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The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time

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 CurrentsMasquerade, 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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    Musa, also known as The Warrior or The Ultimate Warrior, is a 2001 South Korean epic action drama film directed by Kim Sung-su. In 1375, nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle  ...more
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    The Restless, also known as Demon Empire, is a 2006 South Korean fantasy romance film directed by Jo Dong-oh. A brave warrior must enter another dimension to save his fiancee from demons.  ...more
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    The Showdown

    The Showdown is a 2011 South Korean historical action drama film directed by Park Hoon-jung. In 1619 Manchuria, three soldiers survive a bloody battle with Ming forces and fight to stay alive.  ...more
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    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 sister.  ...more
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    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 invaders  ...more
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    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
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    The Age of Blood is a 2017 South Korean historical action film directed by Kim Hong-Sun. After a lost battle, Kim Ho, a once-proud swordsman for the king, is suddenly reappointed as a lowly prison  ...more
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    Blades of Blood is a 2010 South Korean period action drama film directed by Lee Joon-ik. A clash stirs between two swordsmen in a violent struggle to seize control of the country they love.  ...more
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    The Fatal Encounter

    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 conflict  ...more
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    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
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    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 defend  ...more
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    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 save  ...more
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    The Throne is a 2015 South Korean historical drama film directed by Lee Joon-ik. In 18th century Korea, the long-ruling King Yeongjo struggles with his son, Sado, and decides to take extreme measures  ...more
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    Warriors of the Dawn is a 2017 South Korean historical film directed by Jeong Yoon-cheol. A crown prince emerges as a leader during the war between Korea and Japan in 1592.  ...more
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    Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War is a 2004 South Korean war film directed by Kang Je-gyu. When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if  ...more
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    The King and the Clown is a 2005 South Korean historical drama film directed by Lee Joon-ik. Two clowns living in Korea's Chosun Dynasty get arrested for staging a play that satirizes the king, but  ...more
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    The Fortress is a 2017 South Korean historical drama film directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. In 1636, King Injo hides in the mountains to avoid being part of the Qing dynasty.  ...more
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    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 plot to  ...more
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    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
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    The Face Reader

    The Face Reader is a 2013 South Korean historical drama film directed by Han Jae-rim. A Korean face-reader learns of a prince's plan to seize his country's throne.  ...more
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    The Age of Shadows is a 2016 South Korean period action thriller film directed by Kim Jee-woon. Korean resistance fighters smuggle explosives to destroy facilities controlled by Japanese forces in  ...more
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    The Last Princess is a 2016 South Korean period drama film directed by Hur Jin-ho. Under Japanese colonial rule, Princess Deokhye, the last princess of Korea, is taken to Japan as a hostage while her  ...more
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    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, but  ...more
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    Ode to My Father is a 2014 South Korean family-drama war film directed by Yoon Je-kyoon. Amid the time of Korean War, a young boy vows to take care of his family, marking the beginning of a lifelong  ...more
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    1987: When the Day Comes is a 2017 South Korean political drama film directed by Jang Joon-hwan. In 1987 Korea under an oppressive military regime, the unlawful interrogation and death of a college  ...more
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