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Movies: Best Movies in Korean(한국어)

The Korean language (South Korean: 한국어/韓國語 hanguk-eo; North Korean: 조선말/朝鮮말 chosŏn-mal) is an East Asian language spoken by about 77 million people. It is a member of the Koreanic language family and is the official and national language of both Koreas: North Korea and South Korea, with different standardized official forms used in each country. It is a recognised minority language in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture and Changbai Korean Autonomous County of Jilin province, China. It is also spoken in parts of Sakhalin, Russia, and Central Asia. Historical and modern linguists classify Korean as a language isolate; however, it does have a few extinct relatives, which together with Korean itself and the Jeju language (spoken in the Jeju Province and considered somewhat distinct) form the Koreanic language family. The linguistic homeland of Korean is suggested to be somewhere in Manchuria. ()

Korean is spoken in South Korea and North Korea and 2,931 movies (between 1926 and 2020) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these movies were shot in South Korea (2,578). Popular genres for Korean movies are Drama (1,470), Comedy (538) and Romance / Love (489). Parasite (2019), Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017), Extreme Job (2019), Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018) and The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014) are among the best known & most successful Korean movies.


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Parasite(2019)

R
| 2h 12min | Comedy, Thriller, Drama
4.3/5 (with 1,256 votes)

All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Directed by Bong Joon-ho - With Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Jo Yeo-jeong, Jang Hye-jin, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, ...

Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds(2017)

2h 19min | Drama, Fantasy, Action
3.9/5 (with 71 votes)

Having died unexpectedly, firefighter Ja-hong is taken to the afterlife by 3 afterlife guardians. Only when he passes 7 trials over 49 days and proves he was innocent in human life, he’s able to reincarnate, and his 3 afterlife guardians are by his side to defend him in trial.

Extreme Job(2019)

1h 51min | Action, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 21 votes)

A drug squad attempts to take down a criminal organization and they must go undercover to do so, so they begin working at a chicken restaurant, that becomes famous for its delicious chicken. Due to the unexpected popularity, the detectives find themselves in a situation they never expected.

Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days(2018)

2h 21min | Drama, Fantasy, Action
3.9/5 (with 33 votes)

Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days follows the journey of 3 Afterlife Guardians and Su-hong as they journey through their 49th trial in order to gain their reincarnations and how the Guardians slowly recover their forgotten memories through Household God in the living world.

Directed by Kim Yong-hwa - With Ha Jung-woo

The Admiral: Roaring Currents(2014)

2h 6min | War, Action, Drama, History
3.6/5 (with 64 votes)

The film mainly follows the famous 1597 Battle of Myeongryang during the Japanese invasion of Korea (1592-1598), where the iconic Joseon admiral Yi Sun-sin managed to destroy a total of 133 Japanese warships with only 13 ships remaining in his command. The battle, which took place in the Myeongryang Strait off the southwest coast of the Korean Peninsula, is considered one of the greatest victories of Yi.

Ode to My Father(2014)

2h 6min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 23 votes)

Korea, 1950. A child's vow to take care of his family marks the beginning of a lifelong promise spanning sixty years.

Directed by Yoon Je-kyoon - With Hwang Jeong-min

The Host(2006)

3.4/5 (with 556 votes)

Gang-du is a dim-witted man working at his father's tiny snack bar near the Han River. Following the dumping of gallons of toxic waste in the river, a giant mutated squid-like appears and begins attacking the populace. Gang-du's daughter Hyun-seo is snatched up by the creature and he and his family are taken into custody by the military, who fear a virus spread by the creature.. In detention, Gang-du receives a phone call from Hyun-seo, who is not dead, merely trapped in a sewer. With his family to assist him, he sets off to find Hyun-seo.

Veteran(2015)

NR
| 1h 59min | Action, Comedy, Crime
3.6/5 (with 43 votes)

When an old collaborator gets severely injured, a veteran policeman tries to figure out the way to bring to justice the ultimately suspected aggressor, a spoiled young executive, heir to a mega corporation, who believes he is above the law.

Train to Busan(2016)

1h 58min | Action, Horror, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 1,505 votes)

Martial law is declared when a mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. Those on an express train to Busan, a city that has successfully fended off the viral outbreak, must fight for their own survival….

Directed by Yeon Sang-ho - With Gong Yoo, Kim Su-an, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok, Choi Woo-shik, Sohee, ...

Snowpiercer(2013)

R
| 2h 7min | Action, Science Fiction, Drama
3.4/5 (with 2,672 votes)

In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.

The Thieves(2012)

NR
| 2h 15min | Action, Crime
3.4/5 (with 67 votes)

A gang of South Korean thieves team up with a Hong Kong crew to steal a diamond necklace from a heavily-guarded casino safe in Macau. As the cops close in, old betrayals — and misunderstandings — resurface.

A Taxi Driver(2017)

2h 18min | Drama, History, Action
4.1/5 (with 98 votes)

May, 1980. Man-seob is a taxi driver in Seoul who lives from hand to mouth, raising his young daughter alone. One day, he hears that there is a foreigner who will pay big money for a drive down to Gwangju city. Not knowing that he’s a German journalist with a hidden agenda, Man-seob takes the job.

Directed by Jang Hoon - With Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yu Hae-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol
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Dragon Wars: D-War(2007)

2.0/5 (with 90 votes)

Based on the Korean legend, unknown creatures will return and devastate the planet. Reporter Ethan Kendrick is called in to investigate the matter...

Tidal Wave(2009)

3.2/5 (with 49 votes)

Man-sik and Yeon-hee, are unsure as to whether they can overcome past wounds and continue being a couple. Dr. Kim, who cautions against a possible mega-tsunami at Haeundae, collapses in agony springing from an unexpected turn-up of his daughter and divorced wife. Hyoung-sik, after rescuing a woman from Seoul, rides out a ferocious storm to gladden her heart. A tsunami which destroys Haeundae symbolizes the establishment of a typical axis called provocation of conflicts, and later the inner spaces of the couples without anything left behind after all conflicts have ended.

EXIT(2019)

1h 43min | Action, Comedy
3.9/5 (with 14 votes)

When an unknown toxic gas strikes Seoul in an unprecedented act of terror, Yong-nam has just met Eui-ju from college by chance at his mother's birthday banquet. The city falls under sudden noxious gas attack and together, they must escape the panic-stricken city.

Directed by Lee Sang-geun - With Jo Jung-suk, Im Yoon-ah, Go Doo-shim, Park In-hwan, Kim Ji-yeong, Kang Ki-young, ...

Inside Men(2015)

3.5/5 (with 23 votes)

LEE Kang-hee, an editorialist of the influential conservative newspaper puts a congressman, JANG Pil-woo to the position of a leading candidate for President using the power of the press. Behind this, there was his secret deal with the paper’s biggest sponsor. AHN Sang-goo, a political henchman who supported LEE and JANG gets his hand cut as the price when he gets caught pocketing the record on the sponsor’s slush fund. WOO Jang-hoon, an ambitious prosecutor starts to investigate the relationship with JANG and the sponsor believing it is the only chance he can make it to the top. While getting down to the grass roots on the case, WOO meets AHN who has been deliberately planning his revenge. Now the war among the one blind for power, the one hell bent for vengeance, and the one eager for success starts.

Directed by Woo Min-ho - With Lee Byung-hun

Confidential Assignment(2017)

NR
| 2h 5min | Action
3.4/5 (with 18 votes)

When a crime organization from North Korea crosses borders and enters South Korean soil, a South Korean detective must cooperate with a North Korean detective to investigate their whereabouts.

The Age of Shadows(2016)

2h 20min | Action, Drama, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 72 votes)

Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop them.

The Outlaws(2017)

2h 1min | Crime, Action
3.8/5 (with 27 votes)

Ma Seok-do works as a detective squad chief. His team struggles to bust a criminal ring who originally came from Yanbian, China and led by Jang Chen.

Directed by Gang Yun-Seong - With Ma Dong-seok, Yoon Kye-sang, Jo Jae-yun

National Security(2003)

PG-13
| 1h 28min | Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
2.8/5 (with 241 votes)

Two mismatched security guards are thrown together to bust a smuggling operation.

1987: When the Day Comes(2017)

2h 9min | Drama, History, Thriller
4.1/5 (with 19 votes)

In 1987 Korea, under an oppressive military regime, a college student gets killed during a police interrogation involving torture. Government of officials are quick to cover up the death and order the body to be cremated. A prosecutor who is supposed to sign the cremation release, raises questions about a 21-year-old kid dying of a heart attack, and he begins looking into the case for truth. Despite a systematic attempt to silence everyone involved in the case, the truth gets out, causing an eruption of public outrage.

Operation Chromite(2016)

R
| 1h 51min | History, Drama, War, Action
3.0/5 (with 49 votes)

A squad of soldiers fight in the Korean War's crucial Battle of Incheon.

War of the Arrows(2011)

3.6/5 (with 59 votes)

13 years after the King Injo Revolt, the Chosun Dynasty is attacked by the Chung Dynasty of China. A young man named Na-mi leaves his demolished village to find his young sister, Ja-in, and her finance Su-koon, who were to wed on the very day of the attack. While on his mission to rescue her, he is being traced by Jushinta, a fierce Chung Warrior, and his band of malicious men who are out to stop him. Na-mi has but a day to rescue his sister before she is taken away to be a slave. When Na-mi finally finds his sister, Jushinta comes between them and a fierce battle between two of the finest warriors unfolds.

The Berlin File(2013)

3.4/5 (with 50 votes)

When an illicit arms deal goes bad, North Korean spy Pyo Jong-seong finds himself targeted not just by the South Koreans but also his own bosses.

Sunny(2011)

2h 4min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 42 votes)

Na-mi, a transfer student, becomes a laughingstock on her first day of school because of her strong southern dialect. Six girls jump in to help the new kid adapt to the new environment, and the girls come to call their circle of friends "Sunny.".

The Wailing(2016)

2h 36min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 334 votes)

A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

The Man from Nowhere(2010)

1h 59min | Action, Thriller, Crime
3.8/5 (with 301 votes)

His only friend called him 'the man from nowhere'... Taesik, a former special agent becomes a loner after losing his wife in a miserable accident and lives a bitter life running a pawnshop. He only has a few customers and a friend named Somi, a little girl next door. As Taesik spends more and more time with Somi, he gets attached to her. Then Somi is kidnapped by a gang, and as Taesik tries to save Somi by becoming deeply associated with the gang his mysterious past is revealed...

Directed by Lee Jeong-beom - With Won Bin, Kim Sae-ron

The Great Battle(2018)

NR
| 2h 15min | History, Action, Drama, War
3.6/5 (with 16 votes)

Kingdom of Goguryeo, ancient Korea, 645. The ruthless Emperor Taizong of Tang invades the country and leads his armies towards the capital, achieving one victory after another, but on his way is the stronghold of Ansi, protected by General Yang Man-chu, who will do everything possible to stop the invasion, even if his troops are outnumbered by thousands of enemies.

Directed by Kim Gwang-sik - With Jo In-seong, Nam Joo-hyuk, Park Seong-ung

Tazza: The High Rollers(2006)

2h 19min | Crime, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 20 votes)

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 is a small-town guy with a big appetite for gambling.

The Handmaiden(2016)

NR
| 2h 25min | Thriller, Drama, Romance / Love
4.2/5 (with 748 votes)

1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a young woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering uncle. But, the maid has a secret: she is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese count to help him seduce the heiress to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until the women discover some unexpected emotions.

Directed by Park Chan-wook - With Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo, Moon So-ri, Kim Hae-suk, Cho Jin-woong, ...
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