Korean Movies You Need to Watch If You Love Parasite

The Best Picture winner, Parasite has turned the movie industry upside down and creating headlines everywhere, but South Korean movie is not just about Parasite and the capitalism reality that it brings.

Needless to say, Parasite’s win in the Academy Awards just open the path for anyone who wonders about other Korean movies to watch, and if you like Parasite, you’ll love these too:
The Handmaiden
Inspired by Sarah Waters’ novel, Fingersmith, the story is about a poor girl who leaves home to work as a lady’s maid during Japanese colonial rule but is secretly involved in an elaborate rouse with a con man who wishes to steal her master’s inheritance. A movie by Park Chan-wook was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Films Festival in 2016 and won the Best Film Not in the English Language at 71st BAFTA.
Memories of Murders
This one is about two detectives who are set to solve multiple cases of women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit. Based on the true story of Korea’s first serial murders in history which took place in between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong. This movie is voted as the best Korean film of all time in 2014 by Korean Federation of Film Archives and is highly praised for its cinematography. The movie is also created by Bong Joon-ho, the man behind Parasite.
Directed by Jang Ha-jun, is a movie about Yooseok, a man that suddenly reappears with no memory of his abduction. Though at first his condition is making sense to his family, as time goes by, his brother, Jinseok becomes more suspicious after he notices his brother’s bizarre behavior. This movie is one that will mess up your brain. The plot twists are in front of your eyes and yet you won’t even notice it.
The Wailing
The Wailing tells a story about a strange virus that becomes haywire in a small town in Korea. Directed by Na Hongjin, this film centers on a policeman who investigates a series killings and illnesses in a remote Korean hamlet, Gokseong.
Directed by Bong Joonho, it’s about an unnamed widow who lives alone with her only son who is her raison d’être. Both the mother and the son are living by selling medicinal herbs in a small town in South Korean. On night, the son encounters a young girl who he follows for a while before she disappears into a dark alley, and by the next morning, the girl is found dead. The mother then goes on a quest to uncover who framed her son to become the murder. Mother is also selected as South Korea’s official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.
Editor: Olivia Elena Hakim
Writer: Windyannisa Cindrati

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