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7 breathtaking films from Korean cinema

Director: Chan-wook Park
Players: Min-sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yoo, Hye-jeong Kang
IMDb: 8.4

OldBoy is one of the reasons why the global film industry is turning its course to Korea. Oldboy, translated into our language as "Old Boy", describes the revenge journey of Oh Dae-so (Min-sik Choi), who was held in a cell for 15 years without explanation. The version, which was re-translated by acclaimed American director Spike Lee in 2013, has a reputation for being a horribly bad production.


Director:  Jee-woon Kim
Players: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Joon-hyuk Lee
IMDb: 7.8

Min-Sik Choi, who we know from OldBoy, brings to life the character of Kyung-chul, a psychopathic serial killer who kills for pleasure in a production translated into our language as I Saw the Devil. A terrifying chase begins between the two when Kyung-chul, whose victims include children, also kills the fiancee of Kim so-hyeon (Byung-hun Lee), a special agent. The events that are the result of this battle, which turns into a cat-and-mouse game, make the viewer question the morality of man.


Director: Hong-jin Na
Players: Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Do-won Kwak
IMDb: 7.5

In South Korea, a man who likes to be alone in a mountain town where everyone knows each other very well moves. Shortly after this stranger arrives in town, a mysterious disease begins to spread. The townspeople begin to think that this stranger who has just moved to the town is to blame for the spread of this disease. Although the townspeople think so, according to Jong-goo (Do-won Kwak), the police officer investigating the incidents, the cause of this disease is wild mushrooms consumed by the townspeople. With his own child suffering from the same disease, Jong-goo has no choice but to solve the mysterious events that are happening in the town. The Wailing, which invites the audience to a completely different world with its atmosphere, is definitely among the South Korean productions to watch!


Director:  Hong-jin Na
Players: Yoon-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo
IMDb: 7.8

Joong-ho Eom (Yoon-seok Kim), a professional ex-cop, begins trafficking prostitution in order to get rid of his financial problems. Not long after she starts work, these women begin to disappear without a trace. Joong-ho Eom, who is pursuing the case, gets a clue that all the women who have disappeared have been called by one person, but this time the police detain the man they are after and things develop...


Director:  Ki-duk Kim
Players: Min-so Jo, Jung-Jin Lee, Ki-Hong Woo
IMDb: 7.2

Pieta returns from the Venice Film Festival in 2012 with an award and tells the story of Gang Do (Jung-Jin Lee), an orphan who works for loan sharks and sees every way to do so. Gang Do's life changes when a woman who confronts him one day tells him that he is his mother. Although the subject seems to be "changed as a result of the advice of the mother that the bad boy reunited with years later", the film slaps the terrible secrets of both characters to the viewer...


Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Players: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma
IMDb: 7.6

Constantly neglecting her daughter due to her busy business life, Sok-Woo (Yoo Gong) can't stand her daughter's insistence and boards the train to Busan. Just as the train begins its journey, a woman begins to spread a virus that turns people into zombies to those on the train. As everyone on the train begins to turn into zombies one by one, Sok-Woo and his daughter become part of a breathtaking survival struggle.


Director:  Bong Joon Ho
Players:  Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo
IMDb: 8.6

Another feature of Parasite, which was nominated in 6 categories and marked the Oscars of 2019, is that for the first time in the history of the Oscars, a non-English production won the 'Best Film Award'. The parasite focuses on two different families, poor and rich. The rich Park family on one side and the poor Kim family on the other. The story of these two families, whose paths somehow intersect, is expertly and surprisingly told by director Bong Joon Ho, focusing on class differences and family relationships.

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