10 Korean movies that will make you bawl like a baby
Usually I love romantic comedies, but sometimes I just need a really good cry to relieve some stress and make me feel alive. If you're in the mood for a melodramatic movie that you can let it all go to, but you don't really want to be sad for more than 2 hours, then here are 10 Korean films that are guaranteed to bring on the tears—in a good way!
In hopes that fresh air will cure her chronic lung ailment, Soon Yi (Park Bo Young) is suddenly shuttled to the countryside, where she quickly discovers there's a lot to adjust to in their new house and surroundings — namely, a wild boy named Chul Soo (Song Joong Ki) who lives in the barn. Though initially believed to simply be an orphan lacking social skills, Chul Soo begins to develop feelings for Soon Yi, eventually leading to a love triangle that exposes the truth behind the werewolf boy.
27-year-old Kim Soo Jin (Son Ye Jin) buys a can of soda, but inexplicably leaves it behind and accuses a stranger named Choi Chul Soo (Jung Woo Sung) of stealing her purchase. When Soo Jin and Chul Soo run into each other again, they discover a mutual attraction for one another, which eventually leads to a happy marriage. But when Soo Jin becomes increasingly forgetful, the couple discovers that what was once considered their quirky meet-cute turns out to be an early sign of Alzeimher’s disease.
Si Eun (Lim Soo Jung), an aspiring horse jockey, has been best friends with her favorite horse Chung Doong ever since she was a child—leaving her devastated when her kindrid spirit is sold to another ranch. As fate would have it, Si Eun and Chung Doong are reunited a few years later, and they waste no time in galloping towards their dream of forging a legendary partnership.
Pushed against a wall of debt and misfortune, Gang Chul (Yoo Ah In) joins a gang in order to make ends meet and pay his mother's medical bills. Gang Chul can put his morals aside for the sake of his mother's health, until he begins to fall for Soo Ji (Jung Yoo Mi), a girl who is in Busan alone on a trip. Can Soo Ji accept his lifestyle, or will Gang Chul have to choose between love and money?
5. Late Autumn
Convicted of her husband's murder, Anna Chen (Tang Wei) is briefly released to attend her mother’s funeral after seven years of imprisonment. On the outset of her lonely journey, Hoon (Hyun Bin), a charming Korean gigolo, sweet talks Anna into lending him the $30 bus fare to Seattle, unknowingly setting into motion three days of passionate romance between two lost souls.
A stubborn and ill-tempered old man (Park Geun Hyung) begins to change when he falls for Geum Nim (Yoon Yeo Jung), a sweet lady that runs a flower shop with her daughter. The only problem is, Geum Nim’s daughter (Han Ji Min) is dead set against her mother’s potential new relationship. Can the two overcome the obstacles around them and find another chance at love?
Jang Cheol Min (So Ji Sub) is an ex-boxer whose shady past leads him to a job as a parking lot attendant. Sensing kindness in this lone wolf, Ha Jung Hwa (Han Hyo Joo), a blind yet cheery woman, immediately takes a liking to Cheol Min. But unbeknownst to Jung Hwa, the two share a tragic connection, causing Cheol Min to push her away. After a dramatic reconciliation, the two embark on a romance, but is lasting happiness possible between darkness and light?
8. The Classic
Heartbroken and alone, one woman fills her time looking into her mother's time-capsuled love story.
After killing her abusive husband, Hong Jeong Hye (Kim Yun Jin) is sentenced to 10 years in prison, and as if that weren’t bad enough, she's pregnant. Upon arrival, Jeong Hye gives birth behind bars, but must surrender her baby to an adoptive family in accordance with the law. Finding solace in an unlikely passion project, Jeong Hye and an inmate on death row set out to start a church choir. Touched by her determination, the prison chief promises to grant Jeong Hye one day with her son if she succeeds.
10. Pure Love
When a radio DJ receives a letter from a listener, he instantly recognizes the handwriting as that of his first love, Jung Soo Ock (Kim So Hyun). Instantly, their great summer of love floods back in a sweet rush of nostalgia—nearly 23 years after their last meeting. If love can transcend time, can Bum Sil (Do Kyung Soo) and Soo Ock reconnect over the airwaves?
Which of the Korean films made you bawl like a baby? Which ones are you going to watch next? Comment below!