The list author says: "OK, I would be the first to admit that this isn't a list for the film connoisseur; I have a bent for "popcorn" flicks - the action or thriller blockbusters, filled with explosions, gun battles, chase sequences and so forth. Movies of this ilk dominate my list, but don't hold this against me: there are a few films of proper quality (at least I think they are quality!) in my list as well. I have ranked this list according to my favorites, beginning with my all time favorite Korean film, Shiri, which also happens to be the very first Korean movie I saw. Enjoy!
PS By way of background, I lived in South Korea in 2001/2002, and have been back several times since hence my interest in Korean movies.
PSS For some reason I haven't seen "Old Boy", although I do have the DVD. Given all the good things I have heard about the movie, I'm sure once I have seen it, it will be on the list."
"The one that started the "Korean wave", the first true Korean blockbuster. Gun battles and explosions galore, and extremely well presented. Some will probably pick it to bits for its faults (which I always overlook given my nostalgic fondness for Shiri), but I think it is still well worth a look."
"One of the quality films in my list. A thought provoking film about the circle of life and the nature of man, set in a beautiful Buddhist temple that floats about a lake. From controversial director Kim Ki-duk, who hasn't managed to better this film despite several attempts!"
"The plot revolves a trio of assassins, plus a wannabe and their attempt to dodge the law while fulfilling a contract with a newsreader with whom they are infatuated...a very cool comedy that is worth checking out."
"Another Jang Dong-gun action blockbuster, which really launched his career into the stratosphere. The story takes place in an alternate universe in which Japan maintained control of Korea after WWII."
"A Korean version of the classic "Dirty Dozen" movie. Based on a true story, in which the South Korean created a unit of soldiers intended to carry out the assassination of Kim Il-sung in the 60's as retaliation for a North Korean attack on the Blue House (the President's residence) in Seoul."
"A documentary film about James Dresnok, the last surviving American defector living in North Korea, and still trying to justify his defection. Narrated by Christian Slater. Definitely worth a look for an insight in North Korea."
"Some reading for those interested in digging further in Korean cinema. Not a scholarly book, but an enthusiast's collection of reviews and must-sees - covers from the late 90's to 2003, so definitely could do with an update."