Movies To Watch During Chuseok

movies to watch during chuseok

A time to spend with family, a time to be around all the positive energy and love, Chuseok brings us together. There are so many things we can do to make the most of the time we spend with our loved ones. One of them is watching movies that remind us of our culture and tradition. Here we have the best movies for you to watch with your family, friends, and your significant other. If you’re planning on having a great weekend with a movie binge then this is the perfect list of movies for you.

Movies To Watch With Family

The Throne

The Throne (2015) Drama, History | 125min | 16 September 2015 (South Korea) 7.1
Director: Joon-ik LeeWriter: Cheol-Hyeon Jo, Song-won LeeStars: Kang-ho Song, Ah-in Yoo, Moon Geun-young
Summary: Over a period of eight days, an 18th. century Korean king punishes his only son for attempted regicide. Flashbacks reveal the chain of events that led the son to rebel against his father in this tale of the strained relationships that exist between all fathers (who want their sons to grow into fine and competent men) and their sons (who struggle to prove themselves in order to earn their fathers' respect and approval). Written by FourByFour

When with family, these movies will prove to be worth the time. ‘The Throne’, a Korean drama that portrays a tragic story of a conflict between a father and his son in the Royal Josen court of King Yeongjo. The drama is all about how the conflict between the kind and the crown prince had an adverse effect on the Prince’s mental health, eventually leading to his death. This is a must-watch not only because of the plot but also for the message conveyed through it.

The Accidental Detective

The Accidental Detective (2015) Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 120min | 24 September 2015 (South Korea) 6.7
Director: Jeong-hoon KimWriter: Jeong-hoon KimStars: Sang-Woo Kwon, Dong-il Sung, Yeong-hie Seo
Summary: Dae-man is a crime enthusiast who runs a power blog about the country's biggest cold cases. He aspired to be a homicide detective but after years of failed attempts, he now runs a comic store. He walks on eggshells around his wife for failing to provide for the family. But he cannot help himself making daily trips to the police station. One day, his best friend and detective, Jun-su, is charged with the murder. Dae-man sets out to investigate to prove his friend's innocence. Only the washed up Detective Noh offers to help his colleague in trouble. A cold case specialist blogger's theory coupled with field experience of a seasoned detective and the two launch a joint investigation into their friend's alleged murder. Written by CJ Entertainment

Now to divert from a tragic story to some great comedy, ‘The Accidental Detective’, is a story of a man who’s a new father and the owner of a comic book store, but that ain’t his dream. His dream is to solve crimes using his detective skills and everything goes down when he gets a chance to work alongside a real detective to help his friend who’s been wrongly accused of a crime. The person who used to show off his investigation knacks on a blog is now about to get his hands on a real case. Now, this situation ought to be interesting, after all, who doesn’t love a good comedy?

The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home (2015) Action, Comedy, Drama | 112min | 24 September 2015 (South Korea) 6.5
Director: Seong-il CheonWriter: Seong-il CheonStars: Kyung-gu Sol, Yeo Jin-gu, Kyeong-Yeong Lee
Summary: 24th of July in the year 1953, three days left until North and South Korea will sign the truce. Nam-bok is a normal soldier who just wants to go home to his farm. Instead he must bring a secret paper to the Western front but on his way, he is attacked by North Korean forces which causes him to loose the paper. Accidently the secret paper is discovered by Young-gwang, a North Korean soldier and the last remaining survivor of his unit. While Nam-bok is searching for his important papers, he sees Young-gwang stealing them. Now Nam-bok fights like a lion to get the secret paper back. Written by Anonymus

In a country where their history is so important, watching a historic movie is a must. ‘The Long Way Home’ dates back to the great Korean War. When a South Korean farmer was recruited in the army to fight for the Country, he found himself being in charge of delivering top-secret battle information to their allies. On his way, he came across a young soldier from North Korea’s army and surprisingly develops a friendship with him. When they are together, they come across a conclusion that for some reasons they both are victims amidst the War. 

The Face Reader

The Face Reader (2013) Drama, History | 140min | 4 October 2013 (USA) 6.9
Director: Jae-rim HanWriter: Dong-Hyuk Kim, Jae-rim HanStars: Kang-ho Song, Jung-jae Lee, Yun-shik Baek
Summary: Set during the seizure of the throne by Sejo of Joseon in the year 1455, the movie follows the life of Nae-Kyung. Nae-Kyung, the son of a ruined noble family, goes all around Joseon and studies physiognomy. He is able to assess the personality, mental state and habits of a person by looking at someone's face. Because of his abilities, he gets involved in a power struggle between Prince Sooyang and Kim Jong-Seo. Written by anonymous

‘The face reader’ is another historical, fictional drama. Dating back to the Josen Kingdom, the story shows us the predictions of a face reader and how what he does makes him plot a plan to kill the King’s son. What’s interesting about this movie is that the director has used his skills and expanded them in the widest range possible. Watching this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat for the thrill and mystery is nerve-wracking. You also get a glimpse into the life that was back then. 

Man from U. N. C. L. E.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Action, Adventure, Comedy | 116min | 14 August 2015 (USA) 7.3
Director: Guy RitchieWriter: Guy Ritchie, Lionel WigramStars: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander
Summary: In the 1960s with the Cold War in play, CIA agent Napoleon Solo successfully helps Gaby Teller defect to West Germany despite the intimidating opposition of KGB agent Illya Kuryakin. Later, all three unexpectedly find themselves working together in a joint mission to stop a private criminal organization from using Gaby's father's scientific expertise to construct their own nuclear bomb. Through clenched teeth and stylish poise, all three must find a way to cooperate for the sake of world peace, even as they each pursue their own agendas. Written by Kenneth Chisholm ([email protected])

Now to jump on to a movie mixed with laughter, action and thrill, ‘Man from U. N. C. L. E.’ is the best pick. Two spies from different background and countries have to work together to save their nations from a nuclear threat. Now, where is the fun in this right? Well, when both the male leads having different personalities work together, it leads to a series of hilarious events. This movie is perfect for a fun night with your family. 

Movies To Watch With Friends

The Intern

The Intern (2015) Comedy, Drama | 121min | 25 September 2015 (USA) 7.1
Director: Nancy MeyersWriter: Nancy MeyersStars: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo
Summary: A retired 70-year-old widower, Ben (played by Robert De Niro), is bored with retired life. He applies to a be a senior intern at an online fashion retailer and gets the position. The founder of the company is Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), a tireless, driven, demanding, dynamic workaholic. Ben is made her intern, but this is a nominal role - she doesn't intend to give him work and it is just window dressing. However, Ben proves to be quite useful and, more than that, a source of support and wisdom. Written by grantss

If you’re planning to watch a movie with your friends then not just Korean but Hollywood movies are a great choice too. One most viewed movie is ‘The Intern’. This movie is an example of the saying, don’t judge a book by its cover. When a 70-year-old man gets bored after getting retired he decides to go back to work. Only, he joins an online fashion company owned by a very young woman. Along with adjusting to the workplace next to the new generation and people starting to see his capabilities, this a fun movie to watch.  


Everest (2015) Action, Adventure, Biography | 121min | 25 September 2015 (USA) 7.1
Director: Baltasar KormákurWriter: William Nicholson, Simon BeaufoyStars: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright
Summary: On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers from two commercial expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.

A thrilling movie to watch is ‘Everest’. Everyone knows how dangerous can it be to climb on top of Mount Everest, it takes a lot of courage and strength to go through with it. Many have tried to climb it but not all of them were successful.  But when two expedition teams decide to climb on top, they must overcome all that comes their way. Not just the thin air and steep lands but when a huge snowstorm is struck putting everyone’s life in danger, they must be careful to return home safe and sound. 

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 131min | 18 September 2015 (USA) 6.3
Director: Wes BallWriter: T.S. Nowlin, James DashnerStars: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Summary: The second chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga. Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. Written by 20th Century Fox

Another thrilling movie is ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (U.S.). The gladers are in trouble, in unknown lands they must find a way to survive. They must find who’s a friend or foe, and get through the obstacles in the Scorch land along with staying hidden from the evil and powerful organization WKCD. Will they succeed in their mission or lose it all? This is a movie worth your time, do not miss it. 

The Bling Ring

The Bling Ring (2013) Biography, Crime, Drama | 90min | 21 June 2013 (USA) 5.6
Director: Sofia CoppolaWriter: Sofia Coppola, Nancy Jo SalesStars: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson
Summary: Quiet teenager Marc Hall arrives as a new student at Indian Hills High School in Agoura Hills, California. He is befriended by fame-obsessed Rebecca Ahn. While at a party at Rebecca's house, the pair check unlocked vehicles on the street, taking valuables such as cash and credit cards. When Marc mentions that one of his wealthy acquaintances is out of town, Rebecca persuades him to join her in breaking into his house. Rebecca steals a handbag, mentioning that her idol, Lindsay Lohan, has the same one. She also steals cash and the keys to a Porsche, which the pair use to flee the scene. With the cash, the two go on a shopping spree, affording themselves the luxury lifestyle they admire in magazines. Marc visits a nightclub with Rebecca and her friends Nicki Moore, Nicki's adoptive sister Sam, and Chloe Tainer, where they rub shoulders with celebrities such as Kirsten Dunst and Paris Hilton. While researching Hilton on the Internet, Marc and Rebecca realize that she will be out of town....

If you’re feeling like watching some teen drama then ‘The Bling Ring’ is just the perfect pick for you. When some fame-obsessed teenagers search the internet to stalk celebrities to rob them till the last penny, something ought to go wrong. Now you might think that no one does that in real life but don’t be deceived by the ideas. This movie is inspired by real events.

Monster University

Monsters University (2013) Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 104min | 21 June 2013 (USA) 7.3
Director: Dan ScanlonWriter: Dan Scanlon, Daniel GersonStars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
Summary: Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. "Sully" Sullivan (John Goodman) are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met, they couldn't stand each other. This movie unlocks the door to how Mike and Sully overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Written by Disney/Pixar

Now that we’re going in the child version of ourselves then why restrain ourselves from watching an animation movie? ‘Monster University is one of the best animation movies to watch with friends. It not only shows true friendship but teamwork too. How two monsters start as arch enemies and then end up becoming the best of friends while overcoming some challenges in a university competition is one of the best ideas for a movie ever! But wait it’s not just about those two friends but more friends that they make along the way. 

Movies To Watch With Your Significant Other

About Time

About Time (2013) Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 123min | 8 November 2013 (USA) 7.8
Director: Richard CurtisWriter: Richard CurtisStars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
Summary: At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time... The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he's never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart. Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to ... Written by Universal Pictures

Being in presence of your spouse is one of the best feelings ever, so let’s make the feeling even better by adding some sweet rom-com in the mix. Many will suggest ‘About Time’ for a romantic night with your significant other during Chuseok. It’s all about a man’s ability to travel back in time and redo some of the moments but the twist is that the outcome is not what he had expected. Other than that, this movie tells us the importance of family life. It also tells us that time truly is a gift given which needs to be cherished and lived to the fullest.

The Guernsey Literary and Sweet Potato Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) Drama, Romance, War | 124min | 10 August 2018 (USA) 7.4
Director: Mike NewellWriter: Don Roos, Kevin HoodStars: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay, Michiel Huisman
Summary: A correspondence begins between Juliet Ashton (Lily James) and members of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, with them sharing their experiences of Nazi-occupied Guernsey Island. When an idea for a book catches Juliet, she goes to visit the island, making life-long friends and taking life changing steps along the way. This book is told by way of letters, and as the reader, you become enchanted by the writers of them and the love Juliet comes to feel for each of the Islanders; Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman), Amelia Maugery (Dame Penelope Wilton), Isola Pribby (Katherine Parkinson), Eben Ramsey (Sir Tom Courtenay), Kit (Florence Keen), and Elizabeth McKenna (Jessica Brown Findlay). Written by Cathryn McDowell

Old-school romances give you the feeling that no other movie can. All those sweet gestures, little but precious moments, and everything that can give you butterflies in your stomach makes you want it for yourself. One such movie is ‘The Guernsey Literary and Sweet Potato Pie Society’, now the title might not suggest romance but the story sure does. This movie was inspired by a high-selling historical novel by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows where a woman from England travels to Guernsey while exploring her skills as a writer. When she meets a man, who shares the same interests as her and they both catch each other’s eyes, the story becomes very heart and beautiful. For all those who crave a good old school romance story, this movie is a must-watch. 

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables  Drama, Family | 199min | TV Mini-Series (1985) 8.5
Stars: Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth
Summary: At the turn of the century on Prince Edward Island, Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla decide to take on an orphan boy as help for their farm. But they get an unexpected jolt when they're mistakenly sent a girl instead: Anne Shirley. Anne's a dreamer with an unusual point of view, far removed from Marilla's pragmatic ways, and it's only on trial that Marilla agrees to keep Anne...if Anne can keep out of trouble, only Anne has a positive genius for it. As Anne falls into a series of scrapes (and off a roof), makes a bosom friend, searches (and finds) several kindred spirits, Matthew and Marilla discover that their lives have become a great deal richer, now that Anne is at Green Gables. Written by Kathy Li

Along with these movies, the K-pop idols and celebrities have suggested some movies for us to watch. They’ve liked these movies a lot and have suggested us to give them a try too. The talented actor Kim Soo Hyun has suggested ‘Anne of Green Gables’. The movie is about the hardships faced by Anne throughout her life starting from a very young age. Adjusting to a new life, with a new family was difficult but she managed to overcome them all. Kim Soo Hyun is in awe of the young girl’s skills as an actor as she showed her feelings in a lovable manner. He thinks that this movie can help you get rid of boredom being indoors.

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “The Greatest Showman”

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 114min | 25 December 2013 (USA) 7.3
Director: Ben StillerWriter: Steve ConradStars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly
Summary: The manager of the negative assets sector of Life magazine, Walter Mitty, has been working for sixteen years for the magazine and has a tedious life, not going anywhere but from his home to his job and vice-versa. He is an escapist, daydreaming into a world of fantasy many times a day. Walter has a crush on the recently hired Cheryl Melhoff but he is too shy to invite her on a date and he is trying to contact her via online dating. The magazine is preparing to release its last printed edition and the loathsome manager of transition Ted Hendricks is preparing an inevitable downsizing over the next few days. Walter has been the liaison between the magazine and the mysterious independent photographer Sean O'Connell who has sent to him a package of negatives and a wallet as a gift for his work. Sean also suggests to the senior management the use of negative 25 for the cover of the last edition. However, Walter cannot find the negative that is missing. Walter has no means to contact Sean ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ryu Jun Yeol has suggested 2 movies for us to watch, them being ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’. She says that both the movies are fun to watch and make her feel that these are the perfect movies to watch at home. With the popularity the K-pop group BTS has received because of their amazing songs and visuals, the movies recommended by one of the members will be watched by all their fans around the world. BTS’s Kim Taehyung, who is also known as V recommended ‘The Legend of 1900’ as this movie seems like the movie of a lifetime to him. Him being a fan of Jazz, he suggested the song ‘Magic Waltz’ from the movie’s soundtrack. 

Skeletons in the Closet

Skeletons in the Closet (2007) Comedy, Drama | 114min | 1 March 2007 (South Korea) 6.6
Director: Yoon-Chul JungWriter: Yoon-Chul Jung, Kab-yeol YuStars: Ho-jin Chun, Hee-kyung Moon, Kim Hye-su
Summary: The Shims would easily make any Top Five list for mutual indifference, lovelessness, and apathy within a family; the five members share absolutely no common ground. It consists of cheap, stubborn mom (MOON Hee-kyung), father driven to depression because of her (CHUN Ho-jin), their son Yong-tae (YOO Ah-in) - who thinks he was a king in his past life - and their daughter Yong-sun (HWANG Bo-ra), to whom existence itself is a mystery. Rounding out the gang is out of work comic book writer aunt Mee-kyung (KIM Hye-soo). Bound by blood ties, they live together - albeit awkwardly - under one roof. And they wonder, time and time again, why they have to live together when they don't remotely love each other... Written by CJ Entertainment

Yoo Ah In has become a fan of the movies ‘Skeletons in the Closet’, ‘Boomerang Family’, and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’. He says that the creative stories and unique characters caught his attention the most. He suggests watching these movies while picturing their families since many people might not get to spend the festival with their families, these movies will give them comfort and make them feel warm. 

Little Forest

Little Forest (2018) Drama | 103min | 28 February 2018 (South Korea) 7.1
Director: Soon-rye YimWriter: Seong-gu Hwang, Daisuke IgarashiStars: Kim Tae-ri, Ryu Jun-Yeol, Moon So-ri
Summary: A young woman after failing in an exam comes back to her traditional village in Korea from the city which she always dreamt about and When she comes back her mother has already eloped with someone so she has no other way to stay alone in the house with no further delay her two friends accompanying her to make her feel comfortable. She makes uses of her mother's garden which is called as LITTLE FOREST to cook which uncovers her mother's secret of cooking and she starts living there duringball the seasons of the year and starts agriculturing the Little Forest. Written by ramu-98420

Monsta X’s I. M has suggested the movie ‘Little Forest’. He said that even though he watched this movie unintentionally he really enjoyed it and found it comforting. He also added that in this time of difficulty amidst the corona virus, people will find this movie comforting. These movies have unique stories, they give you a feeling of satisfaction and bring a smile to your face. This festival is all about sharing and spending time with your loved ones. These movies are best to watch with your loved ones.

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