Some of my Favourite Korean films ............... Back to South Korean Film page ............... Back to Start Page

Read more about each film on the Korean Film page

1. Save the Green Planet (2003) direction: Jang Jun-hwan - one of the most sensational and offbeat film debuts ever

2. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) direction: Park Chan-wook - a classic feel bad tale of revenge

3. Secret Sunshine (2007) direction: Lee Chang-dong - gripping drama with lots of sorrow and great acting

4. Mother (2009) direction: Bong Joon-ho - brilliant crime-drama with a fantastic Kim Hye-ja as sleuth

5. Old Boy (2003) direction: Park Chan-wook - crime drama that rocked the world

6. Oasis (2002) direction: Lee Chang-dong - protest drama and love story about 2 outcasts in the korean society

7. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring (2003) direction: Kim Ki-duk - beautifully meditative and peaceful

8. Texture of Skin (2006) direction: Lee Sung-gang - enigmatic and fascinating non-animated feature debut

9. Never Ending Peace & Love (2003) direction: Park Chan-wook - short film about an unfortunate nepalese in Seoul

10. The Quiet Family (1998) direction: Kim Je-woon - a delightfully offbeat comedy and a great feature film debut

11. The Day A Pig Fell Into the Well (1996) direction: Hong Sang-soo - Korean "Short Cuts"

12. Yobi the Five Tailed Fox (2006) direction: Lee Sung-gang - uneven with too many plots but still just GORGEOUS visually

13. Night Fishing (2011) direction: Park Chan-wook - absolutely haunting experimental short filmed on iPhones

14. The Foul King (2000) direction: Kim Je-woon - another offbeat comedy and with Song Kang-ho as a loser bankman becoming a wrestler

15. The Chaser (2008) direction: Na Hong-jin - neo-noir crime-thriller with a great Kim Yun-seok as a pimping bum

16. Epitaph (2007) direction: The Jung Brothers - dreamlike visually stunning horror-drama and another great debut

17. Dasepo Naughty Girls (2006) direction: E J Yong - eccentric impressive sex-comedy-high school-musical-satire

18. Memento Mori (2000) direction: Kim Tae-young - a sensual and dreamlike drama-horror about high school girls

19. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) direction: Kim Je-woon - visually atmospheric and fairy tale like horror-drama

20. My Beautiful Girl, Mari (2002) direction: Lee Sung-gang - lyrical, just lovely animation about a magical summer

21. Pluto (2013) direction: Shin Su-won - an offbeat indie high school thriller with criticism of the harsh school system

22. Untold Scandal (2003) direction: E J Yong - A gorgeous and highly stylized love costume drama from 18th century

23. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005) direction: Park Chan-wook - the third part of the legendary Revenge Trilogy

24. A Bloody Aria (2006) direction: Won Sin-yeon - a refreshingly bizarre korean take on Deliverance with dark humour added

25. The Host (2006) direction: Bong Joon-ho - wonderful creature horror with great actors and a lot of fun. Charming

26. Address Unknown (2001) direction: Kim Ki-duk - lots of darkness and misery about human shipwrecks but still fascinating

27. Memories of Murder (2003) direction: Bong Joon-ho - great crime-drama based on real serial killings committed 1986-1991

28. A Bittersweet Life (2005) direction: Kim Je-woon - great and intensely violent crime-action with great acting

29. The President's Last Bang (2005) direction: Im Sang-soo - great drama-thriller about the killing of dictator Park

30. Architecture 101 (2012) direction: Lee Yong-soo - romantic indie drama about bitter memories of a love affair