The 50 Best S. Korean Films

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  1. Git [Feathers in the Wind] (Il-gon Song, 2004)
  2. Green Chair (Cheol-su Park, 2005)
  3. 3-Iron (Ki-duk Kim, 2004)
  4. The Hotel Venus (Shuta Takahata, 2004) [Is this 'Korean' enough?]
  5. A Tale of Two Sisters (Ji-woon Kim, 2003)
  6. My Beautiful Days (Jong-jae Im, 2002)
  7. Oldboy (Chan-wook Park, 2003)
  8. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (Ki-duk Kim, 2003)
  9. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Chan-wook Park, 2002)
  10. The President's Last Bang (Sang-soo Im, 2005)
  11. Public Enemy (Woo-Suk Kang, 2002)
  12. Joint Security Area (Chan-wook Park, 2000)
  13. Tale of Cinema (Sang-soo Hong, 2005)
  14. Failan (Hae-sung Song, 2001)
  15. The Power of Kangwon Province (Sang-soo Hong, 1998)
  16. Classic (Jae-young Kwak, 2003)
  17. This Charming Girl (Yoon-ki Lee, 2004)
  18. Crying Fist (Seung-wan Ryoo, 2005)
  19. Turning Gate (Sang-soo Hong, 2002)
  20. Memories of Murder (Joon-ho Bong, 2003)
  21. Il Mare (Hyun-seung Lee, 2000)
  22. Taegukgi (Je-gyu Kang, 2004)
  23. A Bittersweet Life (Ji-woon Kim, 2005)
  24. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Chan-wook Park, 2005)
  25. Samaria (Ki-duk Kim, 2004)
  26. Woman Is the Future of Man (Sang-soo Hong, 2004)
  27. Antarctic Journal (Pil-Sung Yim, 2005)
  28. My Sassy Girl (Jae-young Kwak, 2001)
  29. The Isle (Ki-duk Kim, 2000)
  30. Marathon (Yoon-Chul Jeong, 2005)
  31. Someone Special (Jin Jang, 2004)
  32. Rules of Dating (Jae-rim Han, 2005)
  33. Musa (Sung-su Kim, 2001)
  34. Flying Boys (Young-Joo Byun, 2004)
  35. ...ing (Eon-hie Lee, 2003)
  36. Faceless Beauty [Hypnotized] (In-shik Kim, 2004)
  37. Spring Bears Love (Yi Yong, 2003)
  38. White Valentine (Yun-ho Yang, 1999)
  39. The Twins (Heung-Sik Park, 2005)
  40. Please Teach Me English (Sung-su Kim, 2003)
  41. Romance of their Own [Temptation of the Wolves] (Tae-gyun Kim, 2004)
  42. Windstruck (Jae-young Kwak, 2004)
  43. A Moment to Remember (John H. Lee, 2004)
  44. Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (Sang-soo Hong, 2000)
  45. Barking Dogs Never Bite (Joon-ho Bong, 2000)
  46. Some (Yoon-Hyun Chang, 2004)
  47. Spider Forest (Il-gon Song, 2004)
  48. Mr. Hong (Seok-beom Kang, 2004)
  49. Uninvited (Su-yeon Lee, 2003)
  50. The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (Sang-soo Hong, 1996)
Author Comments: 

I am of the opinion that the South Koreans have been producing some of the best films in recent years. The above list is what I consider the best out of what I've seen.

These aren't all artsy, fartsy films that only beret wearing coffee drinkers can enjoy. Many of these are general audience movies.

Hey, wait, the oldest film on the list is from 1996, what gives?
-Well, Korea has had a rocky history what with the Japanese occupation, civil war, censorship, and all. No doubt there are older Korean films, but Korean cinema has really taken off since around 1999. There's a huge difference in quality just comparing a 1997 Korean film to one from 2001. It has steadily been getting better and better.

This list will constantly be changing.

By the way This weekend I have seen another Kim Ki Duk film Adress Unknown... I realy liked it... have you seen it ? Lastnight I watched film called Bittersweet Life (2005) by director Kim Jae Won the one who did Tale of two sisters I realy enjoyed the film although I enjoyed 2 Sisters better....there was a scene that reminded me of Taxi Driver . But its another one of those out for Vengance films but In comparison with Oldboy or Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance the story is not as deep and goes more straightforward to the pure revenge theme. But this does not make the movie less enjoyable....
I also took Green Chair as proposed by your list.... I will see it with my 33 year old girlfreind ( I am 51 by the way...) but 2 years ago she dated a 20 year old kid... so age aint nuthin but a number.....

I have seen Address Unknown, and though I like it, there's some things I don't like, which is why it doesn't show up on the list.

I hope you like Green Chair. =)

Me and my 33 year old girlfreind saw it (?) it took us a longer because she got a little hot ...and we had to pause the film.... I liked it ...the intensity of the film...satisied my girlfreind....

Cool, glad you liked it.

Wow. There are 50 South Korean films out there? :-)