Ten Free Korean Films

Ten recent Korean films are free online through June 30, thanks to the Korean Cultural Center New York.

The films, spanning a wide range of genres are available on Vimeo through the Korean Movie Night at Home website. Descriptions follow:

The Battle: Roar to Victory (war drama, 2019). In 1920, Korean independence fighters battle occupying Japanese forces – in China.

Be With You (romantic fantasy, 2018). A dying woman promises to return to her husband and son a year later, but has no memory of them when she does so.

Inside Men (crime drama, 2015). A political henchman seeks revenge on a ruthless politician, while an investigator tries to find the connection between them.

Luck-Key (crime comedy, 2016). A failed actor assumes the identity of an amnesia victim without knowing he’s an assassin, and his “victim,” now thinking he’s an actor, becomes an action hero. But, as he shoots his action scenes, his memory starts to return…

Mal-Mo-E: The Secret Mission (comedy/drama, 2018). Set during Korea’s occupation by Japan in the 1940s, when the teaching of Korean was banned, an illiterate man joins forces with a representative of the Korean Language Society to publish a Korean dictionary.

Man of Men (crime comedy/drama, 2019). A hospitalized businessman and a street thug team up on a mission.

 Midnight Runners (action comedy, 2017). Two apathetic police academy students witness a woman being kidnapped and set out on their own to rescue her.

The Throne (drama. 2015). Set in 18th Century Korea, King Yeongjo resorts to desperate measures when his son Sado is accused of hatching a treasonous plot.

Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned (fantasy, 2016). Five children enter a mysterious cave and disappear; then a man in his 30s claims to have been one of them.

A Violent Prosecutor (crime thriller, 2016). A prosecution lawyer, framed and convicted for murder, tries to catch the real murderer from jail with the help of a con artist.

The ten movies, presented in partnership with JBG Pictures USA, can be found at koreanculture.org/films/kmovieathome. They’re subtitled in English, and all of them, with the exception of Midnight Runners, run two hours or longer.

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