The season of love may be months away, but most people actually celebrate the feeling all year round. Romantic movies make you feel warm all over, and they often come with a valuable lesson or two. Whether you are looking to get over someone or reignite the love affair you currently have, ExploreTalent has gathered the best Korean romantic films that will make you fall in love.
South Korean cinema is perhaps best known for producing romantic films that will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love at the same time. So get your pen and paper ready because you might want to list down the best Korean romantic films released so far.
5 of the Best Korean Romantic Films
5. Il Mare (2000)
Il Mare is a romantic fantasy wherein two people communicate only through letters in a mailbox. The catch is, the pair have a two-year lag between them. The film keeps audiences at the edge of their seats and makes them wonder if the two protagonists would ever get to meet. It also happens to be a brand-new take on the traditional romance genre by introducing characters that fall in love without meeting in person.
4. Architecture 101 (2012)
Architecture 101 centers around an architect and his former college classmate. The two are reunited after she asks him to reconstruct her home in Jeju. As they get reacquainted, it is revealed that the two were in a relationship 15 years ago. Architecture 101 is a perfect blend of nostalgia and romance as the film explores their previous love story set in the 90s.
3. A Moment to Remember (2004)
A list of the best Korean romantic films is never complete without the heart wrenching movie, A Moment to Remember. A newly married couple happy life is rear ended when the wife is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Get ready for a rollercoaster ride of emotions as director John H. Lee changes the film’s tone from blisfully happy, sad to completely heartbreaking.
2. The Classic (2003)
When a young girl uncovers a stash of old letters belonging to her late mother, she discovers that they are from a man she has never heard of. Coincidentally, their story of love depicts the current experiences she is going through herself.
The Classic is told through a series of flashbacks that perfectly parallel the love story set in the present. At the same time, it also explores the relationship between mother and daughter in the most heartwarming way possible.
1. My Sassy Girl (2001)
After the release of My Sassy Girl, Korean romantic films were never the same. This movie is the highest-grossing Korean comedy film of all time and went on to become a blockbuster hit all over Asia. The plot is actually based on a series of true stories posted by Kim Ho-Sil, which was later printed into a best-selling book. It tells the comedic yet touching love story of an unlikely couple who meet by accident on the subway.