Summer of South Korean Cinema

This list serves as a challenge for the Summer (June-August), with the goal being to expose people to some of the most important and exciting South Korean directors and films.

There are 25 sections, and each section has several films listed, which are numbered below. The sections are either a specific director, genre, decade, etc. The films on this list are just SUGGESTIONS for each category. Feel free to watch a different film that is not listed if it fits the category. There are some notable differences between this list and the Japanuary list that I created earlier this year.

First, I wanted to give more attention to films that women directed. I am hoping everyone will watch 5 films that…

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  • The Truth Beneath

    101

  • Maggie

    102

  • House of Hummingbird

    103

  • Lucky Chan-sil

    104

  • An Old Lady

    105

  • Kim Ji-young, Born 1982

    106

  • A Girl at My Door

    107

  • Our Body

    108

  • Microhabitat

    109

  • Moving On

    110

  • Die Bad

    111

  • Crying Fist

    112

  • The Unjust

    113

  • The Battleship Island

    114

  • The City Of Violence

    115

  • New World

    116

  • The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion

    117

  • The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale

    118

  • A Taxi Driver

    119

  • The Front Line

    120

  • Rough Cut

    121

  • Secret Reunion

    122

  • The Chaser

    123

  • The Yellow Sea

    124

  • The Wailing

    125

  • On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate

    126

  • Night and Day

    127

  • The Day He Arrives

    128

  • Right Now, Wrong Then

    129

  • On the Beach at Night Alone

    130

  • Mandala

    131

  • Sopyonje

    132

  • Gilsoddeum

    133

  • Festival

    134

  • Painted Fire

    135

  • Hope

    136

  • Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet

    137

  • Anarchist from Colony

    138

  • The Throne

    139

  • Radio Star

    140

  • Train to Busan

    141

  • Save the Green Planet!

    142

  • The Man from Nowhere

    143

  • Silenced

    144

  • The Quiet Family

    145

  • Moebius

    146

  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    147

  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    148

  • Bleak Night

    149

  • One Fine Spring Day

    150

  • Castaway on the Moon

    151

  • My Dear Enemy

    152

  • Il Mare

    153

  • Swing Kids

    154

  • A Hard Day

    155

  • Forgotten

    156

  • Midnight Runners

    157

  • Memoir of a Murderer

    158

  • EXIT

    159

  • The Priests

    160