Korean Cinema has long been the hipster film snob’s go to space for intelligent and uniquely brilliant films and this year, the Korean film industry has come up with some wonderful hidden gems that we here at IMK implore you to watch. Here are our top picks!
1. The Handmaiden
Park Can Wook shows us much more than we ever thought we would see in a film. He mainly eschews the violence of Oldboy and instead focuses on sexual attraction and lust. The transposition of Sarah Waters’ Victorian novel to Japanese occupied Korea had us intrigued. We loved watching Kim Min-hee and Kim Tae-hee’s intense relationship develop and watching the men receive their comeuppance at the end was magnificent.
2. The Wailing
A small village becomes endangered by a malicious presence and a police officer struggles to rescue his daughter from its grip. If you want a film that shows what life is like outside of a big city, this is one to watch. Although the content of this film is very Korean, we feel that the story is universal.
3. Train to Busan
Korea is famous for its horror films but this is the first Zombie film. When we first watched it, we thought it was an entertaining zombie film. The second time around, it struck us that the director was making a point about social class and greed. It was so popular in South Korea that they are already making a sequel. Buy the ticket, take the trip.