The cast of Park Chan-Wook's new film The Handmaiden stare at the camera

Must-See South Korean Cinema

Following the phenomenal success of Parasite, we’ve put together a special mini-season of must-see South Korean films from some of the best directors in the business.

Memories of Murder (18)

“★★★★★ – unmissable” – Financial Times. Bong Joon Ho’s 2003 crime drama is based on the real life story of South Korea’s first ever serial killer. In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered, and face a race against time before the unknown culprit strikes again.

Streaming now on Curzon Home Cinema
The cast of Park Chan-Wook's new film The Handmaiden stare at the camera

The Handmaiden (18)

“★★★★★ – A superlative thriller and a deeply erotic character study” – Empire. A milestone of LGBT cinema in ultra-conservative South Korea, Park Chan-wook’s acclaimed erotic psychological thriller is a tale of deceit and desire set in the 1930s. When a pair of petty criminals attempt to con a Japanese heiress, feelings start to get in the way and it’s unclear exactly who is being conned.

Available to rent on BFI Player
A father and daughter cower in fear in Train to Busan

Train to Busan (15)

★★★★ – Empire. South Korea’s first zombie movie is delirious fun, mixing elements of classic zombie horrors with Snowpiercer survivalism and great action sequences. People board the fast train from Seoul to Busan, unaware that a virus is spreading through the carriages, slaughtering those onboard.

Available to rent on Amazon Prime Video

Burning (15)

“★★★★★ – a daring study of class conflict and sexual longing that blazes with mystery” – Telegraph. Director Lee Chang-dong explores toxic masculinity in this incendiary thriller. Budding writer Jong-soo is a loner, but he begins a relationship with old school friend Hae-mi. When Hae-mi returns from a trip away with Ben (Steven Yeun) in tow, Jong-soo’s suspicions spiral into paranoia and delusion.

Streaming now on Curzon Home Cinema

Oldboy (18)

“★★★★★ – A beautifully blood-spattered modern classic” – Guardian.  An undisputable must-see, the middle of Park Chan-wook’s ‘Vengeance Trilogy’ weaves a web of conspiracy and violence, offering a breath of fresh air from formulaic Hollywood thrillers.  Years before Parasite, Oldboy set the benchmark for South Korean cinema.

Streaming now on Curzon Home Cinema
still from Korean film Parasite, woman walking up stairs with hand over mouth

Parasite (15)

“★★★★★ – A gasp-inducing masterpiece” – Observer. Director Bong Joon-ho displays Hitchcockian mastery with his seventh feature, an Oscar-winning satirical thriller about a poverty-stricken family who begin to infiltrate a wealthy household. If you haven’t seen this yet, the big question is…why not?!

Streaming now on Curzon Home Cinema