Friday, January 10, 2014

Top 10 South Korean Films You Probably Haven't Seen On Netflix

List: Top 10 South Korean Films You Probably Haven't Seen On Netflix

Let's be honest: in the vast internet sea we call Netflix, there is a plethora of crappy films swimming menacingly... waiting... stalking... hoping to waste your valuable time. Fortunately, there are also hundreds and hundreds of films worth your time, and many come from the fantastic South Korean film industry. But, we've all seen Oldboy, The Man From Nowhere, and The Host, right? So, I've compiled a list of the best South Korean films on Netflix that may have flown under the radar -- we can also call it the top 10 underrated South Korean films on Netflix, or top 10 sleeper hit South Korean films on Netflix. (Based on movies with 100,000 ratings or less/Listed without a specific order)

Also, what better way to shamelessly plug my new website KoreanMovieReviews.com than to post my first list on the same subject! (seriously, though, please visit my new website if you're interested in South Korean films.)

Pieta
Watch it on Netflix!
Read my review: Here!
A dark, disturbing family drama that slowly burns until it explodes in a breathtaking climax. Look for the strong themes and symbolism, as well, which help build its bleak atmosphere.

No Doubt
Watch it on Netflix!
Read my review: Here!
Another dark crime thriller revolving around a child molester accused of killing a young girl in a small village. The film takes the time to show the impact on the father of the deceased child, the child molester and his family, and the outside forces, such as the police and other villagers.

Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox
Watch it on Netflix!
Read my review: Here!
The Japanese aren't the only talented animators, although they truly are spectacular, as Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox brings an eccentric and charming young fox into an enchanting tale of people, and the proper treatment of each other. Like I said back in April, when I first reviewed the film, "souls taking care of souls."

Doomsday Book
Watch it on Netflix!
Read my review: N/A
A fun South Korean anthology with a great blend of horror, SciFi, and comedy. All of its stories are incredibly entertaining to watch.

Hansel and Gretel
Watch it on Netflix!
Read my review: Here!
One of my favorite South Korean films of all time, it really captures the magic and blends some great horror elements into the mix. And, it features a charismatic performance from Shim Eun-kyung.

Welcome to Dongmakgol
Watch it on Netflix!
Read my review: N/A
During the Korean War, three North Korean soldiers, two South Korean soldiers, and an American pilot end up in an isolated village -- and end up in a battle of wits. A beautiful war film with strong elements of humor that focuses less on war and more on people -- people are people, and this isolated village can teach just about anyone the importance of love.

The Executioner
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Read my review: N/A
The film follows a group of correctional officers who are ordered to execute three prisoners -- the first execution in 12 years. This is an unbiased, balanced, and emotionally-effective drama on a difficult topic.

Over The Border
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Read my review: Here!
Cha Seung-won delivers a wonderful performance in this powerful film of love and people, and the borders that often keeps us apart.

Meet Mr. Daddy
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Read my review: N/A
A touching, even thought-provoking, drama with a big heart. With moments of genuine humor and sadness, the film keeps pulling at all of your emotions until the very end.

Silenced
Watch it on Netflix! 
Read my review: N/A
My second favorite South Korean film of all time, behind Memories of Murder. This is a bleak and powerful tale that is true to life. A movie about the abuse of hearing-impaired students by the faculty. It is hard to watch, and you may not want to watch it again, but it is a story that must be heard.

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