Since several years ago, the Korean cinema is gaining worldwide fame, and there are many good reasons for that. His scripts are noted for a treatment subtle of human nature, the directors sweep together the stories of poetic forms, precise and highly professional, and the actors, even the smaller ones, give us interpretations impeccable and moving.
Great.guru has prepared for you a list of 10 films in south Korean, of different genres, which you should definitely see. Although, we must confess, it was really difficult to decide for only 10 among the dozens of cinematographic works of high quality that this country has presented to the world.
To Taxi Driver: The heroes of Gwangju / Taeksi Unjeonsa (2017)
The movie has real facts that happened between the 18 and 27 may 1980 in Gwangju, the city in which the people revolted against the dictatorial government of Chun Doo-hwan. Nothing of what was going on there came to the rest of the world, the news media local tergiversaban the events, making them go through a rebellion communist. Peter, a German journalist who learned of what was happening thanks to a data slipped by another colleague overseas, he decided to go to the place of the conflict, despite the fact that the city was under siege, with all access blocked by the military. To achieve its objective, it hired a cab driver, agreeing to pay a good sum once you reach the destination. The driver, who was unaware of the danger he was exposing, he was widowed, and to do the work he had to leave his young daughter alone in her home of Seoul. With the development of the events, will have to face a difficult choice: risk his life to do the right thing, or to return as soon as possible with your small.
- The film is directed by Jang Hoon and starring the famous and excellent actor south Korean Song Kang-ho, who plays Kim Man-seob, the driver of the taxi, and by the German Thomas Kretschmann in the role of correspondent Peter.
Hello Ghost / Hello-u Goseuteu (2010)
After several suicide attempts failed, Kang Sang-man (Cha Tae-hyun) he insists once more, but in the wake of a brief clinical death discovers that he can now see four ghosts who, in addition to follow him everywhere, preventing him from returning to their suicide attempts. In order to get rid of them, you must provide your body to meet your wishes not carried out.
- A black comedy with subtle and unique touches of humor, and with an amazing and exciting dramatic turn towards the end. Written and directed by Kim Yeong-tak, who received for this work the award for Best Director Again at the 47th Baeksang Arts Awards 2011. Not to be missed.
Virtual city / Jojakdwen doshi (2017)
With a production that has nothing to envidiarles to the highest grossing movies of Hollywood, and an intricate plot skillfully developed, “The virtual city” tells the story of Kwon Yu (Ji Chang-wook), a talented video game player accused and convicted wrongfully of rape and murder. Kwon must prove his innocence and to do that, you will have the unexpected help of his teammates of virtual games, along with those who must face a friend powerful and intelligent.
- The film, directed by Park Kwang-hyun, is highlighted by the performance of the famous actor of the young generation, Ji Chang-wook, and for the interpretation of stellar Oh Jung-se in the role of the villain of the story. A movie well done, with lots of special effects and a basic idea clever and original.
Castaway on the moon / Kimssi Pyoryugi (2009)
Debt-ridden, Kim Seung-geun (Jung Jae-young) is thrown from a bridge into the Han river, but he survives, and appears on an islet, in the middle of the river that runs through Seoul. There, free of the pressures of capitalism and of the modern world, you will regain the love for life, but you will soon discover that he is being watched by a woman who sends messages in bottles that launches at night from the bridge. She is Kim Jung-yeon (Jung Ryeo-won), a woman who, from about 3 years ago, suffers from a social phobia because of a large scar that was left on the face after an accident. Secluded in his room, sleeping 11 hours a day, she creates a fictional world in a blog, it counts the calories you consume and do exercises to stay in shape and feel like you’ve had a busy day. By night, I take pictures to the moon, a place without people, and two times a year ago along with the deserted streets of the city, which is empty due to a mock air attack. It is one of those days that sees for the first time Kim Seung-geun on his island, and already can’t stop looking at it.
- A multi-award winning and beautiful story of love, written and directed by Lee Hey-jun, which talks about the loneliness of the people submerged in the maelstrom of the modern world. Must-see, poignant, and original.
3-iron / Bin-jip (2004)
A subtle love story between Sun-hwa (played by Lee Seun-yeon), a beautiful exmodelo mistreated by her husband, wealthy, and a young man who inhabits the houses of others, of a by night, in the absence of their owners (Tae-suk, played by Jae-hui). This movie is a clear demonstration of the ability of the koreans to have entire worlds without words. No, in fact, in the case of Sun-hwa and Tae-suk, who share their loneliness, in complete silence, until they stop being and feeling alone.
- The acclaimed film, written and directed by Kim Ki-duk, gives a sample of a great artistic sensitivity and subtlety creative. Makes you want to never end.
Next to you / Jigeum Mannareo Gamnida (2018)
This drama romantic fantasy tells the story of a young family is rocked by tragedy. When you die Soo-ah (Son Ye-jin), her husband, Woo-jin (So Ji-sub) is alone, in charge of his young son. Before dying, she gives the child a book that tells the story of a mother penguin that you are going to heaven, but a year later, during the rainy season, returns to the world of the living to be over a longer time with her young son. The child is expected to spend a year after the death of Soo-ah, and when the rainy season actually arrives, goes in his search to the place indicated in the book.
- The exciting plot, based on the japanese novel “Be with You”, written by Takuji Ichikawa, masterfully directed by Lee Jang-hoon, delights with impeccable performances, among which stand out the little Kim Ji-hwan (in the role of a child Ji-ho). The drama is tempered by abundant moments of humour, but can’t see it without tears. Of any form, leaves a feeling of warmth and want to hug the loved ones.
The anarchist / Park Yeol (2017)
A multi-award winning story based on the biography of the activist, anarchist Park Yeol (Lee Je-hoon) arrested, along with his lover Fumiko Kaneko (Choi Hee-seo) for their subversive activities carried out in 1919 in Japan. The character is flamboyant and provocative of the couple called the attention of the press, and it soon becomes a real obstacle to the japanese government, which tries to mould to the media and the reality itself to their favor, while thousands of koreans are slaughtered in the country.
- Written by Hwang Seong-gu, and directed by Lee Joon-ik, the film is another example of the visual works in south korea who require a supply prior handkerchiefs of paper.
Our world / Woorideul (2016)
In this film, once more, you can appreciate the amazing skill of actors of Korean children. The story is about the difficulties that the school must go through as they learn to interact with their peers. The small Sun (Choi Soo-in) suffers the scorn and ridicule from their peers. The day of the beginning of the summer holiday known to Jia (Seol Hye-in), a fellow newcomer who becomes his only friend. After having been inseparable during the months of rest, it’s time to return to classes, and Sun will have to face again the mistreatment, betrayal, lies and cruelty of their peers. What will keep Jia in your hand, or you will lose your friend forever? A story that reflects on the childhood, and human relationships in general.
- Directed by Yoon Ga-eun, winner of several international awards, is a film that is entertaining and poignant amazed by the impeccable interpretation of its small protagonists.
Hope / Sowon (2013)
The story of So-won (Lee Re), a girl of 8 years who is the victim of a brutal sexual abuse, is unfortunately based on the real life of a small who had to recover from physical damage irreversible, in addition go through the psychological trauma in the midst of a trial mis-managed that it became a sensation in the media. So-won was able to identify her attacker, and while the man was arrested at his home a few days later, received a sentence of only 12 years of imprisonment, causing great outrage and pain in the family and in society as a whole. The case took on such importance, that even the president of South Korea, Lee Myung-bak, had to publicly apologize for the inefficiency of the court that was in charge.
- The film, directed by Lee Joon-ik, tries to focus on the desire to get out ahead of the family devastated by the tragedy, and the importance of having the support of friends and the entire community to regain emotional stability after a case of abuse. It highlights the interpretation of Lee Re, which received several national and international awards for his work.
Poetry / Shi (2010)
Another film, multi award-winning, based on a real fact, which shows the unique operation and extraordinary of the south koreans to tell the worlds of their characters. The story begins with the suicide of a girl, abused repeatedly in the lab of his school by a group of students. One of the abusers is the grandson of Yang Mija (Yoon Jeong-hee), a woman of 66 years who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and it is noted in a poetry workshop in an attempt to learn how to express the beauty of the world with words. The weft base is tragic, it is told with a subtlety that is lyrical touching, and immerses the viewer into the depths of the human soul, leaving the feeling of having seen a true masterpiece.
- Written and directed by Lee Chang-dong, the film received the award for best screenplay at the Cannes film Festival, best film and actress at the Grand Bell Awards, and even a nomination at the academy awards in the category of Best actress, for the veteran film south Korean Yoon Jeong-hee.
Have you seen any of these movies? Or, maybe, you know any other cinematographic work in south korea that has not entered into our selection? Tell us about your favorites in the comments.
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