Tuesday, October 16, 2012

World Cinema Guide: South Korea (111 Greatest Films 1929-2005)



When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’.

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for other countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Germany etc

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.


1957 Lost Youth* (Yu Hyun-Mok)
1958 A College Woman's Confession (Shin Sang-Ok)
1958 A Flower in Hell (Shin Sang-Ok)
1960 The Housemaid* (Kim Ki-Young)
1961 Aimless Bullet* (Hyun Mok-Yoo)
1961 Evergreen Tree (Shin Sang-Ok)
1961 The Coachman (Kang Dae-Jin)
1961 The Houseguest and My Mother* (Shin Sang-Ok)
1962 Yeonsangun (Shin Sang-Ok)
1964 The Evil Stairs (Lee Man-Hee)
1965 A Seaside Village (Kim Soo-Yong)
1966 Late Autumn (Lee Man-Hee)
1967 Dream (Shin Sang-Ok)
1967 Guests Who Arrived by the Last Train (Yu Hyun-Mok)
1967 Mist* (Kim Soo-Yong)
1972 Insect Woman (Kim Ki-Young)
1975 March of Fools (Ha Kil-Jong)
1977 Iodo* (Kim Ki-Young)
1978 Killer Butterfly* (Kim Ki-Young)
1980 Fine Windy Day (Lee Jang-Ho)
1981 Mandala* (Im Kwon-Taek)
1981 The Small Ball Tossed by a Dwarf (Lee Won-Se)
1984 Whale Hunting (Bae Chang-Ho)
1987 Surrogate Mother (Im Kwon-Taek)
1988 Chilsu and Mansu (Park Kwang-Su)
1988 The Man with Three Coffins (Lee Jang-Ho)
1989 Why Did Bodhi-Dharma Leave for the East?* (Bae Yong-Kyun)
1990 Black Republic (Park Kwang-Su)
1991 Road to the Racetrack (Jang Sun-Woo)
1993 Hwa-Om-Kyong* (Jang Sun-Woo)
1993 Sopyonje* (Im Kwon-Taek)
1993 To the Starry Island (Park Kwang-Su)
1994 The Taeback Mountains (Im Kwon-Taek)
1994 To You, from Me (Jang Sun-Woo)
1995 301,302* (Park Cheol-Su)
1996 Festival (Im Kwon-Taek)
1996 Jungle Story (Kim Hong-Joon)
1996 The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (Hong Sang-Soo)
1996 Three Friends (Yim Soon-Rye)
1997 Green Fish (Lee Chang-Dong)
1997 Push! Push! (Park Cheol-Su)
1997 The Contact (Chang Yoon-Hyun)
1998 Art Museum by the Zoo (Lee Jeong-Hyang)
1998 Crack of the Halo (Kim Jin-Han)
1998 Kazoku Cinema (Park Cheol-Su)
1998 Spring in My Hometown (Lee Kwang-Mo)
1998 The Power of Kangwon Province (Hong Sang-Soo)
1998 The Quiet Family (Kim Jee-Woon)
1998 Timeless, Bottomless, Bad Movie (Jang Sun-Woo)
1999 Attack the Gas Station* (Kim Sang-Jin)
1999 Lies (Jang Sun-Woo)
1999 Memento Mori* (Kim Tae-Yong, Min Kyu-Dong)
1999 My Own Breathing (Byun Young-Joo)
1999 Nowhere to Hide (Lee Myung-Se)
1999 The Picnic (Song Il-Gon)
2000 Barking Dogs Never Bite (Bong Joon-Ho)
2000 Chunhyang (Im Kwon-Taek)
2000 Die Bad (Ryoo Seung-Wan)
2000 Foul King (Kim Ji-Woon)
2000 Il Mare (Lee Hyun-Seung)
2000 Peppermint Candy* (Lee Chang-Dong)
2000 The Isle* (Kim Ki-Duk)
2000 Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (Hong Sang-Soo)
2001 A Day (Han Ji-Seung)
2001 Bungee Jumping of Their Own (Kim Dae-Seung)
2001 Friend* (Kwak Kyung-Taek)
2001 Joint Security Area* (Park Chan-Wook)
2001 Kick the Moon (Kim Sang-Jin)
2001 Musa (Kim Sung-Su)
2001 My Sassy Girl* (Kwak Jae-Young)
2001 Take Care of My Cat* (Jeong Jae-Eun)
2001 The Jang Sun Woo Variations (Tony Rayns)
2001 Waikiki Brothers (Yim Soon-Rye)
2002 Camel(s) (Park Ki-Young)
2002 Drunk on Women and Poetry* (Im Kwon-Taek)
2002 Jealousy Is My Middle Name (Park Chan-Ok)
2002 Marriage Is a Crazy Thing (Yu Ha)
2002 Oasis* (Lee Chang-Dong)
2002 Road Movie (Kim In-Shik)
2002 Saving My Hubby (Hyun Nam-Seop)
2002 Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance* (Park Chan-Wook)
2002 The Way Home* (Lee Jeong-Hyang)
2002 Too Young to Die (Pak Jin-Pyo)
2002 Turning Gate (Hong Sang-Soo)
2002 YMCA Baseball Team (Kim Hyeon-Seok)
2003 ...Ing (Lee Eon-Hie)
2003 A Good Lawyer's Wife (Im Sang-Soo)
2003 A Tale of Two Sisters (Kim Ji-Woon)
2003 If You Were Me* (Jeong Jae-Eun, Park Chan-Wook, etc)
2003 Invisible Light (Gina Kim)
2003 Memories of Murder* (Bong Joon-Ho)
2003 My Korean Cinema (Kim Hong-Joon)
2003 Oldboy* (Park Chan-Wook)
2003 Save the Green Planet* (Jeong Jun-Hwan)
2003 Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...and Spring* (Kim Ki-Duk)
2003 The Road Taken (Hong Ki-Seon)
2003 Untold Scandal (Lee Je-Yong)
2004 3-Iron* (Kim Ki-Duk)
2004 Git (Song Il-Gon)
2004 Once Upon a Time in High School (Yu Ha)
2004 Repatriation* (Kim Dong-Won)
2004 Samaritan Girl (Kim Ki-Duk)
2004 Taegugki (Kang Je-Gyu)
2004 The Big Swindle (Dong-Hun Choi)
2004 This Charming Girl (Lee Yoon-Ki)
2004 Three... Extremes (Fruit Chan, Park Chan-Wook, Takashi Miike)
2005 A Bittersweet Life (Kim Ji-Woon)
2005 Crying Fist (Seung-wan Ryoo)
2005 Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Park Chan-Wook)
2005 The Bow (Kim Ki-Duk)
2005 The President's Last Bang* (Im Sang-Soo)

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