10 Best Korean Movies 2007

Tuesday, January 25 by Andrea Miller

If you're interested in Asian film, check out this list of the ten best Korean movies of 2007. From horror to romance, from comedy to crime thriller, there's something for everyone on this list. You may even be surprised to see some actors you're familiar with in these films.

  1. "Secret Sunshine." The best Korean movie of 2007, this comedic drama tells the story of a woman starting a new life with her son after her husband's death. It received several awards, including the Asia Pacific Film Awards for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress, as well as the Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actress.
  2. "Dragon Wars: D-War." This movie tells the story of a reporter researching a dragon sent to destroy mankind. Based on a Korean legend, this South Korean movie was also released in the United States, where it grossed over $10 million. It was nominated for an Asian Film Award for Best Visual Effects.
  3. "A Day for an Affair." When two bored housewives meet a college student in an Internet chat room, it adds some much needed spice to their lives. But things take a turn when they are arrested for adultery–by one of the women's husbands, a police officer. This comedic romance is one of the best Korean movies of 2007.
  4. "Breath." This dramatic Korean love story tells the tale of a prisoner who falls in love with a free woman who decorates his cell. It was nominated for the Golden Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Writer and director Kim Ki Duk is known for his engaging, character-driven stories.
  5. "Never Forever." This is one of the few films on the list of 10 best Korean movies of 2007 to star an actress well-known in America, Vera Farmiga of "Orphan." She stars as an American worker who has an affair with Korean immigrant. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize at the Deauville Film Festival.
  6. "Seven Days." In this crime thriller, a lawyer must defend a man she believes is guilty in order to save her kidnapped daughter. The film stars Yunjun Kim, who was nominated for an Asian Film Award for Best Actress for her performance.
  7. "Voices." This supernatural thriller is one of the best entries in the Korean genre of "K-horror," which has been gaining popularity in the United States. When a young woman's family members begin falling victim to strange accidents, she wonders if she may be next and begins to fear for her safety.
  8. "West 32nd." This crime drama stars John Cho, well-known in America for his role in "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle." He plays an attorney who gets involved with the Korean mafia in New York City.
  9. "Virgin Snow." This sweet South Korean romance tells the story of a Korean boy who falls in love with a Japanese girl despite their cultural barriers. Its simple but heartfelt story makes it one of the best Korean movies of 2007.
  10. "Hansel and Gretel." This Korean horror movie is a strange and eerie take on the well-known fairy tale. The dark fantasy won several awards in the horror genre.

Additional Resources:

Voices (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1213856/)

Secret Sunshine (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0817225/)

West 32nd (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0844489/)

Virgin Snow (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0997155/)

Hansel and Gretel (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1002567/awards)

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