If you love watching Korean drama, then the chances are you will love Korean cinema too. The Korean film industry is extremely diverse, but here are a few of the must-see movies that every Korean drama fan should watch.
Christmas In August
A truly quirky romantic drama, Christmas In August tells the story of a terminally ill man, and his romance with a woman who visits his shop. If you don’t like your romances to be too sickly-sweet, then you’re sure to enjoy this film, which has come to be considered one of the classics in Korean cinema.
My Sassy Girl
Another romantic classic with a comedic edge, My Sassy Girl is one not to be missed. Inspired by an online blog, this film tells the unconventional story of a young girl who would much rather spend her time embarrassing and bullying her boyfriend than going on romantic dates, indulging in a spot of retail therapy, or playing CheekyBingo. Jyun Ji-Hyun takes on the female lead in this unpredictable film, proving her admirable talents as an actress.
Of course, an true fan of Korean cinema will undoubtedly be keen to watch Old Boy if they haven’t seen it already. An intriguing tale of a man held prisoner in a hotel room for fifteen years which tales a brutal turn upon his release, this film has become something of a popular cult choice right around the world. If you’ve already seen and enjoyed Old Boy, then don’t forget that this film is actually part of a trilogy, so why not check out Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance too!
A most recent must-see, Mother comes from director Bong Joon-ho, who is perhaps better known for another Korean classic, Memories of Murder. Mother is a daring thriller, mixed with dark humour that will keep you hooked throughout. It might not be a particularly easy watch at times, but this is another example of Korean cinema that you won’t want to miss.