Korean Peninsula Challenge
Watch movies from the Korean Peninsula. Discuss them.
Challenge runs from August 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021 in your local time zone.
- South Korea
- North Korea
- Korea (pre-1950s) *
* There are a few recent TV shows that have been incorrectly tagged as pre-1950s Korea on IMDb. Please don't choose one of these for the Bonus Challenge.
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one entry.
- Films must be watched one at a time and at single speed (not sped up).
- Rewatches are allowed and are good for the soul.
- Please include year of release when listing your viewings.
- If you don't include country, I'll assume your viewings are South Korean.
I reserve the right to exclude participants who intentionally number their viewings incorrectly. If you play the game, you're expected to play properly.
For films to qualify for this Challenge, they need to have an eligible country listed as a production country on the film's IMDb page. If you've seen something that you strongly believe should be eligible and isn't, please submit a correction to IMDb and you can include the film as soon as IMDb accepts your correction. Films by ex-pat directors (e.g. Park Chan-wook's Stoker) are not eligible unless they meet the IMDb country listing requirement. I know it isn't ideal that I have to put in hard and fast rules like this, but you wouldn't believe some of the random stuff that participants have tried to include in previous years without such guidelines in place.
A number of Korean Peninsula films are co-productions with non-eligible countries. Please use some common sense to determine whether these films really represent Korean cinema. As a general guide, a film that has both Germany and South Korea as production countries but which is filmed in Korean with a mostly Koream cast and crew is eligible; a film that has South Korea listed as a second production country but is filmed in English with a mostly Anglophonic cast and crew isn't eligible. I am happy to provide advice for any borderline cases. In most cases, co-productions are eligible unless the involvement of the listed production country is insignificant, as is the case with August Rush, Hotel Transylvania and a few others that cannot really be argued as Korean.
Final results will be posted between 1:30pm and 4:30pm GMT on September 2 - at which point it will have been September everywhere in the world for more than a whole day. While you are welcome to post updates beyond this point, any such updates will not be included in the final results. Your choice whether you miss the deadline or not; besides, if it's September on your side of the world, shouldn't you be starting on one of next month's challenges?
Stuck for ideas of what to watch? Look no further:
100 Korean Films (Korean Film Archive)
AMP's Essential South Korean Movies
Korean Screen's 100 Greatest Korean Films
iCM Forum's Favourite Korean Films
All-Time Korean Box Office
Korean Film Archive movies on Youtube
Film 2.0's Top 37 Korean Films (2002)
The Chosun Ilbo's Top 50 Korean Films
Film Society of Lincoln Center's 60 Years of South Korean Cinema
Motion Pictures Association of Korea - Grand Bell Award - Best Film
South Korean submissions for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, 1961 to 2011
This Challenge has been run three times before in an Official capacity:
2019 Challenge - hosted by sol and won by Traveller with 68 points
2014 Challenge - hosted by Knaldskalle and won by mjf314 with 15 points
2012 Challenge - hosted by Knaldskalle and won by aces with 41 points
This thread will be updated at least once every 48 hours (more often if I am around and feel like it). Please list new films seen in a new post.
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Bonus Challenge #1: Watch something from Pre-1950s Korea
This challenge will be won by the person who watches the most films from Korea before the country split. Follow the link in the previous sentence for suggestions. In order to play, you need to specify that the film that you have watched is from pre-1950s Korea! 2019 Bonus Challenge Winner: Knaldskalle.
1. DudeLanez (3 films)
2. flavo5000 (1 film)
Bonus Challenge #2: Watch something from North Korea
This challenge will be won by the person who watches the most films from North Korea. Follow the link in the previous sentence for IMDb's suggestions. In order to play, you need to specify that the film that you have watched is from North Korea! 2019 Bonus Challenge Winner: Knaldskalle.
1. Armoreska (9 films)
2. OldAle1 (3 films)
3. Knaldskalle (2 films)
4. DudeLanez (1 film)
4. flavo5000 (1 film)
4. sol (1 film)