I have become a fan of Korean Movies. Most of the movies have amazing screenplay, direction, cinematography, choreography, amazing stunts and excellent stories. I have ignored some of the movies which I didn’t like it. Here is my top 10 list in no particular order except ‘A Moment to Remember’
It is a Story of a young Couple, their love for each other and their battle from the terminal illness called Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s a love story – a tearjerker loaded with emotions, romance, trust, betrayal, dedication, determination, discipline and dreams. It is One of the best Romantic movie that I have come across Korean films and it is my top favorite considering all genres. The one who likes Romantic movies will fall in love with this movie and it gives a new meaning for love. Hope you guys will enjoy this movie…
Memories of Murder – A film about the Serial Killer, Mysteries, Suspense, Thriller, Brutal deaths and Murders. A best Serial Killer movie who likes to play the game of Catch me if you can with the police officials and detectives and the ending that will put you all in dilemma. It has amazing screenplay which keeps you engaged till the end and wanting more of it at the end.
The man from nowhere – One of the best Stylish and Slick action korean movie that I have watched so far. The lead actor is amazing in his performance be it,
action, emotional or style quotient, he justifies the act. A person who is leading a low profile lifestyle as a pawn shop keeper is often stunned by the cute little girl living next door. She is the only girl he talks to and one day her mother is being kidnapped by the goons/human flesh traders looking out for the drugs she stole. It also reveals the dark side of the pawn shop keeper who is very well trained in combat and pain infliction. the story doesn’t hold any big surprises, but the sheer force of the characters and action drives it forward with style
Old Boy – The lead protagonist is being kidnapped and imprisoned in a hotel room. The
reason is unknown. Time is unknown. TV was the only sole connection to the outside world and watching it helplessly about her wife death and him considered as the murderer of her wife’s death who ran away from the scene. He trains himself physically along with planning shawshank redemption type of escape activity. As soon as he finds out the way for an exit suddenly he is thrown onto the rooftop of a building with a cellphone and some cash. He has only one aim to find out the reason for his abduction and imprisonment for 15yrs. He meets that lovely girl in a sushi bar type restaurant and his journey to find out the truth behind his imprisonment begins which comes with horrifying, shocking and somewhat disgusting (especially to Indian audience) revelation one after the other. Please watch out this movie solely for only one reason – The thrilling end.
The good the bad and the weird – The story is about the three characters bounty
hunter, the thief and the bandit along comes the MAP it’s value holds different meaning to each character. To the bandit legend Park Chang-yi, it will help solidify his name in history. To the thief Tae-goo, it means he and his grandmother are set for life. As for the bounty hunter Do-won… well, he wants a little bit of both. The Film has funny moments, sad moments and more over its kind of a comic relief to the viewers. It is engrossing with little bit of comedy, action and over the top bizarreness. You will love all the characters and all of them have done justice to the characters they play.
My Sassy Girl –
On his way home college student notices a young girl in the subway station who appears to be too near the edge of the tracks. Almost drunk to the point of unconsciousness, she barely notices the student moving her back to safety. On the train journey itself the young girl causes a scene due to her drunken behaviour and, just before she passes out, she refers to the nearby student as ‘Honey’. Reluctantly taking responsibility for her as the other passengers believe he is her partner, the student looks after the girl, not realising that this will be the start of a strange relationship… it comes with doses of suspense and comedy with an ending that you could not have wished for more.
Brother hood of war – A story of two brothers and their coerced journey in the
battlefield of War against North Korea, their survival, their bonding, their different opinions, mindset and aims of life. The two brothers were coerced to join the South Korean army due to pre-emptive strike by North Korean army on South Korean Soil. The elder brother shows his bravery, daredevil acts and put his life in danger for the sake of freedom of his young brother from the battlefield and army to put his brother safe from danger and educate him for the better prospects and future of his family. But these daredevil acts by his elder brother changes the views of his young brother towards his elder brother. They get into verbal fights, accusations and kind of a jealousy… The action sequence and the rawness of the war are worth watching. Stunning cinematography followed by good direction.
A film about fearless and proactive cop performing daredevil acts, ensnaring drug traffickers, arresting thieves, gangsters, kicking the shit out of eve teasers and getting involved in ridiculous situation such as arresting people based on just doubts like she caught the opposite lead character of the film. Somehow both fell in love with each other and she acting as the head of the two anyhow this film gets into situation where the opposite lead dies trying to protect his love and the female cop unable to digest the fact goes on doing such daredevil acts without fearing for her life. The climax may be bit bizzare but the film makes you smile at the end.
The Classic – It has amazing story and the writer himself is a director of this film I
believe. The film revolves with two stories, one of the past and the other of the present. The girl starts reading the old love letters of her mother (dead by now) that she had hidden in the box which revealed the real story of her mother and her past life, about her first love, about her dad, the situations that she involved into and the outcome of her love life. But there is a present story that goes side by side along with the past stories of her mother and the end of the two stories come to a “Classic” Finale. The director doesn’t confuse the audience and the cinematography is just awesome. The chemistry between the pairs is what you need to look into.
My little bride –
It’s a Romantic Comedy and it’s about A young School girl Boeun who is coerced and emotionally blackmailed to get married to the Sangmine (her childhood friend) by her Grandfather against her will to fulfill the promise made to Sangmine’s late grandfather and escape from the disgrace (in Korean culture). After some buttering and emotional blackmail by both the families they both agree to marry and sent to honeymoon. Here comes the twist, the girl escapes and avoids to go along sangmine (whereas he happened to go alone without choice as he was deceived by her) and she falls in love with the handsome hunk of her college (which she was already crazy about). When sangmine returns he decides to become the teacher/lecturer of the boeun school and one day comes to know the fact abt her inclination towards the other course mate (her boyfriend). You have to watch the movie for more It is a simple film with some special moments and a small dose of laugh.
The other two films that I like are as follows;
JSA – It’s the story about North and South Korean border security soldiers
safeguarding the joint security area (borderline). It is about the investigation carried out about the murder of one official (border security official belonging to North Korea) which is shown in the beginning of the film.
Chaser – Murder was a shame to be considered as a
remake on this gory thriller called Chaser. Most of you have seen the film Murder but watch this film to know the difference in quality, performances and Rawness of brutal killings, chase and many minute details. The story keeps you engrossed throughout the duration of the film and you will be surprised at the end because most of the Korean films have either sad/surprise/chaotic endings with loads and loads of tearjerkers.
There are so many movies that I am dying to watch but due to short of time I am unable to do so. Will update as and when I am able to watch those films and also request you all to suggest some good movies that may belong to Korea, Japan, China or Thailand.
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