If you like movies about kings or South Korean history, then you'll probably enjoy the best Korean historical movies. From period films to action dramas, this list of famous Korean historical films includes South Korea's highest-grossing films, like The Admiral: Roaring Currents, Masquerade, and The King and the Clown. If you're looking for new and recent movies, Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden depicts a love triangle in a Japanese-occupied Korea.
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Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%Masquerade is a 2012 South Korean historical drama film directed by Choo Chang-min. Though it places his own life in danger, a look-alike commoner secretly takes the place of a poisoned king to ...more
Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%The Admiral: Roaring Currents, also known as The Admiral, is a 2014 South Korean epic action-war film directed by Kim Han-min. Admiral Yi Sun-sin faces a tough challenge when he is forced to ...more
Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%The Great Battle is a 2018 South Korean historical action film directed by Kim Kwang-sik. Yang Manchun and his Goguryeo troops fight in an epic eighty-eight day battle against 500,000 Tang ...more
Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%A Taxi Driver is a 2017 South Korean historical action drama film directed by Jang Hoon. A taxi driver from Seoul (Song Kang-ho) unintentionally becomes involved in the events of the Gwangju ...more
Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%Untold Scandal is a 2003 South Korean romantic historical drama film directed by E J-yong. In late 1700s Korea, Lady Cho challenges the playboy Lord Jo-won into seducing and sleeping with her ...more
Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%The Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook. A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a ...more
Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%War of the Arrows is a 2011 South Korean period action war film directed by Kim Han-min. During the second Manchurian invasion of Korea in 1636, a skilled archer sets out to save his kidnapped
Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%Memories of the Sword is a 2015 South Korean martial arts romance period drama directed by Park Heung-sik. While in medieval Korea, a young girl sets out to revenge the betrayal and the death of ...more
Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%The Fatal Encounter, also known as The King's Wrath, is a 2014 South Korean historical action drama film directed by Lee Jae-kyoo. King Jeongjo attempts to protect his royal powers from the ...more
Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%Kundo: Age of the Rampant is a 2014 South Korean period action film directed by Yoon Jong-bin. In 1862, amidst the rule of the late Joseon dynasty in Korea, a band of fighters named Kundo rise ...more
Rotten Tomatoes score: 62%Rampant is a 2018 South Korean period zombie film directed by Kim Sung-hoon. Returning from imprisonment abroad, a prince and his fellow countrymen band together to battle bloodthirsty demons in ...more
Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%Assassination is a 2015 South Korean espionage action film directed by Choi Dong-hoon. While Korea is occupied by the Japanese Army in 1933, the resistance plans to kill the Japanese Commander, ...more