Thursday, April 16, 2015

Top 13 Best Korean Movies on Netflix Instant (2015 Edition)

Well over a year ago, I wrote my first list: Top 10 South Korean Films You Probably Haven't Seen On Netflix. Unfortunately, since then, many of those amazing films have been removed from Netflix. In fact, the selection has been shrinking at an alarming rate for the past year, leaving only a few Korean films in the Netflix library. Fortunately, there's more than enough for one more "Best of" list. Without further ado, here's my list of the Top 13 Korean movies on Netflix Instant:

13. The Suspect
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North Korean defector Ji Dong-chul (Gong Yoo), who was framed by his boss, is chased by his betrayers and the South Korean intelligence service -- while chasing someone himself. The Suspect is cliche -- it's something we've seen a lot. Fortunately, The Suspect is also a wildly entertaining action film. If you're looking for blockbuster action, this is a must-watch.

12. Miss Granny
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Upon learning she'll be sent to a retirement home, Oh Mal-soon (Shim Eun-kyung) wanders into a photo studio and miraculously emerges as her 20-year-old self. This fun, quirky, and lighthearted comedy is well worth your time. It had me laughing and smiling throughout its runtime, and Shim Eun-kyung delivers another wonderful performance. Don't miss it. (Honestly, due to my unrequited love for Shim Eun-kyung, I had to stop myself from placing this in first. Really.)

11. Kundo: Age of the Rampant
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In mid-19th century Joseon, a group of expertly-skilled bandits fight for justice against greedy tyrants. They steal from the rich and give to the poor. This is an effective blend of exciting action, strong drama, and witty humor. If you're looking for something fun and stylish, albeit a bit cliche, this is for you.

10. Crying Fist
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Down-on-his-luck boxer Tae-shik (Choi Min-sik) and young thug Sang-hwan (Ryoo Seung-bum) try to repair their broken lives through boxing. It may sound like your typical sports film, but Crying Fist manages to be much more. Its strong focus on two normal characters makes this film more powerful and relateable. Also, it's worth watching for the two leading performances alone.

9. No Doubt
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When Choong-sik's daughter disappears in a small village, circumstantial evidence leads towards Se-jin, a child molester who recently moved into the village. No Doubt is a very dark and powerful drama. It's a drama that will make you question every character; it's an unbiased drama that will put you into everyone's shoes, and make you think. This is definitely not for those looking for something lighthearted.

8. Rough Cut
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A film-within-a-film, a real gangster is brought onto the set of a film to star opposite of a bad-boy superstar with a large ego. As expected, the pair begin to clash... Rough Cut is a multilayer film. On the surface, you can watch a suspenseful thriller with a ferocious pace. If you want to look deeper, you'll find yourself thinking about its deep themes and characters. Well worth your time.

7. Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance
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Trying to save his sister, Ryu sells his kidney, but finds himself ripped-off - figuratively and literally. So, he and his girlfriend plan on kidnapping the child of a rich executive. Unfortunately, the plans fall apart... Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance is another dark and disturbing film with rich characters and contemplative themes. It's initially a little difficult to get into, but it only gets better on repeated viewings -- and I strongly recommend watching it multiple times.

6. Welcome to Dongmakgol
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Amidst the Korean war, a crashed U.S. pilot, two South Korean soldiers, and three North Korean soldiers find themselves in a secluded village free of war and violence. Welcome to Dongmakgol is far from a traditional war film. Although the war is important, this film focuses more on the people. This is a beautiful film with a powerful message - it can make you smile, laugh, cry, and feel.

5. New World
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A crime syndicate is shaken when the head of the operation dies in a car accident. A power struggle ensues between the second and third in command; meanwhile, the police use a mole to influence the tides of war. New World is a brilliant crime drama. It keeps you on the edge throughout its entire runtime thanks to its masterful suspense and engaging story.

4. I Saw The Devil
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Secret agent Dae-hoon (Lee Byung-hee) finds himself chasing serial killer Kyung-chul (Choi Min-sik) after his fiancee is savagely murdered. I Saw The Devil is a brutal and disturbing. Yet, the film still has powerful themes and intricate characters -- it's not all for show. This is a film that can make you think about its characters and their actions as much as it can make your cringe from the violence. Not for the fainthearted, this is an experience worth having.

3. The Good, The Bad, The Weird
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A bounty hunter, a ruthless bandit, and an eccentric thief cross paths as they attempt to steal a valuable treasure map from each other. Quite the opposite of I Saw The Devil, The Good, The Bad, The Weird is an exciting action-adventure. This film is pure bliss -- I don't think it's possible not to have fun during this adventure.

2. Breathless
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An angry debt collector develops a friendship with a troubled high school student. Breathless is a powerful drama. It's very bleak and depressing as it revolves around troubled characters and the seemingly never-ending cycle of violence. It's a very evocative experience - it may not be sunshine and rainbows, but it's definitely something that makes you feel.

1. Oldboy
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After being abducted and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is released and given 5 days to find out why. Oldboy is the ultimate revenge film. It's dark, disturbing, and gritty for the right reasons. It has character, mystery, thrills, and action. It's stylish and engaging. It's contemplative. The climax is unforgettable. This is a masterpiece. If you haven't watched this film yet, get to it!

There were quite a few other films I wanted to include in the list, like Traffickers, The Tower, and Dachimawa Lee, but then there wouldn't be much of a purpose for this list. I already had to extend this list to 13 from the original ten I had planned. In fact, I'd strongly recommend you check out most of the Korean films available on Netflix, so click here and browse. Let Netflix know we want more variety in our selection. Anyway, thanks for reading! Please share with your friends and stuff!

Also, check out my other website, Korean Movie Reviews, for more movie reviews. Thanks!

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