With the turn of the new century, South Korean movies gained international prominence as the quality of their films took a turn for the better. During this decade, overseas movie producers, including those from Hollywood, took notice of talented Korean actors and filmmakers and recruited some for their own film projects. Here is a list of the five best movies that this decade had to offer.
Kick the Moon (2001)
Gangster films have always been popular in Korea, but this was the first laugh-out-loud funny gangster comedy movie to hit the theaters. A former gangster, who is now a school teacher, reluctantly finds himself helping a gangster, who was formerly a school nerd and a classmate.
Secret Sunshine (2007)
A controversial, suspense thriller about a single mother of a young boy who moves from the city to a small rural town named Milyang (which means “secret sunshine”) to begin a new life with her son while putting aside her tragic past. However, tragedy strikes quickly just as they settle into their new environment and the mother finds herself seeking solace from a local church.
My Sassy Girl (2001)
A quirky, entertaining film about a young man, who by chance runs into a drunk girl on the subway and in so doing, finds himself in a series of precarious, yet comical situations. This is a romance film, in a strange but pleasant sort of way. This is one of the craziest, most bizarre films in the history of cinema and it is a load of fun.
A thrilling action drama about highly trained North Korean assassins who infiltrate the South as a part of a big plan to assassinate South Korean government officials. This film offers high octane action sequences, crazy plot twists and superb acting from a stellar cast of characters, which includes Kim Yun-Jin from the Lost TV series.
The Way Home (2002)
A spoiled boy from the city is taken to the countryside to spend a few days with his aging grandmother. Through a set of circumstances, the boy learns a few valuable lessons regarding friendship and unselfishness. Both the young actor (Seung-Ho Yu) and the grandmother (Eul-Boon Kim) are terrific in this movie. This is a simple, yet touching film that is sure to shed a few tears.