and that’s me being overly assumptive but I’m pretty sure these are initiating Korean romance movies you have to see first, but consider you’re forewarned because these love flicks might erase the existing favorites you have right now …
In response to one of my blog friend’s request of making the best 24 Korean love movies and because I’m in a sleeping contest with Harper Lee’s book I’m pausing now to pick the Best Korean Romance Movies my eyes have ever laid on.
This will be hard considering love is subjective and love has different faces, but I’ll select the movies based on their peculiar storyline, evolving characters and knockout directing and overall make.
So Aunt Aphrodite, in no particular order here it goes… please accept my love offering.
P.S If your favorites are not on the list, charge it to personal preference or I might have not seen it yet. ^_^
♥ My Sassy girl (2001) – THE GIRL WHO LEARNED TO LOVE AGAIN AND THE BOY WHO WILL DO EVERYTHING FOR LOVE.
Gyeon-woo would make your current BF right now in danger because most likely you will entertain that “I wish my BF can be a little like Gyeon-woo kind of thought”.
The initiating movie for first time watcher on the Korean movie land. This was released in 2001 and was based by a blog post written by Kim Hyo Sik. Director Kwak Jae Yong helmed the production.
If you haven’t watched this movie, then you haven’t watched a really good romance movie. Needless to say, this is one of my favorite love films. Captivating, vibrant and worth watching…
A perfect date movie that will leave you laughing and loving at the same time.
This is love tale of losing love, coping on the loss, helping yourself with whatever you can have to find love again. Most girls undoubtedly can totally understand how the girl might have felt because of how emotional girls can be when dealing with heartaches.
And I think most of us girls, can relate to the pain she was bearing all through out the movie. It’s hard to get over and start a new when your heart gets broken regardless of the reason why. All of us want “Gyun-woo”, a not so perfect man but will be there for us no matter what.
A girl who has some past love issues was saved by a cheerful young man when she almost got caught by a train. Fate played with them and the boy slowly became fond of her and decided that he would heal whatever that pain she has. If I can marry someone like Gyeon-woo, I’ll be damn happy.
MY SASSY GIRL MOVIE RECAP
♥ Il Mare (2000) – THE PENPALS TURNED LOVERS BECAUSE OF A TIME TRAVELLING MAIL BOX.
Hollywood made a remake of this movie (The Lake house) but still I prefer how Koreans did it. A man and a woman engaged in a romance as they exchanged love letters and leaving it inside a mail box. Time element executed perfectly. Addictive love story… Deeply touching and moving
IL Mare literally screamed soft and moving love story of time-crossed lovers. It’s very simple, and yet well narrated that even my attention problem was won over by it.
It’s a nice watch on a lazy afternoon in the arms of someone you love.
Love they say is magic and I say a sort of magical mail box which made a man and a woman fell in love regardless if they were living at different times was more than fireworks and raining rose petals.
IL MARE MOVIE RECAP
♥ Daisy (2006) – THE SECRET LOVER YOU WOULD WANT TO HAVE
I like how Jun Ji Hyun reinvents herself as an actress, that’s why I love all her films. Set in Netherlands, Ji Hyun played the role of a street painter that will become the love interest of a secret service agent and a professional hitman… Thrilling, lingering, and romantic elements were put in splendidly
This was narrated gorgeously in a three-way view point, there’s not a single kiss scene, but for some reasons it’s overflowing with love. It was like the feeling when Pacey gave Joey a whole wall for her to paint. If I’ll have a stalker like Park Yi, I’m sure I’ll fall for him.
Most movies that I’ve seen with time flashbacks were really good, but in Daisy it was extra special.
It is unconditional secret one sided love at its best, and the shoot out scene where Park Yi reads Hye-young’s lips is one of my favorite scenes ever.
And although the ever after was not achieved, this is one love story that really made me happy. It was a love full of wonderful memories even before it started.
DAISY MOVIE RECAP
♥ Daddy Long Legs (2005) – THE MAN WHO LOVED A GIRL EVEN IN HIS FADING LIFE AND MEMORY
Ha Ji Won played a role of a radio scriptwriter who was always dreaming of meeting the guy who helped her pay her tuition in college. She accidentally bumped into emails that tells about a girl’s long time admiration over a guy. She finally had a chance to meet her daddy-long-legs and there she learned that it was his younger brother who asked him to do all the things for her. She also learned that it was her daddy-long -legs who wrote those emails, however he switched his gender when he was writing the emails. Daddy-long-legs lost all his memories including that of the girl’s because he was dying and he asked his brother to make the girl happy once he lost his memory. You’ll never get tired of watching it. Amazingly sweet and mesmerizing.
Daddy Long Legs is one of the sweetest movies I’ve seen so far. It is laid back and serene. The tricky identity switch can either fascinate you or pull a “make no sense” plot in your eyes. In my case I like how it was laid.
This feels like that “one summer walk” with your crush that you dearly keep in your heart.
Eventhough the ending is sad, it is worth your afternoon break.
DADDY LONG LEGS MOVIE RECAP
♥ My Little Bride (2004) – THE LOVE THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE AND IT TOOK A WHILE FOR THEM TO REALIZE
An ordinary high school girl who worries about grades and has a crush on her school’s baseball team ace was forced to marry a guy out of her grandfather’s wish. Her being young and the hidden marriage made this movie so charming. Dandy, cheerful, playful… will let you remember that feel you have on the first person you ever had a crush on.
My Little Bride is a sweet tale of young love. It reminds us that sometimes we may become blinded or too pre-occupied to notice a “love” that has been there all along.
We should not mistake thrills over true love. This is a charmingly cute cradle snatching love story full of vibrancy and true love.
I don’t have a childhood sweetheart, books perhaps, but isn’t it amazing to be sharing the rest of your life with someone who has been there with you and who stayed without you demanding it.
MY LITTLE BRIDE MOVIE RECAP
♥ The Classic (2003) – THE SWEET LOVE AND ROMANCE THAT WAS FULFILLED AT ANOTHER LIFETIME
Very nice, enthralling, amazingly unsurpassed romance… I can’t find words to dislike this movie, so just watch it. This is a love story that you will tell your grandchildren rather than “Romeo and Juliet”.
A young woman accidentally bumped on her mother’s love story and she got deeply engaged with it. The parallelism was well portrayed and there was just so much love in the air.
When I first saw this movie, I was deeply moved I named all my pet dog… Sang-min. *giggles Until now, my pet is named Sang-min. It was a time-transcending love at it’s best. This made me love Director Kwak Jae-young much more.
“CHANCE is a GIFT for those who TRY”
THE CLASSIC MOVIE RECAP
♥ My Wife got Married (2008) - THE HUSBAND AND WIFE IN AN UNCONVENTIONAL COMMITMENT AND HEARTFELT LOVE
I was really amused at this movie. Son Ye Jin was a player who hates marriage until she met a guy who showed her that it’s possible to enjoy being committed. Then she kinda like the idea of marriage so she asked her husband if she can marry another guy and there goes a kind of marriage you won’t think would happen in real life… So playful and mischievously flirty.
Marriage is kind of an exhausting topic for me as all my friends have been praying for me to tie the knot and that’s maybe the reason why I can’t because the love angels are annoyed with the buckets of requests. But this movie was one of a kind, it’s a kind of set up I would want wen I decide to be with someone forever, well not the unfaithfulness perse but the light and comfortable feel of being married.
Sexy but in place. Buoyant and Bouncy.
♥ A Millionaires First Love (2006) – THE RICH REBEL WHO LOVED A GIRL AND MADE ME CRY
Hyun Bin was a millionaire’s heir but in order for him to have his fortune, his dead granny forced him to finish High School in the suburb. There he discovered the past that he erased in his mind, and the truth that money can’t save the life of the girl he loves.
Most of the Korean Romance movies have sad endings,but then again it didn’t make them less beautiful. That scene when Binnie’s character was so amazed at the lead girl’s back as she cooks, was one of the sweetest scene I have seen in a KMovie. This was a dying girl movie that defied all the dying girl movies out there because it was not forced and was so heartfelt.
Passionate and bewitching. This is a love flick that will remind you how you shared the pain and wanted to take away someone’s pain because of love.
♥ 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant (2004) – THE ENSLAVEMENT AGREEMENT THAT BLOOMED INTO A BINDING LOVE
After dumping her boyfriend just before their 100 day anniversary, she met a college guy when she accidentally kicks a can that hit him in the face and caused him to scratch his Lexus. He demanded she paid him $3000 on the spot and wrote up an “Enslavement Agreement” for her in order to pay for the damage to his car. She got into a nightmarish slave life for 100 days, cleaning his house, running his errands, doing his homework and cleaning his car. Ooops.. I almost told the whole story… Upbeat, enchanting and one of my favorites.
This is a movie brimming with feel-good vibes. It is nothing spectacular but always fun and nice to watch. A slave-master love story refreshing, engaging and worth remembering.
100 DAYS WITH MR. ARROGANT MOVIE RECAP
♥ Romance of their Own (2004) – THE SWEET LOVE STORY THAT WILL SURPRISINGLY LINGER IN YOUR HEART
Two hot guys fought for a sweet naive, girl. (I swear you would want to trade places with the girl on this movie.)
This is what a guy should watch to get some snappy smooth moves for is girl. My eyes were literally flashing hearts and my heart was fickle every 5 minutes because of the adorable male leads.
The twist of the story is quite surprising, and I’m warning you that you might cry. Tender, passionate and love-affirming.
♥ Someone Special (2004) – THAT SOMEONE SPECIAL WE OFTEN CALLED “LOVE”
This is REALLY a nice watch… the movie you will force that special someone to watch with you before you decide to tie the knot… *giggles very witty, heartwarming, extraordinarily sweet, comfy and appealing.
This flick has one of the wittiest and funniest screenplay I’ve seen. It was not complex and will keep teasing your heart in its entire duration. It’s a movie were all pieces complements each other well from the story premise to how the characters played their role well to the amusing conflict and to the secret love and how it was returned back. This is one of my hall-of-famers.
SOMEONE SPECIAL MOVIE RECAP
♥ A Moment To Remember (2004) – THE WORTH REMEMBERING LOVE OF A MAN TO THE WOMAN WHO CAN’T REMEMBER HIM
A couple striving to keep up their relationship against the struggle with the wife’s Alzheimer’s disease… A love story of a devoted husband who stayed with her wife even when she was slowly forgetting that he happened in her life.. Poignant, deeply moving, and I cried buckets of tears here.
This movie sent me to tear-land when I first saw it, and while recapping it my heart was still moved. This is such a strong love story, the kind of love tale you’ll share your friend who has currently having inhibitions about love. Considering the premise involved “sickness” as a conflict, I think what made this movie so strong is because of the superb performance of the lead couple.
One of the few movies, I dearly keep in my heart.
A MOMENT TO REMEMBER MOVIE RECAP
♥ Lovers Concerto (2002) – THE PAINFULLY SWEET LOVE TRIANGLE OF ‘EM ALL
Stellar acting and a gorgeously written script… A deeply immersing love story… Tied with friendship, secret adoration and almost love, this is a little charmer that will fill you up butterflies in your stomach.
I don’t know how to react to a love triangle were a friend of mine is involved. A man should be worthy enough to make me join a tug of war, but then again how much I love my friend also matters. This is one of those motion picture tat you can transfer to a book without losing its essence and beauty.
♥ 200 lbs Beauty (2006) – THE WEIGHT REDUCTION LOVE VENGEANCE CHICK FLICK
Brave, sunny and worth watching with your friends… A voice talent who has weight challenges worked hard to lose weight. She became prettier and avenged her broken heart. A love story full of courage and never failing to hope for what love can really offer.
If Mischievous Kiss gave hope to not so bright ladies that they have a chance to snatch a smart-prince-like-man, 200 LBS Beauty provided an encouragement4shared Personal Free Online File Storage – InnityIt was simple and not overly done and was an engrossing watch.
♥ Love Phobia (2006) – THE COUPLE WHO WILL MAKE YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST LOVE.
So I finally got the chance to watch this movie without interruptions. Who wouldn’t fall for this darling? I was so fond of the lead couples when they were children and loved them even more when they grew up. So sweet, priceless and worth remembering.
Watched it with my mom, and she loved it. It’s a charmingly woven love story.. and although it will make you cry in the end, I’m pretty sure it will be one of those love movies you will highly recommend.
♥ Heaven’s Postman (2009) – THE SUPERNATURAL LOVE MOVIE THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU TO TRUST LOVE AGAIN
A very pretty and serene love story of moving on from the pain of a broken heart. It has a very simple storytelling but with completeness that will touch the side of your heart that was once broken, and that was able to bounce again because of not giving up to the idea of finding love.
When you watch a love story with supernatural element inflection, you have to prepare yourself not to expect that much, and that’s what I did. Actually it was vaguely presented and was injected fully later in the story, nevertheless I love how this movie was not complicated and effortlessly endearing.
Surely worth of your rest day movie time.
HEAVEN’S POSTMAN MOVIE RECAP
♥ Lost and Found (2008) – THE GIRL WHO TOOK TIME TO REALIZE THE LOVE SHE DESERVED
If you are looking for an endearing and vibrant rom-com movie night with your boyfriend, this darling will delight you. It’s ever moving and no dull moment. From the feisty main female lead, the cholatey sweet lead man and the oozingly hot second male lead, this is a kind of Christmas gift you’d promise you’ll open on Christmas day, but when no one is looking out, you’ll sneak to see what it is.
Ji-ho has liked Min-woo since High School. As her luck ran out with her current job, she bumped with her crush again when she was hit by his car while chasing the snatcher who took her bag. She took that chance to pretend that she can’t remember anything to fulfill her 10-year dream of spending time with her crush.
But her neighbor-friend-who-secretly-loves-her, Dong-shik spoiled her staying at Min-woo’s house and brought her home while she still firmly held on her supposed amnesia.
She finally got Min-woo’s attention but Dong-shik was also determined to win the girl he has loved all her life.
This is about realizing the right love for you and chasing the romance no matter how long it will take.
♥ Once in a Summer (2006) - THE NOSTALGIC LOVE STORY THAT WILL MAKE YOU REMEMBER A FLEETING BUT UNFORGETTABLE ROMANCE
It is one of the sweetest “summer love” movie I’ve seen unfortunately though they didn’t get their ever after. Lee Byung Hun translates to the man you won’t regret committing infidelity if you are currently in a relationship. He’s just so manly in an I-want-to-throw-myself-in-your-arms-kind-of-way. Su-Ae has such an expressive eyes and her blithe nature in this love movie complements the endearing character of Byung-hun oppa.
A felicity filled tale that will leave you fetching and at the same time agonizing. It was a sweet melancholic movie of finding love and holding on to it even if it has long been gone.
ONCE IN A SUMMER MOVIE RECAP
♥ Innocent Steps (2005) – THE LOVE THAT GREW AND FOUGHT FOR YOU
This sweet dance movie was an emotion pond.. It made me feel warm, giddyish, frustrated, disappointed, annoyed, sad, appeased and then eventually blissful.
The fake marriage, dance moves and the simple yet sure love launched a well deserved love sigh from me.
P.S I love the footprints practice dance floor.
♥ Never Ending Story (2012) - THE SUPPOSED TO BE DYING COUPLE WHO FOUND LOVE IN THE LEAST MOMENT THEY EXPECTED IT
In tradition of the death bound conflict of Korean love story, this charming movie was able to balance the premise and have it set to both the lead couple’s having after life bargains.
What this movie achieved was setting a sad note to a brighter perception. It was a film about death but the lively scenes and characters have pulled a different take on life’s passing. The love couple were adorable and swung an Edward-Bella pull worthy of your smile and sigh.
I love that it was so natural and that they first slept together inside a coffin and never ending to a traditional bed. A carefree movie I would definitely recommend. This was a romance charmer that will raise mirth one moment and then tug your heart at another time. Watching it made me not expect outcomes or predict what will happen because the conflict surged up when it commenced, but I was left watching them as they have a good time alongside the struggle with their inevitable death.
It was simply done but happily narrated, and that made it hit home in me.
Radiant and resonating, this is a must watch darling.
♥ MORE THAN BLUE (2009) - THE BEST FRIENDS WHO SECRETLY LOVED EACH OTHER BUT FAILED TO CROSS THE ROMANCE LINE
More than blue less the falling in love and dying part made me yearn to have a boy bestfriend. A film so tender and heartfelt, it will give you that sweet regret feeling as you sleep. The dearest melancholic I-secretly-love-my-bestfriend-movie I have ever seen.
What I love about this movie is the transparency of the characters, it’s as if I’m staring at my neighbor’s life because they acted so naturally good and painfully remembering.
The sad ending was really sadder than sadness but how it concluded was clearly satisfying.
♥ A WEREWOLF BOY (2012) - THE LOVE THAT WAS NOT BOUND TO HAPPEN BUT FELT SO RIGHT
I initially feared that this movie could go overrated considering the familiar plot and stellar main leads but I’m so happy to have chanced upon a very beautiful, unconventional, heartwarming first love movie. The last time I felt it was with the film “The Classic” and I couldn’t be any happier witnessing a young love that was not bound to happen but felt so right.
The fantasy element surprisingly blended to the heartfelt connection of the main couple as the simplicity of the narrative and the conflict failed to stripped the amazing progression of this moving love tale that will surely tug your heart.
♥ ALWAYS (2012) – THE COUPLE WHO FOUND LOVE BECAUSE OF THEIR VULNERABILITIES
I received lots of raves about this movie and I must agree to the warm response “Always” has received. It made me miss the feeling of being in love, and I was left smiling, calmed and inspired as I immersed myself in a love story between two people who found love in their vulnerabilities.
“Always” broke the romantic dry spell I’ve been having for a while now. It played with the cutesies, the sweetness, the laidback and the contentment feel of a love movie.
On a distracting note, and I mean it to be really utmost distracting… So Ji Sub in his rough, untidy look was a sight to behold, and the short showcase of his abs was a manna from heaven.
Seeing the love grew, saddled, steadied, lost and fulfilled was I think the reason why it created huge admiration. It was an ever after not of a prince and a princess, but by two people whose hearts can love each other with their eyes closed.
ANOTHER PS: I have a few parked movies somewhere in my mind as I have to re-watch it to secure a spot on my favorites.
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