Silla (57 BC 935 AD)  --  Silla was one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, and the longest sustained dynasty in Asian history

The Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392)

Taejo wanggun (Wang-Gun the Great) (1970)  --  General Wang-gun overthrows the usurper Ku-jin who slew the last king of the Shilla Dynasty and becomes king, starting the new dynasty

Musa (The Warrior) (2001)  --  1375, Korean Koryo warriors band together to save the Yuan dynasty

Ssang-hwa-jeom (A Frozen Flower) (2008) homosexual relationship between king and his bodyguard Chief is complicated by the necessity to get the Queen pregnant (a task the King gives to the Chief) 


Joseon Dynasty (1392 1910)

Taejo Lee Seong-gye (King Taeho) (1965)   a general overthrows the old king and founds the Joseon Dynasty

Sejong daewang ( Sejong the Great)  (1978)  --  Sejong the Great  (1418-1450) of the Joseon Dynasty faces increasing hostility from Ming China

Disturbance in Her Barroom  --  set in 1724 against back drop of gangster culture of  Joseon Dynasty

X   Mi-in-do (Portrait of a Beauty) (2008)  --  painter Shin Yun-bok (pen name Hyewon), born 1758, known for his realistic depictions of daily life, is thought to be a woman

Chihwaseon (Painted Fire) (2002)  --  famed Korean painter paints while Japan and China fight over Korea 

Goongnyeo (Shadows in the Palace) (2007)  --  fictionalized account of court maids during Joseon era

Cheon-gun (Heaven's Soldiers) (2005) South Korean action and humorous film, but with some historical parts  (currently unavailable)


The Korean War

Truman (1995) -- Harry S. Truman, president, 1945-1952

Give 'Em Hell, Harry! (1975) --  President Harry S. Truman

One Minute to Zero (1952)   --  a love story between a widow and a colonel set during the Korean War

Field of Honor (1986)  --  a Dutch sergeant in 1951 in the Korean War

Fixed Bayonets (1951)  --  portrait of a platoon in an American division in the mountains of Korea and their trial by fire

Shang gan ling (Battle on Shangganling Mountain) (1965) Chinese film of the Battle of Triangle Hill (Operation Showdown), October 1952

Hell in Korea (aka A Hill in Korea) (1956) --  U.N. patrol fights Chinese troops (British troops) ($32)

MacArthur (1977)  -- leader in Korean War, fired by Truman

Inchon! (1982) --  brilliant but risky move by MacArthur in Korean War turns the tide for awhile

Retreat, Hell! (1952)  ---  US marines land at Inchon and head north

Collision Course:  Truman vs. MacArthur (1976)  -- 

Taegukgi Hwinallimyo (aka Brotherhood: Taegukgi and Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War) (2004)  --  two reluctant South Korean young brothers are torn apart by their experiences in the Korean War

Men in War (1957)  --  Korean War, September 1950; American troops nearly cut-off completely from their battalion have to reach safety

All the Young Men (1960) -- racial problems in the marines during the Korean War

Pork Chop Hill (1959) -- Korean War

Battle Circus (1953)  --  doctor and nurse in a romance set against rough conditions of treating patients during the Korean War  (starring Humphrey Bogart, June Allyson)  (new VHS tape for $38)

Prisoner of War (1954) -- mistreatment of American P.O.W.s during Korean War

The Nest (1999)  --  short film on Korean War about men in trenches where if the men go out to help their fallen comrades there is no return

Air War:

The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1955) -- air war in the Korean War

Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)   -- air war in Korea

The Hunters (1958)  --  three American pilots have to fight the Chinese "volunteer" pilots over Korea



Geuddae geusaramdeul (The President's Last Bang) (2005) events leading up to assassination of South Korean President Park Chung-hee (1961-1979)


White Badge (1992)  South Korean film about the experiences of South Korean soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War