The Korean Film Archive Youtube Channel

Korean Film Archive YouTube Channel

Continuing some suggestions of what to do when you’re stuck at home…

Many of you will already be aware that the Korean Film Archive has a wonderful YouTube Channel with loads of classic Korean movies, with English subtitles, available for free. Thing is, I’ve never found an index of the channel. So, over the years I’ve been creating one myself in an excel spreadsheet. Here it is, sorted by Director and Year. There may be a couple of films in this list which don’t have English subtitles. My bad – when I started compiling this list I assumed, incorrectly, that all the videos have subtitles. Since I realised my mistake I’ve only consciously included videos which have the subs. Plus, every time you visit the page the videos seem to be sorted in a different order, so I’m sure to have missed some.

And if someone tells me that there’s an official index somewhere, I’m going to kick myself.

Bong Joon-ho has compiled a special playlist for you: seven of his favourite classic Korean movies from the archive: available here.

DirectorTitle
Bae Chang-hoPeople of Ko-bang Neighborhood / People of the Slum (꼬방동네 사람들 | 1982)
Bae Chang-hoThe Flower at the Equator (적도의꽃 | 1983)
Bae Chang-hoDeep Blue Night (깊고 푸른 밤 | 1984)
Bae Chang-hoWhale Hunter (고래사냥 | 1984)
Bae Chang-hoHwang Jin-ie (황진이 | 1986)
Bae Chang-hoHello, God (안녕하세요 하나님 | 1987)
Choi Ha-wonThe Old Potter (독짓는 늙은이 | 1969)
Choi In-gyuTuition (수업료 | 1940)
Choi In-gyuHurrah for Freedom (자유만세 | 1946)
Choi In-gyuThe Night before Independence Day (독립전야 | 1948)
Chung Chang-whaThe Palace of Ambition (풍운의 궁전 | 1957)
Chung Chang-whaA Bonanza (노다지 | 1961)
Chung Jin WooLove In The Rain (초연 | 1975)
Gwon Cheol-hwiA Public Cemetery of Wol-ha (월하의 공동묘지(기생월향지묘) | 1967)
Gwon Cheol-hwiFather and Sons (오부자 | 1969)
Gwon Yeong-sunA Drifting Story (표류도 | 1960)
Gwon Yeong-sunSoil (흙 | 1960)
Ha Gil-jongMarch of fools (바보들의 행진 | 1975)
Ha Gil-jongByung-tae and Young-ja (병태와 영자 | 1979)
Han Hyung-moThe Hand of Destiny (운명의 손 | 1954)
Han Hyung-moFree Woman / Madame Freedom (자유부인 | 1956)
Han Hyung-moHyperbolae of Youth (청춘쌍곡선 | 1956)
Han Hyung-moA Female Boss (여사장 | 1959)
Han Hyung-moA Dream of Fortune (돼지꿈 | 1961)
Han Hyung-moMy Sister Is a Tomboy (언니는 말괄량이 | 1961)
Han Hyung-moLet’s Meet at Walkerhill (워커힐에서 만납시다 | 1966)
Hong Eun-wonA Woman Judge (여판사 | 1962)
Hong Seong-kiThe Love Story of Chun-hyang (춘향전 | 1961)
Im Kwon-taekFarewell to the Duman River (두만강아 잘있거라 | 1962)
Im Kwon-taekPursuit of Death / Jjagko (짝코 | 1980)
Im Kwon-taekVillage in the Mist (안개마을 | 1982)
Im Kwon-taekGilsotteum (길소뜸 | 1985)
Im Kwon-taekTicket (티켓 | 1986)
Im Kwon-taekSurrogate Mother (씨받이 | 1987)
Im Kwon-taekCome Come Come upwards (아제아제바라아제 | 1989)
Im Kwon-taekSon of the general (장군의 아들 | 1990)
Im Kwon-taekFly High Run Far-Kae Byok (개벽 | 1991)
Im Kwon-taekSeopyonje (서편제 | 1993)
Jang Il-oThe Way of Hwarang (화랑도 | 1962)
Jang Sun-WooAge of Success (성공시대 | 1988)
Jang Sun-WooA Short Love Affair / Lovers in Woomuk-Baemi (우묵배미의 사랑 | 1990)
Jang Sun-WooRoad to the Racetrack (경마장 가는 길 | 1991)
Jang Sun-WooPetal (꽃잎 | 1996)
Jeon Chang-keunKing Gojong and martyr An Jung-Geun (고종황제와 의사 안중근 | 1959)
Jeong In-yeobThe Ae-ma Woman (애마부인 | 1982)
Jeong Jin-wooEarly Rain (초우 | 1966)
Jeong Jin-wooGunsmoke (초연 | 1966)
Jeong Jin-wooStudent Boarder (하숙생 | 1966)
Jeong Jin-wooA Rose with Thorns (The Rose that Swallowed Thorn) (가시를 삼킨 장미 | 1979)
Jeong Jin-wooDoes Cuckoo Cry at Night (뻐꾸기도 밤에 우는가 | 1980)
Jeong Jin-wooParrot Cries with Its Body (앵무새 몸으로 울었다 | 1981)
Jeong Ji-yeongNorth Korean Partisans in South Korea (남부군 | 1990)
Jeong Ji-yeongWhite Badge (하얀전쟁 | 1992)
Jo Keung-haWhen Acacias Bloom (아카시아 꽃잎 필때 | 1962)
Jo Keung-haThe Body Confession (육체의 고백 | 1964)
Jung So-youngLove Me Once Again (미워도 다시한번 | 1968)
Kang Je-gyuGingko Bed (은행나무침대 | 1996)
Kim Gang-yunNameless Stars (이름없는 별들 | 1959)
Kim Ho-seonYoung Ja’s Heydays (영자의 전성시대 | 1975)
Kim Ho-seonWinter Woman (겨울여자 | 1977)
Kim Ho-seonSeoul Rainbow (서울무지개 | 1989)
Kim Hong JoonLa Vie en Rose (장미빛 인생 | 1994)
Kim Hwa-rangA Dry-Bones and a Fatty Go to the Nonsan Training Station (홀쭉이뚱뚱이 논산 훈련소에 가다 | 1959)
Kim Ki-DukFive Marines (5인의 해병 | 1961)
Kim Ki-DukHorse-year Bride (말띠신부 | 1966)
Kim ki-youngYangsan Province (양산도 | 1955)
Kim ki-youngThe Sea Knows (현해탄은 알고 있다 | 1961)
Kim ki-youngWoman of Fire (화녀 | 1971)
Kim Ki-youngTransgression (파계 | 1974)
Kim ki-youngA Woman After a Killer Butterfly (살인나비를 쫓는 여자 | 1978)
Kim ki-youngWoman of Water (수녀 | 1979)
Kim ki-youngThe Woman of Fire ’82 (화녀 82 | 1982)
Kim ki-youngCarnivorous Animal (육식동물 | 1984)
Kim So-dongThe Money (돈 | 1958)
Kim Soo-yongAn Upstart (구봉서의 벼락부자 | 1961)
Kim Soo-yongKinship (혈맥 | 1963)
Kim Soo-yongSorrow Even Up in Heaven (저 하늘에도 슬픔이 | 1965)
Kim Soo-yongConfession of an Actress (어느 여배우의 고백 | 1967)
Kim Soo-yongFlame in the Valley (산불 | 1967)
Kim Soo-yongNight Journey (야행 | 1977)
Kim Soo-yongSplendid Outing (화려한 외출 | 1978)
Kim Soo-yongThe Maiden Who Went to the City (도시로 간 처녀 | 1981)
Kim Soo-yongLate Autumn (만추 | 1982)
Kim Yu-jinMy Dear Keum Hong (금홍아 금홍아 | 1995)
Lee Byung-ilSpring of Korean Peninsula (반도의 봄 | 1946)
Lee Byung-ilThe Wedding Day (시집가는 날 | 1956)
Lee Byung-ilThe Love Marriage (자유결혼 | 1958)
Lee Doo-yongSpinning the Tales of Cruelty Towards Women (여인잔혹사 물레야 물레야 | 1983)
Lee Doo-yongThe Eldest Son (장남 | 1984)
Lee Doo-yongThe Eunuch (내시 | 1986)
Lee Doo-yongBbong / Mulberry (뽕 | 1986)
Lee Hyung-pyoUnder the Sky of Seoul (서울의 지붕밑 | 1961)
Lee Hyung-pyoSad Palace Court (비전 | 1970)
Lee Jang-hoThe Money (돈 | 1958)
Lee Jang-hoHeavenly homecoming to stars (별들의고향 | 1974)
Lee Jang-hoFine Windy Day (바람불어 좋은날 | 1980)
Lee Jang-hoDeclaration of fools (바보 선언 | 1983)
Lee Jang-hoBetween the Knees (무릎과 무릎사이 | 1984)
Lee Jang-hoLee Chang-ho’s Baseball Team (이장호의 외인구단 | 1986)
Lee Kang-cheonPiagol (피아골 | 1955)
Lee Kang-cheonLeaving the Fatherland (두고온 산하 | 1962)
Lee Man-heeEvil Stairs / The Devil’s Stairway (마의 계단 | 1964)
Lee Man-heeA Water Mill (물레방아 | 1966)
Lee Man-heeThe Starting Point (원점 | 1967)
Lee Man-heeWay Home / Homebound (귀로 | 1967)
Lee Man-heeHoliday (휴일 | 1968)
Lee Man-heeStarting Point (시발점 | 1969)
Lee Man-heeBreak the Chain (쇠사슬을 끊어라 | 1971)
Lee Man-heeThe Midnight Sun (0시 | 1971)
Lee Man-heeA Triangular Trap (삼각의 함정 | 1974)
Lee Man-heeThe Wild Flower in the Battlefield (들국화는 피었는데 | 1974)
Lee Myung-seGagman (개그맨 | 1988)
Lee Seong-guWhen the Buckwheat Flowers Blossom (메밀꽃 필 무렵 | 1967)
Lee Seong-guThe General’s Mustache (장군의 수염 | 1968)
Lee Won-seA Special Investigator, One-Armed Kim Jong-Won (특별수사본부 외팔이 김종원 | 1975)
Lee Won-seThe Ball Shot by a Midget (난장이가 쏘아올린 작은공 | 1981)
Lee Yong-minHoliday in Seoul (서울의 휴일 | 1956)
Lee Yong-minMaeng Jinsa’s happy day (맹진사댁 경사 | 1962)
Lee Yong-minA Bloodthirsty Killer (살인마 | 1965)
Mun Yeo-songI am really sorry (진짜 진짜 미안해 | 1976)
Mun Yeo-songNever Never Forget Me (진짜 진짜 잊지마 | 1976)
Mun Yeo-songCrazy for You (진짜 진짜 좋아해 | 1977)
Park Chul-soo301, 302 (삼공일 삼공이 | 1995)
Park Chul-sooFarewell my darling (학생부군신위 | 1996)
Park Jong-hoThree o’clock P.M. in a rainy day (비오는 날의 오후 3시 | 1959)
Park Jong-hoWhat Happens in an Alley (골목안 풍경 | 1962)
Park Jong-hoA Woman in the Wall (벽속의 여자 | 1969)
Park Jong-wonOur twisted hero (우리들의 일그러진 영웅 | 1992)
Park Kwang-suChilsu and Mansu (칠수와 만수 | 1988)
Park Kwang-suSingle Spark (아름다운 청년 전태일 | 1995)
Park Nam-okThe Widow (미망인 | 1955)
Park Nam-suWhere is Miss Young? (미스 영의 행방 | 1975)
Park Nou-sikDevil! Take The Train To Hell (악인이여 지옥행 급행열차를 타라 | 1976)
Park Sang-hoA Happy Businesswoman (또순이(부제:행복의 탄생) | 1963)
Park Seong-bokA Sunflower Family (해바라기 가족 | 1961)
Shin Dong-hunA Story of Hong Gil-dong (홍길동 | 1967)
Shin Sang-okThe Dream (꿈 | 1955)
Shin Sang-okA College Woman’s Confession (어느여대생의고백 | 1958)
Shin Sang-okThe Flower in Hell (지옥화 | 1958)
Shin Sang-okA Sisters’ Garden (자매의 화원 | 1959)
Shin Sang-okDongsimcho (동심초 | 1959)
Shin Sang-okIt’s not Her Sin (그 여자의 죄가 아니다 | 1959)
Shin Sang-okA Romantic Papa (로맨스 빠빠 | 1960)
Shin Sang-okEvergreen Tree (상록수 | 1961)
Shin Sang-okMadam White Snake (백사부인 | 1961)
Shin Sang-okMother and a Guest ( (사랑방 손님과 어머니 | 1961)
Shin Sang-okPrince Yeonsan (연산군 (장한사모편) | 1961)
Shin Sang-okSeong Chun-hyang (성춘향 | 1961)
Shin Sang-okBound by Chastity Rule (열녀문 | 1962)
Shin Sang-okTyrant Yeonsan (폭군연산(복수, 쾌거편) | 1962)
Shin Sang-okA Reluctant Prince (강화도령 | 1963)
Shin Sang-okLove Affair (로맨스그레이 | 1963)
Shin Sang-okDeaf Samryong (벙어리 삼룡 | 1964)
Shin Sang-okRed Scarf (빨간마후라 | 1964)
Shin Sang-OkDreams (꿈 | 1967)
Shin Sang-okThe Eunuch (내시 | 1968)
Shin Sang-okThousand Years Old Fox (천년호 | 1969)
Shin Sang-okWomen of the Chosun Dynasty (이조 여인 잔혹사 | 1969)
Shin Sang-okLady of the Court (궁녀 | 1972)
Sul Tai-hoA Case of a College Girl Lee Nan-Hee of Special Investigation Center (특별수사본부 여대생이난희사건 | 1973)
Yang Ju-namSweet Dream (미몽 – 죽음의 자장가 | 1936)
Yang Ju-namThe Bell Tower (종각 | 1958)
Yu Hyun-mokForever With You (그대와 영원히 | 1958)
Yu Hyun-mokEven the Clouds Are Drifting (구름은 흘러도 | 1959)
Yu Hyun-mokAimless Bullet (오발탄 | 1961)
Yu Hyun-mokKim’s Daughters (김약국의 딸들 | 1963)
Yu Hyun-mokThe Empty Dream (춘몽 | 1965)
Yu Hyun-mokSchool Excursion (수학여행 | 1969)
Yu Hyun-mokRainy Season (장마 | 1979)
Yun Bong-chunYu Gwan-Sun (유관순 | 1959)
Yun Dae-ryongA Public Prosecutor and a Teacher: Byeonsa Recording Version (검사와 여선생: 변사 녹음 버전 | 1948)
Yun Yong-gyuA Hometown in Heart (마음의 고향 | 1949)

5 thoughts on “The Korean Film Archive Youtube Channel

  1. Thank you very much! This ordered list is really useful. I’ve already used it to find the film set in old tongyeong (mr kim’s daughters)

  2. Thanks so much for the list. There are some later films (like Chilsu and Mansu, Lovers in Woomukbaemi, and North Korean Partisans) which I wouldn’t have thought of looking for. But I’m still wondering why The Housemaid has apparently defied subtitling on the site when subtitled prints are available – one was shown at last year’s Busan Festival.

  3. And I see the list includes at least one “adult” film, which requires (in Korea, art least) inputting a phone number to get permission from YouTube to see.

  4. Yes, I wondered why I couldn’t find Housemaid – I did do a special search for it. I speculate that it’s one of the few classic films that makes money in its subtitled Bluray version, and to give it away for free would be shooting themselves (or the commercial supplier of the Bluray) in the foot.

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