KMovie Based On True Story

A list of kmovies that are based on/inspired by true stories and/or events.

NOTE: Sometimes other titles can accidently get added in this list, it's probably because I've clicked wrong when I've tried to add it in one of my other custom lists. I've created these custom lists because it'll be easier for me to find things to watch depending on my mood. If a title is added wrong, please tell me about it so I can correct that mistake.

I will fix information on each kmovie when I've time for that, that's why a few of them have no informations sometimes.

Haitakaz mai 2, 2019
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  • 1987: When The Day Comes

    1. 1987: When The Day Comes

    Korean Movie - 2017

    8.0

    Centers around the events that led to 1987’s June Struggle.

  • 26 Years

    2. 26 Years

    Korean Movie - 2012

    Adapted from a popular webcomic by artist Kang Full, 26 Years presents a unique vision of “coming to terms with the past”. In the fictional story, a group of five ordinary citizens band together in order to assassinate the man responsible for the massacre of innocent civilians in Gwangju in May 1980, known as Gwangju Uprising. Heavily implied as Chun Doo Hwan who is a South Korean politician and former South Korean army general who served as the President of South Korea from 1980 to 1988, ruling as an unelected coup leader from December 1979 to September 1980 and as elected president from 1980 to 1988. 

    - Cinema Escapist & Wikipedia -

  • 4 O'clock, Nineteen Fifty

    3. 4 O'clock, Nineteen Fifty

    Korean Movie - 1972

    Inspired by real events.

  • 71: Into the Fire

    4. 71: Into the Fire

    Korean Movie - 2010

    10

    Based on a true story of a group of 71 undertrained and underarmed, outgunned student-soldiers of South Korea during the Korean War, who were mostly killed on August 11, 1950, during the Battle of P'ohang-dong. It was made in commemoration of those who fought during the Korean War, to raise awareness of the existence and importance of the student-soldiers during that period.

    - Wikipedia -

  • A Frozen Flower

    5. A Frozen Flower

    Korean Movie - 2008

    7.5

    Loosely based on the reign of Gongnim of Goryeo (1330–1374), but it doesn't strictly comply with historical facts.

    -Wikipedia-

  • A Petal

    6. A Petal

    Korean Movie - 1996

    Perhaps the first feature movie to depict the Gwangju Uprising. The movie’s director Jang Sun Woo was jailed under Chun Doo Hwan’s regime, and used A Petal to express raw social commentary on the brutality of authoritarian rule.

    - Cinema Escapist -

  • A Single Spark

    7. A Single Spark

    Korean Movie - 1995

    The movie depicts the real story of Jeon Tae Il, a young tailor at a garment factory in the Pyung-hwa market in Seoul. He committed suicide by self-immolation in November 1970 as a means of protest against the abject working condition in his country, sparking the creation of the labor unions in South Korea and consequently, the anti-government and pro-democracy movements in the country.

    - Asian Movie Pulse -

  • A Stray Goat

    8. A Stray Goat

    Korean Movie - 2017

    8.0

    Inspired by the director/writer Jo Jae Min's past experience.

  • A Taxi Driver

    9. A Taxi Driver

    Korean Movie - 2017

    9.0

    Based on the true story of German reporter Jürgen Hinzpeter and Korean taxi driver Kim Sa Bok. Jürgen Hinzpeter covered the Gwangju Uprising, which took place from May 18-27, 1980 in Gwangju, South Korea. It not only re-ignited interest in the Gwangju Uprising, but also helped surface the real-life taxi driver’s identity (which previously nobody knew).

    - AsianWiki & Cinema Escapist -

  • Anarchist from Colony

    10. Anarchist from Colony

    Korean Movie - 2017

    Based on a true story of the anarchist and revolutionary Park Yeol, who organizes the anarchist group Heukdohoe, which planned to assassinate Japan's Crown Prince Hirohito during Japanese colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. The movie also highlights the relationship between Park and his lover Fumiko Kaneko, a Japanese nihilist who sympathized with Koreans oppressed under Japanese rule. Park Yeol is the leader of the anarchist group Bulryeongsa, which has 14 Korean and five Japanese members.

    - Wikipedia -

  • Another Family

    11. Another Family

    Korean Movie - 2014

    Based on the true story of Hwang Yoo Mi. In 2003, at the age of 21, she began work at a factory for Samsung Semiconductor. In 2005, she was diagnosed with leukemia and died in 2007. Her father Hwang Sang Ki, who worked as a taxi driver, fought against Samsung Semiconductor to take responsibility for his daughter's death.

    - AsianWiki -

  • Apostle

    12. Apostle

    Korean Movie - 2014

    Based on true story of church goers being persecuted for giving service in secret in North Korea.

    - HanCinema -

  • As One

    13. As One

    Korean Movie - 2012

    7.0

    Based a true story of a South Korean and North Korean table tennis players who unite together to play in the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan.

  • Ayla: The Daughter of War

    14. Ayla: The Daughter of War

    Korean Movie - 2017

    Based on a true story of Kim Eun Ja and Süleyman Dilbirliği, whose real-life reunion was shown in the 2010 Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation documentary Kore Ayla directed by Chuncheon MBC.

    - IMDb-API -

  • Bargaining

    15. Bargaining

    Korean Movie - 2023

    Based on the true events of the Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan.

  • Birthday

    16. Birthday

    Korean Movie - 2019

    7.5

    Inspired by the sinking of the MV Sewol ferry on April 16, 2014. It explores the aftermath of how The Sewol tragedy affected many families.

  • Blue Swallow

    17. Blue Swallow

    Korean Movie - 2005

    Based on the true story of Park Kyung Won, one of the first Korean female pilots.

  • Boston 1947

    18. Boston 1947

    Korean Movie - 2023

    Based on a true story of the Korean athletes who ran the 1947 Boston International Marathon, the first international marathon held since World War II.

  • Boys

    19. Boys

    Korean Movie - 2022

    Based on a true story. On February 3, 1999, 3 people broke into Nara Supermarket in Samnye, Wanju County, North Jeolla Province. Three people were in the store, including a 77-year-old woman who died by suffocation. 3 young men were captured and convicted for the crimes, but were found not guilty on October 28, 2016 after a second trial. 

    - AsianWiki -

  • Cart

    20. Cart

    Korean Movie - 2014

    8.0

    Inspired by a 2007 incident in which Homever, a supermarket chain owned by E-Land Group, dismissed temporary workers, mostly women, and replaced them with outsourced employees to bypass a new law requiring that employees be given regular-worker status after a certain period. Dismissed employees and labor unions went on strike in front of the supermarket for 512 days until the matter was settled, with some employees reinstated.

    - Wikipedia -

  • Champ

    21. Champ

    Korean Movie - 2011

    Based on a true story of a race horse named "Luna" who debuted in 2004 at the Pusan Gyeongnam Race Park and would go on to win 13 of 33 races.

    - AsianWiki -

  • Children Gone to Poland

    22. Children Gone to Poland

    Korean Movie - 2018

    Based on the little-known story of North Korean war orphans sent to Poland, where they formed an unlikely bond with their teachers before their traumatic return home. It traces the journey of the 1,200 orphans sent from the North during the 1950-53 Korean War. The devastating conflict, which sealed the division of the flashpoint peninsula, killed at least half a million civilians and left at least 100,000 children without parents.

    - Yahoo News -

  • Children...

    23. Children...

    Korean Movie - 2011

    7.0

    Based on "Frog Boys", a true unsolved murder case from the early 1990s.

    When five boys went out to spend the national holiday catching frogs at Mount Waryong and never returned, it was bound to create a media frenzy. The group disappeared on March 26, 1991, but their bodies were only found 11 years later.

  • Citizen Deok Hee

    24. Citizen Deok Hee

    Korean Movie - 2024

    Based on a true story about a homemaker in her 40s going through all possible means to capture a voice fishing gang leader.

  • Come Back, Frog Boys

    25. Come Back, Frog Boys

    Korean Movie - 1992

    Based on "Frog Boys", a true unsolved murder case from the early 1990s.

    When five boys went out to spend the national holiday catching frogs at Mount Waryong and never returned, it was bound to create a media frenzy. The group disappeared on March 26, 1991, but their bodies were only found 11 years later.

  • Confession of Murder

    26. Confession of Murder

    Korean Movie - 2012

    9.0

    Based on Hwaseong serial murders, an unsolved serial murder case that occurred in the South Korean city of Hwaseong between September 15, 1986 and April 3, 1991. In each case, a woman or girl was found bound and murdered. The murders are considered to be the most infamous in the modern history of South Korea and have been compared to those of the Zodiac Killer.

    - Wikipedia -

  • Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror

    27. Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror

    Korean Movie - 2022

    10

    Inspired by real events, Nth Room case.

  • Dark Figure of Crime

    28. Dark Figure of Crime

    Korean Movie - 2018

    7.5

    Based on the real-life story of a murderer and Busan-native who offered a deal to a detective in 2010 by claiming responsibility for hidden crimes of murder, and of the detective who struggled to unleash truth about the unreliable confessions. 

    - Yonhap News Agency -

  • Death Song

    29. Death Song

    Korean Movie - 1991

    Based on a true story of Korea's first soprano singer Kim Woo Jin and Yun Shim Deok.

  • Default

    30. Default

    Korean Movie - 2018

    8.5

    Set during the IMF crisis in 1997.

  • Devil's Room

    31. Devil's Room

    Korean Movie - 0000

    Inspired by real events, Nth Room case.

  • Don't Cry, Mommy

    32. Don't Cry, Mommy

    Korean Movie - 2012

    8.5

    Inspired by the ‘Kim Bu Nam Case’ in 1991.

    Director's statement:
    The culprit Kim, who was 30 years old at that time, murdered a man in his 50s. It was found out later that it was in fact a act of revenge taken by a woman, 21 years of following that he raped her at the age of 9. The truth was massively shocking. I still clearly remember what she said. “I murdered a beast, not a man.” It was too intense for me to forget. That made me decide to make a film about sexual assault when I become a director. 

    Punishment for sexual assault between students are often very weak or sometimes the perpetrator is even found not guilty. I thought this is what causes a dilemma. Because the law forgives the culprits it doesn’t mean that the victims forgive them as well. Instead of making a simple revenge story, I wanted to show how painful it is for the victim through her mother’s point of view. Because a mother is someone who knows the preciousness of life very well, so I thought it would also be hard for her to punish the perpetrator in an extreme way. I figured that it would make a good film as long as the emotions and drama were solid enough.

    - KOFIC -

  • Dong Ju: The Portrait of a Poet

    33. Dong Ju: The Portrait of a Poet

    Korean Movie - 2016

    7.0

    Based on the life and work of Korea’s renowned poet, Yun Dong Ju.

  • Escape

    34. Escape

    Korean Movie - 2021

    Inspired by a real life incident that took place January, 1991 in Mogadishu, Somalia. Officials from the South Korean Embassy and North Korean Embassy worked together to escape from that country during a civil war. 

    - AsianWiki -

  • Fatal Intuition

    35. Fatal Intuition

    Korean Movie - 2015

    7.5

    Based on a true story of a female college student found dead in Busan in 1991, and her death was honored in a Cheondo ceremony. But when performing the final ritual that involves throwing rice into the sea using a bowl attached to a long piece of red fabric, the fabric stretched tight and suddenly snapped. Then the empty bowl floated back to the shore to stop in front of one young man. The father of the dead girl instinctively felt that he was the culprit, but there was no tangible evidence to prove he was.

    -Wikipedia-

  • Fearsome

    36. Fearsome

    Korean Movie - 2021

    Based on a true story about the horrifying incident that happened to the band who went on a trip to Chuncheon.

  • Femme Fatale: Bae Jeong Ja

    37. Femme Fatale: Bae Jeong Ja

    Korean Movie - 1973

    Based on the life of Bae Jeong Ja (1870–1950), a young Korean orphan adopted by Ito Hirobumi and raised as his daughter. However, she betrays him and her Japanese upbringing after falling in love with a freedom fighter named Hong Jun.

  • Fighter in the Wind

    38. Fighter in the Wind

    Korean Movie - 2004

    Based on the Japanese book Karate Baka Ichidai, which is a fictionalized account of karate competitor Choi Yeung Eui. He went to Japan during World War II to become a fighter pilot, but found a very different path instead. He changed his name to Masutatsu Oyama and went across the country, defeating martial artists one after another. This movie concentrates on the period when he is still young, and developing his famous karate style, Kyokushin.

    - Wikipedia -

  • Firefighters

    39. Firefighters

    Korean Movie - 2024

    Based on a true story of the 2001 Hongje-dong fire incident, it tells the story about the firefighters who were braver than anyone else.  

  • First Love

    40. First Love

    Korean Movie - 2016

    7.0

    Inspired by a true story.

  • Fisherman

    41. Fisherman

    Korean Movie - 2021

    7.0

    Based on the true story of Jung Yak Jeon (1758-1816) and Jang Chang Dae. The movie's Korean title "Jasaneobo" is from the title of a book by Jung Yak Jeon.

  • Forbidden Dream

    42. Forbidden Dream

    Korean Movie - 2019

    8.0

    The film unfolds a story of the historical figure King Sejong the Great (1397-1450) ― fourth king of the 1392-1910 Joseon Kingdom ― and his relationship with the genius inventor Jang Yeong Sil. 

    King Sejong (1397 - 1450) who is highly respected to this day, was acknowledged as an outstanding ruler of Korea’s Joseon dynasty at least partly because of the remarkable advances in science that took place during his reign. The king prized scientific and technological developments—from calendar systems to traditional Korean medicine—that would help his nation succeed, honoring inventors for their gifts, whatever social class they came from. He also instituted the Korean alphabet "Hangeul" during his reign.

    - The Korean Times & Forbes -

  • Fork Lane

    43. Fork Lane

    Korean Movie - 2017

    Explores the Gwangju Uprising from the perspective of a perpetrator. While the movie addresses important topics, recent sexual assault allegations against Kim Ki Duk seem to have blunted its potential for impact. After a brief summer 2017 release, there’s no word on other distribution possibilities.

    - Cinema Escapist -

  • Fractured

    44. Fractured

    Korean Movie - 2018

     Inspired by true events that occurred at Virginia Tech 2007, where Seung Hui Cho committed one of the deadliest mass shootings in American History.

  • Georgia

    45. Georgia

    Korean Movie - 2020

    Based on the infamous Miryang case in South Korea which shocked the nation in 2004 and continues to fuel public outrage even today.

    Director's statement: 
    The crew and I tried to create the world of GEORGIA as if the parents’ departed daughter were designing one of her illustrations.

    - Jayil -

  • Glove

    46. Glove

    Korean Movie - 2011

    Based on the true story of the Chungju Sung Shim baseball team, located in Chungju City, North Chungcheong Province. The school's baseball team started in September 2002 and consisted of 25 players who were deaf.

    - AsianWiki -

  • Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

    47. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

    Korean Movie - 2018

    7.0

    Based on an urban legend, a real psychiatric hospital that is said to be the most haunted place in Korea. Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital is private property, which means trespassers can be punished by law. Villagers of Gonjiam have also filed numerous complaints over noise made by visitors.

    - The Star -

  • Good Neighbor

    48. Good Neighbor

    Korean Movie - 2020

    Based on the life of Kim Dae Jung, the 8th President of South Korea.

  • Half

    49. Half

    Korean Movie - 2016

    7.0

    Based on a true story about a transgender person jailed with male inmates.

  • Han Gong Ju

    50. Han Gong Ju

    Korean Movie - 2014

    7.0

    The Miryang Gang rape, which happened in a South Koreas middle school in 2004, saw at least 41 male high school students gang-rape a number of middle- and high school girls over the course of 11 months. Loosely-based on the incident, the movie circles around Han Gong Ju who loses her friend after both became victims of a terrible gang rape incident.

    - Wikipedia -

  • Hansan

    51. Hansan

    Korean Movie - 2022

    'Hansan' is a film of the Battle of Hansando, the Battle of the Korean Navy, which largely defeated Japanese naval forces off the coast of Hansando on July 8, 1592.

  • Haunted Place

    52. Haunted Place

    Korean Movie - 2019

    5.0

    Two Ghost Hunting YouTuber goes to Gonjiam.

  • Hello, Brother

    53. Hello, Brother

    Korean Movie - 2005

    Portrays a mischievous young boy's reaction to his older brother's battle with childhood cancer, based on the true story of the siblings Seol Hwi and Chang Hwi.

    - Wikipedia -

  • Her Story

    54. Her Story

    Korean Movie - 2018

    Based on the real-life story of the trials that took place in Shimonoseki in the 1990s. The movie follows a group of Busan-based women who engaged in a court case against the Japanese government to highlight the ordeals of Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery as comfort women by the Japanese military during World War II.

    - Wikipedia -

  • Hero

    55. Hero

    Korean Movie - 2022

    Based on musical “Youngwoong” , the musical was first performed on October 26, 2009.

  • Holiday

    56. Holiday

    Korean Movie - 2006

    Based on real-life events from Gwangju Uprising and IMF Crisis.

    Read more about it here:
    Senses of Cinema - Peppermint Candy

  • Hope

    57. Hope

    Korean Movie - 2013

    9.0

    Based on the infamous Na Young Case (also known as Cho Doo Soon Case) in 2008.

  • Hwang Jin Yi

    58. Hwang Jin Yi

    Korean Movie - 1986

    Inspired by  the life of Hwang Jin Yi, the most famous courtesan (or gisaeng) in Korean history.

  • I Can Speak

    59. I Can Speak

    Korean Movie - 2017

    7.5

    Based on the true story of the women who testified before the U.S. House of Representatives to pass House Resolution No. 121, a resolution stating that Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize and accept its coercion of young women into slavery during colonial times and World War II. Pictured are two victims, Jan Ruff O'Hearne and Ok Boon, as depicted in the movie.

    -Korea.net -

  • Innocence

    60. Innocence

    Korean Movie - 2020

    7.5

    Inspired by a a real life incident. On July 14, 2015, a group of elderly women were found ill at village hall in Sangju, North Gyeongsang Province after drinking a soda laced with pesticide. 2 of the women died. Police arrested a woman in her 80's and sentenced her to life imprisonment.

    - AsianWiki -

  • Inseparable Bros

    61. Inseparable Bros

    Korean Movie - 2019

    10

    Based on a true story about two brothers who are not related by blood but grew up together and stayed by each other’s side for 20 years. 

  • Jang Hee Bin

    62. Jang Hee Bin

    Korean Movie - 1961

    Based on a true story of Jang Hee Bin's life.

  • Jesters: The Game Changers

    63. Jesters: The Game Changers

    Korean Movie - 2019

    7.0

    Elements of the story are based on King Sejo of Joseon, who launched a coup that allowed him to seize the throne from his young nephew. He killed a number of people to secure the throne, including his nephew Danjong of Joseon, who was poisoned following a plot to remove Sejo from power.

    - Wikipedia -

  • Jiseul

    64. Jiseul

    Korean Movie - 2013

    It's set during the Jeju Uprising or Jeju Massacre, an insurgency on Jeju Island following an anticommunist suppression campaign that lasted from April 3, 1948 until May 1949.

    - Wikipedia -

  • Juré 8

    65. Juré 8

    Korean Movie - 2019

    7.0

    Based on the real-life first South Korean jury trial that took place back in 2018.


    During the trial of a man charged with killing his mother in December 2008, the first jury found him not guilty (real case). The rate of not guilty verdicts has been three times higher in trials with juries than without. At the present, the National Assembly is discussing an amendment to the Criminal Procedure Law that requires the judges to follow the jury's verdict.

  • Le Vieux Jardin

    66. Le Vieux Jardin

    Korean Movie - 2007

    Based on a 1990 novel by famed South Korean writer and dissident Hwang Sok Yong, The Old Garden offers an artistic and romantic (but still intense) mediation on the lasting traumas of Korean democratization.

  • Lifting King Kong

    67. Lifting King Kong

    Korean Movie - 2009

    Based on the true story of the teacher Jung In Young who discovered Olympic weightlifter Jeon Byung Gwan.

  • Light It Up at 2 AM

    68. Light It Up at 2 AM

    Korean Movie - 2022

    Based on the true story which took place in 1995—forgotten in most people’s memories despite dozens of casualties.

    Director's statement:
    I wished to portray the paradox that cannot be avoided by those whose only mean of resistance is fire, even though it endangers themselves.

    - Siff.kr -

  • Malice

    69. Malice

    Korean Movie - 2016

    Inspired by real events from a murder case when a woman killed a longtime friend and two young children in a fit of jealousy, in 2003.

  • Malmoe: The Secret Mission

    70. Malmoe: The Secret Mission

    Korean Movie - 2019

    8.0

    Based on historical events in Korea during the late 1930s to 1940 when Korea was under Japanese occupation, the Korean language was "demoted" in status and significance and eventually outright banned in 1938 in favor of the Japanese language. The characters were based on the real-life scholars and members of the Korean Language Society who continued working on the dictionary even after the ban was enforced. In 1942, more than thirty of the group were arrested and imprisoned by the Japanese and two died in prison. The Korean Language Society didn't resume activities until Korea re-gained independence after Japan surrendered to the Allies in 1945.


    The Korean title “Malmoi” comes from the first Korean language dictionary manuscript which  roughly translates to "collecting vocabularies", it was written by Ju Si Gyeong and published in 1911, he was one of the founders of modern Korean linguistics.

    - Wikipedia & AsianWiki -

  • Man of Will

    71. Man of Will

    Korean Movie - 2017

    Based on the true story of Kim Koo who was a Korean nationalist politician. He was a leader of the Korean independence movement and a reunification activist after 1945. He changed his named from Kim Chang Soo to Kim Koo in 1912 at the age of 37.

  • Marathon

    72. Marathon

    Korean Movie - 2005

    8.5

    Inspired by a true story of Bae Hyung Jin,  it accurately illustrates the social and private difficulties for people with autism and their families. 

    "At the age of 19 in 2001, he ran the Chuncheon Marathon, completing the race at 2h 57min 7s for 42.195km.  A year later in 2002, he completed triathlon consisting of swimming (3.8km), cycling (180.2km) and running (42.195km) at 15h 6min for 228.195km.  This is Korea's national record set by youngest person, let alone by a handicapped man. 

    The cause of autism is yet to be known. It's estimated that one out of a thousand is born with it. There are about 40 000 autistic patients in Korea. It was only 1999 that autism was registered legally a handicapp."

  • May 18

    73. May 18

    Korean Movie - 2007

    The story of events leading up to the 1980 Gwangju massacre in South Korea when thousands of students and protesters were killed by armed troops during an anti-government demonstration.  It never mentions Chun Doo Hwan by name, and some Koreans criticized how it sacrificed factual accuracy for dramatization. 

  • Mayumi

    74. Mayumi

    Korean Movie - 1990

    Based on the life of Kim Hyun Hee, a North Korean agent whose Japanese teacher was Yaeko Taguchi, a Japanese abductee. She was paroled in 1998, and 12 years later she met Yaeko's son Kochi and told him that his mother was still alive.

    - Wikipedia -

  • Me, Different

    75. Me, Different

    Korean Movie - 2020

    10

    Inspired by real events, Me Too Movement.

  • Memories of Murder

    76. Memories of Murder

    Korean Movie - 2003

    8.0

    Based on the true story of the first known serial killer in South Korean history, which took place in Gyeonggi Province. Although the movie doesn’t mention it, between 1986 and 1991, 10 women were found murdered in Hwaseong. 

    - Wikipedia -

  • Minority Opinion

    77. Minority Opinion

    Korean Movie - 2015

    7.5

    Based on the novel "Sosoouigyeon" by Son A Ram (published April 26, 2010 by Dulnyouk Publishing Co.). The novel is inspired by the 2009 "Yongsan Tragedy," which claimed the lives of 5 residents and 1 police officer.

    - AsianWiki - 

  • Miracle

    78. Miracle

    Korean Movie - 2021

    Based on a true story, taking place in the 1980s in an isolated countryside of the Kyungsang Province.

  • Miss Baek

    79. Miss Baek

    Korean Movie - 2018

    8.5

    Inspired by actual events and based on a true story that revolves around the serious social issue of child abuse.

  • Missing

    80. Missing

    Korean Movie - 2009

    Based on the true story of a 70 year old South Korean fisherman who killed four woman between September & August, 2007 in Bosung, South Jeolla Province, South Korea. Events have been fictionalized for the movie.

    - AsianWiki -

  • Mission School

    81. Mission School

    Korean Movie - 2015

    Based on movie director Kang Ui Suk's own experience as a high school student.

  • Monstrum

    82. Monstrum

    Korean Movie - 2018

    7.0

    Loosely based on a real case which took place in 1527 - in Korean Kings’ records, it said a creature had killed people near the capital of Joseon. King Jungjong moved to another palace for 3 years for safety to avoid the monster which appeared at the palace. He ordered his men to hunt it down, but to no avail, said the historical record. No one knew for sure what the monster was and what happened to it, it remains a mystery to this day.

  • My Dear Keum Hong

    83. My Dear Keum Hong

    Korean Movie - 1995

    Based on true story of the fauvist painter Goo Bon Woong and Lee Sang, the poet and writer.

  • My Father

    84. My Father

    Korean Movie - 2007

    The adopted son on whom the story is based on is Aaron Bates, a licensed insurance broker for his family's insurance brokerage, Insurance Services of America.

    - Wikipedia -

  • My First Client

    85. My First Client

    Korean Movie - 2019

    8.5

    “If a child is born unwanted, does it mean that they don't deserve to live like other children?”

    Based on a true story that happened in Korea in 2013 and sparked a nationwide debate that resulted in a special law on child abuse the following year. 

    Director's statement:
    “It has a clear message for society, and as a mother myself, I know that a child feeds on a parent’s love. I thought that I ought to participate,” Director Jang Kyu Sang said, adding that saying and doing hideous things in the film was a painful experience.

    - Chosun -

  • My Love, Don't Cross That River

    86. My Love, Don't Cross That River

    Korean Movie - 2014

    My Love, Don't Cross That River is a documentary movie that follows elderly married couple Jo Byeong Man and Kang Kye Yeol until the last moments of their 76-year marriage. Documentary movie maker Jin Mo Young filmed Jo and Kang in the couple's mountain village in Hoengseong County, Gangwon Province for 15 months.

    - Wikipedia -

  • My Paparotti

    87. My Paparotti

    Korean Movie - 2013

    7.5

    Based on the true story of Kim Ho Joong, who first appeared on Korean TV show STARKING on July 18, 2009. During the program, Kim Ho-Joong surprised people with his vocal abilities and also made people cry because of his background story. 

    - AsianWiki -

  • My Way

    88. My Way

    Korean Movie - 2011

    8.5

    Based on a story of a Korean named Yang Kyoung Jong who was allegedly captured by the Americans on D-Day. Yang Kyoung Jong was conscripted into the Japanese Imperial Army, the Red Army, and the Wehrmacht.

    - Wikipedia -

  • Nambugun: North Korean Partisan in South Korea

    Based on true occurrences, Lee Tae, who was a real North Korean journalist was captured and later in his life was able to publish his memoirs as "Nambugun: The First Released Autobiographical Memoirs of a Partisan in Mt. Jiri" in 1988. Nambugun, literally meaning "forces in the south", was officially known as the Independent Fourth Division of the Korean People's Army, led by General Lee Hyun Sang, the leader of the North Korean partisans fighting in the south.

    - DVDCompare -

  • National Security

    90. National Security

    Korean Movie - 2012

    Known for his outspoken social views, director Chung Ji Young had a very political objective with National Security: to influence South Korea’s 2012 Presidential Election, ostensibly in favor of liberals. He didn’t succeed on that front: conservative candidate Park Geun Hye (Park Chung Hee’s daughter) won 2012’s election.

    - Cinema Escapist -

  • New Trial

    91. New Trial

    Korean Movie - 2017

    8.5

    Based on the 2000 "Iksan murder case" where a teenage boy was falsely accused of the murder of a taxi driver and spent 10 years in prison.

  • Nightscape

    92. Nightscape

    Korean Movie - 2017

    Based on the true event, serial killing incident which depicts the burglar and killing using taxi in Korea from 2004 to 2010.

  • No Tomorrow

    93. No Tomorrow

    Korean Movie - 2016

    Based on the "Salt Farm Slaves" incident that shocked the world in 2014.

    Read more about it here:
    Slavery on salt farms in Sinan County
    S. Korean court says government must pay salt farm slaves

  • Norigae

    94. Norigae

    Korean Movie - 2013

    9.0

    Inspired by true event, the suicide of actress Jang Ja Yeon in 2009.

  • Northern Limit Line

    95. Northern Limit Line

    Korean Movie - 2015

    9.0

    Based on the real-life events of the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong.

  • Ode To My Father

    96. Ode To My Father

    Korean Movie - 2014

    8.5

    Based on real events, the movie takes place in Korea from the 1950s to the 1980s.

  • Operation Chromite

    97. Operation Chromite

    Korean Movie - 2016

    7.0

    Based on the real-life events of the Battle of Inchon, although it presents a fictionalized version of the historical CIA/US military intelligence operation "Trudy Jackson", conducted before the actual landing operation.

    - Wikipedia -

  • Operation Chromite: Extended Edition

    98. Operation Chromite: Extended Edition

    Korean Movie - 2016

    7.0
  • Peppermint Candy

    99. Peppermint Candy

    Korean Movie - 2000

    Inspired by the important national events – the IMF crisis, the authoritarian brutality in the ‘80s, the 1980 Gwangju Democratization Movement, and more.

  • Pipeline

    100. Pipeline

    Korean Movie - 2021

    7.0

    Inspired by real events, but the story itself is fictional.

    "A pipeline is an underground network for transporting gasoline. South Korea's pipeline system is about 1,200km long. Crude oil from overseas is refined at various refineries, and is transported to major cities via pipeline every week. There are those who drill into it to syphon oil and make money. They're known as 'moles'."

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