Starter Pack: K-Movies That May Start Your Hallyu Obsession
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, July 17, 2019 5:40pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
For the non-K-drama fans, you would think that spending hours for a K-drama series is such a waste of time. That would mean eyebags and a foggy mind at work or school the next day. Not everyone has the luxury of time to binge-watch a new series. There’s a certain charm to the Korean series, but if you don’t have the time, maybe we could interest you with some movies. We are hoping this could spark your interest and that you’d have a good time, too! We can offer you some that are on our list.
My Sassy Girl (2001)
Director: Kwak Jae-yong
Destiny plays a vital role in the story of My Sassy Girl. Gyeon-woo is an engineering student who met a drunk girl at the train station. From there, their lives become involved with each other. Little do they know their lives are already intertwined in ways they didn’t expect. After watching this film, you’ll realize fate has funny ways on how you will meet people at unconventional circumstances.
Director: Kwak Jae-yong
Here’s another romance film for your kilig fix. Windstruck focuses on Kyung-jin, a police officer, who accidentally captures Myung-woo, a physics teacher while chasing after a purse thief. This between a policewoman and an instructor leads to romance and an accident that would test Kyung-jin’s will to live.
Hello Ghost (2010)
Directed by: Kim Young-tak
Hello Ghost tells the story of Sang-man’s multiple suicide attempts. We know it sounds depressing, but this is actually a comedy film. This was the 9th highest-grossing film in South Korea in 2010, so that would mean you can expect more from it than just laughs.
Director: Kang Hyeong-cheol
As they say, high school is one of the places where we can find friends for life. In the movie Sunny, you’ll be amazed at how a death wish could bring high school buddies together several decades after they parted ways. Witness the joys, tears, and heartbreaks of the characters’ current and teenage selves and how they renew their friendship even after all these years.
A Werewolf Boy (2012)
Director: Jo Sung-hee
You’ll swoon over Song Joong-ki’s (Descendants of the Sun star) babyish face in this movie. A Werewolf Boy tells the story of Kim Sun-yi (Park Bo-young), a young girl who moved to a remote area because of her health. During her stay, she discovers a boy who behaves like a wild beast in their backyard. This movie about friendship and romance will tug at your heartstrings, it would be no surprise if we’d see a couple of tears.
Beauty Inside (2015)
Directed by: Baik (Baek Jong-yul)
What would you do if you’ll wake up every day in a different body, regardless if it’s a man, woman, old, or young? This is Woo-jin’s dilemma every single day of his life. Of course, he had to deal with it somehow but it’s another story when he falls in love with a girl named Yi-soo. How would he cope up with his unfortunate romance? Find out in Beauty Inside.
Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017)
Director: Yong-hwa Kim
In this action-fantasy film, an ordinary firefighter met his death and will be put under seven trials in 49 days to determine how will he spend eternity. Three grim reapers accompany him while he continues his journey and looks back at the life he had lived on earth. The only question is, will he pass all the trials?
You can add these movies on your list and we hope you’ll prepare a handkerchief or tissue roll beside you. You’ll either laugh until you cry or cry until you laugh, whichever comes first. Have fun watching!