There have been times in our lives, when we were distraught – bawling our eyes out, snot covering our faces, and a soaking pillow- all this not because of a distressful life event, but something a bit more important, i.e., a sad, morbid, morose, excruciatingly painful film.
I cry at the slightest display of emotion, therefore, watching sad movies is sort of dangerous for my system. But nonetheless, Peach and I can’t exist without ’em!
So, get your pajamas all ready, pillows all mussed and squeezed within an inch of their lives, because the following list of Korean movies is your ticket to the Teardom of Pain! *Dun Dun Dunnn*
1~ A Werewolf Boy ~ 늑대소년
Writing a review about A Werewolf Boy is a no-no, as I don’t want any spoilers to surface! However, to put it in simple English, this movie is about a teenage girl who moves to the countryside from Seoul, with her mother and younger sister. What she discovers in the barn of her new house, is a boy who is not entirely human, but possesses some animal characteristics.
What ensues is a relationship between the two, where the boy attempts to learn the ways of the human world, and in turn teaches the girl about life and the haunting aspects of loneliness.
Societal interference, human misery, love, friendship, and everything under the starry night sky is depicted in a beautiful and surreal manner. The two broken, lonely teenagers quickly become inseparable, and start to lean on each other for emotional support.
Safe to say, this is the best Korean movie I have ever watched, considering I have watched over a thousand! If I say I cried buckets in tens, thousands, millions, would be an understatement. I bawled, I wiped away my snot with the back of my hand, and repeated step one and two five million times!!
Tear Scale: 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥
2~ Bleak Night ~ 파수꾼
Slightly darker than many other Korean films, 파수꾼 is a story about the tumultuous friendship between three schoolboys.
This movie runs back and forth between present and past events. Bullying, dishonesty, and broken relationships are a running theme through the entire film, which leave you helpless and desperate to reach out to them and fix things.
A father’s attempt to understand what went wrong, and two best friends lost in their world, impervious to their friend’s misery, and why.
Honestly, please go watch the movie to know what happens. Anything I say here will act as a definitive spoiler. No wiki, no imdb! Just writing about it is making me well up.
Tear Scale: 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥
3~ A brand new life ~ 여행자
From the beginning, heck the title itself is going to make you cry. 여행자 translates to “the tourist”. The protagonist is a 9-year old girl, Jin-Hee, left at an orphanage by her father because he is remarrying. What he tells her as an explanation, is that she’s going on a trip. (*sob*) 😥
At the orphanage, they have a practice where they sing “Auld Lang Syne” (A poem by Robert Burns) whenever a child is adopted and it’s the day of their departure.
This little girl, while waiting for her father to return, eagerly awaits the day when she would be the recipient of the farewell, all the while trying to adjust to her new surroundings.
The simplicity with which the film has been directed, bereft of any frills and trills, will get you. It will get you in the deepest, darkest corner of your heart, and you will be left gasping for air, waiting with Jin-Hee for her father to come back for her.
Tear Scale: 😥 😥 😥 😥
4~ A Millionaire’s First Love ~ 백만장자의 첫사랑
One of the first few Korean movies I watched, and this was around 7 years ago, 백만장자의 첫사랑 is a heart-wrenching account of a “millionaire’s first love”.
Hyun-Bin plays Kang Jae-Kyung, the debonair, spoilt, rich brat, we’ve all come to know through many years of cinema. Since his inheritance is at stake, he transfers to another school in the countryside in order to graduate, leaving his crummy ways behind!
At his new school, he meets a girl, with whom he shares a past. As fate would have it, they fall in love but the girl is suffering from a terminal disease.
Through many instances they are pushed together, and become deeply and emotionally involved.
This may be your average “Love Story/ Walk the Line” scenario, but the Korean countryside, their culture, and the music (Jaejoong <3) is soulful, and slightly offsetting considering what’s to come, yet it will leave you with tingles all over your body! ❤ ❤
Tear Scale: 😥 😥 😥
~When you watch a film that leaves you with streaks of tears down your cheeks, and a stuffy nose, it means you’ve spent your time well.
~Sometimes you need some time to yourself, where you ponder the meaning of life, and in my opinion, these movies with their eloquent execution and complex plots are the perfect companions~ 🙂
~So long, plebs! Trust in me to wipe away your tears! ( ˘ ³˘)💋
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