The Korean movie industry had an impressive run in 2013. Having sold more than 127 million tickets for the year, 2013 was indeed an incredible year for Korean cinema. Not only has the Korean movie industry produced commercially successful movies, but they have also produced high quality films with impressive story lines. As proof, here are the top 10 Korean movies 2013.
Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게)
Starring Kim Soo Hyun, Park Ki Woong and Lee Hyun Woo, “Secretly, Greatly” was one of the highest grossing Korean movies of 2013. The film tells about the story of windowslearner.com three North Korean sleeper cell spies assimilating to small town life as they await for orders from the North.
Miracle in Cell No. 7 (7번방의 선물)
Having won many notable awards, “Miracle in Cell No. 7” was also one of 2013’s highest grossing Korean movies. The film tells of a heartwarming comedy of a mentally-challenged man building friendship within the confines of a prison cell.
Cold Eyes (감시자들)
Aside from gaining South Korean-exposure, “Cold Eyes” also premiered in the prestigious 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Considered by critics as one of the best Korean movies 2013, the film tells of detectives of a special crime unit windowslearner working together to take down a bank heist group.
New World (신세계)
Garnering multiple nominations and awards from various prestigious award-giving bodies, “New World” tells of the story and the conflict between the mob and the police through the eyes of an undercover cop. The film stars Lee Jung Jae, Choi Min Sik and Hwang Jung Min.
The post-apocalyptic film is based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige”. It features several popular and prominent Hollywood artists such as Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton. Featured in the film as well are Song Kang Ho and Go Ah Sung. “Snowpiercer” is set in a post-ice age future wherein survivors are left to dwell and live in the Snowpiercer, a train powered an engine running through perpetual-motion.
Considered by some critics as the best Korean movie 2013, “Hope” is a story of how a happy family deals with despair and pain as they face various troubles. The film stars Sol Kyung Gu and Uhm Ji Won.
Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (누구의 딸도 아닌 해원)
Told in a diary format, “Nobody’s Daughter Haewon” is a film about a young woman dealing with depression and several troubles in her life. Starring Jung Eun Chae, “Nobody’s Daughter Haewon” first premiered in the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival and it has been named as Cahiers du Cinema’s top films of 2013.
Man on the Edge (박수건달)
Gangster movies are a staple in Korean Cinema but “Man on the Edge” provides a new twist to the tried and tested genre. With a mix of comedy and a supernatural twist, the film managed to rake in almost 4 million in ticket sales, making it one of 2013’s most commercially successful films.
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips (남자사용설명서)
A romantic comedy centered on Lee Si Young playing as Choi Bo Na, “How to Use Guys with Secret Tips” was one of the most critically well received films of 2013 in Korea.
The Berlin File (베를린)
“The Berlin File” has been considered by many critics as one of the best Korean movies 2013 as it raked more than USD 48 million as it was shown not only in Korea, but also in 21 North American cities.