the hospital.

Directed by Jang Seon-u - With Ahn Sung-ki

Mulberry(1986)

1h 54min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

Sam-po is a gambler living without concern for how his wife will manage their houselhold without his earning money. In order to get food and provisions, his wife An-hyeob, sleeps with various merchants in the village. One of the few men she does not sleep with, a lustful servant named Sam-dol, decides to reveal her activities to her husband for revenge.

Directed by Lee Doo-yong - With Lee Mi-sook

The Man with Three Coffins(1987)

1h 57min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

An isolated, depressed widower in search of meaning and redemption and still trying to come to terms with the circumstances of his wife's death three years earlier is gradually making his way towards her home town near the Korean border when his path crosses that of a dying company director (whose last wish is to go home to the same village to die) and his nurse.

Good Windy Days(1980)

1h 53min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 4 votes)

Three friends, Duk-bae, Chun-sik, and Kil-nam, work each at a suburban Chinese restaurant, a barbershop, and a motel. The three friends are clueless about their future. They just share the drinks and love stories. Kil-nam is in love with Jin-ok working at a hair salon and Chun-sik is after Yu who also works at the barbershop. Naive Duk-bae's mind is torn between Chun-sun who works at a factory and an uptown girl Myung-hi. Their daily lives are never quiet. Chun-sik goes to jail for assault and Kil-nam departs to serve in the military. Three of them part with a promise that they will never give in to the hardships of life.

Directed by Lee Jang-ho - With Ahn Sung-ki

Come Come Come Upward(1989)

2h 14min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 6 votes)

This story of two Buddhist nuns is an exploration of the Korean experience of the relationship between hardship and religious salvation. Trainee Soon-nyeo is forced to confront her True Path by walking among the people, while venerable Jinseong must pursue enlightenment through her inner practice.

Directed by Im Kwon-taek - With Kang Soo-youn

Eunuch(1986)

1h 48min | History
2.5/5 (with 3 votes)

Jeong-ho is castrated by an ambitious minister for loving above his station. The minister also happens to be the father of Ja-ok, the girl Jeong-ho loved. He sends his daughter to the king as a concubine in a bid to gain favor, but the king sees through his motives and the instead forces Ja-ok into the position of a lowly kitchen maid. Jeong-ho sole hope in life is to save his former lover.

Directed by Lee Doo-yong - With Ahn Sung-ki

The Dragon's Snake Fist(1982)

1h 50min | Action
3.5/5 (with 3 votes)

In central China, the Dragon Fist and the Jeet-Kune are two competing martial arts schools. When Dragon Fist master, Ho Cho, breaks his leg in a competition between the schools, he vows revenge. The Jeet-Kune school is damaged and student Lee Jin battles to regain the school in a death-duel!

Directed by Godfrey Ho - With Dragon Lee

My Mellow Rose(1988)

While waiting to hear on a teaching position, Jong-hwan falls in love with Su-kyeong who, in turn, loves his poetry. They marry but, because Jong-hwan is caught up in his work and taking care of his mother and siblings, he fails to notice his wife's hardships or the fact that her health is getting progressively worse.

Spinning the Tales of Cruelty Towards Women(1984)

1h 40min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Ki-rye, from a respectable but poor family, is married off to the deceased son of a powerful government official. Her father-in-law takes pity on her miserable and lonely condition and helps her to run away. She becomes a servant in Minister Choi's house. She marries again to a low-level noble, but finds herself in dire straits when it appears that she is unable to produce a male child to carry on the bloodline.

Directed by Lee Doo-yong - With Won Mi-kyung

The Blazing Sun(1985)

1h 40min | Drama
2.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Chun-ho and his wife Sun-hie wander Korea in search of a way to make a living under Japanese colonial occupation. They settle in a mining village where Sun-hie is forced to put up with her husband's gambling and beatings. Eventually he forces her to go to a loanshark so he can get enough money to run away with a prostitute.

Directed by Hah Myung-joong - With Hah Myung-joong

War Of The God Monsters(1985)

3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

After Dr. Kim is gone missing trying to find dinosaurs traces, the young and pretty reporter Kang Ok-hi is sent by her chief editor to investigate on Dr. Kim's new theory. She disguises as a maid and searches Dr. Kim’s house to steal his thesis. During the day, Dr. Kim investigates about some archeological work nearby the coast and manages to discover dinosaurs footprints. Suddenly, a mysterious giant bird (who looks like a prehistoric bird with a chicken head) appears and some disastrous incidents occur one after another. Dr. Kim believes that the only way to prevent those is by destroying the bird’s eggs. He then starts to search for the eggs as new monsters appear and rampage the nearby cities.

Phoenix Robot Phoenix-King(1984)

1h 7min | Animation
1.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Vacationing youngsters on Mars must return to Earth to find The Phoenix King and defeat Nicholas, an evil conqueror from space.

Adada(1987)

1h 58min
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

The life of a mute woman.

Directed by Im Kwon-taek

Field of Honor(1986)

1h 33min | War, Drama
1.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Korea 1951: After a Chinese attack Dutch mercenary sergeant De Koning is left alone by his army. While trying to survive, he meets a woman who is attempting to save her little brother. The image of the boy in shock changes him.

Sabangji(1988)

1h 34min | Romance / Love
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Sabangji, who was born with both sexes from the body of a vicious criminal and a mad woman, grows up in Mireuksa Temple with the help of Sijuseung. The blue widow Lee So-sa and Sabangji, who came to her husband's Tal-sang rite, come down to the inner world by a fateful encounter and share a spiritual love that goes beyond the dimension of carnal desire.However, their love is discovered by the elders of the family, and So-sa betray everywhere The shaman who escaped...

The Diary of King Yonsan(1988)

1h 58min | Drama, History

A historical drama about the life of Prince Yeonsan of Joseon,.

Directed by Im Kwon-taek - With Yu In-chon, Kim Jin-a, Kwon Jae-hee, Kim Young-ae, Yoon Yang-ha, Kim In-mun, ...

Order No. 027(1986)

1h 14min | War, Action
2.8/5 (with 4 votes)

A group of elite soldiers is sent across the border to South Korea to destroy a military base.

Directed by Eung Suk Kim, Ki Mo Jung - With Kwang Jo Choi
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