October 24, 2007

Three... Extremes: A Cut Above


It recently dawned on me that Korea is the Ireland of Asia. As major influences go, it's got China and Japan to Ireland's U.S. and England. Plus, it's got a similar North-South, politically polarized split with the Southern part being the more celebratory half. (Are Protestants the Communists of Europe?) It wasn't politics that triggered this realization however. It was art. For just as the Emerald Isle, despite its diminutive size, smaller population, weaker role in the world, troubled history, etc., can go head-to-head with either America or Britain in terms of literature (Shaw, Wilde, Joyce, Swift), Korea can do the same with its big brothers in terms of film. Take a look at the movie Three... Extremes, a trilogy of horror flicks from Hong Kong ("Dumplings"), Korea ("Cut"), and Japan ("Box"). This triptych could easily serve as an argument for Korean moviemaking supremacy. Admittedly, Fruit Chan and Takashi Mike aren't their respective countries Wong Kar-wai or Kurosawa (whereas Park Chan-wook is his country's Park Chan-wook). But even so, when it comes to working within the horror genre, neither Hong Kong nor Tokyo comes close to Seoul's succubus of a film. In comparison to Park's Shavian tale of a film-extra hell-bent on leveling the playing field for heaven, Chan's Swiftian parable about a woman willing to eat fetuses to regain youth and Mike's not-too-wild dream of a Siamese twin look plain silly. Throw in a fantastic performance from Lim Won-hie as the crazy who can dance as well as he wields an axe, and you've got the makings of thriller that's not only visually stunning but highly entertaining as well.

October 19, 2007

Memories of Murder: Postcards From the Dead


What makes Memories of Murder such an unusually gripping detective film isn't some requisite, titillating peeling of layers that ends up revealing the twisted logic of a sick-but-brilliant serial killer's mind. Instead, director Bong Joon-ho slowly draws you into the frustrated psyches of his two policemen as they find themselves increasingly frustrated in their attempts to crack the code. It's a momentum headed towards the void, not hell. The country mouse / city mouse conflict between the two investigators is initially played for chuckles but eventually the contrast in techniques (primitive vs. sophisticated) remains just that. A contrast. Bong never ends up celebrating one over the other or even equating them as yin and yang. Justice, it turns out, takes her own sweet time if she even arrives at all. I'm always psyched to see Song Kang-ho in a movie (The Host, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Joint Security Area); he's somehow likable even when he's playing what should be a fairly unsympathetic cop. Here, as a self-aggrandizing doofus who must come to grips with his own inadequacies, he brings his usual love-me-even-though-I'm-stupid persona that personally I find impossible to resist.

October 12, 2007

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance: Prime Park


Let's face it. Park Chan-wook rocks. I just saw Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, the first part of his visually lush vengeance trilogy, and that man has such a gorgeously deranged understanding of human psychology. He's definitely got a thing for the anti-hero that leaves you wondering who to root for. The deaf-dumb child-killer who's just trying to get a kidney for his dying sister? or the cold-hearted businessman who finds his world turned upside down by a kidnapping? The narrative tying these two guys together is outlandish even as it slips inside reality. It's just this side of the possible. There could be a world where people got gypped doing black market organ donations; where grief-stricken artists buried their siblings under a pile of thoughtfully arranged river stones; where a makeshift band of terrorists exacted revenge on behalf of their ludicrous pamphleteer. What I love about Chan-wook's films is how these narrative twists are surprising and inevitable. Life can be like that, the slippery slope. You look up, everything is rushing by in a flash of bruised beauty. The world is a mercilessly violent place.

October 8, 2007

Korean Film: In Search of My Seoul


I love Korean film. Not all Korean films, mind you. Romances like The Classic are a little too sappy, and aside from The Host, most of the comedy in their movies would bore me if it were in English. But when it comes to noir, this country's cinema can compete with the best of Hollywood. (When it comes to horror, they more than hold their own, too.) Looking back over the last few years, I know it was Save the Green Planet that first excited me about Korean film. An homage to Fellini and The Wizard of Oz, Jang Jun-hwan's serial killer thriller struck me as a one-up on Tarantino, the work of an utterly original mind that made me reconsider the importance of man's survival in the universe. (Don't worry! I still think we should live.) After that, Park Chan-wook's Oldboy turned me into a bonafide fanatic. Now I'll watch anything out of Korea. I even rented the abysmal Painted Fire which won the Golden Palm at Cannes perhaps because it reiterated that old truism that art is boring. Some people say that Korea is in the midst of a Golden Age for filmmaking. I think you should listen to those people. I think it's true. This blog's sole intention is to win new converts to Korean cinema and perhaps to figure out for myself what makes Korean movies so damned good.

October 7, 2007

Documentaries About Korea

2015 Dream Concert (2015)
Aim High in Creation (2013)*
Arirang (2010)
Camp 14 (2012)*
Crossing the Line (2006)*
Dear Pyongyang (2002)*
Defector: Escape From North Korea (2012)*
The Drop Box (2015)
Fading Away (2013)
I AM.: SMTOWN (2012)
I Am Sun Mu (2015)*
Intangible Asset Number 82 (2008)
Kim Jong-Un: The Unauthorized Biography (2015)*
Kimjongilia (2009)*
Korean Kickboxing (2008)
Modern Warfare: The Korean War (2003)
National Geographic Explorer: Inside North Korea (2007)*
The Lovers & the Despot (2016)*
North Korea: A Day in the Life (2004)*
Old Partner (2008)
Planet of Snail (2011)
The Propaganda Game (2015)*
Reach for the SKY (2015)
Rise of the Miniskirt: Nora Noh (2013)
Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women (2010)
Songs From the North (2014)*
Spirits and Syncretism (2015)
State of Play (2013)
Turn It Up to 11 (2009)
Twinsters (2015)
Under the Sun (2015)*
Vista Point - SEOUL - South Korea (2009)
Wedding Through Camera Eyes (2002)
Zen Buddhism: In Search of Self (2007)

*movies about North Korea

Movies Indexed by Year

1934
Crossroads of Youth

1936
Sweet Dream

1938
Military Train

1939
Fisherman's Fire

1941
Spring in the Korean Peninsula
Volunteer

1943
Straits of Chosun

1954
The Hand of Destiny

1960
The Housemaid
Romance Papa
Stray Bullet

1961
My Mother and Her Guest
Seong Chun-hyang

1964
Deaf Sam-ryong

1967
Yongary, Monster From
the Deep


1969
A Thousand Year-Old Fox

1974
The Korean Connection

1978
Centre Forward*

1980
The Tale of Chun Hyang*

1982
Ban Gyeumryeon
A Forest Is Swaying*
Wolmi Island*

1983
Lighthouse*

1985
Pulgasari*

1986
Hong Kil Dong*
Order No. 027*
A Traffic Controller
on Crossroads
*

1987
A Broad Bellflower*

1988
Ask Yourself*

1989
Why Has Bodhi Dharma Left
for the East


1990
General's Son

1991
Son of a General II

1992
White Badge

1995
301/302
Bitter and Sweet
O Youth*

1996
Born to Kill
Crocodile
The Day a Pig Fell into the Well
Piano Man

1997
The Green Fish
Lament
Motel Cactus
My Look in the Distant Future*
No. 3
Repechage

1998
Christmas in August
The Power of Kangwon Province
The Quiet Family
The Soul Guardians
Whispering Corridors

1999
Attack the Gas Station
Dance, Dance
A Great Chinese Restaurant
Happy End
Judgement
Lies
Memento Mori
Nowhere to Hide
Peppermint Candy
Phantom: The Submarine
The Ring Virus
Shiri
Tell Me Something
White Valentine

2000
The Anarchists (2000)
Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)
Chunhyang (2000)
Ditto (2000)
Il Mare (2000)
The Isle (2000)
JSA Joint Security Area (2000)
Just Do It! (2000)
Kilimanjaro (2000)
Killing Machine (2000)
Libera Me (2000)
Nightmare (2000)
Real Fiction (2000)
Terror Taxi (2000)
Vanishing Twin (2000)

2001
Address Unknown (2001)
Bad Guy (2001)
Dream of a Warrior (2001)
Friend (2001)
Flower Island (2001)
Guns & Talks (2001)
Hera Purple: Devil
Goddess
(2001)
Hi! Dharma! (2001)
The Humanist (2001)
Musa: The Warriors (2001)
My Boss, My Hero (2001)
My Sassy Girl (2001)
Paradise Villa (2001)
Running 7 Dogs (2001)
Sorum (2001)
Take Care of My Cat (2001)
This Is Law (2001)
Volcano High (2001)

2002
4 Toes (2002)
2009 Lost Memories (2002)
Addicted (2002)
A.F.R.I.K.A. (2002)
Champion (2002)
The Coast Guard (2002)
Conduct Zero (2002)
Desire (2002)
H (2002)
Jail Breakers (2002)
Jungle Juice (2002)
Lovers' Concerto (2002)
Marriage Is a Crazy
Thing
(2002)
Marrying the Mafia (2002)
My Beautiful Days (2002)
My Beautiful Girl, Mari (2002)
No Blood, No Tears (2002)
Oasis (2002)
Over the Rainbow (2002)
Phone (2002)
Popee (2002)
Public Enemy (2002)
Saulabi (2002)
Saving My Hubby (2002)
Sex Is Zero (2002)
Steal It If You Can (2002)
Sympathy for Mr.
Vengeance
(2002)
Three Extremes 2 (2002)
Too Young to Die (2002)
Unborn but Forgotten (2002)
The Way Home (2002)
Wedding Through Camera
Eyes
(2002)
Yesterday (2002)
YMCA Baseball Team (2002)

2003
Acacia (2003)
Doggy Poo (2003)
Garden of Heaven (2003)
A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003)
Memories of Murder (2003)
Mutt Boy (2003)
My Tutor Friend (2003)
Natural City (2003)
Oldboy (2003)
Please Teach Me English (2003)
Romantic Warriors (2003)
Run 2 U (2003)
Save the Green Planet (2003)
The Scarlet Letter (2003)
A Smile (2003)
Spring Bears Love (2003)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...
and Spring
(2003)
Sweet Sex and Love (2003)
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Tube (2003)
The Uninvited (2003)
Untold Scandal (2003)
Wishing Stairs (2003)

2004
100 Days With
Mr. Arrogant
(2004)
3-Iron (2004)
Arahan: Urban Martial Arts
Action
(2004)
The Brotherhood of War (2004)
The Doll Master (2004)
Face (2004)
Fighter in the Wind (2004)
The Ghost (2004)
The Hypnotized (2004)
Love So Divine (2004)
My Little Bride (2004)
R-Point (2004)
S Diary (2004)
Samaritan Girl (2004)
Spider Forest (2004)
The Spirit of Jeet Kune Do (2004)
Spygirl (2004)
Three... Extremes (2004)
To Catch a Virgin Ghost (2004)
Two Guys (2004)
When I Turned Nine (2004)
Windstruck (2004)
Witchboard (2004)
Woman Is the Future
of Man
(2004)

2005
Another Public Enemy (2005)
Anatarctic Journal (2005)
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
Blood Rain (2005)
Blossom Again (2005)
The Bow (2005)
Cello (2005)
Crying Fist (2005)
Daddy Long Legs (2005)
Geochilmaru (2005)
Green Chair (2005)
Innocent Steps (2005)
Jenny, Juno (2005)
The King and the Clown (2005)
Lady Vengeance (2005)
The Legend of the
Shadowless Sword
(2005)
Marathon (2005)
Marrying the Mafia II (2005)
Murder, Take One (2005)
The President's Last Bang (2005)
Princess Aurora (2005)
The Red Shoes (2005)
Redeye (2005)
Sad Movie (2005)
She's on Duty (2005)
Typhoon (2005)
Voice (2005)
Wet Dreams 2 (2005)
The Wig (2005)
Wolf Daddy (2005)
You Are My Sunshine (2005)

2006
200 Pounds of Beauty (2006)
Aachi & Ssipak (2006)
Arang (2006)
Bewitching Attraction (2006)
A Bloody Aria (2006)
Bloody Reunion (2006)
Bloody Tie (2006)
Cinderella (2006)
The City of Violence (2006)
The Curse of
February 29th
(2006)
Daisy (2006)
Dark Forest of Death (2006)
Dasepo Naughty Girls (2006)
A Dirty Carnival (2006)
Forbidden Quest (2006)
Holy Daddy (2006)
The Host (2006)
I'm a Cyborg But
That's Okay
(2006)
In Between Days (2006)
Les Formidables (2006)
Like a Virgin (2006)
Lump of Sugar (2006)
Marrying the Mafia III (2006)
Monopoly (2006)
My Bloody Roommates (2006)
My Friend and His Wife (2006)
No Mercy for the Rude (2006)
No Regret (2006)
The Old Garden (2006)
Puzzle (2006)
Pyongyang Nalpharam (2006)*
The Restless (2006)
Righteous Ties (2006)
Running Wild (2006)
Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006)
See You After School (2006)
Tazza: The High Rollers (2006)
Time (2006)
Woman on the Beach (2006)
The World of Silence (2006)

2007
Attack on the Pin-up
Boys
(2007)
Black House (2007)
Breath (2007)
The Butcher (2007)
Dragon Wars: D-War (2007)
Epitaph (2007)
The Evil Twin (2007)
Going by the Book (2007)
Hansel & Gretel (2007)
Le Grand Chef (2007)
The Happy Life (2007)
M (2007)
Mapado 2: Back to the
Island
(2007)
Meet Mr. Daddy (2007)
Muoi: The Legend of
the Portrait
(2007)
My Father (2007)
My Friend Bernard (2007)
My Tutor Friend 2 (2007)
Paradise Murdered (2007)
The Perfect Couple (2007)
Punch Lady (2007)
Rainbow Eyes (2007)
The Schoolgirl's Diary (2007)*
Secret Sunshine (2007)
Seven Days (2007)
Sex Is Zero 2 (2007)
Shadows in the Palace (2007)
The Show Must Go On (2007)
Soo (2007)
Temptation of Eve:
A Good Wife
(2007)
Texture of Skin (2007)
Voices (2007)
Wide Awake (2007)
With the Girl of
Black Soil
(2007)
Zen Buddhism: In Search
of Self
(2007)

2008
24 Hours to Die (2008)
Antique Bakery (2008)
Baby and Me (2008)
Beastie Boys (2008)
The Chaser (2008)
Daytime Drinking (2008)
Death Bell (2008)
The Divine Weapon (2008)
Eye for an Eye (2008)
A Frozen Flower (2008)
Girl Scout (2008)
The Good, the Bad,
the Weird
(2008)
Hello, Schoolgirl (2008)
Korean Kickboxing (2008)
Land of Scarecrows (2008)
Loner (2008)
Lovers of 6 Years (2008)
Make Yourself at Home (2008)
My Dear Enemy (2008)
My Mighty Princess (2008)
Night and Day (2008)
Old Partner (2008)
Once Upon a Time
in Seoul
(2008)
Open City (2008)
The Pit and the Pendulum (2008)
The Pot (2008)
Rough Cut (2008)
Spare (2008)
Speedy Scandal (2008)
A Tale of Legendary
Libido
(2008)
Treeless Mountain (2008)
Viva! Love (2008)

2009
Actresses (2009)
After the Banquet (2009)
Animal Town (2009)
Asian Queer Shorts (2009)
Be My Guest (2009)
Be With Me (2009)
A Blood Pledge (2009)
A Brand New Life (2009)
Cadaver (2009)
Cafe Seoul (2009)
The Case of Itaewon
Homicide
(2009)
Chawz (2009)
The Executioner (2009)
Five Senses of Eros (2009)
A Good Rain Knows (2009)
Handphone (2009)
Insadong Scandal (2009)
Into the White Night (2009)
Jeon Woochi: Taoist
Wizard
(2009)
Lifting King Kong (2009)
Like You Know It All (2009)
A Little Pond (2009)
Living Death (2009)
Loveholic (2009)
Marine Boy (2009)
May Story (2009)
Missing (2009)
Missing Person (2009)
Mother (2009)
My Girlfriend Is an Agent (2009)
My Heart Beats (2009)
Paju (2009)
Postman to Heaven (2009)
Relation of Face, Mind
and Love
(2009)
The Righteous Thief (2009)
Running Turtle (2009)
Searching for the
Elephant
(2009)
The Story of Mr. Sorry (2009)
Thirst (2009)
Tidal Wave (2009)
Turn It Up to 11 (2009)
Visitors (2009)
Yoga Hakwon (2009)

2010
Ashamed (2010)
Attack the Gas Station! 2 (2010)
A Barefoot Dream (2010)
Bedevilled (2010)
A Better Tomorrow (2010)
Blades of Blood (2010)
Bloody Innocent (2010)
Cyrano Agency (2010)
Death Bell 2:
Bloody Camp
(2010)
Enemy at the Dead End (2010)
Finding Mr. Destiny (2010)
Grand Prix (2010)
Hahaha (2010)
Hearty Paws 2 (2010)
The Housemaid (2010)
The Indecent Family (2010)
IRIS: The Movie (2010)
The Man From Nowhere (2010)
Midnight FM (2010)
Miss Staff Sergeant (2010)
My Dear Desperado (2010)
Oki's Movie (2010)
The Outlaw (2010)
Parallel Life (2010)
Poetry (2010)
The Quiz Show
Scandal
(2010)
The Recipe (2010)
Secret Love (2010)
The Secret Reunion (2010)
Silence Broken: Korean Comfort
Women
(2010)
Twilight Gangsters (2010)
The Unjust (2010)
Venus in Furs (2010)
The Yellow Sea (2010)

2011
Arirang (2011)
Blind (2011)
Bloody Fight in Iron-Rock
Valley
(2011)
The Cat (2011)
Couples (2011)
The Day He Arrives (2011)
The Front Line (2011)
Ghost (2011)
Glove (2011)
Hanji (2011)
Head (2011)
I Saw the Devil (2011)
Invasion of Alien Bikini (2011)
The Kick (2011)
Leafie (2011)
Little Black Dress (2011)
Mr. Idol (2011)
My Way (2011)
Night Fishing (2011)
Penny Pinchers (2011)
Planet of Snail (2011)
Punch (2011)
Quick (2011)
Scars (2011)
Shotgun Love (2011)
The Showdown (2011)
Silenced (2011)
Sorry, Thanks (2011)
Stateless Things (2011)
Sunny (2011)
Unbowed (2011)
War of the Arrows (2011)
White: The Melody of
the Curse
(2011)

2012
Azooma (2012)
The Beat Goes On (2012)
The Berlin File (2012)
Camp 14 (2012)
A Company Man (2012)
The Concubine (2012)
Confession of Murder (2012)
Dino King (2012)
Don't Cry, Mommy (2012)
Doomsday Book (2012)
E.D. 571 (2012)
Eungyo (2012)
Fatal (2012)
Gabi: Russian Coffee (2012)
The Grand Heist (2012)
Helpless (2012)
House With a Nice View (2012)
Howling (2012)
I AM.: SMTOWN (2012)
In Another Country (2012)
Let Me Out (2012)
Love 911 (2012)
Masquerade (2012)
Melo (2012)
Nameless Gangster (2012)
National Security (2012)
Natural Burials (2012)
The Other Side of
the Mountain
(2012)*
Pieta (2012)
Role Play (2012)
The Scent (2012)
The Taste of Money (2012)
The Thieves (2012)
The Tower (2012)
Traffickers (2012)
Two Weddings and a
Funeral
(2012)
White Night (2012)


2013
Aim High in Creation (2013)*
The Attorney (2013)
Blood and Ties (2013)
Born to Sing (2013)
Commitment (2013)
Fading Away (2013)
Fists of Legend (2013)
Flu (2013)
Friend 2: The Legacy (2013)
Hide and Seek (2013)
Hope (2013)
Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013)
Love Lessons (2013)
Moebius (2013)
New World (2013)
Queen of the Night (2013)
Red Family (2013)
Rise of the Miniskirt:
Nora Noh
(2013)
Snowpiercer (2013)
State of Play (2013)
Stoker (2013)
Where Are to Go (2013)

2014
The Abductress (2014)
The Admiral: Roaring
Currents
(2014)
Alive (2014)
Compassion (2014)
The Carnivores (2014)
The Divine Move (2014)
Entangled (2014)
For the Emperor (2014)
Gifted (2014)
A Hard Day (2014)
Kundo: Age of the
Rampant
(2014)
Man on High Heels (2014)
Manhole (2014)
Milkshake (2014)
Monster (2014)
Pirates (2014)
Play Girl (2014)
Red Carpet (2014)
Revivre (2014)
Songs from the North (2014)*
The Target (2014)
Tazza: The Hidden Card (2014)
No Tears for the Dead (2014)
A Touch of Unseen (2014)
Venus Talk (2014)

2015
2015 Dream Concert (2015)
Assassination (2015)
The Beauty Inside (2015)
The Black Hand (2015)
Kim Jong-Un: The Unauthorized
Biography
(2015)*
The Chronicles of Evil (2015)
Dennis Rodman's Big Bang
in PyongYang
(2015)
The Drop Box (2015)
The Exclusive (2105)
I Am Sun Mu (2015)*
The Loyalist (2015)
Madonna (2015)
Miss Granny (2015)
Nineteen (2015)
Northern Limit Line (2015)
The Propaganda Game (2015)*
Reach for the SKY (2015)
The Silenced (2015)
The Tiger (2015)
Twinsters (2015)
Under the Sun (2015)
Veteran (2015)
Wonderful Nightmare (2015)

2016
The Age of Shadows (2016)
The Handmaiden (2016)
The Lovers & the Despot (2016)*
Pandora (2016)
Sea Fog (2016)
Train to Busan (2016)
Tunnel (2016)
The Wailing (2016)

2017
Lucid Dream (2017)
Okja (2017)

* indicates North Korean movie

October 6, 2007

Movies Indexed by Titles

#
3-Iron (2004)
4 Toes (2002)
24 Hours to Die (2008)
100 Days With
Mr. Arrogant
(2004)
200 Pounds of Beauty (2006)
301/302 (1995)
2009 Lost Memories (2002)
2015 Dream Concert (2015)

A
Aachi & Ssipak (2006)
The Abductress (2014)
Acacia (2003)
Actresses (2009)
Addicted (2002)
Aim High in Creation (2013)*
Alive (2014)
Address Unknown (2001)
The Admiral: Roaring
Currents
(2014)
A.F.R.I.K.A. (2002)
After the Banquet (2009)
The Age of Shadows (2016)
The Anarchists (2000)
Animal Town (2009)
Another Public Enemy (2005)
Anatarctic Journal (2005)
Antique Bakery (2008)
Arahan: Urban Martial Arts
Action
(2004)
Arang (2006)
Arirang (2011)
Ashamed (2010)
Asian Queer Shorts (2009)
Ask Yourself (1988)*
Assassination (2015)
Attack on the Pin-up
Boys
(2007)
Attack the Gas Station (1999)
Attack the Gas Station! 2 (2010)
The Attorney (2103)
Azooma (2012)

B
Baby and Me (2008)
Bad Guy (2001)
Ban Gyeumryeon (1982)
A Barefoot Dream (2010)
Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)
Be My Guest (2009)
Be With Me (2009)
Beastie Boys (2008)
The Beat Goes On (2012)
The Beauty Inside (2015)
Bedevilled (2010)
The Berlin File (2012)
A Better Tomorrow (2010)
Bewitching Attraction (2006)
Bitter and Sweet (1995)
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
The Black Hand (2015)
Black House (2007)
Blades of Blood (2010)
Blind (2011)
Blood and Ties (2013)
A Blood Pledge (2009)
Blood Rain (2005)
A Bloody Aria (2006)
Bloody Fight in Iron-Rock
Valley
(2011)
Bloody Innocent (2010)
Bloody Reunion (2006)
Bloody Tie (2006)
Blossom Again (2005)
Blue (2003)
Born to Kill (1996)
Born to Sing (2013)
The Bow (2005)
A Brand New Life (2009)
A Broad Bellflower (1987)*
Breath (2007)
The Brotherhood of War (2004)
The Butcher (2007)

C
Cadaver (2009)
Cafe Seoul (2009)
Camp 14 (2012)
The Carnivores (2014)
The Case of Itaewon
Homicide
(2009)
The Cat (2011)
Cello (2005)
Centre Forward (1978)*
Champion (2002)
The Chaser (2008)
Chawz (2009)
Christmas in August (1998)
The Chronicles of Evil (2015)
Chunhyang (2000)
Cinderella (2006)
The City of Violence (2006)
The Coast Guard (2002)
Commitment (2013)
Compassion (2014)
A Company Man (2012)
The Concubine (2012)
Conduct Zero (2002)
Confession of Murder (2012)
Couples (2011)
Crocodile (1996)
Crossroads of Youth (1934)
Crying Fist (2005)
The Curse of
February 29th
(2006)
Cyrano Agency (2010)

D
Daddy Long Legs (2005)
Daisy (2006)
Dance, Dance (1999)
Dark Forest of Death (2006)
Dasepo Naughty Girls (2006)
The Day a Pig Fell Into
the Well
(1996)
The Day He Arrives (2011)
Daytime Drinking (2008)
Deaf Sam-ryong (1964)
Death Bell (2008)
Death Bell 2:
Bloody Camp
(2010)
Dennis Rodman's Big Bang
in PyongYang
(2015)
Desire (2002)
Dino King (2012)
A Dirty Carnival (2006)
Ditto (2000)
The Divine Move (2014)
The Divine Weapon (2008)
Doggy Poo (2003)
The Doll Master (2004)
Don't Cry, Mommy (2012)
Doomsday Book (2012)
Dragon Wars: D-War (2007)
Dream of a Warrior (2001)
The Drop Box (2015)

E
E.D. 571 (2012)
Enemy at the Dead End (2010)
Entangled (2014)
Epitaph (2007)
Eungyo (2012)
The Evil Twin (2007)
The Exclusive (2105)
The Executioner (2009)
Eye for an Eye (2008)

F
Face (2004)
Fading Away (2013)
Fatal (2012)
Fighter in the Wind (2004)
Finding Mr. Destiny (2010)
Fisherman's Fire (1939)
Fists of Legend (2013)
Five Senses of Eros (2009)
Flower Island (2001)
Flu (2013)
For the Emperor (2014)
Forbidden Quest (2006)
A Forest Is Swaying (1982)*
Friend (2001)
Friend 2: The Legacy (2013)
The Front Line (2011)
A Frozen Flower (2008)

G
Gabi: Russian Coffee (2012)
Garden of Heaven (2003)
General's Son (1990)
Geochilmaru (2005)
Ghost (2011)
The Ghost (2004)
Gifted (2014)
Girl Scout (2008)
Glove (2011)
Going by the Book (2007)
A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003)
A Good Rain Knows (2009)
The Good, the Bad,
the Weird
(2008)
The Grand Heist (2012)
Grand Prix (2010)
A Great Chinese Restaurant (1999)
Green Chair (2005)
The Green Fish (1997)
Guns & Talks (2001)

H
H (2002)
Hahaha (2010)
The Hand of Destiny (1954)
The Handmaiden (2016)
Handphone (2009)
Hanji (2011)
Hansel & Gretel (2007)
Happy End (1999)
The Happy Life (2007)
A Hard Day (2014)
Head (2011)
Hearty Paws 2 (2010)
Hello, Schoolgirl (2008)
Helpless (2012)
Hera Purple: Devil
Goddess
(2001)
Hi! Dharma! (2001)
Hide and Seek (2013)
Holy Daddy (2006)
Hong Kil Dong (1986)*
Hope (2013)
The Host (2006)
House With a Nice View (2012)
The Housemaid (1960)
The Housemaid (2010)
Howling (2012)
The Humanist (2001)
Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013)
The Hypnotized (2004)

I
I AM.: SMTOWN (2012)
I Am Sun Mu (2015)*
I Saw the Devil (2011)
Il Mare (2000)
I'm a Cyborg But
That's Okay
(2006)
In Another Country (2012)
In Between Days (2006)
The Indecent Family (2010)
Innocent Steps (2005)
Insadong Scandal (2009)
Into the White Night (2009)
Invasion of Alien Bikini (2011)
IRIS: The Movie (2010)
The Isle (2000)

J
Jail Breakers (2002)
Jenny, Juno (2005)
Jeon Woochi: Taoist
Wizard
(2009)
JSA Joint Security Area (2000)
Judgement (1999)
Jungle Juice (2002)
Just Do It! (2000)

K
The Kick (2011)
Kilimanjaro (2000)
Killing Machine (2000)
Kim Jong-Un: The Unauthorized
Biography
(2015)*
The King and the Clown (2005)
The Korean Connection (1974)
Korean Kickboxing (2008)
Kundo: Age of the
Rampant
(2014)

L
Lady Vengeance (2005)
Lament (1997)
Land of Scarecrows (2008)
Le Grand Chef (2007)
Leafie (2011)
The Legend of the
Shadowless Sword
(2005)
Les Formidables (2006)
Let Me Out (2012)
Libera Me (2000)
Lies (1999)
Lifting King Kong (2009)
Lighthouse (1983)*
Like a Virgin (2006)
Like You Know It All (2009)
Little Black Dress (2011)
A Little Pond (2009)
Living Death (2009)
Loner (2008)
Love 911 (2012)
Love Lessons (2013)
Love So Divine (2004)
Loveholic (2009)
The Lovers & the Despot (2016)*
Lovers of 6 Years (2008)
Lovers' Concerto (2002)
The Loyalist (2015)
Lucid Dream (2017)
Lump of Sugar (2006)

M
M (2007)
Madonna (2015)
Make Yourself at Home (2008)
The Man From Nowhere (2010)
Man on High Heels (2014)
Manhole (2014)
Mapado 2: Back to the
Island
(2007)
Marathon (2005)
Marine Boy (2009)
Marriage Is a Crazy Thing (2002)
Marrying the Mafia (2002)
Marrying the Mafia II (2005)
Marrying the Mafia III (2006)
Masquerade (2012)
May Story (2009)
Meet Mr. Daddy (2007)
Melo (2012)
Memento Mori (1999)
Memories of Murder (2003)
Midnight FM (2010)
Military Train (1938)
Milkshake (2014)
Miss Granny (2015)
Miss Staff Sergeant (2010)
Missing Person (2009)
Missing (2009)
Moebius (2013)
Monopoly (2006)
Monster (2014)
Motel Cactus (1997)
Mother (2009)
Mr. Idol (2011)
Muoi: The Legend of
the Portrait
(2007)
Murder, Take One (2005)
Musa: The Warriors (2001)
Mutt Boy (2003)
My Beautiful Days (2002)
My Beautiful Girl, Mari (2002)
My Bloody Roommates (2006)
My Boss, My Hero (2001)
My Dear Desperado (2010)
My Dear Enemy (2008)
My Father (2007)
My Friend and His Wife (2006)
My Friend Bernard (2007)
My Girlfriend Is an Agent (2009)
My Heart Beats (2009)
My Little Bride (2004)
My Look in the Distant
Future
(1997)*
My Mighty Princess (2008)
My Mother and
Her Guest
(1961)
My Sassy Girl (2001)
My Tutor Friend (2003)
My Tutor Friend 2 (2007)
My Way (2011)

N
Nameless Gangster (2012)
National Security (2012)
Natural Burials (2012)
Natural City (2003)
New World (2013)
Night and Day (2008)
Night Fishing (2011)
Nightmare (2000)
Nineteen (2015)
No. 3 (1997)
No Blood, No Tears (2002)
No Mercy for the Rude (2006)
No Regret (2006)
No Tears for the Dead (2014)
Northern Limit Line (2015)
Nowhere to Hide (1999)

O
O Youth (1995)*
Oasis (2002)
Oki's Movie (2010)
Okja (2017)
The Old Garden (2006)
Old Partner (2008)
Oldboy (2003)
Once Upon a Time in
Seoul
(2008)
Open City (2008)
Order No. 027 (1986)*
The Other Side of
the Mountain
(2012)*
The Outlaw (2010)
Over the Rainbow (2002)

P
Paju (2009)
Pandora (2016)
Paradise Murdered (2007)
Paradise Villa (2001)
Parallel Life (2010)
Penny Pinchers (2011)
Peppermint Candy (1999)
The Perfect Couple (2007)
Phantom: The Submarine (1999)
Phone (2002)
Piano Man (1996)
Pieta (2012)
Pirates (2014)
The Pit and the Pendulum (2008)
Planet of Snail (2011)
Play Girl (2014)
Please Teach Me English (2003)
Poetry (2010)
Popee (2002)
Postman to Heaven (2009)
The Pot (2008)
The Power of Kangwon
Province
(1998)
The President's Last Bang (2005)
Princess Aurora (2005)
The Propaganda Game (2015)*
Public Enemy (2002)
Pulgasari (1985)*
Punch (2011)
Punch Lady (2007)
Puzzle (2006)
Pyongyang Nalpharam (2006)*

Q
Queen of the Night (2013)
Quick (2011)
The Quiet Family (1998)
The Quiz Show
Scandal
(2010)

R
Rainbow Eyes (2007)
Reach for the SKY (2015)
Real Fiction (2000)
The Recipe (2010)
Red Carpet (2014)
Red Family (2013)
The Red Shoes (2005)
Redeye (2005)
Relation of Face, Mind
and Love
(2009)
Repechage (1997)
The Restless (2006)
Revivre (2014)
The Righteous Thief (2009)
Righteous Ties (2006)
The Ring Virus (1999)
Rise of the Miniskirt:
Nora Noh
(2013)
Role Play (2012)
Romance Papa (1960)
Romantic Warriors (2003)
Rough Cut (2008)
R-Point (2004)
Run 2 U (2003)
Running 7 Dogs (2001)
Running Turtle (2009)
Running Wild (2006)

S
S Diary (2004)
Sad Movie (2005)
Samaritan Girl (2004)
Saulabi (2002)
Save the Green Planet (2003)
Saving My Hubby (2002)
The Scarlet Letter (2003)
Scars (2011)
The Scent (2012)
The Schoolgirl's Diary (2007)*
Sea Fog (2016)
Searching for the
Elephant
(2009)
Secret Love (2010)
The Secret Reunion (2010)
Secret Sunshine (2007)
Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006)
See You After School (2006)
Seong Chun-hyang (1961)
Seven Days (2007)
Sex Is Zero (2002)
Sex Is Zero 2 (2007)
Shadows in the Palace (2007)
She's on Duty (2005)
Shiri (1999)
Shotgun Love (2011)
The Show Must Go On (2007)
The Showdown (2011)
Silence Broken: Korean Comfort
Women
(2010)
Silenced (2011)
The Silenced (2015)
A Smile (2003)
Snowpiercer (2013)
Son of a General II (1991)
Songs from the North (2014)*
Soo (2007)
Sorry, Thanks (2011)
Sorum (2001)
The Soul Guardians (1998)
Spare (2008)
Speedy Scandal (2008)
Spider Forest (2004)
The Spirit of Jeet Kune Do (2004)
Spring Bears Love (2003)
Spring in the Korean
Peninsula
(1941)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...
and Spring
(2003)
Spygirl (2004)
State of Play (2013)
Stateless Things (2011)
Steal It If You Can (2002)
Stoker (2013)
The Story of Mr. Sorry (2009)
Straits of Chosun (1943)
Stray Bullet (1960)
Sunny (2011)
Sweet Dream (1936)
Sweet Sex and Love (2003)
Sympathy for Mr.
Vengeance
(2002)

T
Take Care of My Cat (2001)
The Tale of Chun Hyang (1980)*
A Tale of Legendary
Libido
(2008)
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
The Target (2014)
The Taste of Money (2012)
Tazza: The Hidden Card (2014)
Tazza: The High Rollers (2006)
Tell Me Something (1999)
Temptation of Eve:
A Good Wife
(2007)
Terror Taxi (2000)
Texture of Skin (2007)
The Thieves (2012)
Thirst (2009)
This Is Law (2001)
A Thousand Year-Old Fox (1969)
Three Extremes 2 (2002)
Three... Extremes (2004)
Tidal Wave (2009)
The Tiger (2015)
Time (2006)
To Catch a Virgin Ghost (2004)
Too Young to Die (2002)
A Touch of Unseen (2014)
The Tower (2012)
A Traffic Controller on
Crossroads
(1986)*
Train to Busan (2016)
Traffickers (2012)
Treeless Mountain (2008)
Tube (2003)
Tunnel (2016)
Turn It Up to 11 (2009)
Twilight Gangsters (2010)
Twinsters (2015)
Two Guys (2004)
Two Weddings and a
Funeral
(2012)
Typhoon (2005)

U
Unborn but Forgotten (2002)
Unbowed (2011)
Under the Sun (2015)
The Uninvited (2003)
The Unjust (2010)
Untold Scandal (2003)

V
Vanishing Twin (2000)
Venus in Furs (2010)
Venus Talk (2014)
Veteran (2015)
Visitors (2009)
Viva! Love (2008)
Voice (2005)
Voices (2007)
Volcano High (2001)
Volunteer (1941)

W
The Wailing (2016)
War of the Arrows (2011)
The Way Home (2002)
Wedding Through Camera
Eyes
(2002)
Wet Dreams 2 (2005)
When I Turned Nine (2004)
Where Are to Go (2013)
Whispering Corridors (1998)
White: The Melody of
the Curse
(2011)
White Badge (1992)
White Night (2012)
White Valentine (1999)
Why Has Bodhi Dharma
Left for the East
(1989)
Wide Awake (2007)
The Wig (2005)
Windstruck (2004)
Wishing Stairs (2003)
Witchboard (2004)
With the Girl of Black Soil (2007)
Wolf Daddy (2005)
Wolmi Island (1982)*
Woman Is the Future
of Man
(2004)
Woman on the Beach (2006)
Wonderful Nightmare (2015)
The World of Silence (2006)

Y
The Yellow Sea (2010)
Yesterday (2002)
YMCA Baseball Team (2002)
Yoga Hakwon (2009)
Yongary, Monster From
the Deep
(1967)
You Are My Sunshine (2005)

Z
Zen Buddhism: In Search
of Self
(2007)

* indicates North Korean movie