January 21, 2022

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Beyond Parasite: Journey into South Korean cinema

Loved Parasite so much you binge-watched all of Bong Joon Ho’s films? We understand if you are still craving more from the creative juggernaut that is the South Korean film industry. Here’s a list of entertaining films across genres that you should include in your exploration of Korean movies!

Train To Busan (2016): A lot of people have watched the film without realising the zombie apocalypse blockbuster was a Korean creation. One of the most nuanced zombie movies out there, it truly elevates the genre out of the ‘trashy but fun’ and into the ‘cinematic masterpiece deserving of a big screen watch’. Poignantly human and thought-provoking aren’t the phrases most would associate with a film about ravenous undead taking over a train, but it fits Train to Busan like a glove.The Handmaiden (2016): The Handmaiden is an erotic thriller based on the novel Fingersmith. It competed for Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2016 and won best foreign film at Bafta 2018. A tale of deception with a love story at its core, the film revolves around a Japanese heiress and a Korean woman hired to con her. Look out for the stunning framing and dark humour that filmmaker Park Chan Wook is reputed for. Best known for the Vengeance Trilogy (Heard of Oldboy? No?! Gasp!), he is another cinematic genius whose work you need to explore.