By Pierce Conran
More so than usual, it took a long time to compile this year's 'most anticipated Korean films' list for the simple reason that there's so much on the horizon. Some of Korea's master directors return, following their US debuts, and there are many tantalizing combinations of talent and concept waiting in the wings.
Of course, ranking films I barely know anything about is a fool's errand and this list reflects my own tastes and some frankly dubious logic. That said, while a lot of guesswork does go into this I do catch wind of some interesting details from time to time which have affected some of the rankings. As usual, the majority of the following are commercial films since info on in-production indies is scant. That said, there are few small films I was involved in which I'm very excited about, but have omitted here.
Keep in mind that Korean film companies usually don't announce release dates for films until only a few weeks before their premieres. Any potential release windows I mention are pure conjecture on my part.
2016 looks to be an exciting year, which is why this list is so long, yet I've still added pages for some notable films that others may be more interested in than I am, as well as some big projects that we won't see until 2017.
Enjoy and please let me know the Korean films you're most looking forward to this year or if I've missed something!
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