AMP's The 40 Best Korean Movies of the Decade (2011-2020)

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What started as the Korean New Wave in the late 90s really flourished in the 2000s. The 2010s, however, is where we saw what we can call the “new” golden age for Korean cinema, where several new-name directors made their mark, established filmmakers cemented their names in world cinema, actors became stars, blockbuster cinema raked in big money and independent cinema also thrived. Thanks to the success of films like “The Handmaiden” and “Train to Busan” on a global level, a new audience started having a much keener interest in films from the country, while the unprecedented, historic success of “Parasite” at the end only went on to bookend the truly spectacular decade that the 2010s was for South Korean cinema.

In an effort to winnow some of the best Korean movies of the decade (2011-2020), we came up with 40 we felt were the ones that truly stand out in terms of quality, impact and sheer entertainment they offered. The order of this list could be different of course and the number much bigger, but our effort was towards presenting great films and not cataloguing all of them, always with a focus on diversity in style, themes and filmmakers.

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    Gisaengchung

    2019 — a.k.a. Parasite, in 21 top lists
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    Beoning

    2018 — a.k.a. Burning, in 6 top lists
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    Ah-ga-ssi

    2016 — a.k.a. The Handmaiden, in 10 top lists Check
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    Bi-mil-eun eobs-da

    2016 — a.k.a. The Truth Beneath, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gokseong

    2016 — a.k.a. The Wailing, in 3 top lists Check
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    Pieta

    2012, in 3 top lists Check
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    Gwang-hae, wang-i doin nam-ja

    2012 — a.k.a. Masquerade, in 0 top lists Check
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    Asura

    2016 — a.k.a. Asura: The City of Madness, in 0 top lists Check
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    Busanhaeng

    2016 — a.k.a. Train to Busan, in 3 top lists Check
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    Ji-geum-eun-mat-go-geu-ddae-neun-teul-li-da

    2015 — a.k.a. Right Now, Wrong Then, in 4 top lists Check
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    Namsan ui bujangdeul

    2020 — a.k.a. The Man Standing Next, in 0 top lists
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    Merry Christmas Mr. Mo

    2016, in 0 top lists
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    Han Gong-ju

    2013, in 1 top list Check
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    Jipuragirado japgo sipeun jimseungdeul

    2020 — a.k.a. Beasts Clawing at Straws, in 0 top lists
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    Chansil-ineun bogdo manhji

    2019 — a.k.a. Lucky Chan-sil, in 0 top lists
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    Moebiuseu

    2013 — a.k.a. Moebius, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dwae-ji-ui wang

    2011 — a.k.a. The King of Pigs, in 1 top list Check
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    Clean Up

    2018, in 0 top lists
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    Beolsae

    2018 — a.k.a. House of Hummingbird, in 1 top list
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    Sinsegye

    2013 — a.k.a. New World, in 1 top list Check
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    Beterang

    2015 — a.k.a. Veteran, in 0 top lists Check
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    In the Absence

    2018, in 0 top lists
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    Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja

    2016 — a.k.a. The Bacchus Lady, in 0 top lists Check
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    Geukhanjikeob

    2019 — a.k.a. Extreme Job, in 0 top lists
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    Madame B., histoire d'une Nord-Coréenne

    2016 — a.k.a. Mrs.B., a North Korean Woman, in 0 top lists
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    Taeksi Woonjunsa

    2017 — a.k.a. A Taxi Driver, in 1 top list
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    Fanfare

    2019, in 0 top lists
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    Last Child

    2017, in 0 top lists
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    Move the Grave

    2019, in 0 top lists
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    Na-wa-bom-nal-eui-yak-sok

    2018 — a.k.a. I Have a Date with Spring, in 0 top lists
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    Joi manheun sonyeo

    2017 — a.k.a. After My Death, in 0 top lists
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    Park Yeol

    2017 — a.k.a. Anarchist from Colony, in 0 top lists
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    Pasookkoon

    2011 — a.k.a. Bleak Night, in 0 top lists Check
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    Sogongnyeo

    2017 — a.k.a. Microhabitat, in 1 top list
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    Nae-bu-ja-deul

    2015 — a.k.a. Inside Men, in 0 top lists Check
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    Nam-mae-wui yeo-reum-bam

    2019 — a.k.a. Moving On, in 0 top lists
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    Yi-se-sang-e eop-neun

    2019 — a.k.a. Not in This World, in 0 top lists
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    Liteul poreseuteu

    2018 — a.k.a. Little Forest, in 1 top list
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    Dohee-ya

    2014 — a.k.a. A Girl at My Door, in 1 top list Check
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    Sado

    2015 — a.k.a. The Throne, in 0 top lists Check
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Last updated on Apr 26, 2021 by Chilton; source