List of South Korean submissions for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film

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Bong Joon Ho directed South Korea's first film to be nominated for and win the award, Parasite (2019).

South Korea has submitted films to compete for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] 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.[3] The Korean nominee is chosen annually by a special committee assembled by the Korean Film Council.

South Korea has submitted thirty-three films for consideration. In 2019, Burning became the first Korean film to make it to the final nine-film shortlist of the 91st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.[4] In 2020, Parasite became the first South Korean film to earn a nomination for Best International Feature Film; it also was the first Korean film nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. At the 92nd Academy Awards, Parasite won all four awards (out of six nominations), becoming the first non-English language film to win Best Picture. North Korea has never sought to participate in the competition, and has never sent any films.

South Korea's first three submissions were directed by Shin Sang-ok, as was their 1990 submission. Shin later became internationally famous after he was held hostage in North Korea between 1978 and 1986, and forced to make movies for Kim Jong-Il. Lee Chang-dong has had three films selected to represent South Korea. Six other directors, Lee Doo-yong, Kim Ki-duk, Kim Tae-kyun, Lee Joon-ik, Jang Hoon and Bong Joon-ho, have had two of their films selected.


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.[3] 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 Shin Sang-ok Not nominated
The Dumb Samyong 벙어리 삼룡 Not nominated
Rice Not nominated
Descendants of Cain 카인의 후예 Yu Hyun-mok Not nominated
The Old Craftsman of Jar 독 짓는 늙은이 Choi Ha-won Not nominated
Mute Samyong 비련의 벙어리 삼룡 Byun Jang-ho Not nominated
Mulleya Mulleya 여인잔혹사 물레야 물레야 Lee Doo-yong Not nominated
Eoudong[5] 어우동 Lee Jang-ho Not nominated
Eunuch 내시 Lee Doo-yong Not nominated
Mayumi 마유미 Shin Sang-ok Not nominated
Life and Death of the Hollywood Kid 헐리우드 키드의 생애 Chung Ji-young Not nominated
301, 302 301 302 Park Chul-soo Not nominated
Chunhyang 춘향뎐 Im Kwon-taek Not nominated
Oasis 오아시스 Lee Chang-dong Not nominated
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 봄, 여름, 가을, 겨울 그리고 봄 Kim Ki-duk Not nominated
Taegukgi[6] 태극기 휘날리며 Kang Je-gyu Not nominated
Welcome to Dongmakgol 웰컴투 동막골 Park Kwang-hyun Not nominated
King and the Clown 왕의 남자 Lee Joon-ik Not nominated
Secret Sunshine 밀양 Lee Chang-dong Not nominated
Crossing 크로싱 Kim Tae-kyun Not nominated
Mother 마더 Bong Joon-ho Not nominated
A Barefoot Dream 맨발의 꿈 Kim Tae-kyun Not nominated[7]
The Front Line[8][9] 고지전 Jang Hoon Not nominated
Pietà[10] 피에타 Kim Ki-duk Not nominated
Juvenile Offender[11] 범죄소년 Kang Yi-kwan Not nominated
Haemoo[12] 해무 Shim Sung-bo Not nominated
The Throne[13] 사도 Lee Joon-ik Not nominated
The Age of Shadows[14] 밀정 Kim Jee-woon Not nominated
A Taxi Driver[15] 택시운전사 Jang Hoon Not nominated
Burning[16] 버닝 Lee Chang-dong Shortlisted[4]
Parasite[17] 기생충 Bong Joon-ho Won Academy Award[18]
The Man Standing Next[19] 남산의 부장들 Woo Min-ho Not nominated
Escape from Mogadishu[20] 모가디슈 Ryoo Seung-wan Not nominated[21]
Decision to Leave[22] 헤어질 결심 Park Chan-wook Shortlisted[23]
Concrete Utopia[24] 콘크리트 유토피아 Um Tae-hwa Not nominated

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  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]


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