Lady Vengeance
My Top South Korean Movies
Jinmo Yang

Jinmo Yang

Editor

I have cultivated my dream of filmmaking by watching the following Korean movies. They have given me great inspiration. Luckily, I was able to participate as an editor with the directors of these works. By sharing my list of films that I love, I hope movie lovers from around the world will be able to find fascination in Korean films.

1

Memories of Murder

2003

WHERE TO WATCH

Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder is a masterpiece and a foundational textbook for filmmaking. It is inspired by a set of real-life serial murders, of which the actual murderer has only just been caught. What’s shocking is that the film's depiction of the key suspect strongly resembles the real-life murderer. The film stars Song Kang-ho from Parasite (2019).

WHERE TO WATCH
Memories of Murder
2003
129 Mins | 14
An urban detective and two rural policemen investigate a series of brutal killings in a small town.


2

My Love, My Bride

1990

My Love, My Bride is a cute and adorable romantic comedy. The movie effectively uses film language to depict the heart-fluttering joy of the early stages of romance and the reality of love after marriage. Lee Myung-se is a true visualist, and his unique style stands out in this film.

WHERE TO WATCH
My Love, My Bride
1990
108 Mins
Korean newlyweds (Park Joong-hoon, Choi Jin-sil) hide doubts of fidelity.


3

A Bittersweet Life

2005

A Bittersweet Life is the pinnacle of Korean noir. It is an incredibly stylish film, a vintage Kim Jee-woon action-noir, which at times becomes quite philosophical.

WHERE TO WATCH
A Bittersweet Life
2005
120 Mins | 14
A gangster (Lee Byung-Hun) gets into a violent feud with his boss (Young-Chul Kim).


4

Lady Vengeance

2005

The final chapter of Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy. This film transformed actress Lee Young-ae, known for her pure and innocent image, into an incarnation of vengeance. Lady Vengeance is filled with great cinematic variation and exceptional mise-en-scène.

WHERE TO WATCH
Lady Vengeance
2005
114 Mins | R
An ex-con (Lee Yeong-ae) reconnects with her former cellmates to carry out her revenge plot.


5

The Fake

2013

WHERE TO WATCH

The animated feature film by Yeon Sang-ho, the director of Train to Busan (2016). With aggressive characters placed in a depressing setting, the suspense of the story has you on your toes till the very end. At times incredibly humorous, the film candidly portrays the human condition. The directing prowess of Yeon is truly overwhelming.

WHERE TO WATCH
The Fake
2013
101 Mins
The residents of a rural village search for new homes when their village is scheduled for flooding.


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