10 Great South Korean Movies

For our readers who have gotten hooked on the Korean wave, we have got you covered as we count down 10 Great South Korean Movies which you can check out below! You’ll also find buy links for all the movies on the list!

Based on a real-life story, this film centers around a mentally-changed father named Lee Yong-gu and his 7-year-old daughter Ye-sung, who only depends on each other. Then due to an unfortunate accident, their simple life gets more complicated when Yong-gu was suddenly incarcerated after being wrongfully accused for child murder. Due to Ye-sung’s determination to reunite with her father, she somehow found a way to sneak her way inside the prison where Yong-gu was being held in cell no. 7 along with other five inmates. Now, they must band together to help protect Ye-sung from being discovered as she can’t bear the idea of separating from her beloved father again.

On top of its heartwarming story, Miracle in Cell No. 7 also features a stellar cast led by Park Shin-hye, Kal So-won and the versatile Ryu Seung-ryong, who you have probably seen in Netflix’s Kingdom . With this 2013 film, I can confidently recommend that this is one of the best South Korean films I’ve ever seen to date. But fair warning, for this film you should definitely prepare a box of tissues or anything to wipe away tears just in case.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Park Chan-wook, this 2005 film is the third installment to Park’s Vengeance trilogy, preceded by Song Kang-ho’s Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Choi Min-sik’s Old Boy (which are both available for viewing on Asian Crush). It follows the story of a determined woman named Lee Geum-ja, who is trying to enact her revenge against the person that had caused her to abandoned her infant daughter by spending 13 years in prison for his crimes.

Although all of the films in the trilogy were all incredibly different and well-executed in their own ways, I think Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is the most underrated one despite also featuring a strong lead performance with Lee Yeong-ae’s powerful portrayal of an innocent woman suffering due to a man’s misdeeds.

Kim Joo-ho’s historical comedy film adds a new refreshing spin to the heist genre as it takes the Ocean’s Eleven concept to the Joseon era. Set during the last years of King Yeongjo’s reign when ice was more valuable that gold, the film introduces us to 11 professionals including a bookseller and an ex-royal guard, who have teamed up to use their different skills in planning a scheme that would stop corrupt officials from monopolizing the royal ice blocks.

This 2012 film is fun and highly-enjoyable which is very suitable for people of all ages. It also showcased a right balance of tension-filled action and slapstick humor which are attributed to the star-studded cast’s comedic chemistry that carried throughout the film. The Grand Heist is a great addition to your must-watch list for scheduled movie nights with friends or family.

Starring Kim Ji-won and Yoo Yeon-seok, Horror Stories begins when a high-school student gets abducted by a serial killer who can only go to sleep when he listens to scary stories. In order for her to escape, she must now do her best to narrate four blood-chilling horror stories throughout the film.

Directed by six directors, this 2012 film is a horror anthology consisting of four short films featuring psychopaths and zombies. Each story offers a different kind of terror that will definitely satisfy your horror cravings while leaving you on the edge of your seat. In addition to its intense and terrifying stories, its main premise is also enough for horror fans to get hook on the film.

This classic film is absolutely a hidden gem among Asian Crush’s available South Korean titles because it features a powerhouse cast led by acclaimed veteran actors Park In-hwan and Na Moon-hee. Joining them are then rising actors Song Kang-ho and Choi Min-sik, who have both later found success in the local and international scenes for their memorable performances in Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite and Park Chan-wook’s Old Boy , respectively.

This 1998 film is a black comedy horror film which centers around the Kang family, who have decided to leave the city to set up a Mountain Lodge for hikers. However, their hopes of achieving financial breakthrough gets immediately upended when their first guest suddenly dies. From there, things just continued to go downward spiral for the extended family as they’re led to a string of comically unfortunate events which are being caused by unimaginable scenarios.

Even though The Quiet Family involves a lot of violence, Kim Jee-woon’s directorial film debut had still found a way to showcase humor-filled sequences that somehow made sense within its eccentric storyline.

Starring Jun Ji-hyun and Cha Tae-hyun, the film begins with a normal college student named Kyun-woo as he meets a mysterious and unusual girl on a train station. After their first encounter, Kyun-woo will then continuously get dragged into awkward and comical situations involving the nameless Girl, who has kept on appearing in his life. However, despite the Girl’s push and pull treatment towards him, Kyun-woo finds himself falling deeply in love with her as he continues to do things that would make the Girl happy.

Since its release in 2001, My Sassy Girl became one of South Korea’s highest-grossing comedy film of all time and had also gained a big following across Asia including Japan and Taiwan. On top of becoming a box office success, the film was also well-received among critics who had particularly praised Jun’s leading performance which led her to becoming one of Korea’s top actresses.

Next up is another one of director Kim Jee-woon’s hit films, who is best known for his works on The Good, The Bad, The Weird and I Saw The Devil . This 1993 film one is definitely a treat for horror fans who are interested in psychological dramas and wants a further introduction into South Korean films.

Based on a popular folktale from the Joseon Dynasty era, A Tale of Two Sisters begins when a teenage girl named Su-mi has finally returned home with her father and younger sister Su-yeon to their private lakeside house after being treated in a mental institution. As soon as they arrived, Su-mi and Su-yeon have unwillingly met with their stepmother again. However, strange things are starting to happen when Su-mi gets surreal nightmares involving her late mother. Because of this, she ends up believing that their stepmother Eun-joo has dark secret that has something to do with the downfall of her family.

Starring Go Soo and Han Hyo-joo, Love 911 is a romantic drama that centers around Kang-il and Mi-soo, a distant firefighter and a selfish doctor whose lives suddenly crossed paths with each other due to a patient’s medical misdiagnosis. In order to save her rising medical career, Mi-soo tries her best to gain Kang-il’s trust and good graces because he’s apparently the only solution for her problem.

This 2012 film contains the classic rom-com formula that viewers had already grown familiar of. Despite that, it is still worth seeing due to the charming performance that Han Hyo-joo had delivered throughout the film which would really draw you to her character.

Scandal Makers begins with thirty-something radio DJ named Nam Hyeon-soo, who was previously a popular idol during his younger years. Little does he know, his bachelor life will suddenly get disrupted with the arrival of young single mother Hwang Jeong-nam along with her son, who introduces themselves as Hyeon-soo’s daughter and grandson. He has no other choice but to let them live with him in order to protect his reputation as a celebrity. However, keeping their secret proves to be a more difficult task as he finds out that his daughter has entered his radio station’s singing competition because of her dream of becoming a singer.

Starring Park Bo-young and Cha Tae-hyun, this 2008 comedy film features a fun and entertaining story about an unlikely family. Despite dealing with a serious topic concerning parenting, the film has still managed to work its way through it without completely undermining the lesson that it needs to convey. Filled with comedic moments from the leading trio, the film is a definitely a good choice for family movie nights.

Based on a popular South Korean webtoon series of the same name, the film centers around a normal high school student named Woo Ki-myung, who keeps on getting picked on by school bullies due to his cowardliness and submissive behavior. When he finally moves to the city and attends a new school, he then finds the opportunity to reinvent himself as his school’s new Fashion King. However, as he tries to reach the top, Ki-myung forms a rivalry against the wealthy and stylish Won-ho, who has been very determined to achieve the Fashion King title for himself.

This 2014 film is a coming-of-age story that is being told through the competitive lens of fashion. Admittedly, the film does have some weird moments and plot holes about its storyline which might confused viewers at first. However, despite those things, the film is still enjoyable and it also features a valuable lesson about standing up for yourself.

Tom Holland’s Uncharted Film! Production Begins

After going through a lot of major setbacks during its pre-production stage, production on Sony Pictures’ long-forthcoming film adaptation of Uncharted is finally taking off with MCU alum Tom Holland taking to Instagram to confirm that filming has begun on the long-in development project. This revelation comes four months after the studio decided to shut down the production on the film’s first day of filming in Berlin.

In addition to this good news, Sony Pictures has also announced that Uncharted has now been moved up to an earlier release date in 2020. Originally scheduled to be released on October 8, 2021, the highly-anticipated film will now be hitting theaters on July 16, 2021, which was the previous release date of the third installment to Sony and Marvel Studios’ Tom Holland-led Spider-Man film. The July 16, 2021 release will see the film go up against Warner Bros.’ Space Jam 2 .

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Set to be directed by Zombieland and Venom director Ruben Fleischer, Uncharted will be a prequel to the game series, taking its basis from the sequence in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception wherein the young thief Nathan Drake (Holland) first encounters his partner Victor Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) and in essence, sets up the events of the entire game franchise.

Joining Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg are Academy Award-nominated actor Antonio Banderas ( The Mask of Zorro , Pain and Glory ), Grey’s Anatomy actress Sophia Ali and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Tati Gabrielle.

Based on the action-adventure video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune from Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive, the story follows a descendant of explorer Sir Francis Drake, a treasure hunter named Nate Drake who believes he has learned the whereabouts of El Dorado, the fabled South American golden city, from a cursed golden statue. The search becomes competitive when a rival hunter joins the fray, then is escalated when creatures — actually mutated descendants of Spaniards and Nazis — begin attacking those hoping to learn the treasure’s true secrets.

Uncharted is an Arad/Atlas Entertainment Production, with Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, and Ari Arad producing. The film will serve as the first feature produced by PlayStation Productions.

Despite previous drafts by the likes of Mark Boal ( The Hurt Locker , Zero Dark Thirty ), Oscar nominee David O. Russell, Doctor Strange ‘s Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, Safe House ‘s David Guggenheim, and Joe Carnahan, the new draft of the screenplay is written by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway.

Travis Knight became the sixth director to leave the project in its decade-long development cycle which began with Russell attached to direct followed by Neil Burger ( Limitless ), Seth Gordon ( Baywatch ), Shawn Levy ( Free Guy ) and Dan Trachtenberg ( 10 Cloverfield Lane )

Featuring Titular Star Ethan Hawke in Exclusive Tesla Poster

debuting the exclusive Tesla poster from IFC Films upcoming biographical drama starring Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke ( Boyhood , Training Day ), releasing in theaters and on VOD on August 21. You can check out the full poster now in the gallery below!

The film, written, directed, and produced by Michael Almerevda ( Hamlet ), follows inventor Nikola Tesla (Hawke) as he fights an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition. Increasingly displeased by the greed of fellow inventor Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks ), Tesla forges his own virtuous but arduous path toward creating the innovative alternate-current motor. His European nature is at odds with budding American industrialism and the landscape of intellectual property is treacherous and Tesla slowly becomes jailed in his overactive mind. His associate, Anne Morgan (Eve Hewson, The Knick ), analyzes and presents his story as it unfolds, offering a distinctly modern voice in this scientific period drama.

In addition to Hawke, Hewson, and MacLachlan, the cast for Tesla features Jim Gaffigan ( The Jim Gaffigan Show ) as entrepreneur George Westinghouse, Donnie Keshawarz ( The Wolf of Wall Street ), Rebecca Dayan ( Celeste & Jesse Forever ), Josh Hamilton ( Eighth Grade ) and Lucy Walters ( Power ).

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Tesla is produced by IFC Films alongside Millennium Media, Uri Singer of Passage Pictures, Christa Campbell and Lati Grobham of Campbell-Grobman Films and Isen Robbins of Intrinsic Value Films.

Reboot Taps Jon Hamm to Lead & Produce! by Miramax’s Fletch

It’s been over five years since we last heard that Jason Sudeikis ( Booksmart ) was set to take on the iconic role of Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher in a reboot of the Chevy Chase-led franchise at Warner Bros. and now The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Jon Hamm ( Tag ) has signed on for the titular role at Miramax!

Based on the Gregory Mcdonald novels of similar name, Hamm is set to star as I.M. Fletcher, the quick-witted investigative reporter previously portrayed by Chase in the 1985 cult classic neo-noir comedy and its poorly-received 1989 sequel. The new film is set to be penned by Zev Borow ( Chuck ) and helmed by Greg Mottola, best-known for directing Superbad and Paul and previously having worked with Hamm on Clear History and Keeping Up With the Joneses .

“ Fletch’s duration over audiences- whether told on paper or the big screen- entertains all and we could not be more thrilled to see what twenty-first century twist these artists create ,” Miramax CEO Bill Block said in a statement.

Though some plot details are currently being kept under wraps, the story for the film will be based on the second book in the series, Confess , and will see Fletch caught in the middle of multiple murders and must prove his innocence while also finding his fiancée’s stolen art collection, which was an inheritance from her father who is missing and presumed dead.

The reboot will be produced by Hamm alongside manager and producer Connie Taval, with David List also attached to the project as executive producer. The rights to the Mcdonald character has been passed around Hollywood for nearly 30 years now, with Kevin Smith being attached from 2000-05 to write and direct for Universal Pictures before leaving over creative differences regarding casting, followed by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence in 2006 in what was supposed to be his directorial debut with Zach Braff starring, though both eventually left. While Steve Pink ( Hot Tub Time Machine ) was briefly attached following Lawrence’s departure, nothing would come of it until 2014, when a script from List attracted the attention of Sudeikis to star for Warner Bros., but it would eventually fall into development hell.

Dual Role Acquired by Saban Films Starring Drew Barrymore in The Stand

Saban Films has acquired the North American rights to Emmy Award nominee Jamie Babbit’s ( The Quiet , But I’m a Cheerleader ) The Stand-In , starring Golden Globe Award winner Drew Barrymore ( E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial , Grey Gardens , Santa Clarita Diet ).

The Stand-In is the story of a disaffected comedy actress busted for tax evasion and her adoring, ambitious stand-in who she hires to do community service in her place. A co-dependent relationship ensues as the actress begins to use the stand-in in all parts of her life to escape from the stressful demands of fame. Eventually, the stand-in starts to take the actress’s identity, career, and boyfriend and finally kicks her out of her own house.

“Drew Barrymore’s acting prowess is on full display and will keep audiences laughing as she seamlessly transforms between her two characters,” commented Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “We are thrilled to continue to spotlight indie film, and after seeing it via the Tribeca Film Festival, bring it to our audiences during these tough times.”

The star-studded cast also includes Michael Zegen ( The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ), Emmy Award nominee Ellie Kemper ( Bridesmaids , Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ), T.J. Miller ( Deadpool , Silicon Valley ), and Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor ( Two and a Half Men , Legally Blonde ). An official selection of The Tribeca Film Festival, the comedy was written by Sam Bain ( Four Lions , Magicians ) and produced by The Exchange’s Caddy Vanasirikul and Brian O’Shea, Flower Films’ Ember Truesdell and Chris Miller, and Tom McNulty.

Saban Films is executive producing alongside Flower Films’ Drew Barrymore, Nancy Juvonen; Ingenious Media’s Christelle Conan, Anders Erden, Simon Williams, The Exchange’s Nat McCormick, Giovanna Trischitta; Wrigley Media Group’s Misdee Wrigley-Miller, Jayne Hancock, Ross Babbit, Danny Tepper; J3’s John Jencks and Joe Simpson, Jay Taylor, and Sam Bain.