We are back with a brand new list of South Korean movies releasing in 2022, everything from Park Chan-wook, to Song Kang-ho, we have some great titles releasing this year.
I am sure you know that at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, South Korean cinema really left its mark, picking up two prestigious awards. Veteran South Korean director/writer, Park Chan-wook took home an award for his new feature, Decision to Leave while Song Kang-ho took home the best actor award for his performance in his new movie, Broker.
DECISION TO LEAVE
As mentioned above, Decision to Leave is the new award-winning film from Park Cahn-wook. It follows a detective who has to investigate the mysterious death of a man in the mountains. When he gets there, the dead man’s wife is showing very little remorse which makes him think she may have something to do with his death.
I have read a few reviews. I really want to keep the details of this flick to a minimum because I am such a huge fan of Park Chan-wook and don’t wanna spoil it for myself. What I have read though indicates we are getting a slow-burn Hitchcockian type thriller
Broker is the Cannes movie that Song Kang-ho took home the best actor award. This one really seems like a heavy and really heartbreaking subject. It is directed by Japanese director, Hirokazu Koreeda (SHOPLIFTERS).
The sad but true story of the South Korean “Baby Boxes”: Boxes that are placed in certain areas that allow parents to place their unwanted infants in for someone else to look after them.
I know it already, this is going to be a bit of a tearjerker but with Kang-ho in the leading role, we all just know this is a must-watch. It will be drama at its very finest.
THE KILLER: THE WOMAN WHO DESERVES TO DIE
OK, this one sounds like it’s gonna be a lot of fun. The storyline does sound familiar, but it’s a story that South Korea can do better than anyone else on the planet.
A legendary and high-regarded hitman has one last job to do before he can retire from a life of murder and crime: babysit a teenage girl while his wife and her friend go on holiday. But things quickly escalate into violence when the teenage girl gets involved with some petty criminals and our hitman uses some physical force to rescue her. The next day the teenager is feared taken and kidnapped by a child trafficking ring and all the petty criminals have been found brutally murdered. All suspicion pointed to him. Our hitman must avoid capture by the police and rescue his wife’s friend’s daughter while at the same time trying to prove his innocence.
The Killer: The Woman Who Deserves To Die is directed by Jae-Hoon Choi from a screenplay by
Ji-Woong Nam. I’m defo a sucker for this sort of sub-genre. I am thinking this is gonna be one of the best South Korean movies of 2022.
This one sounds like it could be a lot of fun. If it is, then we will hopefully see the sequel soon after the first instalment. I am pretty certain both movies were filmed back-to-back.
In Alien we will see a time portal in which people can travel to and from the Goryeo Dynasty period in South Korea. A skilled swordsman is on a quest to find an ancient magical sword. The others from present-day are hunting down an alien creature inhabiting a human body.
I am not so sure about this one. It sounds interesting…so it makes the list. We don’t get too many Alien-ish movies from South Korea so it will be a welcome change.
THE WITCH PART 2: THE OTHER HALF
The highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s The Witch: Subversion Part 1. In my opinion, one of the finest action movies in recent history. We all know that anything from Park Hoon-jung is an absolute must-see!
It looks like we have a brand new story for the sequel similar to the first. A young girl escapes from a lab in North Korea where she has been experimented on. Years later, just when she thinks she has found a new life in South Korea, her memories start flooding back and awaken The Witch inside of her.
The directorial debut from Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae. Hunt is a new espionage spy thriller starring Jung-jae in the leading role. Set in the 1980s. It focuses on a North Korean spy who is leaking crucial information that may threaten their country. Two teams are assigned to find out who’s the spy, but end up both suspecting and investigating each other.
Hunt is getting some great reviews although I have heard some complaints about its lengthy runtime. I doubt I will have any issues with that.
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