Hello everyone and welcome back to another movie recommendations post by EonTalk! In celebration of Valentines Day, I’ve prepared a special recommendations content for today. Today’s list will be going over 10 Korean movies that I recommend watching with your significant other, or on your own, during Valentines Day.
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Before getting into the list, I’d like to remind you that as with all my other listicle content, this list is ranked based on my personal recommendations, and are totally biased towards my opinions. This isn’t in the order of “best movies,” per se, but just in the order of my recommendations. I’m going to be recommending not only movies that one can watch as a couple, but movies that are also fun to watch as a single that’ll warm your hearts. Okay, that being said, let’s get right into today’s list on Korean movies to watch during Valentines Day!
Starting off the list, the #10 film is the most recently released movie on this list, <Josée>.
<Josée> was directed by Kim Jong-Kwan, and starred the leads Han Ji-Min and Nam Joo-Hyuk. This melodrama was based on the Japanese film <Josee, The Tiger and the Fish>, and was very different from the original. Released only a couple months ago, I have a review of the film, so if you would like more details regarding the film, you can check that out. The film is about a story that depicts the brightest moments of Josée, a woman with a physical disability who lives in her own world, and Young-Seok, the man who enters her world.
Next, the #9 film is a movie that was released back in 2008, <My Wife Got Married>.
<My Wife Got Married> was directed by Jung Yoon-Su, who also directed <Love In Between>, <Love Now>, and <Yesterday>, and this movie has a very odd and strange premise. Starring Son Ye-Jin and the late Kim Joo-Hyuk, the movie is about a man’s wife wanting to marry another man. Deok-hoon and In-ah fall in love, and the two happily marry. However, one day, In-ah declares she wants to marry another man; she doesn’t want a divorce, as she truly loves Deok-Hoon but wants to be free to love another man at the same time. It’d definitely be fun to talk about the movie’s topic with your significant other and hear each other’s thoughts on this. The movie is rated 18+, so take this into consideration before watching.
The #8 movie goes to a film released in 2013, <Very Ordinary Couple>.
Directed by Noh Duk, who also was the director of <Journalist> (or <The Exclusive : Beat the Devil’s Tattoo>), this movie starred the couple of Lee Min-Ki and Kim Min-Hee. Just as the movie’s title claims it to be, the movie is about an ordinary couple that we see in everyday life. And that’s what makes this movie such a good film, as it’s very relatable. The movie is about a couple that keeps their relationship a secret at their shared workplace, but wage an all-out war once they break up. <Very Ordinary Couple> is also rated 18+, so probably not something you’d want to watch with your parents.
Moving along, the #7 movie is the film that released in 2015, <Love Forecast>.
<Love Forecast> was directed by Park Jin-Pyo, the director of <You’re My Sunshine> and <Voice Of A Murderer>, and the film had the leads Lee Seung-Gi and Moon Chae-Won, who made a very cute couple. The movie is about a man that’s always on the receiving end of a breakup, and an elegant weather reporter that juggles three relationships with three men of different personalities.
The #6 movie goes to an older film that was released in 2005, <Purpose of Love>.
This movie was directed by Han Jae-Rim, who’s other amazing works include <The Face Reader> and <The King>, and although the movie is on the older side, it’s still very entertaining and able to bring out emotions. Starring as the main leads were Park Hae-Il and Kang Hye-Jung, and this film is also rated 18+, so you probably wouldn’t want to watch this with someone that’ll make things awkward. The movie revolves around Yoo-Lim and Hong, who are teachers at a high school, and the two meet when Yoo-Lim gets a new job at the school. Upon seeing Hong, Yoo-Lim can’t help but want to sleep with her, and straight up confesses his feelings. However, Hong isn’t someone to look lightly. The film shows the possible dark sides of relationships, and how you can’t trust someone too easily.
The #5 movie is a relatively recently released film, releasing in 2019, <Crazy Romance>.
<Crazy Romance> was directed by Kim Han-Kyul, and starred Kim Rae-Won as the male lead and Gong Hyo-Jin as the female lead. As with the #8 movie, this is another very real movie that takes a look at everyday relationships, and is a love story between Jae Hoon, who can’t let go of his ex-girlfriend, and Sun Young, who’s breaking up with her boyfriend.
Moving onto the #4 spot, the #4 movie goes to the 2011 film, <Spellbound>.
<Spellbound> was directed by Hwang In-Ho, who’s other work includes <Monster>, and had the queen Son Ye-Jin as the female lead, and Lee Min-Ki as the male lead. The movie is an uncommon mashup of horror, romance, and comedy, and much like how uncommon its genre is, the premise is quite different as well. However, that’s a good thing in this case, as the movie was definitely a fun ride. <Spellbound> is about a magician that meets an eccentric girl and offers her to work together in his magic show. He starts to get to know her personally and develops a feeling towards her, but she has a very particular problem: She can sees ghosts and crazy things happen to the people around her. Definitely check this out if you haven’t.
Coming in at #3 of my list of Valentines Day movies is the oldest film on this list, <My Sassy Girl>.
<My Sassy Girl> is a romcom that was directed by Kwak Jae-Yong, and the movie is nearly 20 years old now! Although the movie is a couple decades old, the movie has aged very well and is considered as one of the best comedic productions out of Korea. Starring the young Jun Ju-Hyun and Cha Tae-Hyun, the movie is about a college student that becomes involved with a self-centered young lady, who humiliates him at every turn. Although the premise may not seem very special, that’s what makes it so good. Much like the other movies mentioned, it’s how the movie is able to take ordinary events and portray it in a special manner that makes <My Sassy Girl> so great. Definitely a must-watch Korean film.
And now, just two movies left. First, the #2 film is the second oldest movie on this list, that released in 2004, <A Moment To Remember>.
Do you want to cry? Are you craving a sad, emotional film that’ll bring you to tears? Then this is for you. Directed by Lee Jae-Han, who directed <Operation Chromite> and <71: Into The Fire>, <A Moment To Remember> is one of the saddest movies ever, and gets really really emotional. Starring Jung Woo-Sung and Son Ye-Jin, the two were absolutely phenomenal and there were numerous memorable scenes in the film. In the movie, a young couple’s enduring love is tested when 27-year-old Su-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease, making her lose her memories.
And finally, the #1 Korean movie that I recommend watching during Valentines Day. The #1 spot goes to a movie that was released a couple years ago, <On Your Wedding Day>.
I don’t know why, but <On Your Wedding Day> has a special place in my heart. I was able to relate to the film so much, and just felt very real. The movie was directed by Lee Suk-Geun and starred Park Bo-Young and Kim Young-Kwang as the main leads. From comedy to romance to drama to emotional, this movie is able to do all so great. The movie takes us on a timeline ride from high school to college to adult life, and maybe because of this, but I was able to really relate to the film and it made the movie feel that much more real. <On Your Wedding Day> is a story of a man who receives a wedding invitation from his first love from high school, and him reminiscing his past.
And that’s it for today’s post on Korean movies to watch during Valentines Day. How many of these films have you seen? Which are your favorites, and which will you be watching? Let me know in the comments! Please remember, some films that you believe should have made it on this list may not have been included, but this top 10 list was based on my personal recommendations. If you would like to further discuss with me and other Korean movie lovers, join the EonTalk Telegram group! Also support EonTalk on Patreon to really show your appreciation in the content I make.
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