Korean Romance Movies

Tuesday, March 15 by Elizabeth Ahn

Korea is legendary for its romantic–and often tear-jerking–movies and dramas, but today we've got the best Korean romance movies that you absolutely must see. Unlike American or British comedies, Korean romance movies don't follow any formulas, which usually makes them far superior to their English-speaking counterparts. These movies may make you cry or laugh uncontrollably, so make sure to have some tissues on hand!

  1. "My Sassy Girl" (2001): Based on a series of blog posts made by Kim Ho-sik, "My Sassy Girl" follows the events of Gyeon-woo, a student who runs into a drunk woman on a subway who vomits on a passenger–and then calls him "honey" before passing out. Strangely enough, he finds her somewhat attractive, and vows to take care of her.  What follows are a series of hilarious events where Gyeon-woo attempts to make her feel better, despite her angry and often drunk demeanor.
  2. "I'm a Cyborg But That's OK" (2007): Made by the same director behind "Oldboy," "I'm a Cyborg But That's OK" follows the story of Young-goon, a mental health patient who believes she's actually a cyborg.  Enter Rain (yes, that Rain that Stephen Colbert famously hates), who is admitted a short time later and falls in love with her, cyborg, limbs and all.  We won't ruin the end for you, but you may need a few tissues to get through this touching Korean romance movie.
  3. "A Moment to Remember" (2004): The premise is heartbreaking–getting Alzheimer's disease at 27. But this is what Sun-jin, the movie's leading lady, is diagnosed with, much to the horror of her significant other. Though he is cold and arrogant, he soon realizes the severity of her condition, vowing to take care of her until the end. Tissue rating: A full 10.
  4. "Seducing Mr. Perfect" (2006): Min-Joon, an up-and-coming business professional, accidentally rear ends a car one day before work–and then comes face to face with Korean sensation Daniel Henney, playing as fund manager Robin. She pretends she can't speak English to escape the accident, but little does she know that he's her new manager. What transpires is an excellent Korean romance movie, with lots of sexual tension.