December is here, and with it comes a list of things we are looking forward to for next year. But before we get to that, let’s look at our four picks for movies that defined 2019.
This list includes only the movies that were screened in the Philippines and those available in legal streaming sites.
#4: Tune in For Love
Set in the 1990s, Tune in For Love tells the story of Mi So (Goblin’s Kim Go Eun) and Hyun Woo (One Spring Night’s Jung Hae In) falling in love even though the timing is not in their favor.
Romance junkies who are into the star-crossed lovers trope will enjoy this film. Though it may feel dragging at times, the moments between the two characters are oh-so worth it.
Tune in For Love is available on Netflix.
#3: The Divine Fury
Park Seo Joon plays an international mixed martial arts fighter who gets a stigmata that allows him to exorcise demons with Father Ahn (Ahn Sung Ki).
Initially expected as an action-horror film, The Divine Fury is more action than it is horror. The pleasant surprise lies in the relationship between Park and Ahn’s characters, a relationship that we’ll see develop at the hinted sequel.
The Divine Fury premiered on August 14 in cinemas nationwide. Read our review here.
#2: Extreme Job
A bunch of bumbling cops go undercover as owners of a chicken restaurant to bust a drug gang. What happens when their undercover business starts thriving over their real jobs?
It’s no surprise that Extreme Job is one of the most viewed films throughout South Korean history. With gags and a lot of ridiculousness, the film will have you laughing up until the end.
Extreme Job premiered on December 10 in selected cinemas. Read our review here.
The winning film of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival tells the story of the Kim family, who scam their way into being employed by the rich Park family. Parasite is also nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.
When movie critics said that a Boong Joon Ho film is a genre of its own, they are right. Boong combines social commentary, dark comedy, thriller, and other genres in Parasite, leaving you engrossed and amazed for the entire two hours.
Parasite premiered on August 14 in Philippine cinemas. Read our review here.
Which Korean film did you enjoy in 2019? Let us know in the comments!