If one can talk about one of the distinctive movie watching experiences and a defining way of presentment in the movies – most importantly on the darker subjects like crimes, wars, horrors, along with the love stories, definitely the Korean cinema comes to our minds. For times immemorial, Korean cinema has been known for its raw and realistic of handling any subject the filmmakers get themselves into, thus making the resulting product and by-product a memorable movie-watching experience. Korean cinema is also known for its Golden Era during the 1930s when silent films made in black and white were immensely popular. After the country got riddled in wars and political turmoil, we saw a paradigm change in the number as well as the genres of movies coming out of the country.
Hollywood has taken a lot of inspiration from Korean movies and many Hollywood filmmakers have incorporated the Korean ways into their cinema, after having remade a few titles in English as well. If one is a movie buff, s/he has to be averse with the kind of movies Korean film industry has offered us over the years and they would really be a cinephile’s tete-a-tete with the cinematic world. The horror and crime thrillers of Korean cinema are well known across the world as one of the most vicious, terrifying and hair-raising experiences a viewer can have.
Off late, with the K-wave of the ’90s resulting in a growth in the popularity of the Korean Pop Culture, and with the advent of online media streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video etc., we have seen an increase in the outreach of Korean movies – something that was much needed from the ’90s itself when the industry was at its absolute prime. From timeless classics like ‘Oldboy’, ‘Train to Busan’, ‘Memories of Murder’ to heartwarming romances like ‘My Sassy Girl’, ‘A Moment to Remember’, ‘My Little Bride’ to nail-biting horror movies like ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’, ‘The Wailing’, Korean movie has a lot to offer, most of which remains underrated to this day.
Korean cinema has been getting a lot of attention in recent years. From horror to romantic comedies, Koreans seem to know what they are doing before we can even realize it. Overall, their storytelling skills are able to grab your attention in a moment and their cinematography is mesmerizing. A true cinephile should not underestimate their cinema. The Cinemaholic has come up with a list, exclusively for you, that will help you to enter their magnificent world. Netflix does have a good collection of Korean language movies, across various genres. After a lot of research, we’ve brought to you the list of really good South Korean movies that you can stream on Netflix. The list includes Korean horror movies, Korean romantic movies, Korean war movies and Korean revenge movies.
25. 26 Years (2012)
Set around the Gwangju massacre of 1980, when an open fire was ordered on civilians which had wounded and killed thousands of people, ’26 Years’ recounts the horrors of the incident in the mids of the victims, 26 years after the incident took place. Apparently and allegedly, it was President Chun Doo-hwan who was responsible for the massacre. Five men, who arguably were the biggest losers and victims of the massacre, team up together to take down the man who was responsible for derailing and demeaning thousands of lives. Basically, it is a revenge story, ’26 Years’ promises a lot but somehow doesn’t deliver in the end.