5 Best Korean Movies 2007

Saturday, January 22 by Samantha Assad

The 5 best Korean movies 2007 are a must-see for Korean cinema fans. Although the Korean film market suffered a minor recession, as evidenced by the 2007 Korean box office take, some surprise hits still broke through. Notably, Jeon Do-yeon, an acclaimed Korean actress, nabbed the Best Actress award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for the first time.

  1. "Secret Sunshine." Director Lee Chang-dong's fourth feature film, "Secret Sunshine" focuses on Shin-ae (Jeon Do-yeon), a young widower who has moved to Miryang with her young son. As she starts a piano school and tries to rebuild her life, tragedy strikes: her son is abducted and later found dead. We watch in quiet pity as Shin-ae struggles to deal with her breakdown and the horrors of her life in a town she doesn't even feel welcome in. Some Korean cinema fans hold "Secret Sunshine" as one of the most riveting dramas of the last five years, largely due to Jeon Do-yeon's performance.
  2. "Our Town." Drained policeman Jae-sin (Lee Sun-gyun) has a rather big problem: a vicious serial killer has been leaving a gruesome trail of bodies around town, from an elderly landlady to an eight year old boy. His friend, Kyung-ju (Oh Man-seok), a game designer, offers unlikely but welcome assistance with the case. However, Kyung-ju is guilty of killing one of the victims himself in a copy-cat murder, and soon, all bets are off in this clever thriller directed by then-newcomer Jeong Kil-young.  
  3. "The Milky Way Liberation Front." Yeong-Jae (Lim Ji-Gyoo) is desperately trying to finish his film script — the content of which constantly changes due to suggestions from other people — while losing his girlfriend and moving out of his parent's home, where he can't live anymore due to his mother's incessant flute playing. Wit and satire follow, as we watch the young filmmaker deal with selling a film that doesn't even exist.  
  4. "Beautiful Sunday." A weaving of two interlocking stories, "Beautiful Sunday" tells the tale of Detective Kang (Park Young-woo), who is accepting bribes in order to pay for his wife's medical bills, and Min-woo (Namgung Min), a young college student who rapes a girl he is obsessed with. Managing to hide his identity, Min-woo manages to convince his victim to marry him a few years after the incident. The deceit sends Min-woo on a collision course with Detective Kang, with shocking results.  
  5. "Pruning the Grapevine." Soo-Hyun (Seo Jang-won) is a Catholic seminary student who has just broken up with his girlfriend to take the vow of celibacy. Unsure he stills wants to be a priest, he tells the dean he wants to leave the school, but the dean sends him to a remote monastery to think about the decision. All is fine until he meets a young nun named Helena (Lee-Min Jung), who is a dead ringer for the girlfriend he dumped.

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