Korean movies that receive a total score from international critics: “The Glory” starring Song Hye Kyo is a sole TV drama series exception
At the moment, “The Glory” is a rare TV drama series that is keeping a strong 100% from the Average Tomatometer after a two-part run. The revenge journey of Moon Dong Eun (Song Hye Kyo) is regarded to be complete from head to toe. The actors also showed a variety of performances and personal colors through equal screentime.
Among the three-part movie universe of “Train to Busan,” the international critics actually favored the animated prequel of the franchise. “Seoul Station” might be lesser known to the public compared to the theatrical releases, it actually received a total score on the Tomatometer. The movie follows the journey of Hye Sun on her way to escape from the zombies and in search of her father and boyfriend when Seoul station is taken over by zombies.
The Age of Shadows
In 2016, “The Age of Shadows” won over the critics for a story told on a train journey. The movie gathers a stellar cast, including Song Kang Ho, Han Ji Min and Lee Byung Hun. The movie is also highly regarded for its quality scriptwriting.
At its release in 2010, “Poetry” was the winner of the “Golden Palm” at the “Cannes Film Festival”. The movie tells the story of a woman in her 60s who develops an interest in poetry while struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and her irresponsible grandson. A golden example of standard scriptwriting in Korean cinema, “Poetry” also brought the lead actress Yoon Jeong Hee the “Best Actress” Award at the “Blue Dragon Film Awards” and the “Grand Bell Awards.”
A Bittersweet Life
The success of “A Bittersweet Life” extneded beyond the borders of Korea the moment of its release. The movie starring Lee Byung Hun obtained a screening at “Cannes Film Festival” and the actor himself received nominations of “Best Actor” at the “Blue Dragon Film Awards” and the “Grand Bell Awards.” “Variety” magazine called the movie “a tour de force of noirish style” with material and plot carefully crafted.
The return of Park Shin Hye with horror genre came as a surprise to fans. “The Call” explores parallel timeline, when two girls from two different eras are able to contact through a phone. The relationship quickly takes a turn as the movie progresses. Apart from the improved acting of Park Shin Hye, Jeon Jong Seo was also the highlight of the work.
The Korean small screen also observed many successful dramas with a total score of 100%, namely “All of Us Are Dead,” “Pachinko” and “Squid Game.” Unfortunately, they could not stand the test of time as the rating dropped later on.