Article: Top 10 Korean Movies That Went On To Become Remakes In Other Countries

South Korean movies are becoming a rage, getting global recognition because of their story, action, emotions, and cinematography. They are a treat to watch in all genres. They not only offer a unique script but it’s also backed by the strong acting acumen of the actors. Today south Korean movies are a hit and widely remade in almost all the major movie industries. Following is the list of such movies. Have a look.

1. Bittersweet Life

This 2005 movie starring Emraan Hashmi and Shriya Sharan in the lead roles was not only a love story but also dealt with the social issue of human trafficking and the life of a gangster that changes throughout the movie. However, that was not so in the original Korean movie where the protagonist was just a hitman and was asked to keep an eye on his boss’s mistress. This popular movie was a remake of a famous South Korean film named Bittersweet life. Though the movie could not replicate its originality, its songs are still a major hit.


2. Lover’S Concerto (2002)

Barfi became a major box office hit and was also well-received by critics. This sweet tale of love was an adaptation of the Korean movie Lover’s Concerto.


3. Masquerade (2012)

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2016) was a remake of the very famous Korean movie Masquerade. Though it was a big box office hit in India but the original storyline was shadowed by too much glamour and a weak story.


4. I Saw The Devil (2010)

Ek villain was highly romanticized, unlike the blood and violence that was filmed and sequenced in the Korean movie I saw the Devil. Ek villain made the plot more sentimental and emotional.


5. Oldboy (2003)

This American movie was an unsuccessful remake of Park Chan-Wook’s iconic 2003 release “Oldboy”. “Oldboy” is an action thriller about a man, who ventures on to find out why was he kidnapped and kept inside a cell for 15 years, thereby discovering some disturbing secrets in his journey. The South Korean version is considered to be one of the finest movies ever made, but the American one starring Josh Brolin sadly failed to recreate the same magic.


6. Addicted (2003)

Possession is a remake of the 2003 Korean movie Addicted. In this movie, the husband and brother-in-law of the woman meet with an accident. After the brother-in-law wakes up from the coma, he starts calling himself the husband of the woman. Though there is a change in the climax of the movie, the prime theme remained intact.


7. Ii Mare (2000)

Starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, 'The Lake House' is an American remake of the 2000 movie 'Il Mare'. The movie revolves around the lives of an architect living in 2004 and a doctor living in 2006, who communicate with each other with the help of a mailbox in their house. They both lived in separate time zones.


8. Into The Mirror (2003)

This supernatural horror film “Mirrors” (2008) is a remake of the 2003 South Korean film “Into the Mirror”. The movie revolves around a former detective, who comes across a mysterious mirror, which forces people to do horrible things to themselves.


9. Dancing Queen (2012)

Oh! Baby was a 2019 Telugu movie starring Samantha Ruth Prabhu in the main role. This was a remake of the 2012 South Korean movie Dancing Queen. It follows the story of an old lady who on a fateful day turns into a young beautiful woman again.


10. H (2002)

The Telugu movie Amravathi (2009) is a remake of the South Korean movie H. It is based on the story of a serial killer who surrenders to the police for committing various heinous crimes especially involving women. Still, after the arrest, the killings of women continue.