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Top 5 South Korean Films
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:19:33 PM »
By request.
You should start a Top 5 South Korean films thread so people could come across it in the future.
When John Woo arrived on the scene i the late 80's I feel in love with HK cinema.  In the mid-90's, my love moved to Japan where I met my favorite Asian director (Kitano) and film (Battle Royale).  But for quite a while now, my heart's been in South Korea.  Here's my Top 15.  What are your favorites?

1. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
2. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
3. A Bittersweet Life
4. Old Boy
5. Joint Security Area
6. A Tale of Two Sisters
7. The Good, the Bad, the Weird
8. A Dirty Carnival
9. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
10. April Snow
11. The President's Last Bang
12. 3-Iron
13. The Quiet Family
14. Attack The Gas Station
15. The Coast Guard
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Re: Top 5 South Korean Films
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2009, 02:24:29 PM »
By request.
You should start a Top 5 South Korean films thread so people could come across it in the future.
In the mid-90's, my love moved to Japan where I met my favorite Asian directors (WKW...)

As in Wong Kar-Wai? He isn't Japanese.
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Re: Top 5 South Korean Films
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2009, 02:33:34 PM »
First round winners in the 1990s Far East Bracket:

Art Museum by the Zoo
Christmas in August
City of the Rising Sun
Lies
Passage to Buddha
Peppermint Candy
A Petal
The Power of Kangwon Province
White Badge

Still under review:

Sopyonje
The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well
The Harmonium in My Memory
Spring in my Home Town (dammit, Thor, come back!)

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Re: Top 5 South Korean Films
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2009, 02:38:10 PM »
http://www.listology.com/list/50-best-s-korean-films

I can't see this site, but I assume it has some good films.

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Re: Top 5 South Korean Films
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2009, 02:42:39 PM »
By request.
You should start a Top 5 South Korean films thread so people could come across it in the future.
In the mid-90's, my love moved to Japan where I met my favorite Asian directors (WKW...)

As in Wong Kar-Wai? He isn't Japanese.
Dammit.  I need to hire a fact checker.

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Re: Top 5 South Korean Films
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2009, 02:53:43 PM »
I think I've seen only:

1. Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring
2. Like You Know It All
3. Woman On The Beach
4. The Host
5. Oldboy
6. Chunhyang
7. Musa

But I'm sure I'm forgetting something.
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Re: Top 5 South Korean Films
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2009, 03:31:06 PM »
This thread can be useful, I don't think I have seen more than 10 films, but I really like much of what I have seen.

1. Memories of Murder
2. Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring
3. Mother
4. Oldboy
5. A Tale of Two Sisters
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Re: Top 5 South Korean Films
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2009, 03:37:47 PM »
These are the only one sthat I have seen,

1) Chinjeolhan Geumjassi (Lady Vengeance, 2005)
2) Boksuneun Naui Geot (Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, 2002)
3) Oldboy (2003)
4) Oasis (2002)
5) Gwoemul (The Host, 2006)
6) Hayan Chonjaeng (White Badge, 1992)

Of those, #1 I loved, #2-4 I really liked but I wasn't a fan of #5-6.

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Re: Top 5 South Korean Films
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2009, 03:53:50 PM »
I'm in your boat regarding Oasis, and that was my first Lee film.  I'm glad I went ahead and watched Peppermint Candy.

Hmmm, I'm wondering what issues you and W@W had with Oasis? I didn't come away with any passionate leanings on the film, but I did like it a fair amount.

Not really issues in that I think it's a bad film.  I just didn't like it much.
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Re: Top 5 South Korean Films
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2009, 04:18:12 PM »
First three I really love.  I'm going to try watching Peppermint Candy again.  It didn't really resonate the first time.  Excited to see The Good, the Bad, the Weird:)

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring
3-Iron
Oldboy
Lady Vengeance
The Isle
The Host
Peppermint Candy
Tale of Two Sisters