Article: Top 10 Korean Mythology Related Movies

Fantasy and mythology have affected or influenced the creation of a large number of movies around the world. Mythology is one enthralling talking point that frees the employed mind and takes one to a preternatural land that is not only stimulating but also dreamy. The Korean Film Industry has its take on this sector of fancy, too, enacted mainly by the personable Korean actors and actresses. They elevate our mythical imaginations to the next level.

1. Guardian: The Lonely And Great God

Guardian:  The Lonely and Great God, a celebrated South Korean telly series featuring Gong Yoo, Kim Go-Eun and Lee Dong-Wook in the primary roles and created by favored K-drama writers Kim Eun-sook and Lee Eung-bok. It aired on television from 2nd December 2016 to the 21st of January in 2017. The final episode produced the highest number of extensive views, and the entire series was greatly appreciated with awards. Kim Shin, played by Gong Yoo, a defense general from the Goryeo dynasty, was murdered by the king. He gets censured by the omnipotent one, years after his death, to acquire the power of immortality to see his loved ones die in front of his eyes. Fates get intertwined, and he meets Ji Eun-Tak and the Grim Reaper, only to unfold a tale of a catastrophic past.


2. Tale Of The Nine-Tailed 

Tale of the Nine-Tailed is a 70 minutes South Korean television drama with an IMDB rating of 7.9 and stars prominent Korean actors like Lee Dong-Wook, Jo Bo-ah, Kim Bum, and Kim Yong Ji. It aired on national television starting from the 7th of October, 2020, to the 3rd of December, 2020. Lee Yeon is an ancient Gumiho is now an inhabitant of a metropolis. He works to exterminate supernatural life that is a browbeat for the fleshly world. He is spotted by Nam Ji-ah, an intrepid TVC station producer, who tracked down his identity. She later turns out to be Ah-Eum’s reincarnation and the protagonist’s first love.


3. Dragon Wars: D-War 

Dragon Wars: D War is a South Korean film which released in North America, which starred Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks, Craig Robinson, and Robert Forster and was directed by eminent Korean director Shim Hyung-Rae. It is filled with action, adventure and most importantly, fantasy and mythology, running as long as 90 minutes and grossing to as much as $75 million. Ethan Kendrick is the main protagonist of the adventurous film. He has to protect the Yuh Yi Joo, who has been successful in transforming a selected Imoogi into a stellar dragon. The quests of Sarah and Ethan are what make up the film.


4. The Bride Of Habaek

The Bride of Habaek is a South Korean television series starring well-known actors like Shin Se-Kyung, Nm Joo-hyuk, Lim Ju-hwan, Jung Soo-Jung , Gong Myoung, Lee Kyoung-young, and Yang Dong-Keun. This series, which had sixteen episodes,  was directed by Kim Byeong-su and Jung Yoon-Jung. Lord Ha-Baek, played by Nam Joo-hyuk, reaches the mortal world to recoup sacred stones required by him, to claim the throne of the seraphic realm. He seeks the help of neuropsychiatrist So-ah, played by Shin Se-Kyung to help him in the quest. Although she didn’t believe him initially, she regained her confidence after she met the God of the sky and the God of the land of water.


5. My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho 

‘My girlfriend is a Gumiho’ is a television series of South Korea in the romantic comedy genre that stars well-known actors like Lee Seung-gi, Shin Min-a, No Minue, Park Su-jin, Byun Hee-bong, and Sung Dong-il and many more. This 11th August 2010 – 30th September 2010 starrer was created by Hong Jung-Eun, Hong Mi-ran and Boo Sung-Chul. Cha Dae-Woong, played by Lee Seeung-Gi, fortuitously releases a gumiho, a fabled fox with nine tails from a painting. Later, Cha Dae-woong meets a charming but mysterious girl, whom he names Mi-ho and is the gumiho in the form of a human, whom he falls in love with. Mi-ho falls into the evil trap of Park Dong-Joo, and the series entails the viewer’s attention to what happens in the 100 days.


6. Gu Family Book

Guga-ui Seo is a South Korean television series that stars prominent actors like Lee Seung-gi and Bae Suzy. This 24 episode starrer has been directed by Shin Woo-Chul and Kim Jung-Hyun. Yoon Seu-Hwa, played by Lee Yeon-hee, her brother Jung-Yoon, played by Lee David, and their maid Dam, played by Kim Bo-mi are sent to gisaeng house, where the first patron of the protagonist is Jo Gwan-Woong, who was the mastermind behind the killing of their father. Gu Wolryung, played by Choi Jin-hyuk, falls in love with Seo-Hwa after rescuing her. The story advances to how a half-human half-monster is on the quest for an old book that will assist him in completely transforming into a human.


7. Queen Seondeok

The Great Queen Seondeok is a South Korean drama featuring actors like Lee Yo-wan, Go Hyun-Jung, Uhm Tae-Woong, Kim Nam-Gil, and Park Ye-Jin in prominent roles. Airing on television from the 25th of May,2009 to 22nd December 2009, it contained 62 episodes, created by Lee Chang-seop and directed by Kim Geun-hong and Park Hong-Kyun. Deokman, one of the coupled daughters of King Jinpyeong and Queen Maya, is sent away for the safety of her mother since Mishil is determined to sit on the Queen’s throne. Deokman, raised by Seohwa, soon comes to confront her identity and finally defeats the nuisance in the form of Mishil to become the first female king of Silla.


8. The Legend

The Legend is a South Korean mythological television series featuring eminent actors like  Bae Yong-Joon, Lee, Ji-Ah, Moon So-Ri and Choi Min-Soo. This 24 episode long series was directed by Kim Jong-hak. This series contains extensive use of biblical similitude. King Gwanggaeto is set off on a journey of mysticism and thrill to search for four holy relics and to become king of Go Goryeo finally.


9. Hong Kil-Dong

Hong Kil-dong is a North Korean film with a historical screenplay featuring Ri Yong Ho, Pak Chun Hui and Choe Sun Bok. Directed by Kim Kil In, this 1986 film is based on a Robin-hood portraiture. Hong Kil-dong, a resident of old Seoul that is, Hanseong, escapes before getting assassinated by his stepmother, later to be extricated by a monk. He starts learning martial arts and magic by the years, utilizing it to safeguard his fellow villagers from untimely ninja attacks.


10. Empress Chung 

Empress Chung, is an animated Korean film which possess screenplay by Kim Jung-Ha, Shin Jang-Hyun, Yoo Kwang-Hee and many others. The film runs for 93 minutes and has been directed by Nelson Shin. This Korean folklore-based film is filled with adventure. Being a daughter of a father who lost his eyesight, Chung grows into a powerful woman. The struggle she gave against all odds to regain her father’s eyesight has been beautifully portrayed in the film.