Our top pig of Korean movies

Thanks to Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite a great interest in Korean film has been piqued. Other than this great blockbuster, South Korean cinema have lot to offer in field of contemporary cinematic masterpieces. Here is our top pig of Korean movies.


Forgotten is a South Korean mystery thriller film directed by Jang Hang-jun. The movie tells a story of Jin-seok, a young man who witnesses the abduction of his older brother. After nineteen days since the event, his brother suddenly reappears at home with repressed memories of any events since the abduction. Jin starts to notice discrepancies in his brother’s personality and behavior, as well as those of his parents. A dark and disorienting thriller of two distinct halves, Forgotten starts off as an exquisitely crafted mystery with a devilish flair for the uncanny before taking a sharp turn into tragedy. It is very hard to predict the ending


Burning is a South Korean psychological mystery drama film directed by Lee Chang-dong. Based on the short story "Barn Burning" from The Elephant Vanishes by author Haruki Murakami. The movie tells the story of an aspiring young novelist who performs odd jobs. One day he runs into a childhood neighbor and classmate Shin Hae-mi, at a promotion at which he is making a delivery. She tells him about her upcoming trip to Africa and asks him to feed her cat, Boiler, while she is away. South Korean movies got lately very popular thanks to Parasite, and the "[Burning](" is one of the very best. It's intense and unsettling, with actors delivering a great performance.


Pandora is a South Korean disaster film directed by Park Jung-woo. A nuclear power plant explodes, causing an earthquake. In this out-and-out disaster movie, only the workers can prevent further destruction. Jae-hyeok and Pyeong-seok are working at the local nuclear power plant. Pyeong-seok is worried about the conditions there, but nobody in the government listens to him until one day an earthquake strikes the small town and causes explosions at the plant. The situation quickly spirals out of control, leading the entire nation to panic. To prevent another nuclear disaster, Jae-hyeok and his co-workers return to the nuclear power plantt - only the workers can prevent further destruction.

I Saw the Devil

I Saw the Devil is a South Korean action thriller film directed by Kim Jee-woon. The film follows the NIS agent, who embarks on a quest for revenge when his fiancée is brutally murdered by the psychopathic serial killer. I Saw the Devil is an emotionally heavy, wonderful film in spite of the horrifically brutal violence on display

The Host

Fun fact: inspiration for a movie came from a local article about a deformed fish with an S-shaped spine caught in the Han River. The Host is a South Korean monster slapstick film directed by Bong Joon-ho. The movie tells portray the story of a man who desperately tries to rescue his daughter after being abducted by a sewer monster. As in most Bong’s movies, its characters are complete idiots, special effects aren’t very well done, but the monster is nevertheless a marvelous creation - scary and foolish in equal measure, unpredictable to the very end.


Oldboy is a South Korean neo-noir action thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese comic of the same name written by Garon Tsuchiya and illustrated by Nobuaki Minegishi. Oldboy is the second installment of The Vengeance Trilogy, preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and followed by Lady Vengeance. Movie tells the story of a businessman named Oh Dae-su is arrested for drunkenness, missing his daughter's fourth birthday. After his friend Joo-hwan picks him up from the police station, they go to a phone booth for Dae-su to call home. While Joo-hwan is talking to Dae-su's wife, Dae-su is kidnappedand wakes up in a sealed hotel room where food is delivered through a trap-door. Watching the television, Dae-su learns that his wife has been murdered and he is the prime suspect. Dae-su passes the time shadowboxing, planning revenge, and attempting to dig a tunnel to escape. No doubt about it, this movie is all about extremity - violent and definitely unique. Oldboy is a strange, powerful story of revenge not to everyone's tastes but if you like that kind of movie, Oldboy is sure to impress.

The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well

The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well is a South Korean film and the directorial debut of Hong Sang-soo. The title derives from a 1954 book by John Cheever and well, we must say that is really confusing title, because there are no pigs and no wells in the movie. This is a tale of desires of four characters - a poor novelist, a cheating wife, a germophobic husband and a ticket girl. Picture is intriguing view of middle class Koreans, their deceptions, betrayals, and humiliations is laced with manipulation, cruelty and violence.


Mother is a South Korean film directed Bong Joon-ho’s. Like his Memories Of Murder, Bong Joon-ho’s Mother is a psychological thriller. Movie tells a story of a middle-aged woman who fights to get her learning-disabled son off a murder charge. The title character "Mother", does everything she can to prove her son's innocence — she does her own detective work, questions people, harass police and as she does that we learn everything she learns. This movie is nothing what we would expect, by all means different from all the US productions for mass audience, as "Mother" creates new levels of deception in the story.

The Way Home

The Way Home is a South Korean film directed by Lee Jeong-hyang. It tells the heart-warming story about a grandmother and her grandson who comes to live with her in a village. The film reminds the younger generation of unconditional love and care that old people selflessly give. This wonderful, delicate film plucks at the most gentle heartstrings while still being utterly direct and unsentimental.


Snowpiercer is a science fiction action film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette and directed by Bong Joon-ho. The movie tells a postapocalyptic story, about a failed global-warming experiment that kills most life on the planet causing Ice Age. Survivors board a “Snowpiercertrain that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. It accomodates a class-based society aboard with strict class principles. The movie starts off right at the back of the train, among the proletariat society, where revolution is being fomented. Snowpiercer is a futuristic, all-star movie with Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton. In its constricted, surreal conception, there's something of absurdist though developed to grotesque scenes.


Poetry is a South Korean drama film directed by Lee Chang-dong. It tells the story of a suburban older woman who looks after her troubled teen grandson who lives with her in her modest apartment. She is suffering from the early signs of Alzheimer's disease, which inspires her to take classes in poetry - she wishes to write a single poem before her ability to speak deteriorates. While trying to cope with her inevitable illness she needs to face the other drama in her life related to her teen grandson. Without realizing it, she is developing the soul of a poet while facing tragedy and sickness. The film was selected for the main competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award.