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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Top 10 Korean Films of 2011

All in all 2011 was a bit of a disappointing year for Korean cinema, at least as far as commercial cinema was concerned.  On the other hand, independent films continued to build on their success of the last few years.  However, I'm not overly worried about the state of the industry because at the end of the day it doesn't produce a huge amount of films and is more susceptible to the ebbs and flows of projects than a larger filmmaking centre like Hollywood.  In any case, 2012 looks to be a much stronger year for Korean film.

For a while I was getting very worried about what my top 10 for the year would like, a month ago I'd only seen four of the films listed here.  Thankfully a number of more recent releases became available and things suddenly started to look a lot better.  That being said, I've seen about 45 films from last year but there's a lot that I haven't had a chance to see yet so this list will likely look quite different six month down the line, and if I feel so inclined perhaps I'll change it!

In the below links are my top 10 Korean films for 2011, followed by honourable mentions and my bottom 5.  The only criteria I go by to consider a film from 2011 is if it was released in Korea during that calendar year.

Intro - 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 - Best of the Rest

Top 10 Lists

Year   20142013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - All Time (Top 25)

Genre   Gangster - Revenge

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  1. Since you have given us almost the complete list of what you watch (top ten, 10 honourable mentions and bottom 5), what are the remaining films that you watched?

  2. This is an outstanding resource for modern Korean cinema. I haven't begun to explore much modern Korean film but I hope to soon. This site is a great guide. Keep up the great work on this site.

  3. I'm surprised that Dogani aka the Crucible aka the Silenced has not been mentioned which was definitely one of the best movies that year.

    1. A strong film indeed but when I wrote this feature last year I hadn't had a chance to see it yet. Were I to draft it again I'm sure it would make the list ;)

  4. I admire your collection of Korean movies and some evaluations of the film. Nice job.

  5. For me Korean move are really enigma, i find my self searching for best movies from 2012, read your post, it looks interesting and movies also i will definitely watch few of them at least to have some sense of Koren Filmography.