Best South Korean Horror movie of the decade

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Best of south of the 38th

  1. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

    55.6%
  2. Save the Green Planet! (2003)

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  3. Thirst (2009)

    5.6%
  4. The Host (2006)

    33.3%
  5. Hansel & Gretel (2007)

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  6. Spider Forest (2004)

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  7. Into the Mirror (2005)

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  8. Voice (2005)

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  9. Phone (2002)

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    0.0%
  10. R-Point (2004)

    0 vote(s)
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  11. Cello (2008)

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  12. Sorum (2001)

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    0.0%
  13. Face (2004)

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  14. Wishing Stairs (2003)

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  15. Uninvited (2003)

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  16. Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait (2007)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. Acacia (2003)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  18. Cinderella (2006)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  19. Death Bell (2008)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  20. Other (Specify)

    5.6%
  1. Ash28M

    Ash28M Active Member

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    On to an Asian country that has sort of picked up where Japan has left off South Korea. Pick the best.
     
  2. dave13

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    out of all of these, ive only seen the host...and to be honest, it was just ok. so i think i'll pass on this one.
     
  3. satans-sadists

    satans-sadists Ghost

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    I really enjoyed Phone very much, but the one that truly stands out is A Tale of Two Sisters.
     
  4. Cujo108

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    Save the Green Planet! gets the vote. That said, Memories of Murder is the best film to come out of South Korea. Probably one of the five greatest films of the last decade, truth be told. Too bad The Host was a complete disappointment in comparison.
     
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    id say memories of murder as well, that movie blows me away every time i see it. but i also loved the host and two sisters, so its a close call. still need to see thirst.
     
  6. Ash28M

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    I was thinking of including Memories of Murder or OldBoy but I wanted to avoid the usually "it's not a horror movie" BS that always comes with that.
     
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    i wouldnt say oldboy would be horror (or any in the vengeance trilogy) but memories of murder is creepy as hell i think
     
  8. KGBRadioMoskow

    KGBRadioMoskow Makes any meat boneless!

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    Haven't seen enough Korean films to say it's the best - I couldn't honestly make that claim about *American* films. And it’s not horror (brutally depressing crime drama, but not horror).

    But quality wise, an incredible film - parallels to Zodiac are obvious in the historical events and outcome, but this film based on the Korean murder streak was done earlier and better. Highly recommended.
     
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    I have Hansel and Gretel, but haven't watched it yet. The rest of these I've never heard off - looks like i need to broaden my horizons :)
     
  10. msw7

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    I went with the Host. I've only seen two or three others, and didn't think they were that brilliant.
     
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    Paff Super Moderator

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    Normally I pick an underrated gem in polls like these, but this time I have to go with one of the top ten horror films of all time (yeah, you heard me), A Tale of Two Sisters.

    A lot of the other ones are quite forgettable. Even when we showed Face at our film festival, I jokingly recommended it as "CSI Seoul". I remember REALLY liking Spider Forest, but it's been years since I've seen it. It's definitely high on my re-watch list, if I ever find time.

    For those of you not familiar with South Korean cinema, get out there and see some movies! I will admit that only a handful of good horror movies have come from there, but some amazing action films and romantic comedies that will not make you barf. Just a small listing of recent SK movies I dig, off the top of my head:

    A Bittersweet Life
    Legend of the Evil Lake
    Scandal Makers
    My Girlfriend is an Agent
    Please Teach Me English
    My Tutor Friend
    I'm A Cyborg....But That's OK
    My Wife is a Gangster (three films. Second one has Zhang Ziyi, third has Shu Qi)
    the Vengeance trilogy: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance
    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter....and Spring
    The Isle
    Blood Rain
    The Chaser

    there's a lot more I know I'm forgetting, but they do make some great movies in Korea.
     
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    The Host.
     
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    A Tale of Two Sisters for me although the Host was pretty solid too. I also enjoyed Spider Forest and a few off Paff's list I have seen are excellent too especially:
    the Vengeance trilogy: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance
    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter....and Spring
    I havent seen Hansel & Gretel or Blood Rain, The Isle or Thirst yet - anyone vouch for just how good these are (well except Thirst- Ive seen the thread for that and it sounds pretty darn good)
     
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    These always seem to be hit or miss for me. I kind of liked A Tale of Two Sisters, but didn't love the twist at the end. I really liked Oldboy, but not Lady Vengeance. I liked the Isle a lot, and Save the Green Planet, and Attack the Gas Station, and R-Point, but not Spring, Summer, etc., and not the rest of Kim Ki-Duk's stuff.

    I honestly can't predict which ones I'll like and which ones I won't.
     
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    The Host
     
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    KamuiX The Eighth Samurai

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    ATOTS...not only the best South Korean horror film of the decade, but THE best horror film of the decade. Hell, it's one of the best horror films ever made.

    Very cool to see these two mentioned...The Chaser is pretty epic, one of the top 3 films of 2008 for sure. Blood Rain is a great little murder mystery too with a fantastic setting.
     
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  17. Dobby

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    A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) it's also the only film I have seen on here.
     
  18. maskull

    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    I voted for A Tale Of Two Sisters...easily. Haven't seen all the ones on the list and really want to see Hansel and Gretel, Thirst, Spider Forest, and Cinderella.

    I also liked Cello, Phone, and Wishing Stairs (not to mention Memento Mori and Whispering Corridors), the vengeance trilogy (especially Oldboy), and Memories of Murder. I just couldn't get into R-Point though.
     
  19. Ash28M

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    Yeah I had the same reaction. Maybe i'll give it another try someday.
     

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