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Thought I'd post my top 5 Korean films to see if other people agree / disagree, or if anybody had opinions which would include different films other than what I consider to be the best....

1. A Bittersweet Life

2. OldBoy

3. A Tale Of Two Sisters

4. Public Enemy

5. The Crying Fist

Not too sure if these 5 will change by the end of the year, I have 'The Black House' to watch and 'The Chaser' on the way, plus 'The Good, The Bad, & The Weird' & 'Public Enemy Returns' are both out this year as well.

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in no particular order....

SHIRI

JSA

GUNS AND TALKS

NO BLOOD NO TEARS

TAEGUKGI (or however the hell you spell it) the war movie!

To be quite honest, I am really behind in the Korean departement! These are just the ones I remember the best!

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In no particular order and I have to round it up to my top 7:

1. Oldboy

2. A Bittersweet Life

3. Friends

4. City Of Violence

5. Taeguki

7. Musa

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Old Boy

A Bittersweet Life

Bichunmoo

Musa (First Korean film I ever watched)

Spirit Of Jeet Kun Do

Honorable Mention:

Public Enemy 1 & 2

A Tale Of Two Sisters

No Mercy For The Rude

Arahan

Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance

Fighter In The Wind

City Of Violence

The Host

No Blood, No Tears

Shadowless Sword

Worth A Look:

Save The Green Planet

Soo (Device)

Gangster High

Shiri

Sympathy For Lady Vengeance

My Wife Is A Ganster (Series)

Running Wild

Phone

Blood Rain

Dirty Carnival

Guns & Talks

Memories Of Murder

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JSA

Oldboy

Bittersweet Life

My Sassy Girl

It's hard for me to pick the 5th, I don't think there's a film out there worthy to be in the top 5. I guess, The Host

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I havent seen enough Korean movies to pretend to know which are the 5 best, but here are my favourites so far:

- My Sassy Girl (director's cut). Pretty much one of my favourites movie of all time. I have the pretty rare LE which only had 2002 or 2003 releases. Sealed.

- Taegugki. One of the absolute best war movies EVER.

- Bin Jip (3-Iron). Like the other Kim Ki Duk movies I have seen, it just has an eery quality about it.

That's about it.

I liked many others, but I certainly wouldnt give them 5 outta 5 ratings.

Many are very well made, with good acting and cinematography and a touching story etc, but they arent 'classics'.

Even Old Boy isnt a classic to me, neither is Friend or Shiri. They are extremely well made movies, but they dont 'touch' me in the way 'classics' seem to do, either action-wise, story-wise, or emotional-wise.

I still have Il Mare lying around btw. I should probably watch that. And Crying Fist.

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These are my favorite Korean films:

Old Boy

Fighter in The Wind

Taegukgi

Bichunmoo

Sympathy For Lady Vengeance

All of these films are worthy an audience who've never viewed an Korean production. This industry is becoming the new Hong Kong of the late 80's/early 90's... producing a little something for everyone!

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I watched The Chaser last night...absolutely excellent film. It's been a while since I've watched a movie and felt so tense throughout, and thats with a running time of over 2 hours!

It definitely displaces The Crying Fist to go into my top 5 Korean movie list, and I'd recommend watching it as soon as possible before Hollywood no doubt completely ruins it with a re-make.

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Yeah Ive been really wanting to see "The Chaser". But the only DVD release available right now is the Korean disc which (as always) is ridiculously expensive! Ill have to wait for the HK disc, which usually doest take too long after the Korean release.

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I'd go with:-

2009, Lost Memories

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring

Il Mare

Public Enemy

Wild Card

The Ghost

Calla

Blackhouse

Pisces

Shiri

I'll leave it at 10.

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One Korean film I just watched recently was Geochilmaru-The Showdown and had forgot how much I enjoyed it. It pits Martial Artists of different styles against each other to find out who is the best to face the unknown Geochilmaru. It was intersting seeing the different styles go up against each other. Some of the styles were Boxing, Kickboxing, Kung fu, Karate, TKD and Judo.

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Some of my favorites

A Bittersweet Life

Resurrection of the little match girl

The Classic

Traces of Love

Once in a Summer

Git: Feathers in the Wind

Nabi

Ditto

Natural City

Ad-Lip Night

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