Korean Cinema

Films from South Korea that I’ve seen, ranked. I need to see more of the classics. It wasn’t until I made this list that I realized Kim Ki-young’s The Housemaid was my highest rated Korean film. I don’t know that it is representative of the Korean films that I have liked. But I have yet to see a Korean movie to which I have given five stars. That is unusual for a country from which I’ve seen so many films (but not unique — Argentina is in similar territory).

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Recommended lists:
Aranoo’s The Best From South Korea
hotsake’s Korean Classic Film YouTube Channel
apursansar’s KOREAN FILM CANON
lady gaga roteiros e fics’s Korean Classics

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  • The Housemaid

    1

  • Mandala

    2

  • Sopyonje

    3

  • Burying Old Alive

    4

  • Oasis

    5

  • The Power of Kangwon Province

    6

  • Ticket

    7

  • Chunhyang

    8

  • Sleepless Night

    9

  • Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?

    10

  • Poetry

    11

  • Fly High Run Far

    12

  • Woman of Fire

    13

  • Aimless Bullet

    14

  • The Seaside Village

    15

  • The Day After

    16

  • Memories of Murder

    17

  • Gilsoddeum

    18

  • Tale of Cinema

    19

  • Treeless Mountain

    20

  • A Hometown in Heart

    21

  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    22

  • Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors

    23

  • Painted Fire

    24

  • Mother

    25

  • On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate

    26

  • Io Island

    27

  • A Woman After a Killer Butterfly

    28

  • Burning

    29

  • Gyeongju

    30

  • Transgression

    31

  • Peppermint Candy

    32

  • Hotel by the River

    33

  • Festival

    34

  • Water Lady

    35

  • The Sea Knows

    36

  • Our Sunhi

    37

  • The Day He Arrives

    38

  • Hill of Freedom

    39

  • Secret Sunshine

    40

  • Parasite

    41

  • Night and Day

    42

  • The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well

    43

  • Yangsan Province

    44

  • Woman Is the Future of Man

    45

  • Green Fish

    46

  • Right Now, Wrong Then

    47

  • Nobody's Daughter Haewon

    48

  • Castaway on the Moon

    49

  • Barking Dogs Never Bite

    50

  • The Host

    51

  • Claire's Camera

    52

  • A Quiet Dream

    53

  • On the Beach at Night Alone

    54

  • List

    55

  • Oki's Movie

    56

  • 3-Iron

    57

  • Promise of the Flesh

    58

  • The Insect Woman

    59

  • Village of Haze

    60

  • Lost in the Mountains

    61

  • Hahaha

    62

  • Okja

    63

  • The Woman Who Ran

    64

  • The Handmaiden

    65

  • Oldboy

    66

  • This Is Korea!

    67

  • Yourself and Yours

    68

  • Like You Know It All

    69

  • Woman on the Beach

    70

  • Grass

    71

  • A Hard Day

    72

  • The Man from Nowhere

    73

  • In Another Country

    74

  • The Wailing

    75

  • Woman of Fire '82

    76

  • Maggie

    77

  • Pietà

    78