Summer of South Korean Cinema

This list serves as a challenge for the Summer (June 20th-September 22nd) with the goal being to expose people to some of the most important and exciting South Korean directors and films.

There are 25 sections, and each section has several films listed, which are numbered below. The sections are either a specific director, genre, decade, etc. The films on this list are only SUGGESTIONS for each category. Feel free to watch a different film that is not listed if it fits the category. There are some notable differences between this list and the Japanuary list that I created earlier this year.

First, I wanted to give more attention to films that directed by women. Next, I wanted to call on…

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  • Memories of Murder

    1

  • Barking Dogs Never Bite

    2

  • The Host

    3

  • Mother

    4

  • Parasite

    5

  • Oldboy

    6

  • Joint Security Area

    7

  • The Handmaiden

    8

  • Thirst

    9

  • I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

    10

  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    11

  • 3-Iron

    12

  • Pietà

    13

  • The Isle

    14

  • Samaritan Girl

    15

  • Peppermint Candy

    16

  • Oasis

    17

  • Secret Sunshine

    18

  • Poetry

    19

  • Burning

    20

  • I Saw the Devil

    21

  • A Bittersweet Life

    22

  • A Tale of Two Sisters

    23

  • The Good, The Bad, The Weird

    24

  • The Age of Shadows

    25

  • The Housemaid

    26

  • The President's Last Bang

    27

  • The Old Garden

    28

  • Girls' Night Out

    29

  • Tears

    30

  • The Fake

    31

  • The King of Pigs

    32

  • Yobi, The Five-Tailed Fox

    33

  • Oseam

    34

  • Wonderful Days

    35

  • Green Days

    36

  • My Beautiful Girl, Mari

    37

  • Leafie, a Hen Into the Wild

    38

  • Padak

    39

  • The House

    40

  • Planet of Snail

    41

  • Shadow Flowers

    42

  • Arirang

    43

  • In the Absence

    44

  • My Love, Don't Cross That River

    45

  • Non Fiction Diary

    46

  • Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits

    47

  • Repatriation

    48

  • BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky

    49

  • Spy Nation

    50

  • The Housemaid

    51

  • Aimless Bullet

    52

  • A Day Off

    53

  • Burying Old Alive

    54

  • The Seaside Village

    55

  • Io Island

    56

  • A Woman After a Killer Butterfly

    57

  • Woman of Fire

    58

  • The Insect Woman

    59

  • Heavenly Homecoming to Stars

    60

  • Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?

    61

  • The Last Witness

    62

  • Chilsu and Mansu

    63

  • The Man with Three Coffins

    64

  • Declaration of Fools

    65

  • Phone

    66

  • The Piper

    67

  • Cinderella

    68

  • Bedevilled

    69

  • Hansel & Gretel

    70

  • The Mimic

    71

  • Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

    72

  • #Alive

    73

  • Whispering Corridors

    74

  • Zombie for Sale

    75

  • The Admiral: Roaring Currents

    76

  • Extreme Job

    77

  • Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds

    78

  • Ode To My Father

    79

  • Veteran

    80

  • The Thieves

    81

  • Miracle in Cell No. 7

    82

  • Assassination

    83

  • Masquerade

    84

  • King and the Clown

    85

  • My Sassy Girl

    86

  • The Classic

    87

  • Windstruck

    88

  • Cyborg She

    89

  • Time Renegades

    90

  • Waikiki Brothers

    91

  • Little Forest

    92

  • The Whistleblower

    93

  • Take Care of My Cat

    94

  • Butterfly Sleep

    95

  • Pluto

    96

  • Madonna

    97

  • The World of Us

    98

  • The House of Us

    99

  • Crush and Blush

    100