You can often turn to Korean movies for your fix of interesting, complex characters that you may not find in your average k-drama. You still get your typical lovestruck female leads in rom-com movies, but there are a bunch of more movies that feature fascinating female leads with interesting narratives. Here are five k-movies with captivating female leads that you should check out!
1. Sunny (2011)
“Sunny” is a heartwarming film about a group of eclectic middle-aged friends who get back together to relive their shining high school days. 80s throwback references, hilarious fight scene of ajummas vs. high school girl bullies, choreographed dances to Boney M’s cover of “Sunny”, and heartbreaking moments of true friendship make this movie a must-watch. Stars Kang Sora, Shim Eun Kyung, Jin Hee Kyung, and Yoo Ho Jung.
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2. Lady Vengeance (2005)
Last movie in director Park Chan Wook’s famed Vengeance Trilogy, “Lady Vengeance” stars Lee Young Ae in one of her best performances of her career. After being framed for a murder she didn’t commit and having her daughter shipped off abroad as an adoptee, Lee Young Ae’s Geumja plans an elaborate revenge against the man who started it all. “Lady Vengeance” will have you rooting for the merciless and beautiful Geumja in her quest for vengeance.
3. Harmony (2010)
If you are up for a good solid two hours of crying, “Harmony” is your movie. “Harmony” tells the story of women in prison who start a choir together. Each of the women bring their own painful backstory, and when they sing, it is truly touching. Stars Kim Yunjin, Na Moon Hee, and Kang Ye Won.
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4. Miss Granny
Shim Eun Kyung (“Tomorrow Cantabile”), who also stars in “Sunny,” shows an unforgettable performance as a granny who finds herself 50 years younger in her 20 year-old body in “Miss Granny.” Hilarity ensues, as Shim Eun Kyung’s character tries to hide her identity to her family and friends while enjoying her youth. This movie’s Chinese remake will also be released soon!
5. As One (2012)
Based on a true story, “As One” sees South and North Korea’s best table tennis players come together for a united Korean team at the international table tennis world cup. Bae Doona and Ha Ji Won play rivals who eventually turn into an unbeatable duo and friends. Han Yeri and Choi Yoon Young also star in “As One” as extremely likable members of the united Korean women’s ping pong team.
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Soompiers, have you seen any of these movies? Do you have any other k-movies with interesting female protagonists you would recommend? Tell us by leaving a comment below!