This year, he returns to the genre in “Not the Lips”, the directorial debut of actress Jo Eun-ji (“The Villainess“). A thriller that begins with a murder incident with a trace of a stranger entering the house of Kyung Min who lives alone in the one room.
Several groups of people try to survive a zombie pandemic that unleashes itself in downtown Seoul. The Korean peninsula is devastated and Jung Seok, a former soldier who has managed to escape overseas, is given a mission to go back and unexpectedly meets survivors. From tales of revenge and love to compelling stories that truly make you think, here is just a sampling of what Korean cinema has to offer. While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan. This sees him pair off with Park Hae-il for the first time, as the two men go on a journey to find “the final happiness in their lives”.
After surviving in space in the aforementioned “Victory”, Song Joong-ki moves to Bogota, Colombia in the 1990s in this criminal thriller which tells the story of a young man in his 30s who emigrated to Colombia in the 1990s settling in a traditional market in Bogota. He also pairs off with Kim Nam-gil for the first time in what promises to be an interesting horror thriller with a twist. Peninsula takes place four years after the zombie outbreak in Train to Busan. The film delivers edge-of-your-seat mystery together with suspenseful horror moments — and truly some mind-bending plot twists you'll never see coming. Jeon Jong-seo, the breakout star of Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning”, has been in the news since the film’s release, with much anticipation surrounding her second film. The other Choi film out this year is “A Mathematician in Wonderland”, which sees him playing a genius North Korean mathematician that defects to the South. While news last year was that “Ode to my Father” director JK Youn was to return to filmmaking with space adventure “Return” with Hwang Jung-min and Kim Hye-soo, that project has since been shelved.
This adventure-drama Netflix film (which features both Korean and English) about a young girl and her giant mutant pig is another gem from Bong Joon Ho — and even has a star cast that includes American actors like Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal. Prepare to be on the edge of your seat the entire time while watching this one! The success of “Steel Rain” in 2017 ensured that it would not be the last time we get to see Jung Woo-sung and Kwak Do-won as two men from the opposite sides of the DMZ coming together for a common cause, as a sequel was confirmed to be in production, with a 2020 release planned. You can't fully explore Korean cinema without delving into their truly fantastic horror films — especially with this highly visceral and shockingly violent horror-thriller flick from 2010, which follows a secret agent who sets out to find a psychopathic serial killer after his wife is brutally murdered. His family gathers to mourn, and soon a darkness grows, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking over the family. “Parasite” became the first film to win the coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival as well as the first film to be nominated for and win a Golden Globe award after being nominated for both Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film, eventually being awarded the Best Foreign Language Film of the year. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. 4 Koreans in HK sail thru the blockade to Incheon for USD20,000,000 on a truck. Months after bloody combats leave behind thousands of dead in the trenches. (His other film Parasite won an Oscar for Best Picture, in addition to five other Academy Awards, in 2020… Helmed by “Little Forest” director Yim Soon-rye, “Bargaining” will be breaking grounds as the first major Korean blockbuster film directed by a female director. RELATED: The 60 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time to Stream Right Now. Prolific actor Sol Kyung-gu had three releases in 2019 and he looks set to have three more this year and while “Yacha” (a spy thriller co-starring Park Hae-soo) and “King Maker” (a political drama co-starring Lee Sun-kyun) both look exciting projects, it is “Fisherman” that seems most interesting for a few reasons. Where's the down size in being infected?! With a delightful love story about a college student who meets a trouble-making girl, it's easy to see why this gem became such a widely-successful blockbuster hit. Another Hwang Jung-min vehicle and hostage situation drama this year that deserves special attention for several reasons is “Bargaining”. While he has yet to make a mark in films in a way he has on the tv, Song’s fans will be eager to see the actor in a film that demands a strong performance. Ava is a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. This thrilling flick presents a truly gripping storyline — featuring a terrifying sea creature — to deliver what's widely considered one of the greatest monster movies to date. View production, box office, & company info, Eight Years On, Hwang Jung-min Returns to the Small Screen with Hush, French exhibitors lobby government for softer curfew for cinemagoers, ‘Train to Busan’ Follow-Up ‘Peninsula’ is Coming to VOD Just in Time for Halloween, New and Upcoming VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray Releases, August Picks: The Movies and TV You Can't Miss, Scare in Style: The Best Action-Horror Movies. The host of the virus, a woman and a man who is developing a cure, also fall in love. We didn’t have any information about Hong’s latest until yesterday, hence its omission. This will be a career-first horror film for the actor. From the same director who brought Burning and Poetry to the screen (Lee Chang-dong), Secret Sunshine delivers a quietly riveting and heart-wrenching drama about a widowed mother who undergoes a tragedy after moving to a new town. Real-life dramas seem to be one of the flavours of 2020. He will play an expert negotiator who teams up with Hwang’s diplomat to save Korean nationals being held hostage in the Middle East. While she has already made the cross over to Hollywood, currently shooting for Ana Lily Amirpour’s new film, her sophomore film will be “Call”, a thriller co-starring Park Shin-hye. Jan Lozano, Captain of the Fifth Brigade has fallen prisoner by an opponent's platoon along with a young driver ... See full summary ». For fans of melancholic and emotionally stirring films, Lee Chang-dong's Poetry delivers a poignant story about an elderly woman who takes up a poetry class after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. “Seo Bok” sees Gong Yoo play a former intelligence agent who comes across mankind’s first human clone and faces off against forces trying to possess the clone.
When a job goes dangerously wrong she is forced to fight for her own survival. WTF!On a different note, the characters are far from being interesting, the writer in a sad attempt tries to literally "shove" huge load of emotions at the end of the film yet fails miserably as we already fail to care about any of the stereotypical characters to begin with.And finally we are faced with a cliched predictable Hollywood ending of a low budget movie level.Viewers should know that Peninsula is an Action, Thriller film at best not a Horror in anyway, I believe they should've quit while they were ahead in Train to Busan but the cash grabber is a world wide disease. Loved "Parasite"? Korean cinema may usually be known for its harrowing thrillers, but this charming rom-com cult film is proof that Korean films have plenty to offer in light-hearted genres, too. RELATED: Here's What the Oscar-Winning Thriller 'Parasite' Is Actually About. Perhaps one of the most well-known Korean films of all time, this dark and visceral vengeance movie from Park Chan-wook — one of Korea's most highly-acclaimed directors — follows a man who sets out on a revenge mission after inexplicably being imprisoned for 15 years. Parasite's Song Kang-ho also stars in this tearjerker film, which explores grief, faith, and personal loss. 2020 seems to be the year science fiction really takes off in South Korean cinema, with several films in the genre in production at the moment. Ever since the Asian horror remake boom of the 2000s, which saw American remakes of homegrown movies like A Tale of Two Sisters and Into the Mirror, Korea has leveraged the spotlight by releasing acclaimed takes on zombies (Train to Busan), vampires, (Thirst), eco-terrors (The Host) and more. A good-natured man has an unexpected deadly confrontation. This will be the first Korean movie to incorporate robotics motion capture technology. When a pill that gives its users unpredictable superpowers for five minutes hits the streets of New Orleans, a teenage dealer and a local cop must team with an ex-soldier to take down the group responsible for its creation. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? That's exactly the quirky premise of this recent cop comedy hit, which delights audiences with the perfect balance of exciting action together with feel-good comedy. Hannah is an editorial fellow at Good Housekeeping, where she loves to cover home, health, entertainment, and other lifestyle content. Simultaneously, independent cinema also flourished last year, with several smaller films winning big at various international film festivals around the globe, sending hopeful signs for the country’s independent cinema. Park plays a character living in the present while Jeon’s character will be from the past. A group of friends think they find an easy score at an empty house with a safe full of cash. What an amazing cast! Lee Sung-min continues his upwards career graph with yet another leading role, this time in a horror film. If you still can't enough of Bong Joon Ho's movies, Mother sees the notable director tackling the murder mystery genre for a fascinating and riveting thriller film about a mother who, after her intellectually disabled son is accused of murder, attempts to track down the real killer in order to clear her son's name. 21 of 23 people found this review helpful. How about ‘Pipeline’ directed by Yu Ha? While “Train to Busan” is generally credited as bringing Ma Dong-seok to the forefront after years of being relegated to side roles, it was 2017’s “The Outlaws” that really propelled him to superstardom. The film stars Jo In-sung and Kim Yoon-seok, who returns to acting after a successful directing stint with “Another Child“, both teaming up together for the first time. He plays a man who used to be an exorcist who is pulled back to face a demon that has freed. It will come out around March 2020. The film is currently casting and a late 2020 release is projected.