Greatest Korean Movies of Modern Time

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Whether you’ve only just recently picked up influence in South Korean Cinema, or you’re a long-time, devote fan, be sure to add these top five South Korean films to your watch list.

Oldboy (2003)

This complicated and very sinister film by the leading Korean director Park Chan-wook recounts the fiction of a man who was kept as a captive in a motel room for 15 years with no specific reason. His crusade revenge is depicted with impeccable pacing and unique artistry–so extreme so that Hollywood was provoked to make their adaptation of the film.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring (2003)

Amid the Korean backcountry, a Buddhist master diligently raises an inexperienced boy, preparing him to live a life of sympathy. When the boy explores his erotic lust, he implies to discard his contemplative life thoroughly, seeking his first love. However, he does not suit the current world, and after a set of adverse developments, retires to the master in the look of divine atonement. Along with impressive cinematography, the film offers viewers a valuable sense.

Peppermint Candy (1999)

A real emotional surge of a film, Lee Chang-dong’s epic feature boldly portrays a man’s life story opening with his suicide on a railway bridge, where he shouts “I want to go back!” like an advance train paths. The film thus goes on just like that, using altered chronology to get the roots of many issues that have since driven modern Korean cinema’s examination of the social psyche.

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

After giving time in a psychiatric institute, two sisters who come back to the home of their parent and cruel stepmother. There, their stepmother’s violent and irrational ways – in extension to an intruding ghost – influence their recovery. Incredibly disturbed, this psychological thriller marvelously obscures the lines between truth and the circumstances inside the leading character’s mind with subtle skills of storytelling.

Train to Busan (2016)

Acclaimed director Yeon Sangho showcased his filmmaking making chops with his ideally involving live-action debut, Train to Busan, the most rewarding Korean film outside of Korea to date. Uniting the luxuries of its fascinating premise – a mixed group of Seoulites seek to evade a zombie attack on a train – with several contemporary social assessments, this is a blockbuster that drives on numerous levels.