Korean films are making great waves in the movie industry because of the fascinating plot, spectacular set of actors, and remarkable special effects that give moviegoers more reason to check out every blockbuster film that hits the big screen. The following are among the top 10 Korean movies in 2013 that will not disappoint anyone who looks for the finest films that will surely be remembered forever.
10. How to Use Guys with Secret Tips
What’s unique about this film is that it starts with a splash of vintage design and vibrant colors, which somehow keep people guessing about the concept of the movie. However, the idea behind this film is rather straightforward and blunt; after all, the title already gives you a sneak peak at everything you can expect from it. Nevertheless, the director was quite successful in creating the layout of the plot in a stylish and interesting way that makes this film somehow out of the ordinary. There is also something about the movie that infects your mood, and you can’t help but feel light after watching this lightly-themed flick that is worth your time.
9. Man on the Edge
This comedy film was directed by Jo Jin-Kyu, and it features a set of amazing talents including Kin Jung-tae, Park Shin-yang, and Uhm Ji-won, to name a few. It has also nabbed in over 3 million film viewers upon its initial release earlier this year. Moreover, the film Man on the Edge was invited to become a part of the International Film Festival in Shanghai. However, film critics expected more from this film by the critically-acclaimed and world-renowned actor who took the lead role in this movie. When it comes to the movie’s cinematic quality and the star’s acting skill, critics believe that Kim Jung-tae should have taken on diverse roles instead of basically repeating his sense of humor in his previous films.
8. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon
The 2013 drama Nobody’s Daughter Haewon was directed by the talented Hong Sang-soo. This fascinating movie features a narrative that was in a diary format, and it focuses on the life of Jung Eun-chae, who expressed her depression due to her mother’s departure to Canada. Then, she ended up becoming romantically involved with her professor, who promised to take her away and offer her a more rewarding life. The affair was a rather troubled one, and there were twists and turns in the story that made it unlike any other that people have seen in the past. In addition, the film was chosen to be a part of the 2013 International Film Festival in Hong Kong, as well as the 63rd International Film Festival in Berlin.
7. New World
This fascinating and compelling film noir was directed by the famous Park Hoon-jung, and it is made up of brilliant actors including Hwang Jung-min, Lee Jung-jae and Choi Min-shik. It opened in February, and it has sold more than 4 million tickets. New World focuses on an interesting mission that aims to siege and imprison a popular mafia group. Chief Kang orders an undercover cop to join the mafia grip, although Kang’s evident determination centers more on personal greed instead of justice. Eventually, the cop decides to kill Kang because of his selfish intentions. This film has opened in over 25 theaters in Canada and the US, as well as in some French-speaking countries in the world.
6. Fists of Legend
Another blockbuster film that hit Korea in 2013 was Fists of Legend, which was a sport-drama film. It was based on a brilliant webtoon by Lee Jong-gyu, under the similar title. This movie starred some of the finest actors in Seoul including Yoo Jun-sang, Lee Yo-won, Jung Woong-in, Yoon Je-moon and Yoo Jun-sang. The plot centers on the unfortunate situation that Deok-kyu encountered, which eventually led him and some of his friends to prison. However, Jin-ho was able to leave jail because his well-off parents helped him, but the other three were unlucky and were forced to remain in prison for a longer time. Their luck turned around, though, when opportunities came their way. The interesting mix of characters, plot, and cinematography make this a must-see film in 2013.
5. Killer Toon
This horror film shown in 2013 starred Um Ki-ioon and Lee Si-young, and it was under the direction of Kim Yong-gyun. It garnered massive success at the domestic level, and it was the first ever horror film in South Korea that gained over one million tickets since the spine-tingling flick The Death Bell, shown in 2008. The movie puts an emphasis on the dedication of a detective to figure out the main culprit responsible for the series of murder in the city, and a talented cartoonist was one of the suspects.
4. Cold Eyes
Cold Eyes was shown to the public in 2013, and it stars Jung Woo-sung, Han Hyo-joo and Sol Kyung-gu. This film was also a remake of a successful Hong Kong movie, which was Eye in the Sky. Primarily, it is about the superior skills of detectives from a surveillance team of crime unit, and they worked together to succeed in defeating an infamous banking organization. The movie is also scheduled to be featured at the Toronto film festival in 2013.
3. Miracle in Cell No. 7
This impressive film has sold more than 12 million tickets since the domestic release in January. Including foreign films in the world, Miracle in Cell No. 7 ranks as the top 4 in the list of most-watched movies. The movie is a family drama, which was directed by the amazing Lee Hwan-kyung, and it starred Ryu Seung-nyeon. Additionally, the film was among the most popular ones in Asia, and it was sold to numerous countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Thailand and Japan.
2. The Berlin File
The mind-boggling Korean movie, The Berlin File, was directed by Ryu Seung-wan. It starred a set of reputable actors such as Ryu Seung-bum, Ha Jung-woo, Jun Ji-hyun, and Han Suk-gyu. This spectacular movie has garnered more than 7 million movie fans worldwide when it was released to the public in January 2013. The Berlin File was also invited to a number of film festivals including Film Festivals in Dallas, New York, Edinburgh, and the Far East.
1. Secretly Greatly
One of the finest Korean films is Secretly Greatly, which has sold more than 6 million tickets since it’s opening to the public. During its initial day of release in June, the movie has gained nearly a half a million of film tickets. Thus, Secretly Greatly has made a record as being the most-watched Korean flick because of its large following during the first day of the film’s release. Lastly, this superb film was invited to be a part of the Pucheon Film Festival and Asian Film Festival in New York. The movie is also released in the United States, Taiwan, Canada, and Singapore.