List of South Korean submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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South Korea has submitted films to compete for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1962. The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[1] The Korean nominee is chosen annually by a special committee assembled by the Korean Film Council.

South Korea has submitted twenty-eight films for consideration, however, none have yet received an Oscar nomination. North Korea has never sought to participate in the competition, and has never sent any films.

Korea's first three submissions were directed by Shin Sang-ok, as was their 1990 submission. Shin later became internationally famous after he claimed to have been held hostage in North Korea between 1978–1986, and forced to make movies for Kim Jong-Il. Three other directors, Lee Chang-dong, Lee Doo-yong and Lee Joon-ik, have had their films selected to represent South Korea on two occasions.


Every year, each country is invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to submit its best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[1] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by South Korea for review by the Academy for the award since its conception. All submissions were filmed in the Korean language.

Film title used in nomination Korean title Director Result
My Mother and the Roomer 사랑방 손님과 어머니 Sang-ok, ShinShin Sang-ok Not Nominated
The Dumb Samyong 벙어리 삼용 Sang-ok, ShinShin Sang-ok Not Nominated
Rice Sang-ok, ShinShin Sang-ok Not Nominated
Descendants of Cain 카인의 후예 Hyun-mok, YuYu Hyun-mok Not Nominated
The Old Craftsman of Jar 독 짓는 늙은이 Ha-won, ChoiChoi Ha-won Not Nominated
Mute Samyong 비련의 벙어리 삼용 Jang-ho, ByeonByeon Jang-ho Not Nominated
Mulleya Mulleya 여인잔혹사 물레야 물레야 Doo-yong, LeeLee Doo-yong Not Nominated
Eoudong [2] 어우동 Chang-ho, LeeLee Chang-ho Not Nominated
Eunuch 내시 Doo-yong, LeeLee Doo-yong Not Nominated
Mayumi 마유미 Sang-ok, ShinShin Sang-ok Not Nominated
Life and Death of the Hollywood Kid 헐리우드 키드의 생애 Ji-young, ChungChung Ji-young Not Nominated
301, 302 301 302 Chul-soo, ParkPark Chul-soo Not Nominated
Chunhyang 춘향뎐 Kwon-taek, ImIm Kwon-taek Not Nominated
Oasis 오아시스 Chang-dong, LeeLee Chang-dong Not Nominated
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 봄, 여름, 가을, 겨울 그리고 봄 Ki-duk, KimKim Ki-duk Not Nominated
Taegukgi [3] 태극기 휘날리며 Je-gyu, KangKang Je-gyu Not Nominated
Welcome to Dongmakgol [4] 웰컴투 동막골 Kwang-hyun, ParkPark Kwang-hyun Not Nominated
King and the Clown [5] 왕의 남자 Joon-ik, LeeLee Joon-ik Not Nominated
Secret Sunshine [6] 밀양 Chang-dong, LeeLee Chang-dong Not Nominated
Crossing [7] 크로싱 Tae-kyun, KimKim Tae-kyun Not Nominated
Mother [8] 마더 Joon-ho, BongBong Joon-ho Not Nominated
A Barefoot Dream [9] 맨발의 꿈 Tae-kyun, KimKim Tae-kyun Not Nominated[10]
The Front Line[11][12][13] 고지전 Hoon, JangJang Hoon Not Nominated
Pietà[14] 피에타 Ki-duk, KimKim Ki-duk Not Nominated
Juvenile Offender[15] 범죄소년 Yi-kwan, KangKang Yi-kwan Not Nominated
Haemoo[16] 해무 Sung-bo, ShimShim Sung-bo Not Nominated
The Throne[17] 사도 Joon-ik, LeeLee Joon-ik Not Nominated
The Age of Shadows[18] 밀정 Jee-woon, KimKim Jee-woon Not Nominated

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  1. ^ a b "Special Rules for the Best Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
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  4. ^ Other shortlisted films: 3-Iron, April Snow, A Bittersweet Life, Crying Fist, Duelist, Marathon and Sympathy For Lady Vengeance. Source:
  5. ^ Other shortlisted films: The Host and Time. Source:
  6. ^ Other shortlisted films: Breath and May 18. Source:
  7. ^ Other shortlisted films: The Chaser, Forever the Moment, The Good, the Bad, the Weird, and Sunny. Source:
  8. ^ Other shortlisted films: Breathless, A Frozen Flower, Lifting King Kong, Old Partner and Thirst. Source:
  9. ^ Other shortlisted films: Blades of Blood, The Housemaid, Poetry, Potato Symphony and 71: Into the Fire. Source:
  10. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  11. ^ "South Korea submits The Front Line for Oscar race". Screendaily. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  12. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  13. ^ Other shortlisted films: The Day He Arrives, Hanji, Poongsan, Sunny and The Yellow Sea.
  14. ^ Noh, Jean (2012-09-13). "South Korea selects Pieta as Oscar submission". Screen International. EMAP. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  15. ^ "Korean Pic "Juvenile Offender" to Compete at the Oscars". Ten Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  16. ^ "Korea Sets 'Sea Fog' on Foreign-Language Oscar Course". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Hyo-won, Lee (1 September 2015). "Oscars: South Korea Submits 'The Throne' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  18. ^ Kil, Sonia (30 August 2016). "Warner Bros.' 'Age of Shadows' Picked as Korea's Oscar Contender". Variety. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 

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