In commemoration of Valentine’s Day, we have come up with a list of the top 15 romantic Korean movies. Whether you’re single or attached, these are great movies to watch. Indulge in the sweet love stories and dream about your own. The movies are listed in chronological order. Enjoy watching and let us know which ones are your favorites in the comments below!
We’re starting almost 15 years ago with “Il Mare.” Starring Jun Ji Hyun and Lee Jung Jae, this movie tells the tale of two people who live in the same seaside house two years apart and are able to communicate through a mysterious mailbox. This love story was also remade by Warner Brothers in Hollywood as “The Lake House.” The theme of how love can transcend time will tug at your heartstrings.
“My Sassy Girl”
Here’s another time-honored romantic film featuring the lovely Jun Ji Hyun. This must-see romantic comedy tells the story about a college student (Cha Tae Hyun) who meets a sassy young woman (Jun Ji Hyun) and how he ends up in an unexpected relationship with her. The following series of events they experience together is both hilarious and heartbreaking.
The director of “My Sassy Girl” followed up his hit movie with this film. This classic Korean movie shows the parallel love stories of a mother and daughter, both portrayed by Son Ye Jin. The mother has a love story with Cho Seung Woo while the daughter has a love line with Jo In Sung.
“Too Beautiful to Lie”
Kim Ha Neul plays a beautiful ex-con who meets a naïve village pharmacist played by Kang Dong Won. A series of unplanned events leads to her pretending to be his fiancée. He tells his family that she is lying, but they believe her over him. The pair get to know each other and fall in love.
“A Moment to Remember”
The Korean title literally translates to “Eraser in My Head.” Son Ye Jin and Jung Woo Sung’s characters meet by chance, get to know each other, fall in love, and get married. The movies covers what happens to their relationship after they find out she has a rare form of Alzheimer’s. This one is a tearjerker for sure.
Eight individuals’ various love stories are at the center of this film. It boasts a star-studded cast that includes Jung Woo Sung, Im Soo Jung, Cha Tae Hyun, Son Tae Young, Yeom Jung Ah, Shin Min Ah, Lee Ki Woo, and a young Yeo Jin Goo. This is actually Yeo Jin Goo’s debut film. Like the title says, it’s a sad movie. You have been warned.
Hwang Dae-woo (Park Yong Woo) has never dated, not even once, in his 29 years on earth. He’s awkward, frank, and desperate to date. When he finally finds “the one,” she is far from the fairytale woman he had hoped she would be. Lee Mi-na (Choi Kang Hee): gorgeous, patient and, unfortunately, deadly.
Set in a mental institution, this is the quirky tale of a group of patients. Young-goon (Im Soo Jung) is a young woman who believes she is a cyborg – to the point of trying to cut her wrist and connect herself to a power outlet. She meets Il-soon (Rain), a man hospitalized for anti-social behavior and kleptomania. Their love story is extremely unique, but also extremely touching.
This movie is the story of a singer (Kim Ah Joong) that resorts to drastic “head-to-toe” plastic surgery in order to become a huge star. However, she learns that changing her exterior will not solve all of her problems. A romantic relationship with her music producer (Joo Jin Mo) develops as well. Perhaps the most important love story in this film is the love she learns to have for herself.
A dating agency (including Uhm Tae Woong, Park Shin Hye, and others) helps people fall in love by orchestrating romantic scenarios. The agency has a successful record until a customer (Choi Daniel) wants Uhm Tae Woong’s character’s ex-girlfriend (Lee Min Jung).
Ji-woo (Im Soo Jung) found her first love in India, and then lost track of him once she returned to Korea. Armed with only his name, Kim Jong-wook, she’d given up hope of ever finding him. When her attachment to his memory continues to destroy her relationships, she is dragged to “First Love Agency” and is forced to work together with Gi-joon (Gong Yoo) on a wild chase to track him down.
This film was released first in Toronto in September 2010, but was released later in Korea in February 2011. An immigrant (Tang Wei) from China is given 72 hours parole to visit her family in Seattle. As she embarks on the long journey, she crosses paths with a young Korean man (Hyun Bin).
Despite being a college graduate, Ji-Woong (Song Joong Ki) is so irresponsible with his money that he is continually calling his mother for loans. However, when he is evicted from his apartment he’s taken in by the woman across the hall, Hong-Shil (Han Ye Seul). Hong-Shil is a complete miser with her money, doing anything to save an extra penny and to gain an extra dime. This romantic movie proves love is more important than money.
Ever since she was a child, Yeo-ri (Son Ye Jin) has been able to see ghosts and due to this mysterious power, the people around her have suffered. To protect herself and others, she began to isolate herself. However, a magician named Jo-goo (Lee Min Ki) takes an interest in her. He brings her into his magic shows but the closer he tries to get to her, the more she pushes away. A great movie for those who like a bit of horror.
When Yoon-jung (Kim Ah Joong) accidentally mis-dials a stranger instead of her boyfriend and gets intimate over the phone with him – still thinking he’s her boyfriend – her life takes an odd turn. The stranger? Hyun-seung (Ji Sung), a guy having a tough time getting over his ex-girlfriend (Shin So Yul). Their odd start develops into a friendship that’s therapeutic for both of them. Please keep in mind that this film is rated R and not suitable for minors.
That’s all for this list. Which ones have you watched? Which ones are your favorites? Don’t forget to share in the comments below!