My Top 5 Korean Films

In my view, Koreans make the best movies in the world.  The simply tick all the boxes from great story line to great acting, cinema photography, action... Once you shake those ingredients around you will get a great Korean Movie. 

Below are my 5 top favourites.  There are more Korean films that I absolutely love for the same reasons stated above but let's just start with these ones.

My Top 5 Korean Action Films:

  1. No Tears for the Dead

Directed by Lee Jeong-beom
Produced by Kim Tae-won
Written by Lee Jeong-beom
Starring Jang Dong-gun 
Kim Min-hee
Music by Choi Yong-rak
Cinematography Lee Mo-gae
Edited by Nam Na-yeong
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • June 4, 2014
Running time
116 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean 
English
Box office US$4.5 million

2. The Man From Nowhere

Directed by Lee Jeong-beom
Produced by Lee Tae-heon
Written by Lee Jeong-beom
Starring
Music by Shim Hyun-jung
Cinematography Lee Tae-yoon
Edited by Kim Sang-bum
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • August 4, 2010
Running time
119 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$43 million

3. A Bitter Sweet Life

 

Directed by Kim Jee-woon
Produced by Park Dong-ho
Eugene Lee
Written by Kim Jee-woon
Starring Lee Byung-hun
Kim Yeong-cheol
Shin Min-ah
Hwang Jung-min
Kim Roi-ha
Lee Ki-young
Music by Jang Young-gyu
Dalpalan
Cinematography Kim Ji-yong
Edited by Choi Jae-keun
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • April 1, 2005
Running time
120 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Russian
Filipino
Box office US$7.6 million

4. I Saw the Devil

Directed by Kim Jee-woon
Produced by Kim Hyun-woo
Written by Park Hoon-jung
Starring Lee Byung-hun
Choi Min-sik
Music by Mowg
Cinematography Lee Mo-gae
Edited by Nam Na-yeong
Production
company
Peppermint & Company
Distributed by Softbank Ventures Korea
Showbox/Mediaplex (South Korea)
Magnet Releasing (US & Canada)
Release date
  • 12 August 2010 (South Korea)
  • 21 January 2011(Sundance)
  • 4 March 2011 (US & Canada)
Running time
141 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$6 million[1]
Box office US$12.8 million
      5. 

The Chaser

Directed by Na Hong-jin
Produced by Kim Su-jin
Yun In-beom
Written by Na Hong-jin
Shinho Lee
Hong Won-chan
Starring Kim Yoon-seok
Ha Jung-woo
Seo Young-hee
Music by Kim Jun-seok
Choi Yong-rak
Cinematography Lee Sung-jae
Edited by Kim Sun-min
Distributed by Showbox
Release date
  • 14 February 2008
Running time
123 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget $2.6 million
Box office US$35.8 million

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