7 Iconic Korean Films You Must Watch

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The Housemaid (1960)

After his pregnant wife gets tired working at home, Dong-sik Kim hires a housemaid to help his wife with the household chores. However, the housemaid turns out to be more than they bargained for in this crime flick.

Parasite (2018)

A landmark in world cinema, Bong Joon-Ho's Parasite is the criticism of our capitalist society when a poor family obtains work at a wealthy household to get away from their drab lives, only to find something incredibly disturbing.

Memories of Murder (2003)

Revolving around a series of real-life murders that shocked a small town in the ’80s, Memories of Murder twists the police procedural into a potent indictment of a society unequipped to deal with such violence and death.

Save the Green Planet (2003)

In this zany, genre-bending comedy-fantasy, a paranoid beekeeper has kidnapped the CEO of a pharmaceuticals company, convinced that he’s an alien from the planet Andromeda.

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil (2019)

A violent cop and a criminal kingpin join forces to catch a serial killer on the loose in Seoul. Won Tae-Lee spins a standard story beautifully to ensure the clichès are unrecognisable.

Oldboy (2003)

In Korean cinema, there is before and after Oldboy. The protagonist is being held captive unseen captors for unexplained reasons. Framed for his wife’s murder, he sets out to find who stole the last 15 years of his life from him after he is finally set free.

Burning (2018)

Based on a Murakami short story, a young author meets and falls in love with her childhood best friend, but when she introduces him to Ben who has sinister hobbies, there are dire circumstances.

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