The Korean cinema has showcased various characters in its films which find themselves stuck in time. For instance, the character in the film Old Boy (2003), where the protagonist is imprisoned in a cell for 15 years. Or, in the film Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005), where characters choose to stay away from society on purpose. Relatable much? Courtesy Coronavirus, the current situation of the world is not much different.
So, check out some of these famous Korean movies which will fulfill your desire for a nice OTT binge:
Castaway on the Moon (2009)
Directed by Lee Hae-jun, Castaway on the Moon is the ultimate escape-from-society film, featuring Jung Jae-Young as a salary worker. When the lead character jumps off a bridge to end his life, he wakes up on a deserted island in the middle of the Han River. Unable to swim, he finds himself stuck there. But instead of trying to get off, he realizes that he is now at liberty to live a free life; and starts afresh, alone on the island.
Little Forest (2018)
Director YIM Soon-rye An adaptation of the popular Japanese comic of the same name, Little Forest features actress Kim Tae-ri as a young woman who fails to make a life for herself in the city and goes back to the countryside to live a simple and more satisfying life in her mother’s cottage. The character is self-sufficient - growing crops in her garden, and finding comfort in making her own meals. The film struck a chord with young, urban audiences, who often feel weighed down by the responsibilities of their busy urban lifestyles, aching for a simpler life.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003)
Directed by Kim Ki-duk, the film traces the life of a Buddhist monk and his pupil as they live in a remote monastery floating on a lake. The film lays emphasis on freeing oneself from materialism and connecting with our environment.
The Loner (2008)
A horror film by director Park Jae-sik, The Loner focuses on the friendship between the wealthy Soo-na and the cast off Han-jeong. When Han-jeong commits suicide after being bullied for long, Soo-na shuts herself alone. The film then plays with supernatural themes to highlight violent bullying as well as repressed trauma and buried family secrets.