We look back to some of the great classic films that have livened up the Korean film industry. From action to romantic comedy, these are known for their intriguing storyline and characters.
If you’re wondering where you should start to get the best of Korean Movies, here are the 7 popular early 2000s Korean films for you.
Tazza: The High Rollers (2006) – Drama
Goni (Cho Seung-woo) just been scammed by the professional cheat gamblers. He has lost all of his entire savings and the money stolen from his family. To get the money back, he set out to beat them in hwatu, a Korean traditional card game played with a deck of flower-designed cards. He enters into the world of Tazza where he battles with the professional gamblers including Madam Jeong (Kim Hye-soo) who has a love interest with him.
Follow the intense of friendship, romance, and betrayal among the gamblers including the close relationship between Goni and Madam Jeong. The fast-paced gambling cards sessions are one of the most intense scenes you’ll ever see!
Il Mare (2000) – Romance/Fantasy
How would it feel to talk and date someone from the past or future? We recommend watching melodrama romance Il Mare to experience this thought.
Il Mare follows architect Sung-hyun (Lee Jung-jae) and Eun-joo (Jeon Ji-hyun) who are living in two different timelines – Sung-hyun in 1997 and Eun-joo in 1999. They communicate through passing written letters and objects in a special mailbox at the ‘Il Mare’ house. Throughout the film, they help each other followed by finding possibilities to date together in the same time zone.
This film received great feedback because of its touching storyline – Sung-hyun’s and Eun-joo’s self-reflection journey through time and finding each other in hopes to meet in person.
The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008) – Action/Adventure
Set in the 1930s, the amazing trio – thief Tae-gu (Song Kang-ho), cold-blooded hitman Chang-yi (Lee Byung-hun), and bounty hunter Do-won (Jung Woo-sung) – are on a gunfighting mission to get the treasure. Along the way, they have to fight against the mountain bandits AND the Japanese army.
You will be taken on a funny and wild adventure with these three men including gunfights, train robberies, horse chases and jeep treks across a desert wasteland.
My Tutor Friend (2003) – Romantic Comedy
Entertain yourself with My Tutor Friend if you are into school genre films.
College sophomore Su-wan (Kim Ha-neul) works as a part-time tutor to cover her semester fees. She has troubles in dealing with her students. Later, she meets a very difficult student Ji-hoon (Kwon Sang-woo). Ji-hoon is a fighter and a troublemaker who avoids taking lessons from Su-wan. Su-wan gets so frustrated that she has thoughts of quitting. Due to her worries about telling her mother, she decides to strive hard to teach Ji-hoon to have better grades.
Handsome Ji-hoon may be very annoying but Su-wan knows how to teach him a lesson (and more!).
200 Pounds Beauty (2006) – Romantic Comedy
Han-na (Kim A-joong) wants to become a pop-singer. However, because of her huge body size, she works as a faceless singer who provides vocals for a popular, beautiful but tone-deaf singer Amy (Ji Seo-yun). Han-na has an emotional trauma and disappears after seeing Amy wearing the same red dress at the birthday party. One year later, she returns as the beautiful Jenny.
It is an inspirational film which shows the importance of ‘inside and out’ beauty and being and accepting your true self.
These are some amazing timeless classic Korean films which are still popular among film buffs and critics. You will understand why these are the stepping stones for Korean films to spread globally. These are a great place to start your Korean movie binge. Watch them on Viu today!