Korean movies and actors have been making waves in Hollywood these previous years. Whether it’s motion pictures like “Parasite” that has attracted tons of essential success, or actors like Youn Yuh Jung, who has gone viral for her varied awards present speeches, it’s clear that Korean expertise is getting the popularity they deserve internationally.
Here is a non-exhaustive checklist of Korean expertise which have labored each in Korea and within the States!
The “Minari” gang
“Minari” was on hearth this complete awards season within the U.S. and for good purpose. It’s a shifting American movie a few household of South Korean immigrants who transfer to a rural space and check out to earn earnings by rising and promoting produce.
Youn Yuh Jung, specifically, has been stealing hearts within the States, first together with her scene-stealing portrayal of the not-your-average-grandma grandma, then as her sassy self whereas she was going round accepting awards (first Korean actress to win a SAG, a BAFTA, and an Oscar!) and swooning over Brad Pitt. It’s inconceivable to not love this nationwide treasure, so in the event you’re yearning for extra of her pure greatness, try “Youn’s Kitchen,” which has two seasons, or this yr’s “Youn’s Stay.” If you’re eager about her works, then be sure you try “Never Twice.” This is a 2019-2020 drama about an inn that homes individuals searching for a protected haven and follows them as they construct their varied relationships.
Watch the primary episode of “Never Twice”:
Watch the second season of “Youn’s Kitchen”:
Also in “Minari” is Han Yeri, who performs Monica Yi, a lady who wanted to search out the steadiness between supporting her husband’s goals and placing her kids’s wellbeing first. You can even see Han Yeri in “My Unfamiliar Family,” one other equally family-themed drama from 2020 that takes a poignant take a look at the deconstruction and rebuilding of a household unit.
Watch the primary episode of “My Unfamiliar Family” right here:
And guess what? Steven Yeun, of “The Walking Dead” fame and patriarch of the Yi household in “Minari,” has been in a Korean movie too! He starred alongside Yoo Ah In and Jeon Jong Seo in “Burning,” a 2018 psychological thriller that was the primary South Korean movie to ever make it to the ultimate nine-film shortlist on the Academy Awards.
Watch “Burning” right here:
The “Parasite” gang
Before “Minari” flooded American social media, one other little movie titled “Parasite” managed an analogous feat the yr prior. Other than sweeping every kind of awards in every single place, additionally they made historical past by being the primary non-English movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture and the primary Korean movie to win a Golden Globe, in addition to a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Song Kang Ho, patriarch of the Kim household in the dead of night comedy “Parasite,” is definitely a frequent collaborator of its director Bong Joon Ho. They’ve additionally labored collectively within the critically acclaimed “Snowpiercer,” a 2013 film that was additionally Bong Joon Ho’s English-language movie debut, which included big-name Hollywood actors corresponding to Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and Octavia Spencer.
In reality, Song Kang Ho has been in tons of massively profitable Korean motion pictures, together with “The Good, the Bad, the Weird” and “A Taxi Driver.” The latter stands because the twelfth highest-grossing movie in South Korea up to now and is partially based mostly on true occasions about how a taxi driver unintentionally turns into concerned in a historic rebellion.
Watch “A Taxi Driver”:
And in the event you’re eager on testing the opposite just-as-talented forged from “Parasite,” then ensure you try this article for a few of their different works.
Lee Byun Hun has additionally infiltrated Hollywood and starred in quite a few movies together with “G.I. Joe” and “The Magnificent Seven.” He’s additionally the primary Korean actor to current on the Academy Awards, in addition to one of many first to depart their handprints and footprints within the forecourt of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Being lively in each movie and TV on this facet of the world, Lee Byun Hun’s Korean filmography actually wants no introduction. But if for some purpose you do, then look no additional than 2018’s “Mr. Sunshine,” a compelling story that facilities round a gaggle of activists who’re combating for Korea’s independence. Or you would additionally journey additional again in time and bask in “IRIS,” a cult-favorite that many K-Drama followers nonetheless laud 11 years later.
Watch the primary episode of “IRIS”:
Like Lee Byun Hun, Bae Doona has been in quite a few Hollywood productions. She’s labored carefully with the Wachowskis of their movies “Cloud Atlas” and “Jupiter Ascending,” in addition to their TV collection “Sense8.”
Furthermore, ever since Netflix and K-Dramaland began working collectively, extra Korean dramas have gotten wider recognition, particularly within the States. Bae Doona’s “Forest of Secrets” was voted one of many Best TV Shows of 2017 by The New York Times, whereas “Kingdom,” a Netflix authentic, has additionally drawn a lot love from U.S. critics.
Ma Dong Seok, in any other case referred to as Don Lee, truly has a primarily Korean-based filmography. While he made waves with “Train to Busan” and “Along With the Gods,” he’s now additionally acquired his foot firmly within the door of Hollywood and is formally a member of the MCU household! Later this yr, he’ll be co-starring in “Eternals” as Gilgamesh, alongside actors corresponding to Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. And with how Marvel motion pictures work, that is possible not the final we’ll see of him both!
Other than all these blockbusters, Ma Dong Seok has additionally been concerned in a handful of K-Dramas. His most up-to-date silver display screen work is the 2016 “Squad 38,” the place he performs a tax enforcer who works with a con artist (performed by Seo In Guk) to take down wealthy males who don’t pay their taxes.
Watch “Train to Busan” right here:
Actually, Ma Dong Seok isn’t the primary actor on this checklist to make their manner into the MCU. Claudia Kim has this honor, having performed the position of scientist Helen Cho within the 2015 “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” She’s additionally performed Nagini in one other big franchise, “Fantastic Beasts.”
Before heading to Hollywood, Claudia Kim was in a couple of Korean dramas, together with “The Fugitive: Plan B” and “Monster.” The latter is a revenge drama a few younger man who loses every part in a automotive accident. He vows to hunt his revenge on those that prompted the accident, going so far as to adopting a brand new identification.
While Daniel Henney has been in a couple of Hollywood motion pictures, he is perhaps extra recognizable for showing in U.S. procedurals corresponding to “Hawaii Five-O” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.” He grew to become a collection common for “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” as considered one of its brokers/profilers, and when that ended, he transitioned over to the mothership collection and stayed with it till the tip of its run.
Fun reality: Daniel Henney was additionally Claudia Kim’s castmate in “The Fugitive: Plan B,” and that was his final Korean drama earlier than heading over to the States. Before this although, he truly made his performing debut with the ratings-powerhouse “My Lovely Sam Soon” in 2005. He performs a Korean-American physician who follows his affected person again to Korea within the identify of eager to study extra about his roots.
Watch the primary episode of “My Name Is Kim Sam Soon”:
Rain little question already caught the attention of the U.S. media as his singer self, having interacted with late evening speak present host Stephen Colbert as early as 2007. In the next yr, he debuted in his first English-language movie (additionally working with the Wachowskis) in “Speed Racer,” and even headlined his personal film a yr later, titled “Ninja Assassin.”
Two years later, Rain returned to the Korean silver display screen for “The Fugitive: Plan B.” (Seriously, there should have been one thing within the water on that filming set as a result of not one, not two, however three of the actors on this checklist have labored on this drama!) Rain performed a non-public eye on this zany motion rom-com, and he deftly switches from comedy to dramatic depth and delivers one memorable efficiency.
Watch the primary episode of “The Fugitive: Plan B”:
Which of those actor’s U.S. filmography have you ever watched? And which Korean actor do you suppose will dip their toes into Hollywood subsequent? Share your feedback with us beneath!
Belinda_C is wanting ahead to “Eternals.”