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Korean New Wave Starter Pack

Just getting into Korean films? This list will guide you through the essentials of the Korean New Wave and help you get started on your way to enjoying the rich world offered by Korean cinema.

The "Korean New Wave" took place around 2000-2006 and the films released during this time took the world by storm and firmly established Korean cinema as a force to be reckoned with. The originality and genre bending conventions of these films took me and many others by surprise and helped to pave the way for the unique voice that is the Korean cinema we all know and love today.

The films are not ranked in terms of "best" but rather as a recommended viewing order for adjusting to Korean cultural norms and quirks to hopefully produce maximum enjoyment and appreciation of the films.

  • Shiri

    1

  • My Sassy Girl

    2

  • Friend

    3

  • Il Mare

    4

  • My Wife Is a Gangster

    5

  • Memories of Murder

    6

  • A Tale of Two Sisters

    7

  • Save the Green Planet!

    8

  • Oldboy

    9

  • Welcome to Dongmakgol

    10