20 Amazing South Korean Movies You Must See Before You Die
21. Honourable Mention: Kim Ji-young, Born 1982
It's not yet out in Europe and America, but this adaptation of the #MeToo-era novel by Cho Nam-ju is already the next Korean film phenomenon.
The story engages with the patriarchal social conservatism and gender inequality of a country which is economically and technologically advanced but retains one of the biggest pay gaps and worst opportunities for working women in the developed world.
As a result, the movie is unsurprisingly as lauded by Korean feminists as it is torn down by their opponents, with lead actress Jung Yu-mi the victim of trolling social media hate campaigns and a petition to the Korean president to ban the film from release. There have even been reports of large numbers of young Korean couples breaking up thanks to the film and its exposure of their dissonant values.
Kim Ji-young is unlikely to have quite the same incendiary effect on audiences on its release in the West, but if Korean cinema's new fans want in on the ground floor for the next big talking point after Parasite's Oscar, then this is it.