Skip to main content

Films From Korea

Think The Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Fawlty Towers; think The Partridge Family meets The Addams Family but don't ever think you're prepared for the Kangs! This totally macabre and crazed Korean comedy takes the rice cake in bad taste, black humour and body count. ... After father Kang is sacked ... Read more
In Korea, the period of the Chosun Dynasty (AD. 1392-1910) was marked by increasingly rigid attitudes to relations between the sexes, and particularly the social role of women. While the roots of these attitudes may be traced to the preceding Koryo Dynasty, during the Chosun period women led ... Read more
Korea's master director Im Kwon-Taek has over 100 features to his name including the highlight of last years AFI Korean season, Sopyonje. The wisdom of experience shows in his steady handling of the huge cast and complex events in this epic Korean Civil War melodrama that tells history from the ... Read more
“Im Sang-soo's latest portrait of lust and corruption, power plays and violence at the highest echelons of Korea's society has all the style and luster of his previous works.” - Screen Daily ... Im Sang-soo's The Housemaid, which screened at MIFF 10, forms the backstory to this tale of sex and ... Read more
"Achieves a happy marriage between commercial savvy and artistic integrity in its hard-hitting depiction of Seoul as a city of corruption." - Hollywood Reporter ... A massive critical and commercial success in South Korea, The Unjust is a complex crime thriller, set against the background of police ... Read more
A surreal voyage inside the walls of a mysterious hospital, which turns the sad befores into happy afters. ... --- ... D/P/S Beomsik Shimbe Shim L no dialogue TD digibeta/2010 ... --- ... D/P/S Beomsik Shimbe Shim L no dialogue TD digibeta/2010 ... Read more
Rising star of the South Korean film scene Na Hong-jin returns with an ambitious follow up to The Chaser (MIFF 2009) that was a box office hit domestically. ... In a lawless Chinese border town, where the boundaries of North Korea, China and Russia intersect, Gu-nam lives one day at a time. Faced ... Read more
Winner of the Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ... From the runaway imagination of Festival favourite Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, MIFF 2004; Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, MIFF 2006) comes Thirst. ... Dubbed a ‘scandalous vampire melodrama' by Park himself, Thirst sees a priest (Song ... Read more
Yim's debut is a daring mix of lighthearted comedy and drama portraying Korea's Gen­eration X. Independent, Fatso and Petal are three friends who have failed their college entrance examination. Panicked by being called up for military service, Independent attempts sui­cide, Fatso ... Read more
[Three... Extremes] is a chilling, top-shelf anthology, featuring three short 'horror' films directed by perennial MIFF faves Park Chan-wook, Miike Takashi and Fruit Chan. ... "Park's [Cut] ranks as the director's best work to date. A famous director and his pianist wife are held hostage by a ... Read more
A recent estimate in Korea claimed that 50 percent of the female population had opted for plastic surgery in their 20s. Considering this epidemic, MIFF favourite Kim Ki-duk's (Bad Guy, The Isle) latest work speaks volumes about a nation's pursuit of ul-jjang (a perfect face). His female lead ... Read more
"After dying, we all become stars." ... An old man, Moon Duk-Bae, has died, and his family are taking his body back to the place of his birth, Kwisong Island, in accordance with his last wish. It is 1993. As their ferry approaches the island it is intercepted by a delegation of islanders who are ... Read more
... ... To You, From Me is either on the cutting edge, or on the nose. It all depends on how you see it but see it you must. The sharp social satire of Chang Sun-Woo's profane succes de scandale and Seoul box office smash somehow captures the postmodern 90s—failure of tradi­tion, final ... Read more
A woman and man meet, fall in love and spend the rest of their lives together. Sounds fairly conventional? The catch—the couple met in their 70s. This short feature is a sensitive, deeply felt examination of two people, whose remarkable story is a joy to behold. ... Park Chi-gyu, 73, and Lee ... Read more
“Simply one of the best films about childhood ever made.” - Village Voice ... Two young sisters in South Korea find themselves suddenly packed off by their single mother to live with their aunt in this engrossing feature from director Kim So-yong (In Between Days, MIFF 06). Bewildered, the ... Read more
Out-of-work actor Gyung-soo flees to a popular country town to visit a former schoolmate, now writer, Seong-wu. Soon upon arrival, he has a brief, intense fling with a dance instructor Myung-sook, who happens to be Seong-wu's girlfriend. Concerned more about Myung-sook's protestations than with ... Read more
“The best independent feature film of the year.”- Pusan International Film Festival The Unforgiven scooped a multitude of awards at Pusan and screened as part of Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year. Described by the Fipresci judges as “a spirited and forceful ‘kick in the groin' to Korean ... Read more
Jia Zhang-ke's Unknown Pleasures depicts a trough of aimlessness. This third feature by Jia - in Official Competition at Cannes 2002 - again proves his ability to hold a light to China's alienated rural youth. Xiao Ji and Bin Bin are teenage lads who do little more than tool around on their ... Read more
The multi-award winning The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well and its follow-up The Power of Kangwon Province, have established Hang San-Soo as the reigning Korean poet laureate of the ins, outs and self-deceptions of contemporary relationships, not to mention the tricks and traps of storytelling. This ... Read more
In an indefinite time, alienated from past, future and present, a veiled school exists - training students in a combination of martial arts and supernatural expertise. After being expelled from eight schools for his magical powers of telekinesis, Kim Kyung-Soo finds himself at Volcano High. He soon ... Read more
Satin shirts and smooth cheeks - Waikiki Brothers is a band going nowhere. After another depressing gig, the three members end up at lead singer Sungwoo's home town, Suanbo. Once a popular hot spring resort - and a place where live bands could thrive back in the 80s and early 90s - Suanbo now ... Read more
This delightful Korean film is an almost fairytale comedy of how a slave girl becomes the bride of a rich young man. The story would be charming in any setting, but in this Eastern background, the delight of the comedy is heightened. The conventions and formalities and traditions of Korean family ... Read more
"Writer-director Jo Sung-hee has crafted a highly watchable and affecting, genre-crossing work that emphasizes human emotion and interaction over horror." – Film Journal International ... After moving to a farmhouse in the countryside, teenager Suni discovers a bedraggled feral boy her ... Read more
A gangland thriller set against the violence and corruption of New York's Korea Town.John is a young American-born Korean attorney fresh from college and trying to prove himself. Taking on a pro bono case defending a 14-year-old accused of killing a prominent gangster, he finds himself thrown into ... Read more
Set in the back alleys of Paris, Wild Animals sketches the unique friendship between two Koreans living abroad. South Korean Chung-hae goes to Paris to study art but, lacking scruples, he soon winds up earning a living through various scams. He meets an AWOL North Korean soldier named Hong-san ... Read more
Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director