Top 10 Korean Films of 2014

8. A Hard Day

One of only two commercial films to make the cut this year, Kim Seong-hun’s A Hard Day didn’t look like it was going to amount to much but after only a few minutes it becomes clear that this is not a normal Korean thriller. The premise is fun but it's the execution and pacing that really set it apart. The first act in particular is commercial Korean filmmaking at its finest, full of tension, noirish cool and a number of gut-busters.

It’s a wonderfully tight thriller in an industry that often lets things drag on for just a little too long. Cho Jin-woong is also an inspired choice for the villain. It’s just a shame that they couldn’t quite nail the landing, otherwise it may well have been one of the greats.

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

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