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What are the best movies of the Korean new wave that helped pave the way to Parasite's historic win?

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Sabrina Rain Samson - Binge.co Contributor

Parasite's Academy Awards wins is a significant turning point in the film industry. Most especially in showing that Korean cinema transcends language, like all foreign films. Parasite's four Oscars is one that puts a definite seal in the global impact of Korean cinema. This statement is not to dismiss the fact that other great Korean movies paved the way for Parasite. A couple of these best Korean movies are also directed by Parasite's director Bong Joon Ho. Bong Joon Ho past films such as Snowpiercer and The Host remain to be Korean movie favorites to this day. Aside from Bong, another established Korean cinema director is Park Chan Wook. Park is one of the most prolific directors in his country, and his movies are a testament to that. These directors, among many others, gave audiences some of the best Korean movies of all time. Especially in the Korean new wave, where it so much easier to be in the know of the latest foreign films. With the rise of films from the Korean new wave, Parasite became one of the standards. Although if you're looking for Korean films with the same or even more impact, this list has got you covered. Before Parasite, there were Korean movies in recent years that received global attention. A notable movie would be Train To Busan, starring Goblin's Gong Yoo and Parasite's Choi Woo Shik. The zombie movie became popular around the world and there are even talks of a Hollywood remake. There will definitely be a sequel to the original Train To Busan though. If you can't get over Parasite's glorious win, these movies are perfect to watch.

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  1. 1The Handmaiden

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    The Handmaiden is an Amazon Original movie directed by Park Chan-wook and inspired by the novel Fingersmith written by Welsh writer Sarah Waters. It is also known as Agassi. It features Min-hee Kim and  Jung-woo Ha.

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  1. 2Snowpiercer

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    Before Bong Joon-ho's groundbreaking Academy-award winning movie Parasite, there was Snowpiercer first. It is a sci-fi thriller movie starring Chris Evans, Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, and Jamie Bell. Initially released in August 2013, it depicts the lives of the survivors of the second Ice Age inside a perpetually moving train. With the new class system that emerged, the ones at the bottom have to fight for their social justice. The story is so good that Tomorrow Studios tapped Bong to develop a Snowpiercer TV series! The eventual TV adaptation premiered in 2020. If you're curious about the story, go ahead and watch it on the websites below!

  2. 3Train to Busan

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    Train to Busan is a South Korean action horror thriller film directed by Yeon Sang-Ho starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu Mi, and Ma Dong Seok. A father and his daughter try to escape a zombie outbreak by riding a train to the only safe city left.

  1. 4Burning

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    Burning is a South Korean mystery drama film directed by Lee Chang-Dong. It is based on a story written by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The film was first released on October 26, 2018 in the US.

  2. 5I Saw the Devil

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    I Saw the Devil is a Korean horror thriller movie directed by Kim Jee Woon in 2010 starring Lee Byung Hun and Choi Min Sik. It won Grand Prize at the 2011 Baeksang Arts Awards and Best Film at Fantasporto Film Festival. 

  3. 6The Host

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    The Host is a 2006 South Korean monster film, directed by Bong Joon Ho starring Song Kang Ho, Byun Hee Bong, Park Hae Il, Bae Doona, and Go Ah Sung. It won Best Film at Asian Film Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards. 

  4. 7Thirst

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    Thirst is a 2009 Korean horror movie directed by Park Chan Wook, starring Song Kang Ho, Kim Ok Bin, and Kim Hae Sook. It was based on the novel of Emile Zola entitled Therese Raquin and won Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. 

  5. 8Old Boy

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     Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. It starred Min-Sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yu, Hye-Jeong Kang, and more. 

  6. 9My Sassy Girl

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    My Sassy Girl is a 2001 South Korean romantic comedy movie which is inspired by a true story written by Kim Ho-sik. During the time that it was released, it has been recognized as the highest-grossing comedy of all time in South Korea. This follows the story of a man who falls in love with a woman he meets at the train station.


  7. 10Joint Security Area

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    Joint Security Area is a Korean mystery thriller movie directed by Park Chan Wook starring Lee Young Ae, Lee Byung Hun, and Song Kang Ho in 2000. It won Best Film at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and Grand Bell Awards. 

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    Anonymous
    February 18, 2020
    "The Host is still one of Bong Joon Ho's finest works along with Parasite. He is my favorite director and I find it cool that his movies in the past paved the way for Parasite to get an unforgettable and solid win at the Oscars."
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    The Host
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    Anonymous
    February 18, 2020
    "This is the first Korean movie I've ever watched in the cinema and it gave me such a wider perspective of Korean cinema. I think this movie opened my eyes to other Korean movies including Parasite."
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    Train to Busan
This list is about What are the best movies of the Korean new wave that helped pave the way to Parasite's historic win
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1The HandmaidenMovies 17 Paid
2SnowpiercerMovies 14 Paid
3Train to BusanMovies 9 Free
4BurningMovies 3 Paid
5I Saw the DevilMovies 3 Paid
6The HostMovies 3 Free
7ThirstMovies 2 Paid
8Old BoyMovies 2 Paid
9My Sassy GirlMovies 2 Paid
10Joint Security AreaMovies 1 Paid
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