1980s Korean Dramas & Movies

A Taxi Driver

A Taxi Driver

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“A Taxi Driver” is a South Korean movie based on a true story that took place in 1980. The story follows the life of a taxi driver named Kim Man-seob,...

Youth of May (2021)

Youth of May

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Hee Tae becomes the pride of Gwangju when he enters Seoul National University College of Medicine with top marks. His best friend Kyung Soo, an avid pro-democracy activist, insists that...

Life on Mars (2018)

Life on Mars

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As the leader of a crime investigation team, Han Tae Joo has propelled his career and risen through the ranks by trusting data over all else. One day, while investigating...

Sunny

Sunny

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The movie Sunny revolves around a group of high school friends who reunite after 25 years. Na-mi, the protagonist, is a middle-aged woman living with her husband and daughter in...

Miracle: Letters to the President (2021)

Miracle: Letters to the President

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Set in the 1980s, the film tells the story of Bo Kyung, the older sister of a math prodigy and high school student Jun Kyung. They both live in the...

Snowdrop (2021)

Snowdrop

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In 1987, a bloody man jumps into a women’s university dormitory in Seoul. Young Ro, a female university student who falls in love with him at first sight on a...

Pachinko

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This sweeping saga chronicles the hopes and dreams of a Korean immigrant family across four generations as they leave their homeland in an indomitable quest to survive and thrive. (Source:...

Drama Special Season 7: The Red Teacher (2016)

Drama Special Season 7: The Red Teacher

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In 1985, Tae Nam works as a teacher at an all-girls high school in the country. The students there do not like him, because he keeps shouting at them. In...

Sandglass

Sandglass

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The Sandglass is a story of two men whose friendship is put to the test through the 1970s and 1980s, one of Korea’s politically tumultuous periods. Park Tae Soo, tough...

Seoul Vibe

Seoul Vibe

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Chasing speed, dreams and money, a team of drivers get involved in the slush fund investigation of a powerful figure during the 1988 Seoul Olympics. (Source: Netflix)...

Seoul Searching (2016)

Seoul Searching

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During the 1980s, the Korean government created a special summer camp for “gyopo” or foreign-born teenagers where they could spend their summer in Seoul to learn about their motherland. While...

Hot Young Bloods (2014)

Hot Young Bloods

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Set in the early 1980’s in Heongseong, South Korea, Young Sook is the feared leader of a female gang at her high school. Although she is known for her toughness,...

Hunt

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A spy movie based on the 1980s National Security Planning. Park Pyeong Ho and Kim Jung Do are agents for the National Security Agency. They are both elite at their...

Nameless Gangster: Rules of Time (2012)

Nameless Gangster: Rules of Time

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In 1982, Busan, South Korea’s second city, Ik Hyun is a corrupt customs officer on the verge of getting fired. When he comes upon a mother lode of heroin, he...

Ordinary Person (2017)

Ordinary Person

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Sung Jin, a homicide detective with a simple dream, finds himself getting entangled in an insidious scheme of the NSA Director Gyu Nam after delving into an investigation of a...

Your Name is Rose (2019)

Your Name Is Rose

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Based on Korean history from 1979 to 2015 about a woman named Hong Jang Mi (lit. Hong Rose) who wants to be a singer. The movie revolves around Jang Mi...

Peppermint Candy (2000)

Peppermint Candy

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Outdoor Excursion: Spring 1999. A group of middle-aged, working-class friends meet for the 20th year reunion of their old factory worker’s association. While they sing and dance up a storm,...

Born Again (2020)

Born Again

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Life, death and second chances take center stage in this story about three people whose intertwined destinies travel through space and time with haunting results. It’s the 1980s and Detective...

Oasis

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“Oasis” is set in the turbulent times of South Korea between the ’80s and ’90s. It depicts the fierce life, revenge, and conflict of young people who have to pursue...

Perfect Game (2011)

Perfect Game

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The Lotte Giants’ Choi Dong Won and the Haitai Tigers’ Sun Dong Yeol are rival pitchers in 1980s baseball. The film reenacts the legendary match of May 16, 1987, which...

A Diamond in the Rough (2019)

A Diamond in the Rough

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A man promises his mother to come back a greater person. Until now, he’s been a condemned criminal with false hopes and dreams. Only after his life tanked did he...

Lights and Shadows (2011)

Lights and Shadows

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The storyline covers periods from the 1960s to the present day. Various historical incidents like the Vietnam War, the May 16 military coup d’etat, and the targeted end of Korean...

La Vie en Rose (1994)

La Vie en Rose

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Set days after dictator Chun Doo Hwan declares free elections, poor men at the bottom of society spend their nights at a comic book shop run by the beautiful woman...

Drama Festival 2013: Principal Investigator - Save Wang Jo Hyeon! (2013)

Drama Festival 2013: Principal Investigator – Save Wang Jo Hyeon!

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A drama set in 1989 about a high school student who’s in love with a bus driver Wang Yoo Mi, who has similar looks to Joey Wong, the beautiful Taiwanese...