15 Heartwarming Sad Korean Movies About Family to Love

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In addition to serial dramas, South Korea is also famous for the quality films it releases. One of the characteristics, there are many sad Korean films that until now have managed to attract a lot of attention. The themes raised also varied. From starting about family, friendship, pieces of life, to romance or love.

The entertainment industry players in the Ginseng Country also seem to always succeed in creating works that affect the emotions of the audience. From the premise, the storyline, to the characterizations, fans often get teary-eyed.

So, what are some sad Korean films that can drain tears when watching them? Launching various sources, let’s just take a look at the following best recommendations!

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Recommended Sad Korean Movies That Drain Tears

1. Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013), Sad Korean Movie About Father and Son

A film about a father and son that will bring tears to the audience. This is a legendary Korean film that was released in 2013.

Tells about Lee Yong Gu, a father who has mental retardation. Unfortunately for him, he was accused of having murdered and sexually abused a child of the Police Commissioner.

Yong Gu himself has a smart daughter named Ye Seung. When Yong Gu is in prison, his fellow prisoners smuggle Ye Seung into a holding cell so that the father and son meet.

When he grew up, Ye Seung became a lawyer and filed an appeal to clear the name of his father who had been innocent.

2. Wedding Dress (2010)

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One of the phenomenal South Korean films that also managed to drain the audience’s tears. Tells the story of a single mother named Ko Woon (Song Yoon A) who is diagnosed with cancer. However, he hides his illness from his family, including his 9-year-old daughter, So Ra (Kim Hyang Gi).

For the rest of his life, Ko Woon is determined to design a wedding dress for the princess when her special day arrives.

3. Hello Ghost (2010)

15 Recommendations for Sad Korean Movies about Family and Love, Draining Tears!

It is a Korean film that manages to make the audience’s emotions go up and down. The reason is, this film actually has genre comedy, but the story still manages to drain the tears.

In line with the title, Hello Ghost tells the story of a man named Sang Man who can see ghosts after he attempts suicide.

4. Canola (2016), Sad Korean Movie About Family

15 Recommendations for Sad Korean Movies about Family and Love, Draining Tears!

Is a sad Korean film starring Kim Go Eun. This film is about a grandmother who lives with her granddaughter in a village. However, the two had to part ways in the crowd while visiting the market. For years, the grandmother was not tired of looking for her grandson.

5. Sunny (2011) Is One Of The Heartwarming Korean Movies

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It is a Korean film about friends who also drain the emotions of the audience. Not only that, Sunny also became the highest-grossing Korean film of all time, you know. So in demand, the film made by director Kang Hyung Chul has been adapted and re-modified by several countries, including Indonesia.

It tells the story of Im Na Mi (Yoo Ho Jung) who visits the hospital to visit her parents. However, at that time he accidentally met an old friend named Chun Hwa (Jin Hee Kyung). Since then, the two of them decided to find another gang friend for a reunion.

6. Hope (2013)

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Tells the story of a girl who was sexually abused when she was 8 years old. Since then, she has grown up with various traumas, such as being afraid of men including her father.

7. Ode to My Father (2014)

15 Recommendations for Sad Korean Movies about Family and Love, Draining Tears!

This is a Korean film about a family set in 1950. This film tells the story of a man and his family who live through the dark times of the Korean war.

8. My Annoying Brother (2016)

15 Recommendations for Sad Korean Movies about Family and Love, Draining Tears!

Starring actor and popular K-Pop idol, Jo Jung Suk and Do Kyung Soo (DO EXO). This film is about the relationship between brothers and sisters. Tells the story of Doo Young, a judo athlete who was injured during a competition. However, this condition is actually used by his older brother, Doo Shik.

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9. One Day (2017)

15 Recommendations for Sad Korean Movies about Family and Love, Draining Tears!

Is a sad romantic film that also has genre fantasy. Tells the story of a woman named Mi Soo who is in a coma, but her spirit leaves her body and roams the world. The only one who can see Mi Soo’s spirit is a man named Gang Soo.

10. Sad Korean Movie About Mother: The Preparation (2017)

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It is a Korean film about a mother and her son. Tells the story of a mother who is seriously ill, but she tries to survive for the sake of her child who also has mental retardation.

From the premise alone, you can imagine, yes, how sad this film is.

11. Kim Ji-Joung: Born 1982 (2019)

15 Recommendations for Sad Korean Movies about Family and Love, Draining Tears!

Don’t forget to prepare tissues too while watching this, Parents. The reason is, the film, starring Gong Yoo and Jung Yu Mi, will also drain tears. Tells the story of a mother named Kim Ji Young who experiences postpartum depression.

12. My Brilliant Life (2014)

15 Recommendations for Sad Korean Movies about Family and Love, Draining Tears!

It is a film adaptation of the novel entitled Doogeun Doogeun Nae Insaeng (My Flutter Life) by writer Kim Ae Ran.

Tells the story of a husband and wife who are still 17 years old who are waiting for the arrival of their first child. However, when they gave birth, the second baby turned out to have progreria syndrome which causes physical aging faster than it should.

13. The Classic (2003)

15 Recommendations for Sad Korean Movies about Family and Love, Draining Tears!

Starring Jo In Sung and Son Ye Jin. In line with the title, this film tells the story of a classic love story in general. However, this film tells the parallel life of a mother and child who go through their respective love stories.

14. A Taxi Driver (2017)

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It is a Korean film about a father and son which is also adapted from a true story. Tells about Man Seob, a taxi driver who agrees to take a German journalist to Gwangju. He was willing to take a long journey to meet the needs of the child’s life.

However, in Gwangju there turned out to be a big mess that made his life threatened.

15. Last Child (2017)

15 Recommendations for Sad Korean Movies about Family and Love, Draining Tears!

It is a Korean film that has also won many awards. Tells the story of a husband and wife whose son died. The boy died saving his friend. One day, they met the boy’s friend and decided to take care of him.

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Now, ParentsHere are some recommendations for sad Korean films with various themes that you can watch with your family. Don’t forget to prepare a tissue before watching it, OK!

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