#1 Posted by thedj93 (1237 posts) -

So I just saw Oldboy for the first time and it was incredible (no surprise right) and a few months ago I watched I Saw the Devil on a rainy afternoon and was completely blown away cause at the time I didn't know what to expect. I didn't even know I enjoyed revenge flicks so much!

Anyways, all this has made me realize that Korea must be an exciting place in the cinema world and now I want to explore this world to the best of my abilities!

Does anyone have directions?

#2 Posted by deathfury (530 posts) -

The Man from Nowhere and The Chaser are both really great.

#3 Edited by MikkaQ (10263 posts) -

You could always watch the other two revenge movies in the very loose "trilogy" that Oldboy is a part of. Basically anything directed by Park Chan-wook. Also check out Mother.

#4 Posted by Grimhild (720 posts) -
#5 Posted by thedj93 (1237 posts) -

@deathfury: @MikkaQ: @Grimhild: thanks guys! :D

#6 Posted by fulcilivez (79 posts) -

I saw the Devil

#7 Posted by Hamst3r (4435 posts) -

These are awesome:

  1. The Man from Nowhere
  2. I Saw The Devil
  3. Castaway on The Moon
  4. Going By The Book
  5. Thirst
  6. The Chaser
  7. The Good, The Bad and The Weird
  8. The Host
  9. A Tale of Two Sisters
  10. I'm a Cyborg But That's Okay
#8 Posted by Gangsterlax (113 posts) -

Seriously what's up with South Korea and revenge movies?

#9 Posted by RedCream (704 posts) -

Sex is Zero

#10 Posted by galfisk (136 posts) -

I sorta liked R-Point. A horror movie, but a weird one at that. And Brotherhood of War, which surprisingly enough is a war movie. Quite good one at that.

Though both are considerably less 'artsy' than the movies mention by other posters.

#11 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

@Hamst3r said:

These are awesome:

  1. The Man from Nowhere
  2. I Saw The Devil
  3. Castaway on The Moon
  4. Going By The Book
  5. Thirst
  6. The Chaser
  7. The Good, The Bad and The Weird
  8. The Host
  9. A Tale of Two Sisters
  10. I'm a Cyborg But That's Okay

Ah! Someone else that loves Castaway on the Moon. One of my all time favorite movies. Going By the Book is also freaking awesome. Jeong Jae Yeong is an amazing actor.

#12 Posted by IrrelevantJohn (1017 posts) -

I really loved A Bittersweet Life.

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#13 Edited by Dethfish (3618 posts) -

The Man from Nowhere, I Saw the Devil, Lady Vengeance and The Chaser are probably my favorites.

#14 Edited by Genkkaku (732 posts) -

The Yellow Sea, haven't seen it but it's a follow up to The Chaser and it's sitting on my TV stand just waiting..

Also Attack the Gas Station is a great flick

#15 Posted by phrosen (143 posts) -

Taegukgi, A dirty Carnival, Seom, My Way & Nameless Gangster are really good as well.

#16 Posted by Ley_Lines (250 posts) -
#17 Posted by golguin (3832 posts) -
@Dethfish

The Man from Nowhere, I Saw the Devil, Lady Vengeance and The Chaser are probably my favorites.

Add mother, oldboy, and thirst to that list and you are set to pop on Netflix.
#18 Posted by HarlechQuinn (444 posts) -

Besides some of the already mentioned stuff I would like to add something more "wacky" like "Volcano High"...

#19 Edited by BillyMethers (149 posts) -

anybody know the name of a movie where a woman gets raped and then she trains herself (with martial arts) to take revenge?

think this is a chinese movie.

It's about a chinese police officer and his wife... and a group of men rape his wife.. then she takes her revenge..

the movie ends with

Turns out it was the police chief who sent the men to rape his wife because, it turns out, he is gay and was attracted to her husband. He wanted to be with him. The husband and the chief fight and the movie ends

they use to play it on TV back when the international channel existed.

#20 Posted by Philedius (204 posts) -
#21 Posted by CABBAGES (517 posts) -

@Philedius said:

Many of the films mentioned above + My Sassy Girl .

My sassy girl is great !

Do Not watch the american remake it is terrible !!

I cant remember the name of most of them but theres a lot of good korean horror films.

I think theres a few called whispering corridors 1 2 3 ect.

#22 Posted by BionicRadd (617 posts) -

Three Iron

Tale of Two Sisters

The Host

Any others I would recommend have already been named, previously. If you appreciate good cinematography, Three Iron is absolutely phenomenal.

#23 Edited by Humanity (8712 posts) -

@IrrelevantJohn said:

I really loved A Bittersweet Life.

This man knows whats up. A really great crime/action movie.

This scene should entice anyone to watch it

http://youtu.be/Vg0JU2s89tM

#24 Edited by Chaser324 (6257 posts) -

I'll throw in another vote for Mother, it's a really great film. The Good, The Bad, The Weird is also a really fun movie...as long as you overlook the animal cruelty stuff.

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#25 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

Has anyone seen Mother? Is it any good?

#26 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

I'll have to remember some of these, I'm learning Korean and love watching Korean stuff.

#27 Posted by Inkerman (1448 posts) -

A Bittersweet Life is really good, also the Good, the Bad and the Weird is really awesome, some of the best fight choreography going around. Joint Security Area is also a great one about the border between North and South Korea.

#28 Posted by DelroyLindo (387 posts) -

@Hamst3r said:

These are awesome:

  1. The Man from Nowhere
  2. I Saw The Devil
  3. Castaway on The Moon
  4. Going By The Book
  5. Thirst
  6. The Chaser
  7. The Good, The Bad and The Weird
  8. The Host
  9. A Tale of Two Sisters
  10. I'm a Cyborg But That's Okay

Castaway on the Moon is such a lovely film. really good. I will also add A Bittersweet Life to this list (surprised it wasn't included)

#29 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

Not Korean but Infernal Affairs is pretty great, what Sleeping Dogs reminds me of.

#30 Posted by TeflonBilly (4713 posts) -

I Saw The Devil was arguably my favorite movie of last year. I highly recommend it.

#31 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

City Of Violence, if you want awesome martial arts action with sprinkles of hilarity.

#32 Posted by ikilledthedj (279 posts) -
@fulcilivez

I saw the Devil


+1

Defiantly a must watch!
#33 Edited by Jrinswand (1695 posts) -

@Hamst3r said:

These are awesome:

  1. The Man from Nowhere
  2. I Saw The Devil
  3. Castaway on The Moon
  4. Going By The Book
  5. Thirst
  6. The Chaser
  7. The Good, The Bad and The Weird
  8. The Host
  9. A Tale of Two Sisters
  10. I'm a Cyborg But That's Okay

This is pretty much it. I thought The Good, The Bad and The Weird was pretty bad, but that may just be because I don't really like Tarantino, who was the primary inspiration for the movie. I'd also like to add: the rest of the Vengeance Trilogy, Mother, 3-Iron, and Three... Extremes.

Edit: Also, OP, I'd check out some Scandinavian cinema. I seem to see a lot of parallels between Korean films and those from Scandinavian countries. It could just be me, though.

#34 Posted by zombie2011 (4968 posts) -

I just watched,

The Chaser

I Saw The Devil

A Bittersweet Life (My favorite so far)

The Man from Nowhere

and Oldboy

Damn those were some amazing movies! i had seen Oldboy before but the others were new to me and blew me away. The main character from A Bittersweet Life reminded me of the main character from Drive, except he was so much more badass.

#35 Posted by EVO (3850 posts) -

I think the only Korean film I've seen is The Host, and it was great.