Korean time travel movies

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Soo-hyun comes across magical pills that allow him to go back and forth in time. 30 years to the past, young Soo-hyun meets future Soo-hyun and learns that his girlfriend will soon die because of him. In order to save her, the two Soo-hyuns try to change the past together, but a completely new and unexpected past is formed that leads to a new future.

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Connected by phone in the same home but 20 years apart, a serial killer puts another woman’s past — and life — on the line to change her own fate.

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In 1983, high school teacher Ji-hwan is attacked by a pickpocket. In 2015, homicide detective Gun-woo is shot during a chase and loses consciousness. Both men are taken to the same hospital in different time periods, and both their hearts stop and miraculously start again at the same time. A mysterious force binds them together, allowing them to see through each other’s lives in their dreams. Soon realizing that the women they love strikingly resembles each other and that they are in fatal danger, the two men must team up to trace the past and change her destiny.

Movies about the terminally ill

Dae-ho, an investigative journalist, seeks to track down the whereabouts of his son who was abducted three years ago. With the help of a detective and a psychiatrist friend, he will retrace his memory of the incident through the use of lucid dreaming techniques.

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A man tries that his wife fall in love with him again, after to wake up in an alternate reality where she never knew him.

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Major Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and dropped into combat. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an alpha alien down with him. He awakens back at the beginning of the same day and is forced to fight and die again... and again - as physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop.

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Decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, discovering he's involved in a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He learns he's part of a top-secret experimental program that enables him to experience the final 8 minutes of another person's life. Colter re-lives the train incident over and over again, gathering more clues each time. But can he discover who is responsible for the attack before the next one happens?

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Cyborg She follows the burgeoning romance between an ordinary college student and his sassy love interest - who happens to be a time-traveling cyborg with superhuman powers. One day, a beautiful cyborg girl appears in front of a dull university student. Even though the cyborg starts to like him, she can’t truly feel emotions, so the boy has no choice but to say goodbye. Missing her, he continues his lonely existence. One day, a disastrous earthquake hits Tokyo and the cyborg girl saves his life. In that moment, she starts to have feelings like a real human being.

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When a daredevil kid named Ernie, his sister Julia, and his best friend Max are horsing around in Max's inventor father's workshop, they accidentally trip a time-machine into operation and find themselves transported back in time 65 million years, where they meet a T-Rex named Tyra and her rambunctious dinosaur son Dodger. The unlikely group find themselves on an amazing adventure exploring the lush prehistoric jungle, despite Tyra's evil dinosaur rivals conspiring against them - while, back in the present day, Max's dad and Ernie and Julia's overprotective mom plot their rescue.

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Korea, 1950. A child's vow to take care of his family marks the beginning of a lifelong promise spanning sixty years.

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A young girl is raised as a killer in the Yanbian province of China. She hides her identity and travels to South Korea where she hopes to lead a quiet life but becomes involved with two mysterious men.

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Jong-Woo (played by Sin Ha-gyoon) is a poor, beleagured taxi driver with a bad attitude, understandable given the kind of clients he has to deal with. So when one night, a polite, well-dressed man offers an outrageous sum of money to rent the taxi for an extended period, Jong Woo doesn't ask any questions, though he does make rather cheerful and inappropriate conversation with his uninterested charge. It's difficult to blame Jong-Woo for this, given that it takes him some time to realize that he is not the protagonist of a low-brow comedy, but of an action-packed thriller.

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May, 1980. Man-seob is a taxi driver in Seoul who lives from hand to mouth, raising his young daughter alone. One day, he hears that there is a foreigner who will pay big money for a drive down to Gwangju city. Not knowing that he’s a German journalist with a hidden agenda, Man-seob takes the job.

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After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by Ruthless General Thade.

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Kim Myeong-min (39) is Agent Kim, a family man who lives a happy and contented life with his wife and two children. He is disguised as a manager in a company that sells fake viagra imported from China. Together with his three comrades, Agent Kang (Yeom Jeong-ah, 39), Agent Woo (Jeong Kyeo-woon, 29) and Adviser Yoon (Byeon Hee-bong, 70), Agent Kim was sent to South Korea 10 years ago for a special mission.

Abduction Movies

In Cheonan, a serial murder case takes place, but the case becomes more and more of a mystery. Only Tae-suk, a cop, immediately senses that all the cases are by the same killer and starts investigation. One day, Dong-soo, a gang boss, got attacked by a suspicious man, and Tae-suk realizes that this man is the serial killer, K. Now, Dong-soo becomes the only witness and a survived victim from K.

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After a terror incident occurs mid-flight, a passenger jet declares an emergency.

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The Pirates Of Tortuga :Under The Black Flag Set sail with three young boys on an adventure where time travel, gold treasure and battling villainous pirates are all in a day’s work! On a trip to the city museum, three young boys, Alex, Max and Califax discover a golden bowl — part of a legendary Aztec treasure.

Exciting movies

Record-shattering Korean girl band BLACKPINK tell their story — and detail the hard fought journey of the dreams and trials behind their meteoric rise.

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Burger Beard is a pirate who is in search of the final page of a magical book that makes any evil plan he writes in it come true, which happens to be the Krabby Patty secret formula. When the entire city of Bikini Bottom is put in danger, SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Squidward, Sandy, and Plankton need to go on a quest that takes them to the surface. In order to get back the recipe and save their city, the gang must retrieve the book and transform themselves into superheroes.

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Burn the Stage: The Movie is the first movie from BTS, going behind-the-scenes of the BTS WINGS TOUR to reveal the full story of the band’s meteoric rise to fame. This unmissable cinema event provides an intimate look at what happens when the most successful global boyband of all time breaks down barriers and invades the mainstream music scene. Exclusive tour footage and brand-new one-on-one interviews with BTS members give fans an unprecedented glimpse into their lives and an opportunity for everyone to celebrate together in movie theaters worldwide.

Movies about musicians

Martial law is declared when a mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. Those on an express train to Busan, a city that has successfully fended off the viral outbreak, must fight for their own survival…

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All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

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Joo Joong-won is the arrogant, greedy CEO of Kingdom, a conglomerate that includes a supermall and a hotel. "Ghost whisperer” Tae Gong-shil, is a misunderstood outcast who can't keep a boyfriend or a job since a near death experience left her seeing needy ghosts. She feels compelled to help them resolve their earthly issues so they can move on to the afterlife... and he feels compelled to think she's crazy. Soon their lives merge into a complicated web of hijinx, misunderstandings, and... yes, love.

Snow movies

Gon, a Korean hitman bred in the United States where he works for a Chinese triad, usually flawless in taking out his targets, makes a terrible mistake in fulfilling a mission. Swamped by feelings of regret, Gon no longer wants to be a hitman, but, in order to tie up loose ends, his boss forces him to do another job in Korea.

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In real life, Kwon Yoo is unemployed, but in the virtual game world he is the best leader. Kwon Yoo is then framed for a murder. With the help of hacker Yeo-Wool, he tries to uncover the truth behind the murder case.

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A young girl is kidnapped by a serial killer. The serial killer uses manholes to kidnap and kill his victims. The young girl's older sister tries to save her before it's too late.

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Pastor Park is head of a religious investigation center that exposes cults and cult leaders. While looking into a suspicious new religion called ‘Deer Mount,’ he slowly uncovers clues that connect this cult to a series of mysterious cases of missing teenage girls when a body is found inside a damaged tunnel beams. He begins to uncover dark secrets surrounding this cult and its enforcer Na-han.

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A group of people meet for the first time in a long time and play a game that reveals each other's secrets.

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Turtles Forever is a made-for-tv animated movie. Produced in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, the movie teams up different incarnations of the titular heroes—chiefly the light-hearted, child-friendly characters from the 1987 animated series and the darker cast of the 4Kids' own 2003 animated series—in an adventure that spans multiple universes.

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South Korea, 1993. An agent of the National Intelligence Service is sent to Beijing with the assignment of infiltrating a group of North Korean officials with the ultimate goal of obtaining information about the North Korean nuclear program.

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An internet broadcaster recruits a handful of people for their 'experience the horror' show at Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital, a place selected as one of the '7 freakiest places on the planet'. They are to explore the haunted asylum and stream it live on their online show.

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Stuntman Cha Dal-geon gets involved in a tragic airplane crash and ends up discovering a national corruption scandal in the process. Go Hae-ri, the oldest daughter of a deceased marine, decides to work for the National Intelligence Service as a secret ops agent in order to support her mom and younger siblings, although all she wanted to do is to become a civil servant.

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Thrown straight into a dangerous mission with none of his memories intact, a man must escape death while trying to figure out who he is, how he ended up here, and who is the mysterious voice in his ear calling him "Carter"?

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As a North Korean sleeper cell agent, Ryu-han infiltrates the South and assumes the role of a village idiot in a rural town. He observes the townsfolk and waits patiently for his mission. One day, after 2 years of playing the role of the village idiot, fellow elite spies Hae-rang, posed as a rock star and Hae-jin, posed as an ordinary student, are dispatched to the same town as Ryu-han. He helps the other two spies settle in and teach them how to adjust in the South. There is a sudden drastic political power shift in the North and all three spies receive an urgent and ultimate mission.

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In response to a sudden dismissal of staff, workers at a big retail store begin a protest against their employer's oppressive labor policies.

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Seo-joon, loses everything to voice phishing and infiltrates a organization in China to meet Kwak Pro, the designer behind this phishing system.

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A contract killer becomes disenchanted with his line of work and spares the lives of his two latest would-be-victims. But the assassination company he works for has no intentions of letting him quit.

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Doo-Sik (Jo Jung-suk) gets paroled from prison thanks to his younger brother (Do Kyung-Soo) Doo-Young. Doo-Young is a promising judo athlete. After 15 years, Doo-Sik (Jo Jung-suk) suddenly appears in front of Doo-Young and they begin to live together. Doo-Young becomes involved in an accident before the selection for the national team.

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Born in a poor family, Tae-su learns that the power is the most important thing in life and decides to become a prosecutor, the biggest symbol of power in the 90’s. After entering the most prestigious law school, experiencing democratic resistance in Korea, Tae-su finally reaches his goal of becoming a prosecutor but his life is no better than a salary man. By chance, he joins a clique of the powerful prosecutors with wealth and authority. He finally gets a taste of a life of the top hierarchy, but as he enjoys the sweetness of supremacy, he also sees the cruel side of it.

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Jin-seok, 21-year-old, moves into a new house with his family. He suffers from a slight schizophrenia but he carries an ordinary life under the warm care of the family. His older brother Yu-seok is a decent college student, a mentor, and role model for Jin-seok. One night, his beloved brother is kidnapped by unidentified assailants before Jin-seok’s eye. Jin-seok can’t recognize their faces, but can remember only the VIN that matches with no car. After long silence of 19 days, suddenly Yu-seok returns home, but remembers nothing which had happened in the meantime. And soon Jin-seok feels Yu-seok is a total stranger…

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Busan, South Korea, 1970s. Lee Doo-sam is a small-time smuggler. After helping a drug gang to smuggle meth, he falls into the dark crime world. Quick-witted and full of ambition, he eventually takes over the drug underworld and starts to lead a double life: a good community leader during the day but an infamous drug lord during the night.

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Having died unexpectedly, firefighter Ja-hong is taken to the afterlife by 3 afterlife guardians. Only when he passes 7 trials over 49 days and proves he was innocent in human life, he’s able to reincarnate, and his 3 afterlife guardians are by his side to defend him in trial.

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When an old collaborator gets severely injured, a veteran policeman tries to figure out the way to bring to justice the ultimately suspected aggressor, a spoiled young executive, heir to a mega corporation, who believes he is above the law.

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The story of Joseon's tyrant king Yeonsan who exploits the populace for his own carnal pleasures, his seemingly loyal retainer who controls him and all court dealings, and a woman who seeks vengeance.

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Jae-Hyeok lives with his mother, his sister-in-law and nephew Min-Jae in a small Korean town. He is dating Yeon-Joo, while working at the local nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, Pyung-Sub works at the same nuclear power plant. He is worried about conditions there, but nobody in the government listens to him. An earthquake strikes the small town where Jae-Hyeok lives and causes explosions at the nuclear power plant. The situation quickly spirals out of control, leading the entire nation to panic. To prevent another nuclear disaster, Jae-Hyeok and his co-workers return to the nuclear power plant.

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The destinies of hard-luck lowlifes slowly converge and come crashing down: Jung-man barely gets by working at a sauna and taking care of his sick mother until he finds a bag full of cash in the locker room; Tae-young is in trouble after his girlfriend runs away with the money he borrowed from a loan shark. Soon, a dead body mysteriously turns up; Mi-ran, caught between her husband’s violence and a dead-end job as a bar hostess, she finds a young lover, Jin-tae who offers to kill her husband… And now their dog-eat-dog game starts.

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In 1951 ceasefire is declared, but two remaining armies fought their final battle on the front line Towards the end of the Korean War, a South Korean battalion is fiercely battling over a hill on the front line border against the North in order to capture a strategic point that would determine the new border between two nations. The ownership of this small patch of land would swap multiple times each day. Kang is dispatched to the front line in order to investigate the tacit case that’s been happening there. But he gets spiraled into the war that’s more terrifying than death itself when he meets his friend Kim, who has transformed into a war machine, and his unit. As the countdown for ceasefire begins, both sides become more vicious, resulting in deaths of countless lives until the last man could claim the land.

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The Plan Man is about a man who lives everything according to plan until he meets a woman who wasn't a part of it.

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On the run from a dogged internal affairs agent, a corrupt cop reluctantly teams up with a defiant teen to unravel a conspiracy -- before it's too late.

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There's a multiverse of roads not taken in 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'

Justin Chang

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Michelle Yeoh stars as a woman who suddenly develops the power to leap between parallel universes in the action-adventure-fantasy Everything Everywhere All at Once. A24 hide caption

Michelle Yeoh stars as a woman who suddenly develops the power to leap between parallel universes in the action-adventure-fantasy Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Multiverses are having something of a moment, popping up in recent movies like Spider-Man: No Way Home and upcoming ones like Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness . It's refreshing, then, to get a new multiverse movie this week that doesn't spring from the world of comic-book superheroes. It's called Everything Everywhere All at Once — an apt title for a movie that imagines the existence of thousands of alternate timelines, featuring thousands of alternate versions of ourselves. It was written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, also known as Daniels, who seem intent on topping the anything-goes audacity of Swiss Army Man , their 2016 comedy featuring Daniel Radcliffe as a flatulent corpse.

That strain of juvenile humor pops up frequently here: At one point, characters have to make inventive use of a trophy in order to jump from one universe to the next. But for all its gross sight gags and bizarre supernatural conceits, the movie has one pretty coherent purpose: to provide a dazzling actor's showcase for Michelle Yeoh .

In theaters this spring: multiverses, Bat-men, action stars and more

In theaters this spring: multiverses, Bat-men, action stars and more

Yeoh plays Evelyn Wang, a Chinese American immigrant who lives in a cramped apartment with her husband, Waymond, played by Ke Huy Quan. It's a stressful time for the Wangs: Evelyn has her hands full bickering with their teenage daughter, Joy — a terrific Stephanie Hsu — and planning a birthday party for her ailing father, played by the great 93-year-old veteran James Hong. On top of that, the family business, a laundromat, is being audited by the IRS. The action really begins at the IRS office where Evelyn meets with their auditor, well played by Jamie Lee Curtis, who urges the Wangs to get their paperwork in order.

Evelyn might think she knows the story of her life, but she doesn't know the half of it. Through an extremely bizarre series of events, she learns about the existence of all those other universes, each with its own version of Evelyn. She also learns that she's the only person who can save the whole multiverse from destruction by some powerful force that has taken hold of her daughter, Joy. (As a story of conflict and reconciliation between an Asian mother and daughter, Everything Everywhere All at Once would make a nifty double bill with the current Pixar fantasy Turning Red .)

'Turning Red' confronts the messiness of adolescence with refreshing honesty

'Turning Red' confronts the messiness of adolescence with refreshing honesty

In order to defeat evil, Evelyn must repeatedly jump between her universe and others, sort of like a video-game avatar, and absorb crucial knowledge from those other Evelyns, all of whom represent different paths she could have taken through life. There's Evelyn the Hong Kong movie star, Evelyn the Peking opera singer and Evelyn the teppanyaki chef. Imagine a very long, unusually surreal Choose Your Own Adventure novel in which all the pages have been torn out and glued back together at random, and you'll have some sense of how this movie plays.

All this Matrix -style interdimensional hopping, plus the nonstop martial-arts action and in-your-face slapstick, makes Everything Everywhere All at Once an often frenetic viewing experience, and I checked out more than once the first time I saw it. But there are playful ideas beneath that busy surface. Notably, all those other Evelyns seem to be leading more fulfilling lives than Evelyn the unhappy wife, mom and laundromat owner. This is very much a movie about regret and disappointment, about the frustration of feeling that life's best opportunities have passed you by. It's no wonder that one of Evelyn's timelines pays homage to Wong Kar-wai 's In the Mood for Love , one of the greatest movies ever made about the road not taken.

Adding to that subtext is the casting of Michelle Yeoh, who's one of Asia's top stars but, despite some recent supporting roles in Crazy Rich Asians and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings , has never had the spectacular Hollywood career she's deserved. Directors Kwan and Scheinert are clearly trying to rectify that. This movie is as passionate and exhaustive a love letter to an actor as I've ever seen, and Yeoh's performance combines action, comedy, drama and emotion in ways she's never done before. Ke Huy Quan is working just as hard here as a neglected husband whose reserves of quiet strength Evelyn takes for granted. This is a big comeback role for Quan, whom you may remember as the '80s child star from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies.

For all its cosmic craziness, Everything Everywhere All at Once has a simple emotional message: It's about how the members of this immigrant family learn to cherish each other again. It's also about making peace with the life you've lived — and the ones you haven't. And that sort of sums up how I feel about this funny, messy, moving and often exasperating movie: There may be a better, more focused version of it in some other universe, but I'm still grateful for the one we've got.

The 15 Best Korean Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time

These films are not just about futuristic technology and special effects; they delve into philosophical and existential questions about humanity.

Korean cinema has been a formidable force in the film industry for decades, offering a unique perspective on the art of storytelling. From heart-wrenching dramas to thought-provoking thrillers, Korean filmmakers have a talent for captivating audiences and pushing the boundaries of traditional cinema. In recent years, however, a new genre has emerged in Korean cinema: science fiction. These films take the creativity and innovation that Korean cinema is known for and elevate it to new heights, exploring the limitless possibilities of the future and showcasing the incredible talent of Korean filmmakers.

Science fiction has always been a genre that challenges our imagination and forces us to confront complex ideas and concepts. In the hands of Korean filmmakers, this genre takes on an entirely new dimension. With an eye for detail and a commitment to telling stories that are both thought-provoking and entertaining, Korean sci-fi movies offer a fresh take on the genre that will leave you on the edge of your seat. These films are not just about futuristic technology and special effects; they delve into deep philosophical and existential questions about humanity and the future of our world.

Related: Best South Korean Fantasy Movies, Ranked

The themes explored in Korean sci-fi films range from the impact of technology on society to the consequences of environmental degradation and the ethics of scientific discovery. These movies often challenge our preconceived notions about the world, making us question the limits of what is possible and inspiring us to think critically about the future.

Korean cinema has made a name for itself as a leader in the world of science fiction. With its unique blend of creativity, innovation, and thought-provoking themes, Korean sci-fi movies offer something for everyone. Whether you're a fan of the genre or just looking for a great movie, this is a list you won't want to miss. So, sit back, relax, and get ready to explore the limitless possibilities of Korean sci-fi.

Describe the following movies as entries on the same list in 200 words each. Talk about the movie, the storyline, the sci-fi elements, what makes it one of the best. Keep the tone engaging. Do not be repetitive with each description. Use a different and unique start and structure with each description. Be creative. Be detailed.

15 2009: Lost Memories (2002)

2009: Lost Memories is a powerful and captivating film that tells the story of a world divided by time. In a future where time travel is possible, two versions of the same city exist: one in the present and one in the past . The film follows a detective as he travels between the two cities in a desperate attempt to uncover the truth about a mysterious group with the power to control time. The sci-fi elements in this film are expertly woven into the narrative, creating a world that is both believable and fantastical. The film's themes of time, memory, and identity make it a thought-provoking journey that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

14 Save The Green Planet! (2003)

Save The Green Planet! is a hilarious and unique take on the classic sci-fi trope of alien invasion. The film follows a young man who is convinced that aliens are behind the world's problems and sets out to save the planet. The film's unique blend of humor and sci-fi creates a wild ride that will have you laughing one moment and on the edge of your seat the next. The film's clever commentary on the human condition, combined with its imaginative world-building, makes it one of the best sci-fi comedies of all time.

13 The Host (2006)

The Host is a heart-wrenching and suspenseful film about a family's fight for survival in a world under attack . When a mysterious monster begins to wreak havoc in Seoul, a family must band together to rescue their daughter from its clutches. The film's expertly crafted suspense, combined with its touching portrayal of family dynamics, make it a must-see for fans of the genre. The film's themes of love, sacrifice, and the importance of family are universal and will resonate with audiences long after the credits have rolled.

12 Aachi & Ssipak (2006)

Aachi & Ssipak is a wild and wacky film that takes place in a futuristic world where people are powered by sugar. The film follows two unlikely heroes as they navigate a world filled with danger and adventure in their quest for the ultimate sugar high. The film's imaginative world-building, combined with its over-the-top humor, make it a must-see for fans of the genre. The film's themes of friendship and the importance of following your dreams make it a fun and uplifting adventure that will leave you feeling inspired.

11 Young Gun in the Time (2012)

Young Gun in the Time is a thrilling adventure that takes audiences on a journey through time. The film follows a young man as he travels back in time to save his girlfriend and prevent a catastrophic event that threatens the future. The film's imaginative take on time travel, combined with its high-stakes action, make it a must-see for fans of the genre. The film's themes of love, sacrifice, and the importance of making the right choices make it a thought-provoking and emotionally charged journey that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

Related: 9 South Korean Movies That Will Disturb You For Days

10 Doomsday Book (2012)

Doomsday Book is a thought-provoking film that explores the possible consequences of humanity's actions in a future world. The film tells three interconnected stories, each set in a different future, that paint a picture of a world on the brink of disaster. The film's expertly crafted storytelling, combined with its thought-provoking themes, make it a must-see for fans of the genre. The film's themes of the impact of technology on society, environmental degradation, and the ethics of scientific discovery make it a film that will challenge your perceptions of the world and inspire you to think critically about the future.

9 Flu (2013)

Flu is a suspenseful and action-packed film that takes place in a world under attack from a deadly virus. The film follows a group of survivors as they navigate the dangers of a world on the brink of collapse in their quest for a cure. The film's expertly crafted suspense, combined with its thought-provoking themes, make it a must-see for fans of the genre. The film's themes of the importance of teamwork and the dangers of fear and prejudice make it a film that will leave you on the edge of your seat and inspire you to reflect on the world around you.

8 SORI: Voice from the Heart (2016)

SORI: Voice from the Heart is a moving and emotionally charged film that tells the story of a world in which machines have replaced humans as the dominant species. The film follows a father as he searches for his daughter in a world where humanity is on the brink of extinction. The film's touching portrayal of love and loss, combined with its imaginative world-building, make it a must-see for fans of the genre . The film's themes of the importance of family and the dangers of technology make it a film that will leave you with a renewed appreciation for the world around you.

7 Okja (2017)

Okja is a heartwarming film that takes audiences on a journey of adventure, friendship, and activism. The film follows a young girl named Mija as she sets out on a mission to rescue her best friend, a genetically engineered "super pig" named Okja, from the clutches of a powerful corporation. With its compelling storyline and captivating characters, this film is a must-see for fans of the genre. The film's themes of animal rights, environmental activism, and the power of friendship make it a film that will warm your heart and inspire you to fight for what's right. With its breathtaking cinematography, awe-inspiring action sequences, and touching moments of friendship , Okja is a film that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

Related: Netflix Original Movie Review: Okja Is the Must See Film of the Summer

6 The Witch: Part 1 The Subversion (2018)

The Witch: Part 1 The Subversion is a captivating film that tells the story of a young woman who sets out on a journey to uncover the truth about her past and the mysterious organization that holds the key to her memories. With its intriguing storyline, imaginative world-building, and spellbinding performances, this film is a must-see for fans of the genre. The film's themes of identity, memory, and the dangers of power make it a film that will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you with more questions than answers.

5 The Call (2020)

The Call is a thrilling film that explores the consequences of time travel and the power of fate. The film follows a young woman as she journeys back in time to prevent a catastrophic event that threatens the future. With its fast-paced action and thought-provoking themes, this film is a must-see for fans of the genre. The film's themes of sacrifice, destiny, and the importance of making the right choices make it a film that will leave you on the edge of your seat and inspire you to think critically.

4 Seobok: Project Clone (2021)

Seobok: Project Clone is a heartwarming film that tells the story of a former intelligence agent who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The movie sees him living in isolation, but as the story progresses, he meets Seo Bok, a human clone. The two form a unique bond, thus changing the dynamics of their lives altogether. With its touching portrayal of friendship and its imaginative world-building, this film is a must-see for fans of the genre. The film's themes of family, friendship, and the importance of hope make it a film that will warm your heart and leave you with a renewed appreciation for the world around you.

3 Space Sweepers

Space Sweepers is a thrilling adventure that takes audiences on a journey through the final frontier. The film follows a rag-tag crew of space junk collectors as they stumble upon a dangerous and valuable discovery that could change the fate of the universe. With its action-packed storytelling and imaginative world-building, this film is a must-see for fans of the genre. The film's themes of teamwork, courage, and the importance of hope make it a film that will keep you on the edge of your seat and inspire you to look up at the stars.

Related: The Best Korean Thriller Series on Netflix, Ranked

2 Alienoid (2022)

Alienoid is a chilling film that tells the story of a world under siege by an alien invasion . The film follows a small group of survivors as they fight to stay alive and uncover the truth behind the alien attack. With its suspenseful storytelling and imaginative world-building, this film is a must-see for fans who love a good alien movie. the visuals are absolutely stunning, and the depiction of otherworldly creatures makes it a great entry into the sci-fi genre. The film's themes of survival, bravery, and the power of the human spirit make it a film that will leave you on the edge of your seat and inspire you to never give up.

1 The Witch: Part 2 The Other One (2022)

The Witch: Part 2 The Other One is a spellbinding film that continues the story of the young woman from The Witch: Part 1 The Subversion . While the first film in the series left many questions unanswered, the second installment does a fantastic job and diving straight into the intrigue. The film delves deeper into the mysterious organization and the power that holds the key to her memories. With its imaginative storytelling and thought-provoking themes, this film is a must-see for fans of the genre. Kim Dal-Mi delivers an outstanding performance as the titular character, exploring her range of acting with immense skill. The film's themes of magic, mystery, and the importance of uncovering the truth make it a film that will leave you spellbound and eager for more.

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Dreaming about your next destination? Thinking about Asia? Why not watch any of these great movies about Asia? You would want to go right NOW!

Before going on a trip to a new country, we always try to watch a few movies whose story takes place there. It allows us to have a quick overview of the culture and landscapes.

There are many amazing movies filmed in Asia,

Here is our selection of the 20 best movies about Asia! Feel free to recommend some more in the comment below.


1. eat, pray, love.

Impossible not to mention this movie! Eat Pray Love is the adaptation of the novel of the same title. The main actress is Julia Roberts.

At a crossroads in her life, Liz Gilbert decides to step out of her comfort zone and take a year for herself. Her journey begins in Italy (Eat), continues in India (Pray), and ends on the magnificent island of Bali (Love).

You will definitely want to go for a bike ride in Bali after watching this movie!


2. Life of PI

After a terrible storm that destroys the ship he was sailing on, a teenager finds himself stuck on a boat with a Bengal tiger.

A series of adventures on the open sea followed, putting the boy’s courage and hope to the test.

We all clearly fell in love with the landscapes of India and the beauties of the ocean.


The limestone cliffs and turquoise waters of southwest Thailand!

Leonardo DiCaprio will make you dream of paradise in Southeast Asia! This is such a legendary movie for travelers in their twenties/thirties. This is probably one of our favorite movies of all time! We watched it countless times!


Adopted by Australians as a child, a man returns to India in the hope of reuniting with his family and his roots.

Inspired by a true story, this quest, led by the memories of the boy, takes us on a journey through the streets and landscapes of modern India.

The main actor is the famous Dev Patel ! We love him!

Lion is one of the best movies about Asia,


This story of humor and reflections transports you to the beautiful city of Tokyo. The escapade of the two characters in the city also makes us want to go and get lost in the streets of Tokyo.

The main actors are the gorgeous Scarlett Johansson and the famous Bill Murray!

Make sure to watch this movie before going to Japan!



Seven Years in Tibet is a film for adventure lovers!

Based on a true story, this film starring Brad Pitt makes us discover the facets of the Himalayas. We love this movie A LOT!


The Last Samurai depicts a real historical event, the last great revolt of the samurai order which eventually disappeared at the end of the conflict.

The main character is played by Tom Cruise!

If you are planning a trip to Japan , watch this movie!


Another amazing film about India!

The story is a real reality check on the problems of poverty in this country. You would definitely want to travel to India after watching this!! And make sure you watch the movie until the end for the superb Bollywood dance!

The movie is starred by Dev Patel, one of our favorite Indian actors.


Another fantastic movie about Japan and the Geishas in particular.

Welcome to Japan! Through the eyes of Chiyo, a young Japanese girl sold to a geisha housekeeper, we discover a fascinating culture and the whole (sometimes dark) universe of the geisha. To review to immerse yourself in the music, history and art so special of this country.

If you plan to travel to Kyoto , it would be a great idea to watch this movie.


In this crazy adventure story, three brothers decide to cross India by train to recreate the bond they had before the death of their father. A comedy film that tackles spirituality in Indian settings.


Set in the very luxurious city of Singapore , the story follows Rachel Chu, a Chinese born in the United States, who travels for the first time with her boyfriend for the occasion of a friend’s wedding.

Once in Asia, she realizes the clash of cultures and discovers that her beautiful family is one of the richest in the city.

Some scenes of the movie were actually filmed in Penang (Malaysia) in the famous Mansion of Cheong Fatt Tze .


The Hangover madness continues in this film and this time is for Stu getting married in Thailand.

The trio find themselves once again in the morning not knowing what happened in the last hours. Through the streets of Bangkok , the group once again goes through a series of incredible adventures that will certainly make you laugh out loud!


Set in the mountains of Tibet in a remote village in the Himalayas, this film is described more as a work of art than a work of cinematography.

In this wisdom-filled adventure story, the beautiful and arid nature of Tibet can be felt throughout this movie.


This is one of our favorite movies of all time!

For some going on retirement means time for travel.

This is what several Britons decide to do when they are going to spend a few weeks in India . Getting used to the traditions and customs will take some time, especially since their hotel is nothing like their expectations.

It is not more serious for Graham who leaves in search of a love of youth. Meanwhile, Douglas and Jean seek to save their marriage, Evelyn slowly recovers from the death of her husband and Muriel learns that happiness can always knock at the door.


Time to explore a bit more the culture in Korea .

Ki-taek’s entire family is unemployed and is very interested in the lifestyle of the wealthy Park family. One day, their son manages to get recommended to give private English lessons to the Parks. This is the beginning of an uncontrollable spiral, from which no one will truly emerge unscathed.

Planning a trip to Korea, check all our articles about Korea here . For those who are reading this blog for the first time, we actually lived in South Korea for almost 4 years.


Very interesting to watch if you are planning a trip to Myanmar.

The Lady tells the true story of Aung San Suu Kyi (played by Michelle Yeoh), an opponent of her country’s military dictatorship and placed under house arrest for several years.

The story of the film mainly revolves around her relationship with her husband and family.


A drama/love story that takes place in Indochina (in Vietnam more exactly) during French colonization, from the 1920s until independence (1954).

A good part of the film takes place in Halong Bay and shows magnificent landscapes. The soundtrack is also very beautiful. It received an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Although the movie is a bit old, it is still really worth watching, especially if you are planning a trip to Vietnam .


Two divorced parents, David (George Clooney) and Georgia (Julia Roberts), travel to Bali after learning that their daughter, Lily, is planning to marry a man named Gede, whom she has just met.

They decide to work together to sabotage the wedding to prevent Lily from making the same mistake they made twenty-five years ago.

The movie is fairly recent as it just came out in 2022!


Actor Simu Liu, embodies a reluctant hero who discovers his past at the heart of Chinese legends in this film packed with action and twists, one of the most successful produced by Marvel!

Traveling to China sometime soon? watch this great movie!


When his mother’s career takes him to Beijing in China, young Dr. Parker faces drastic changes. After a few days, he finds himself embroiled in an altercation within his school, involving Cheng, one of the most gifted boys in Kung Fu which makes him permanently lose the respect of his classmates.

Witness to this confrontation, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a retired karate teacher, hired by the Parkers as a driver and assistant, decides to help Dre regain the respect of those around him.

A great movie to watch if you are planning a trip to Beijing!


Sean Boswell is a daredevil whose immoderate passion for sports cars has already landed him in serious trouble with the California police. Sentenced after an accident, his only alternative to prison is to accept the guardianship of his father, a career soldier based in Tokyo.

Gaijin (foreigner) in the most modern city in the world, TOKYO, the young man feels more excluded than ever until the day when a new friend, Twinkie, introduces him to the secret world of drifting – the ultimate ultra-urban rodeos.

A clandestine sport where audacity, elegance and fluidity of driving are even more appreciated than mere speed.

The movie will make you discover the amazing city of Tokyo!

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You need to watch the most thrilling South Korean time-travel movie on Netflix ASAP

If you’re tired of simple causality loops, this time travel show will up the difficulty — and the drama.

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If you think you’ve seen it all when it comes to time travel paradoxes, the South Korean drama Sisyphus will change your tune. It stands out against the zombie-oriented roster of South Korean sci-fi with intricate time loops that follow a figure crucial to the creation of time travel. It’s a thought-provoking and emotional journey that involves a tangle of relationships crisscrossing through time.

Set in a dystopian near future after a nuclear apocalypse, people can transport themselves back in time at a steep price. Gang Seo-hae (Park Shin-Hye) goes back to save Han Tae-sul (Cho Sueng-Woo), the engineer who would invent time travel and make this whole process possible to begin with.

THE RULES OF TIME TRAVEL is an Inverse special issue exploring the evolution of science fiction's most imaginative sub-genre. From Marty McFly to Avengers: Endgame .

While the technology isn’t fully explained, it’s a departure from the typical wormhole or quantum nonsense that most sci-fi movies use to handwave away their time shenanigans. Here, in the tough post-apocalyptic world Seo-hae comes from, people “download” themselves into the past via a process that relies on the FOS protein, which governs the body’s biometric clock.

If the download fails — and it often does — it causes a messy error. Because of the danger, most people who take the risk are fueled by the desire to fix something they regret. This emotional drive is one of the main threads of the series, and it creates a time loop that unravels as the story progresses. That raises a question: Does time travel uphold the timeline, or is time susceptible to changes based on our whims?

The former is like Terminator, the latter is like the branching paths of Marvel’s multiverse. Sisyphus takes a different approach, where the future is an echo of a mutable past. There are no parallel universes, and every moment is constantly in flux. This results in time loops overwriting each other, and it’s thrilling to figure out which loop the current story rests on.


While the setting of the series gives the characters more freedom to change their fate, this only works if they can outwit the enemy. Seo-hae and Tae-sul are up against Sigma, a mysterious man who monopolizes the time travel business in the present and future through his vast wealth and knowledge of the past.

But the most intriguing aspect of this time travel technology is that the downloaded future version of a person is considered a copy. The copy can’t get too close to the original, because two files can’t exist in the same space at the same time. This leads to the paradox of one copy being erased and adds an extra level of danger for all time travelers.

The name of the series might seem disconnected, but the Greek myth of Sisyphus, who cheated dying twice and was sentenced by Zeus to roll a boulder up the same hill every day, ties to the core of the plot. It’s a reflection of the Möbius strip the characters are trapped in, trying to use time travel to break the cycle even as time travel is what got them stuck in the first place.

The series makes for a good binge, even if the ending doesn’t quite live up to the twists and turns that it takes to arrive there. But what’s more important are the surprisingly thought-provoking questions it raises about how we see ourselves and how we try to change the world we occupy.

Sisyphus is streaming on Netflix .

This article was originally published on May 13, 2022

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There is something alluring about time travel to make humans ponder over it for hundreds of years. Thankfully, since it has not been invented yet, directors can enjoy full freedom in coming up with newer sci-fi concepts for each film. But one common theme unites them all - everyone who wishes to travel to past wishes to undo something in the present. It is our belief in the chain system of actions that we think a single change of ideas or actions in the past could somehow make the present a wholly different space. How complex the effect of such a change is, is what could make or break a time-travel movie.

Having said that, not all time-travel movies need to have actual time travel or be moralise on the do-it-today-not-tomorrow ideal. Directors like Jun-sung Kim have created movies with cleverly disguised time travel that only occurs in the protagonist's mind. Here's a list of 5 different time travel-themed films from different genres.  

Lucid Dream , 2017

Heavily inspired by Inception, but with a unique plotline of its own, Lucid Dream is a Korean sci-fi thriller that has a father, travel to the past in his mind to find his kidnapped son. Dae-ho is an investigative journalist and a single father to his son. With his controversial line of work and exposes, he has made more than enough enemies. When his son goes missing with no further communication from the kidnapper, Dae-ho knows its the act of someone who he has written about. However, with all the police force's help, the case has been off for 3 years with no further clues. 

That is when with the help of a psychiatrist, Dae-ho decides to engage in a new form of visiting the past - lucid dreaming. He keeps revisiting the day until he can find enough clues to uncover the kidnapper. Filled with good graphics, violent scenes, fast-paced chase sequences and enough plot-twists to keep you on the edge of your seat, Lucid Dream is only a part time-travel movie. That is until Dae-ho meets someone who makes it possible to visit anyone's dreams. After three years, what are the chances that Dae-ho's son is still alive? Watch the movie to find out what happens in the end.  

2009: Lost Memories, 2002

This is one of those time travel movies that dare to reimagine history. In the opening sequences, we are introduced to a vastly different world. Korea is still under Imperial Japanese control, World World II ended with Japan dropping an atomic bomb on Berlin and the assassination of an important Major general if prevented on time. As a joint film made by both South Korea and Japan, the movie told on a bold narrative and tackled the heavy themes of nationality and patriotism quite well. In the present day world of the film, a Korean terrorist (or resistance organisation, if you will) is planning to go back in time and reverse the narrative to prevent Korean from being under Japanese rule. 

Masayuki Sakamoto and Shojiro Saigo are two officers assigned to investigating and thwarting the plans of this group. The group's immediate plans seem to be gaining their hands on an artefact. As the film rolls on, it becomes clear that this artefact has the power to transport one through time. The film would be understood best by those who have some knowledge of Korea and Japan's complex histories since many of the storylines (preventing certain assassinations or resistance movements) only make sense if you're aware of the large scale impact they had. 

Il Mare , 2000

When it was released, Il Mare did not perform well at the box office at all. However, over the years it has gone on to be recognised as a pathbreaker in the time-travel romance genre. It was later remade several times by different countries. Il Mare is the name of a beautiful house by the sea inhabited by a lone woman. As she moves away, she leaves a mail in the mailbox for the next occupant, who however arrives two years in the past. Confused? Yes, it is a bit. Via some correspondence, the two quickly realise that the Il Mare mailbox is capable of sending letters through time and thus two people who live not just miles, but years apart, hold a conversation.

The film deals very well with this idea and uses the play on timelines to the fullest extent. Despite living the future and knowing what has happened in the past two years, the movie takes the two characters on runs that reminds us that nothing in life is fixed and all our decisions are only a moment away from change. This a subtle, melancholic love story set against a colour pallet of fields, sunsets and oceans. 

Project Makeover

Not all time-travel movies need to be serious odes to the perils of messing with the space-time continuum and Project Makeover is testament to that! A fun and light ride, Project Makeover is by all accounts a rom-com, made only the be enjoyed and not remembered for long. Jung-Joo is a thirty-something-year-old who is not living the life she had envisioned for herself. One of the guys she had dated in school and then broke up with is now a successful businessman. Another guy who asked her out several times (and was sorely rejected) is now a famous celebrity. The guy she did date ended up being a good-for-nothing sleazeball. 

Of course, everything would be fine if Jung-Joo could just go back in time and convince herself to date the right guy! The movie has its flaws and can be non-sensical at times, but that is also a part of its charm. While you cannot change the past (as Jung-Joo will learn the hard way), you can still look forward to and change the future. Light-hearted, funny and full of warmth - this is a movie made for rainy days and sad nights. 

A Day , 2017

A time-travel movie list would be incomplete without a film where the protagonist is stuck in a single day reeling over and over again! Two women die on the same day, at the same time. Kim Joon-young is a famous and successful surgeon, but a much less successful father. One day, he witnesses an accident which results in the death of his daughter. At the same time, Lee Min Chul lost his wife to an accident. Both of them then wake up to find the day starting all over again. They must now work together to find the reason for this, which may be more far-fetched than either had imagined. With several layered elements and sudden plot twists along the way, the film focuses on equal parts on dramatic reunions and high-paced thrilling sequences. 

This is the second time that the lead actors - Kim Myung-min and Byun Yo-han , are reuniting since their stint in Six Flying Dragons which was an acclaimed Korean drama revolving around rulers of the Joseon Dynasty. Watch A Day id you're looking for a thriller with a heart. Extremely saddening at times and nail-biting at others, this is one of those movies that I would suggest without a moment's hesitation because overall, it's a pretty good ride!

Know more time travel-themed movies? Let us know in the comments! 

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6 Movies from the Asian Film Canon That Will Make You Want to Travel

By Jeff Yang

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This story about Asian and Asian American films is part of Home, Made , a collection of stories honoring Asian diasporas creating vibrant communities by weaving their heritages with their American hometowns. Read more here .

As Nicole Kidman famously says in that viral ad for AMC Theatres, the movies let us "go somewhere we've never been before." But some very special films activate in us the deep-seated desire to actually visit those places and see them with our own eyes, so we can experience everything we see onscreen for ourselves—or, at least, something close to it.

To celebrate the transportive power of cinema and the stories they tell, I'm sharing excerpts from my book The Golden Screen: The Movies That Made Asian America , which honors the past, present, and future of Asian and Asian American films, as well as movie-making in the hands of Asian creativity, to highlight six films that'll make you want to book a ticket directly to the beautiful, awe-inspiring, and atmospheric backdrops of some of the most iconic stories in the Asian and Asian American film canon. From the back alleys of neon-bright Hong Kong and the luxe corridors of the Lion City that is Singapore , to the lush prairies of the American heartland to the let-it-all-hang-out parties of New York's queer summer camp, Fire Island , these landscapes offer just as much narrative and drama as the memorable characters of these now-classic films.

I hope these movies—and The Golden Screen —remind you of the expansive nature of the Asian diaspora and how, wherever we go, we can carve out spaces to tell our own stories, our own way. — Jeff Yang

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A Great Wall  (1986)

The destination : Beijing , China

Why you'll want to visit : It's right there in the title: Scenes in the film will make you want to see for yourself the unbelievably immense 13,171 mile-long Great Wall of China in all of its glory—breathtaking, tragic in its cost in coin and lives, and ultimately useless as a means of keeping out outsiders. If anything, it actually brings in more tourists.

From The Golden Screen :  "Billed as the first American movie to be shot (with permission!) in mainland China, A Great Wall is a modest comedy of cultural contrasts, featuring its director Peter Wang as Leo Fang, a Chinese American tech exec who, after smashing his head against Silicon Valley’s glass ceiling, decides to take his first trip to his nation of birth since childhood, bringing his very Asian American family—wife, Grace (Sharon Iwai), and son, Paul (Kelvin Han Yee)—on an extended visit to his sister’s family in Beijing."

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Chungking Express  (1994)

The destination : Hong Kong

Why you'll want to visit : It's a cliche to say that some movies use the locations in which they're shot as characters, but that's undeniably the case for Wong Kar Wai's brilliantly quirky romantic dram-com, where the city of Hong Kong isn't just a character in the narrative, but arguably its protagonist. And now, after yet another evolution , Hong Kong is worth a far-flung visit.

From The Golden Screen :  " Chungking Express  is both a love letter to Hong Kong and a love letter to love; an elaborate neon journey around some of the island’s most unique locations (including the densely packed enclave of Chungking Mansions, a single building housing thousands of low-income and mostly immigrant individuals and their ad hoc businesses, and the endless outdoor escalators that connect the wealthier private domains of the Mid Levels with the raucous streets of Central)."

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Lost in Translation  (2003)

The destination : Tokyo , Japan

Why you'll want to visit : To see for yourself if Sofia Coppola's bizarre caricature of Japan 's biggest and most richly eclectic metropolis has any truth to it. (Spoiler: Sure, the weirdness is there if you go looking for it, but you'll find so much that moves and inspires you along the way.)

From The Golden Screen :  “For white critics and audiences, Lost in Translation is a gentle, moving exploration of disconnection and loneliness, of psychological miasma created by the passage of time, the shock of the unfamiliar, and the sense of being an outsider even in one’s own life. But for many Asians, Sofia Coppola’s critically beloved sophomore feature hits differently. Set in a cartoonishly exaggerated Tokyo, the film turns Japan and Japanese people into a luridly exotic backdrop and comic foil for its white main cast.”

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Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

The destination : Singapore

Why you'll want to visit: Ten minutes into the movie, the couple at the center of this blockbuster romantic comedy travel from New York to Singapore, and every beat of their journey—from the luxe platinum-class airplane suite to the way the camera soars toward the city's unforgettable skyline to the way the movie then hauls us off to a hawker center for an incredible street-food feast —couldn't have been staged better by the Singapore Tourism Board. A year after the movie's release, Singapore registered a record five million inbound tourists, and watching this film, it's easy to see why.

From The Golden Screen :  "No single movie has changed the metrics of how Asian Americans are seen in Hollywood more than  Crazy Rich Asians , Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of the book by Singaporean author Kevin Kwan. Crazy Rich Asians  ended up rallying unprecedented support from the Asian American community, who bought out theaters; saw the movie two, three, or more times; evangelized it to parents and grandparents; and kept the film buzzing on social media via endless layers of discourse, from the film’s food and fashion to the intricate symbolism of a single game of mahjong."

6 Movies from the Asian Film Canon That Will Make You Want to Travel

Minari  (2020)

The destination : Northwest Arkansas, but really Sand Springs, Oklahoma , United States

Why you'll want to visit:   Minari  is a family story that might feel tiny and intimate if it weren't for the rolling vistas of lush and expansive prairie—topped with a boundless blue sky—that frame virtually every outdoor sequence. Yes, the movie is set in the farmland around director Lee Isaac Chung's childhood home of Lincoln, Arkansas, but the actual scenery belongs to Meadow Lake Ranch in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, the dude ranch bed-and-breakfast where much of the movie was shot.

From The Golden Screen :  "This deeply evocative film from director Lee Isaac Chung, loosely based on his own childhood memories, stops just short of being an elegy. Nevertheless, it delivers a remarkable payload of broken dreams and bitter resilience in the tale of a Korean immigrant family moving from California to deep-country Arkansas in the early eighties."

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Fire Island  (2022)

The destination : Fire Island , New York, United States

Why you'll want to visit: This movie— Pride and Prejudice , but with more pride and less prejudice—showcases the sweaty, ecstatic charms of New York 's slightly notorious summertime queer mecca. It'll make you want to visit Fire Island for yourself, even if you're straight; the non-gay parts are fun too (and family-friendly), though you'll never stop wondering what's on the other end of the thumping disco beats faintly audible in the distance over in Cherry Grove and The Pines.

From The Golden Screen :  “The film, a loose adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic  Pride and Prejudice  set in the gay hot spots of New York’s Fire Island, works precisely because of its ability to luxuriate in creating its characters rather than clipping them into brief stereotypes.”

Jeff Yang is the author of Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture and The Golden Screen: The Movies That Made Asian America ; and is the co-author of   RISE: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now . In 1989, Yang launched one of the first Asian American national magazines,  A. Magazine, and now writes frequently for CNN, the  New York Times, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Article: Top 10 Time Travel Movies In Korean So Far

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Time travel has piqued people interest for many years because of its enticing quality.This idea of time travel excites audiences every time. But creating these kinds of films with incredible plots is not simple. For each movie, filmmakers are free to develop fresher sci-fiideas. All of them, however, have one thing in common: they all want to go back in time to undo something that has already happened. It's not necessary for all time-travel movies to

have genuine-time travel or to convey the do-it-now, rather than tomorrow, maxim. It a lotof fun going back in time. Below listed are the top 10-time travel movies in Korean so far.

1. Lucid Dream (2017)

In Jun-sung Kim's Korean sci-fi thriller Lucid Dream, a father tries to locate his kidnapped son by traveling into the past in his mind. Lucid Dream is just a part-time-travel film, but it packed with impressive visuals, gory scenes, quick-paced chase scenes, and enough story twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. A distraught father who spent three years looking for his kidnapped son now uses lucid dreams to try and find his lost child.

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2. A Day (2017)

Cho Sun-ho is the director of the 2017 South Korean thriller mystery film A Day. In the story, Kim Joon Young is a well-known thoracic surgeon who isn't a great parentto his daughter Eun-Jung. An accident leaves his daughter dead in front of him one day .He strives to uncover the mystery of that day alongside the ambulance driver Lee Min Chul as the same day keeps happening from that point on. If you want a suspenseful movie with heart, watch A Day. The movie concentrates equally on poignant reunions and fast-paced, with many complex aspects and unexpected narrative turns.

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3. Il Mare (2000)

It later came to be regarded as a genre pioneer in the time-travel romance subgenre.Lee Hyun Seung directed the film. A young woman leaves her charming coastal home in 1999 and moves back to the city.She puts a letter in the mailbox for the new owner, instructing them to forward any of hercorrespondence to the new address. A disillusioned young architect who moves into thesame home in 1997 discovers the letter. She receives his response after he deposits itin the mailbox, starting a love story that takes place in two different periods.This movie is a subtly despairing love story with a backdrop of greenery, sunsets, andwater.

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4. 2009: Lost Memories (2002)

Lee Si Myung's science fiction action movie 2009: Lost Memories, released in 2002,was based on Bok Geo-il 1987 book Looking for an Epitaph. History changed in 1909 when an assassination attempt failed in Harbin, China. Tounravel the connection between this artifact and an ancient Korean artifact, two JB Iagents must work together.When Korean citizens strive to travel back in time to change history, anti-terrorism experts (Tôru Nakamura, Jang Dong-gun) end up on opposite sides. As a collaborative South Korean-Japanese production, the film offered a daring story and did a commendable job of tackling weighty issues like nationalism and patriotism.

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5. Project Makeover (2007)

Project Makeover, directed by Chang-lae Kim, is a lighthearted and entertaining rom-com that should only be experienced and not remembered for too long. The unhappy woman takes on the identity of her cousin to prevent her younger self fromcommitting the same mistakes and jeopardizing her future and travels back in time. Thisfilm teaches us that although you cannot undo the past (as Jung-Joo would discover thehard way), you can still look ahead and influence the future.This movie is perfect for gloomy days and lonely evenings since it's cheerful, hilarious, and warm.

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6. Will You Be There (2016)

The French novel Seras-tu là? by Guillaume Musso served as the inspiration for the2016 South Korean fantasy drama film Will You Be There, which was helmed by HongJi-young.The plot centers on Soo Hyun discovering mystical tablets that let him travel throughtime. The future Soo Hyun meets the youthful Soo Hyun 30 years in the past, at whichpoint he uncovers that his lover would shortly pass away as a result of him. The twoSoo-hyuns attempt to modify the past to save her, but this only creates a new and unexpected history that results in a brand-new future.It a cute, heart-warming short movie.

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7. Time Renegades (2016)

South Korean director Kwak Jae Yong Time Renegades is a romantic thriller.In this film, a 1983 high school teacher and a 2015 investigator who are 30 years a partwork together via their dreams to alter the dangerous course that their shared lovelifeis on.This story will appeal to those who like complex time-travel stories.

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8. 11:00 A.M. (2013)

Kim Hyun Seok sci-fi thriller AM 11:00 got released in 2013 in South Korea.A time machine has finally been created in the not too distant future by experts in adeep-sea facility. If he completes a test flight, a mega-corporation will provide funds to head researcher Woo Seok. The following morning, when he and Young-eun arrive at11 A.M. to complete the task, they discover the base is about to collapse. Now that the researchers are all vanished, someone is out to get them. The science-fiction thriller AM 11:00 is quite watchable and mildly entertaining.

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9. The Spies (2012)

A 2012 South Korean action-comedy film by the director Woo Min-ho is titled The Spies ,sometimes known as The Spy. The film follows Kim Myeong-min (39) Agent Kim, a family guy who leads a pleasant and joyful life with his wife and two kids. He works for a business that imports phoney viagrafrom China while posing as a manager. Agent Kang, Agent Woo, and Adviser Yoonwere Agent Kim three teammates when he was dispatched to South Korea ten years ago for a unique assignment.The fight scenes are sleek and expertly planned, and the action is tremendous.

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10. Young Gun In The Time (2012)

A South Korean action-sci-fi movie, Young Gun in the Time got released in 2012. OhYoung-doo served as the director.

The investigator in this film, Yung Gun, is approached by a stunning woman who requests that he commit murder. Yung Gun politely declines. But shortly after, she uses the time machine to travel back in time after dying in a car accident. Yung Gun starts to get interested.It successfully defeats the miscreant via one of the most creative applications of time travel.

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The 35 Best Korean Time Travel Dramas

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Korean dramas have captured the hearts of viewers worldwide with their unique storytelling and captivating narratives.

One particular theme that has always had immense popularity is time travel.

These dramas skillfully weave together the complexities of the past, present, and future, inviting viewers on a thrilling journey through time.

The allure of time travel lies not only in the imaginative plotlines but also in the emotional depth it adds to the narratives.

Characters find themselves facing extraordinary circumstances as they grapple with the consequences of altering the course of history or attempting to rectify past mistakes.

This exploration of the human condition, accompanied by a touch of fantasy, creates a profound and thought-provoking viewing experience.

Moreover, K-dramas often infuse time travel narratives with elements of romance, heightening the emotional stakes and adding a layer of the dramatics that we’ve all come to know and love with K-dramas.

The intricate relationships that develop between characters across different time periods lend an air of mystery and longing, making these dramas all the more captivating.

In this article, we will delve into the world of K-dramas that feature time travel! So fasten your seatbelts as we embark on a thrilling journey through time and discover the enchanting realm of Korean dramas about time travel.

Mr. Queen, tvN (2020 – 2021)

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Mr. Queen is a historical fantasy drama series that tells the story of Jang Bong-hwan, a womanizing, free-spirited chef working in the Blue House who gets transported back in time and finds himself inhabiting the body of Queen Cheorin in the Joseon dynasty.

Jang Bong-hwan must negotiate the complicated world of the royal court, where political intrigue and power struggles are common while coping with the confusion of being in a woman’s body.

In his role as Queen Cheorin, he is forced to rely on his resourcefulness and uncanny partnerships to survive after becoming embroiled in a plot to depose the king.

Queen and I, tvN (2012)

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Queen and I is a fantasy romantic comedy-drama that revolves around Kim Bung-do, a scholar in the Joseon dynasty.

He is also one of the supporters of the rightful Queen In-Hyun, who had previously been deposed by a royal concubine.

A magical talisman somehow transports Bung-do to the present where he encounters the famous Queen In-hyun – who happens to just be a character in a new K-drama – and ends up falling in love with the actress who plays her, Choi Hee-jin.

However, their romance faces numerous challenges and Bong-gu must navigate the complexities of the unknown future, all while striving to find a way back to the past.

Splash Splash Love, MBC (2015)

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Splash Splash Love is a Korean time-travel romantic drama that follows the story of Danbi, a high school student who, in a bid to escape a major mathematics exam, uses her time-travel abilities to transport herself to the Joseon era during a rainstorm.

Despite hating math in her own timeline, she becomes known as the smartest in this kingdom!

She and the King inexplicably fall in love, but Danbi makes the hard choice to return to her own time.

King Lee Do swears that he will find her again and once again during a rainstorm, the two are reunited through Lee’s reincarnation.

The King: Eternal Monarch, SBS TV (2020)

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The King: Eternal Monarch is a fantasy romance drama that follows the parallel worlds of the modern-day Republic of Korea and the Kingdom of Corea.

Emperor Lee Gon of Corea discovers a portal connecting the two worlds and crosses over to find detective Jung Tae-eul, who is a familiar face associated with his father’s murder.

As they navigate their differences and the political tensions in both worlds, they uncover a dangerous conspiracy and strive to protect their loved ones.

Love blossoms between them, but they face immense challenges, including a power-hungry villain who seeks to exploit the portal for his own gain.

Tale of the Nine Tailed 1938, tvN (2023)

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One of the most recently aired series on the list is Tale of the Nine Tailed 1938 , which actually just recently wrapped up its 12th and final episode.

It serves as the second season of the popular supernatural fantasy drama Tale of the Nine Tailed , but the storyline is also somewhat of a prequel.

Following the events with Nam Ji-ah in the original series, protagonist Lee Yeon is transported back in time to 1938 and the then Japanese occupation of Korea.

Dr. Jin, MBC (2012)

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Dr. Jin is a historical medical drama that follows the story of Jin Hyuk, a brilliant neurosurgeon in the present day who, because of his highly analytical mind, can sometimes be cold and indifferent.

After suffering from a personal tragedy involving his girlfriend, he gets transported back in time to the Joseon dynasty.

Struggling to adapt to the primitive medical practices of the era, Jin Hyuk uses his modern knowledge to save lives and make advancements in medicine and even medical devices.

He meets people who help him, but his actions soon start interfering with the course of history.

Rooftop Prince, SBS (2012)

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In a complex story of intersecting fates and (possible) reincarnations across timelines and generations, Rooftop Prince weaves romance into comical misunderstandings and heartwarming moments.

Crown Prince Lee Gak and his three loyal servants time-travel from the Joseon era to present-day Seoul in a bid to solve the mysterious death of his beloved Crown Princess.

He poses as the lost grandson of a wealthy CEO – who he happens to resemble exactly – and encounters a woman who also looks exactly like his late wife.

Getting closer to her might help solve the mystery of her death back in their timeline, but he may end up hurting someone else along the way.

Live Up to Your Name, tvN (2017)

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In the historical medical drama Live Up to Your Name , Heo Im is a respected doctor and acupuncturist in the Joseon era, tending to the poor by day and the nobles by night.

However, he is mistakenly charged with treason and supposedly killed. Instead he wakes up in present-day Seoul!

In the modern era, he meets and forms an unlikely partnership with Choi Yeon-kyung, a pragmatic and ambitious cardiothoracic surgeon.

Together, they navigate the clash between traditional and modern medical practices while overcoming personal obstacles and gradually developing a deep bond.

Faith, SBS TV (2012)

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Also known as The Great Doctor , Faith begins in a historical setting where the King’s wife is fatally injured in an accident.

He orders his Captain of the Royal Guard, Choi Young, to enter a portal to retrieve the “Heaven’s Doctor” that they heard of in their legends.

Choi Young travels to modern-day Seoul and brings back Eunsoo, an actual doctor, who then saves the queen.

He had promised to bring her back once her duty was done, but they both soon get embroiled in schemes to keep Eunsoo in the past as more and more people become selfishly interested in her medical prowess.

Life on Mars, OCN (2018)

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In a slightly different theme from the previous shows on the list, Life on Mars is a crime thriller series that follows a talented forensic scientist who also leads a crime investigation team.

After an accident, Taejoo awakens to find himself transported back to 1988 with no idea how he got there or why.

Now a detective in the past, he works with his current team to solve a serial murder case with the antiquated technology and methods of the era in order to also solve the mystery behind his time travel.

Signal, tvN (2016)

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Signal is yet another crime thriller series that is less about actual physical time travel and more about a mysterious connection between past and present that stems from a seemingly innocuous object: a walkie-talkie.

Park Hae-young is a young criminal profiler from the present day who stumbles upon a mysterious walkie-talkie that helps him solve a murder cold case through its ability to connect him to a detective from the past, Lee Jae-han.

Through the walkie-talkie, they collaborate to solve cold cases and prevent crimes from happening, but consequences soon follow.

Times, OCN (2021)

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Similar to Signal , OCN’s political thriller series Times connects the past and present, but this time through a phone and between two journalists : Jinwoo in 2015 and Jungin in 2020.

They work together at first to prevent the murder of Jungin’s father, who is the current president of South Korea.

Along the way, they uncover a dangerous conspiracy involving political corruption and manipulation of time and work together to fight against the forces that seek to control the future so they can preserve their nation’s tomorrow.

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, SBS TV (2016)

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Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo is a historical drama series based on a Chinese novel.

Like many of the previous shows on this list, the series features the protagonist (named Hajin) traveling way back in time but this time, to the Goryeo dynasty to the year 941.

On top of that, she finds herself in the body of Haesoo, one of the many male princes of the current ruling family who are all fighting for the crown.

As she navigates political rivalries and intense love triangles, Ha-jin discovers her own destiny and the tragic fate that awaits those around her.

Chicago Typewriter, tvN (2017)

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In the popular fantasy drama series Chicago Typewriter , viewers will meet three central characters whose stories unfold over the course of time – specifically, two different timelines.

There’s Sejoo, a handsome and renowned writer with many fans who suffers from depression; Seol, a veterinarian and fan of Sejoo; and Jinoh, a talented ghostwriter.

As their paths converge, a mysterious typewriter helps them discover how their past lives were connected during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s , and how their friendship then crossed decades into the present.

Manhole, KBS2 (2017)

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If we could time travel, we’d always be tempted to go back in time to prevent the things that we don’t want to happen.

In Manhole , Bongpil does just that when he discovers a manhole that allows him to travel back in time.

What does he do when he gets to the past? Well, anything to stop his dream girl’s wedding from happening!

However, his efforts often lead to hilarious and chaotic consequences.

Alongside his loyal friends, he navigates the challenges of altering the past and learns valuable lessons about love, friendship, and the importance of living in the present.

Hit the Top, KBS2 (2017)

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Hit the Top is a combination of humor and nostalgia, and takes place primarily in the constantly evolving world of K-pop.

Back in the early 1990s, popular K-pop idol Hyunjae accidentally time travels to 2017, where he soon discovers that he had been in the news for mysteriously disappearing and subsequently presumed dead.

As he adjusts to his vastly different life in the future, he tries to investigate the cause of his time travel.

At the same time, an aspiring K-pop trainee crosses his path – one who he is more connected with than either of them expected.

My First Love, OCN (2018)

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The South Korean romantic fantasy drama My First Love centers on Kang Shinwoo, a man in his 30s who goes back in time to his high school years.

Shin-woo runs into his younger self and his first love, Han Jisoo, when he travels back in time. Shin-woo makes an effort to rewrite their fate and win Jisoo’s affection in an effort to alter the tragic course of their history.

At the same time, Shinwoo discovers important lessons about love, regret, and the value of honoring the present as he wrestles with the repercussions of changing the past.

Tomorrow, with You, tvN (2017)

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Tomorrow, with You is a romance series that follows the story of Yoo Sojoon, a time-traveling CEO of a real estate agency who can foresee his future through subway rides, and his wife Marin, a cheerful and optimistic amateur photographer.

To change his impending tragic fate that he accidentally glimpses, he marries Marin and together, they navigate the complexities of marriage while battling against their own personal struggles.

Eventually, Sojourn learns to truly love her amidst the consequences of altering destiny.

Marry Him If You Dare, KBS (2013)

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Yet another romance drama on the list is KBS’ Marry Him If You Dare , which is set in the world of television broadcasting.

It follows the story of Na Mirae, a young woman who receives a mysterious opportunity to travel back in time to change her future.

The present Mirae is married to news anchor Kim Shin but travels to visit her 32-year-old self to prevent that from happening.

This causes her to go down a completely different path to really pursue the dreams she had always wanted.

Familiar Wife, tvN (2018)

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The decisions we make impact the road our lives go down; one different decision could catapult things in a direction we never would have expected.

That’s what happens in Familiar Wife , a romantic fantasy drama that tells the story of Joohyuk, a married man who regrets the choices he made in his life.

One day, he encounters a mysterious opportunity to travel back in time and change his past.

In the blink of an eye, the life he knew with his wife Woojin and best friend Joonghoo is gone and his first love Hyewon comes back into the picture.

Go Back Couple, KBS2 (2017)

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It’s complicated enough when a person goes back in time to change their previous decisions, but what happens when two people time travel together? Especially when these two people have a life together in the present?

Go Back Couple follows married couple Bando and Jinjoo, who are parents to a young boy and have become deeply unsatisfied with their lives – family, career, and relationship-wise.

Suddenly, the couple is transported 18 years back to when they were university students, where they make different choices and learn the enduring power of love.

The Light in Your Eyes, JTBC (2019)

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The Light In Your Eyes is also known as Dazzling  and emphasizes the importance of valuing the people who cause the lights in our eyes to shine throughout our lives.

In the drama series, we meet a young woman named Hyeja who possesses a special watch that allows her to manipulate time. However, using the watch causes her to age rapidly.

After having used it one too many times, Hyeja is now passing the time at an elderly care center where she meets Joonha, an employee who looks like the young Hyeja’s husband.

Nine: Nine Time Travels, tvN (2013)

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A news anchor named Park Sunwoo finds nine magical incense items that enables him to travel 20 years back in time in the fantasy thriller drama entitled Nine: Nine Time Travels .

Sunwoo makes numerous trips to the past in an effort to change the tragic events that have occurred in his life, changing both his decisions and the course of history.

He soon learns, though, that every change has unintended consequences both for himself and those he loves around him, and he is forced to deal with the moral dilemmas that follow.

Sisyphus: The Myth, JTBC (2021)

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In the dystopian science fiction series Sisyphus: The Myth , engineer and brilliant quantum physicist Taesul crosses paths with a mysterious woman from the future named Seohae.

In Seohae’s present, she explores a war-torn Korea and travels back in time to both prevent Taesul’s death and his invention of the time travel device she used.

Meanwhile, Taesul is trying to investigate the strange circumstances around his brother’s death and a time-travel conspiracy where he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous game where past, present, and future collide.

Tunnel, OCN (2017)

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Some crimes can span decades, with the case passing through the hands of several teams and detectives without ever getting resolved.

In the crime thriller Tunnel , we begin the story in 1986 when Detective Park Gwangho is hot on the tail of a serial killer.

He chases the perpetrator through a tunnel and ends up in 2016 where the same killer is still on the loose and just beginning to continue his murder spree.

Gwangho teams up with Detective Kim Seonjae and criminal profiler Shin Jaeyi to race against time and apprehend the killer before they can commit further crimes.

Alice, SBS TV (2020)

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Science fiction drama series Alice weaves a complex tale of love, fate, and the consequences of tampering with time.

The title is a reference to the time-traveling agency in 2050 that sends clients to the past in order to find peace and closure with dead loved ones and also makes sure these trips are done properly.

Viewers meet Alice agents Taeyi and Minhyuk as they travel almost 60 years to the past on a mission, but their personal lives get intertwined and affect the present – 2020.

My Perfect Stranger, KBS2 (2023)

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My Perfect Stranger is one of the newest shows on this list, having just finished airing in June of this year!

The romance mystery tells a beautiful story of two strangers who time travel back to 1987.

Haejun is a seemingly aloof newscaster who is trying to seek the truth behind a serial killing case; Yoonyoung is an editor at a publishing company who wants to prevent the marriage of her parents.

They find themselves in the past and also discover that their goals are more intertwined than they think.

Kairos, MBC TV (2020)

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Kairos is similar to a few other shows as the time travel occurs in parallel timelines that connect characters instead of actually traveling through time.

However, it is also a rare one as the timelines are only one month apart!

Seojin is a company executive whose daughter suddenly goes missing while Aeri is a young woman living one month behind and whose mother also disappears.

When Seojin and Aeri meet through a phone call, he asks the latter to help find his daughter while helping to find her mother in his future timeline.

God’s Gift: 14 Days, SBS (2014)

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God’s Gift: 14 Days tells the story of Kim Soohyun, a distraught mother whose daughter is abducted and killed, who miraculously gets the chance to travel back to the two weeks prior to the tragedy.

Soohyun is in a race against time to find the kidnapper and stop terrible things from happening because she is determined to change the outcome.

She discovers that the truth is much more complicated and perilous than she had anticipated as she digs deeper into the murky secrets surrounding her daughter’s death.

365: Repeat The Year, MBC TV (2020)

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If you could repeat the last year of your life, would you?

In the mystery thriller 365: Repeat The Year , 10 people are given the opportunity to reset their lives by going back one year in time.

They participate in a time-traveling experiment, hoping to change their fates and undo their regrets.

However, they soon realize that altering the past has dire consequences, and they must unravel the mystery behind the experiment to save their lives.

Reunited Worlds, SBS (2017)

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In Reunited Worlds , a man named Sung Haesung mysteriously reappears 12 years after his untimely death.

While he hasn’t aged, he finds that everyone around him has changed and gone on with their lives.

Haesung reconnects with his childhood friends, including his first love Jung Jungwon, as he navigates the difficulties of his new reality.

Together, they learn the truth about his time travel and work to mend relationships, sever old wounds, and find happiness in the present.

See You in My 19th Life, tvN (2023)

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See You in My 19th Life is based on the webtoon of the same name that was published on Naver.

It tells the story of Jieum, who has lived out several lifetimes through reincarnation and has the supernatural ability to remember all of her past lives.

Her 18th life is tragically cut short due to an accident, and as she lives out her 19th, she knowingly heads down a path that will lead her to reconnect with a man from her previous life.

A Time Called You, Netflix (2023 – present)

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Then there is the romance drama A Time Called You , which premiered on Netflix relatively recently – on September 8th, 2023.

It is an adaptation of a Taiwanese series and follows Junhee, who continues to mourn her boyfriend Yeonjun’s death one year later.

Somehow, she finds herself transported back to 1998 and in the body of an 18-year-old named Minju, who meets Siheon, a boy who looks like her deceased partner.

Marry My Husband, tvN (2024 – present)

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The newest series on this list is Marry My Husband , which premiered on tvN on January 1st, 2024.

Marry My Husband follows Jiwon, described as a “time-limited woman” who has the opportunity to go back ten years.

In her new present, she dreams of exacting revenge on her cheating, murderous husband who killed her after having an affair with her best friend.

The Story of Park’s Marriage Contract, MBC (2023 – present)

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Finally, we come to the last show in this countdown – The Story of Park’s Marriage Contract .

The fantasy romance series tells the story of Park Yeonwoo, a beautiful woman from the Joseon dynasty who loses her husband on the first night of their marriage.

She suddenly finds herself transported to the 21st century and under a modern marriage contract with Kang Taeha, who looks exactly like her husband.

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‘Grand Tour’ Review: Miguel Gomes’ Dreamy, Delirious Time-Swirling Travelogue Through East and Southeast Asia

Bristling with life and song and revelatory collisions between cultures and timeframes, the Portuguese master's Cannes Competition title is a healing balm for trying times.

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All we know is that, when this low-level British diplomat (who, like all the British characters, whether they hail from London or pine for Yorkshire, speaks in Portuguese) shows up at Mandalay train station, it is 1918, near midnight and he is drunk. The next day, when he goes to pick Molly up from her arriving steamship, his nerve suddenly fails, and before he even claps eyes on her, he scarpers onto the next ship bound for Singapore.

This is the story of “Grand Tour,” but it is not the half of “Grand Tour.” From the beginning, Gomes’ eccentric, puckish sensibilities are in evidence, with every beautifully rendered black-and-white, period-set interior alternating with bustling, bristling contemporary footage of the various towns and countries featured. Between 1918 and now, some of them have changed their names — Burma is now Myanmar, Siam is now Thailand — but none have changed their spirit, a fact that the seemingly reckless but actually deceptively meticulous construction makes clear.

Sometimes in color, sometimes in monochrome, with the narrators speaking the local lingo and knitting Edward and Molly’s colonial-era stories into the Asia of today, we get gorgeous on-the-fly snapshots of modern life across the continent. A rickety Rangoon ferris wheel propelled by hand (and foot). Workers untangling the wires atop Saigon’s overloaded telephone poles. Old Chinese men playing mahjong; Filipino locals riding tuktuks; Lunar New Year fireworks exploding over the Saigon skyline; a portly man in a restaurant moving himself to tears with his karaoke rendition of “My Way” before returning to his noodles, dabbing at wet eyes.

The film also has a recurring motif in the puppet shows that seemingly every culture has developed, and developed differently, as a storytelling medium. There are marionettes and paper silhouettes and two-person representations of — are they turkeys? Ostriches? Who knows? But that we always see the puppeteers as much as we see their puppets seems appropriate to the sense we get, throughout this overflowing cornucopia of worldly pleasures, of a single intelligence, a particular curiosity and a uniquely skewed sense of humor unifying so much that, in our darker moods, might seem actually to divide us.

Gomes shot this extraordinary film in an extraordinary way. Hampered by Covid-era restrictions, a lot of the modern footage — credited to three cinematographers in Rui Poças, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom and Guo Liang — was directed remotely, while the period segments, whether in bamboo forests or Raffles Hotel or aboard a ship whose captain speaks in six different languages over the mooing of a cargo hold full of cows, were creations on a sound stage. But even aside from the occasional deliberate anachronism — like a cellphone dropped in a forest when Molly is on the verge of catching up to Edward — and despite the brash collisions of stock and style, and scripted fiction and found-footage reality, “Grand Tour” is a remarkably coherent, if richly complex experience.

Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Competition). May 22, 2024. Running time: 129 MIN.

  • Production: (Portugal-Italy-France) An Uma Pedra no Sapato production in co-production with Vivo film, Shellac, Cinéma Defacto. (World sales: Match Factory, Cologne.) Producer: Filipa Reis. Executive Producer: João Miller Guerra. Co-producers: Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Thomas Ordonneau, Tom Dercourt. 
  • Crew: Director: Miguel Gomes. Screenplay: Mariana Ricardo, Telmo Churro, Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes. Camera: Rui Poças, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Guo Liang. Editors: Telmo Churro, Pedro Filipe Marques.
  • With: Crista Alfaiate, Gonçalo Waddington, Cláudio da Silva, Lang Khê Tran. (Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, French, Burmese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Japanese dialogue)

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10 Romantic Time Travel Movies to Binge Watch: I’ll Love You to the End of Time

These are some of the best time travel romance movies!

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Time travel as a genre is always fascinating in any medium, whether a book, movie, TV show or comic. The possibility of meeting anyone in existence, going to places long forgotten, and uncovering secrets of well-loved icons of the past and maybe even the future gives a special allure to time travel romance movies.

romantic time travel movies list with image of Somewhere in Time.

The fantastical direction this genre takes adds elements of magic, naivete, and touches of illusion, appealing to older and younger viewers alike. Add into this the sprinkle of romance, and you have me hooked.

If I get the chance to watch Shakespeare wooing a girl from the 21st century using poems that have become cult classics, I’m grabbing the popcorn and switching my phone off.


Like most people, I grew up watching time travel movies. Consequently, they have become my favorites. For example, we can all appreciate Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure or watching Hermione travel back in time to see herself punch Draco in the face. (Not only a win for Harry Potter fans but for girls all around.)

Meanwhile, Doctor Who (2005) is my first exposure to real romance and time travel. With the Doctor’s companions all falling for him, he initially only falls for Rose (Nine and Ten).


As a result, it had millions of us hoping he would appear in our living rooms, ready to take us on our own adventure. Since then, there was no going back. There are just so many romantic time travel movies calling out to be binged.

Here is a list of my personal favorite romantic time travel movies that have thus far survived the test of time. However, I will admit this list is not exhaustive (limiting the films to 10 was difficult).


(In No Particular Order)

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#1: ABOUT TIME (2013)

About Time

Without a doubt, this is a humorous and engaging retelling of a classic boy trying to win over a girl story. Tim wishes to change his life and get a girlfriend. With this intention, enter Mary.

Tom falls for her and is relentless and tenacious in his pursuit, all thanks to a family secret. The men in his family can travel through time! What a secret to have, and at 21, your options are endless.

About Time beautifully captures the fun-loving side of romance. And, as viewers, we see the benefits of having such a gift and just how painful the gift can be.

For this reason, we see the love between a man and woman and the close relationship between Tim and his father, played by the talented Bill Nighy . Have tissues ready, as poignant scenes will get you teary-eyed.

Content Note: This film is rated 12A in the UK for mild profanity, nudity, violence, and moderate love scenes. For the same reason, About Time is a mild rated R in the United States.


Romantic Time Travel Movies - The Time Traveler's Wife

This falls quite high on my list of must-watch romance films in general as it has sweeping romance and not to mention swoon-worthy Eric Bana as the protagonist. The film beautifully interweaves through different phases of time, keeping the viewer enthralled.

It follows the life of Clare (Rachel McAdams) and how she meets Henry (Eric Bana), or rather how he encounters her. Clare and Henry ‘meet’ in a library. Soon, they both know what Henry is and what he can do, which is being involuntarily thrown through time, forwards or backward.

The movie’s most interesting aspect is that, despite Henry being the traveler, Clare knows more about him. She’s even aware of their relationship during their ‘first meeting’.

You can assume this is not their first meeting without giving too much away. The story follows them through their life together, how his continued absence becomes a toll on Clare, and over time, it delves into the life of living with a time traveler.

Could you live with someone who knows your future? They will know exactly where your life together could end up. Instead of going for the fated lovers’ angle, this looks at how fate may have brought them together, but should they have walked away?

Content Note: This film is rated 12A in the UK for mild sensuality, nudity, and profanity. In the US, the film is rated PG-13.


Somewhere in Time

If you prefer sweet innocent love stories with classic romance, Somewhere in Time will be perfect for you.

Set in 1972, Christopher Reeve stars as student Richard Collier who travels to Mackinac Island to stay at the Grand Hotel, where he sees a portrait of a woman who he becomes enamored with.

He finds out she was a famous stage actress who has passed away. In this obsession with the picture, he finds a way to go back in time to meet her.

Using methods of self-hypnosis, he is able to get back to 1900 and meet Elise McKenna, but what fate is in store for two people with such a big ‘time’ difference? Get ready to fall in love with the characters, cinematography, music, and love stories all over again.

Fun tidbit: Somewhere in Time was nominated for an Oscar for best costume design.

Content Note : This film is rated PG for mild profanity and sensuality.

#4: THE LAKE HOUSE (2006) AND IL MARE (2002)

The Lake House

The Lake House is a somber story, showing love with a facet of yearning, similar to Somewhere in Time . Both have protagonists who are trapped in different times.

Kate Forrester (Sandra Bullock) moves to a new house, leaving behind a letter for the next tenant. The person who reads the letter, Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves), realizes some unusual things are happening.

Events mentioned in the letter have yet to occur. They come to the realization that they are exactly two years apart, writing from different times.

This charming movie weaves a beautiful story that will appeal to anyone in a long-distance relationship. You will be able to relate to the dates they attempt to go on and how they try and share experiences with each other.

It will make you appreciate that you are at least a phone call away. The ending of the movie will have you on the edge of your seats, and the revelations revealed will make you want to believe in fate and kismet take your pick.

Special mention to the original movie Il Mare (2002), a Korean production and equally a must-watch if you don’t mind subtitles.

Content Note: This film is rated PG with mild profanity, alcohol, and drugs.


10 Romantic Time Travel Movies to Binge Watch: I'll Love You to the End of...Err...Time: Back to the Future Part III

If you are not familiar with this series, what are you doing? Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and the iconic DeLorean made a generation of kids dream about hoverboards and Nike trainers.

This is the third installment of the series, giving more focus to the ‘Doc’ Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd).

Set against the backdrop of the 1885 old west (and true to the name), we get standoffs, brawls, and romance. Meanwhile, Marty travels to 1885 and is stuck because his car breaks down.

Of course, he has a run-in with ‘Mad Dog’ Biff Tannen and his unruly gang. (Trying to send Marty back with their limited resources makes you appreciate a lot of amenities we take for granted.)

In this process, Emmett meets a school teacher, Clara Clayton (Mary Steenburgen), who is a science geek just like him, and soon a romance blossoms.

It is surreal and sweet to see Doc so enamored and unable to figure out how to act. Furthermore, the romance breathes new life into his character and shows an angle we never thought we needed.

In the climax of the movie, there is a race against time to get the DeLorean fixed and Marty back to the present day. Ultimately, even as a sequel, Back to the Future Part III is brilliant.

Content Note: This film is rated PG with moderate profanity, mild sensuality, nudity, and violence.


midnight in paris; romantic time travel movies

‘ You’re in love with a fantasy.’ ‘I’m in love with you.’

Woody Allen does it again, giving us a spellbinding movie with sophisticated and witty characters. He portrays Paris in a way that will make you want to go there and explore.

Winner of an Oscar, Midnight in Paris follows Gil (Owen Wilson) and Inez (Rachel McAdams) on vacation in Paris, where he wishes to move after they marry.

However, his wife-to-be doesn’t see the magic of the city, hoping to settle in America instead. In the meantime, Gil struggles to write his first novel and takes a strange late-night stroll through Paris, getting an invite to a party that includes guests such as Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Gertrude, and many others who frequented the famous salon of Stein.

It is up to the audience to decide if this is time travel or just the fantasy of a desperate writer who is in love with the golden era of the ’20s. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie because it gave a glimpse of how some of my favorite writers would interact.

This is what other genres cannot do, transport and introduce characters and figures who we would love to meet. This charming film will have you falling in love with the characters and the dialogue.

The superb acting by Wilson portrays an awe-struck, enthusiastic writer who meets his heroes. There is no real story to follow, but rather more events that unfold and how the characters react to them. But life is like this sometimes: we don’t know where things are going until later on.

Content Note: This film is rated 12A  in the UK and PG-13 in the U.S. for mild profanity, sensuality, and nudity.

#7: 13 GOING ON 30 (2004)

13 Going on 30

13 Going on 30 is a reverse-coming-of-age time travel romantic comedy. Jenna (Jennifer Garner) makes a wish on her thirteenth birthday, wanting to be older after going through an embarrassing ordeal.

Jenna wishes to make her older, and it is fulfilled magically. She wakes up the next day to find she is weeks from her thirtieth birthday, has a dream job as a magazine editor, a car, and a very attractive boyfriend.

Everything that anyone could want, but she is still not happy, which pushes the story toward what she truly desires.

This approach is always fun to watch, including hilarious scenes where the protagonist tries to understand the new circumstances and her new body. I admit it’s nothing new in terms of what we can expect, but Garner portrays the character’s innocence and naivete so well.

We see beautiful shots of New York City, which will make you want to book your flight and get over there. However, the surprise in this movie is Mark Ruffalo, who plays Matt, the high school best friend.

Seeing him in this role will be new and a fresh take for fans of the Marvel world. One of the best moments in the movie is the Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ dance which will leave you astounded and get you on your feet.

Content Note: This film is rated 12A in the UK and PG-13 in the U.S. for mild profanity and suggestive content.

#8: WINTER’S TALE (2014)

Winter's Tale - Romantic Time Travel Movies

Winter’s Tale is set in 1895 on the streets of New York and is based on the novel of the same name. Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) is a seasoned thief who enters the home of Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay). Beverly catches him in the act.

They both fall in love, and she tells Peter a story about how everyone is born with a miracle inside them. This is the theme for the whole movie so keep this in mind while watching.

The movie boasts a lot of big stars: Russell Crowe, Will Smith, and William Hurt, who all play fantastical characters brilliantly. The story jumps to modern times showing us Peter again. But he has amnesia, setting the story for the rest of the movie. The search for his memories and lost story.

Romance like this is always beautiful to watch, even though the audience and characters know it will not be the happy ending we all hope for.

Fans of Downton Abbey will recognize Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley, carrying off the character of Beverly competently, with a timeless beauty that is only enhanced because we know the fate of the character.

Farrell is exquisite as always, playing his role as an Irish thief so convincingly. There are many twists and turns to keep you entertained during the second half, which is worth the effort.

Content Note: This film is rated 12A in the UK and PG-13 in the U.S. for violence and sensuality.

#9: IF ONLY (2004)

If Only

If Only uses the winning formula that led Groundhog Day (1993) to success, where the day is on repeat. We have Samantha (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and Ian (Paul Nichols), who are a typical couple, showing the relationship and fights.

Tragedy strikes when Samantha has a car accident leaving a heartbroken and grief-stricken Ian. But fate gives him another chance to back in time to try and change events. He lives the same day again and, like any sensible hero, tries to alter the events leading up to her accident.

It’s a sweet story showing the importance of cherishing the people close to you. The film further makes you wonder about how you would react in this situation. Would you be able to change anything?

The story moves at a good pace, keeping audiences on edge as to whether Ian will succeed. Very beautiful moments occur between the two as Ian knows what will come.

He tries his hardest to make everything perfect (and take notes, guys – ahem, ahem). Tissues may be needed; you have been warned.

Content Note: This film is rated PG-13 for some sensual material.

#10: KATE & LEOPOLD (2001)

kate and leopold - Romantic Time Travel Movies

‘I’m not very good with men.’ ‘ Perhaps you haven’t found the right one.’

This time travel romance movie captures everyone’s heart because Leopold (Hugh Jackman) comes from 1876 and has a romantic, classic approach to love.

He has purity dripping from every glance and every word he speaks. It would make any girl fall head over heels for the chivalrous Leopold.

So, what chance does Kate (Meg Ryan) have? Leopold needs to marry someone for wealth, with a dwindling purse and big dreams to pursue. He enters a portal transporting him to modern times. This blows him away to see the sights and progress.

He meets Kate, a market researcher who is cynical but ambitious. They get close but inevitable differences arise, and he returns back to his time.

Kate & Leopold also provides well-written comedic scenes with Kate’s brother, an actor assuming Leopold is deep in character. For fans of epic romantic movies from the ’90s, this 2001 film is equally awesome. Plus, any fan of Jackman will enjoy seeing him in this swoony role.

Content Note: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.

Did you find one of your favorite movies about time travel and love? If you had the chance to have one of these romances, which one would it be?

Top Photo Credit: Somewhere in Time (Universal Pictures)


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Found some new ones for my list, so thanks! I love Hugh Jackson in Kate and Leopold – he plays it so straight it makes the whole thing so much funnier.

Though I haven’t seen it in a while now, I remember that I liked “Lake House,” and I just started to watch “About Time” last night. It’s nothing like I expected, but so far I quite like it! 🙂

Man, Rachel McAdams is all about that time travel life!

Oh, I hoped I’d find a new romantic time travel movie to add to my watched list, but I’m afraid I’ve already seen them all. Lovely curated list, tho!

A long time ago there lived a scientist who would hardly ever venture outside. His life was a lonely one, with long days of research and experiments. It was his ambition to create a potion to see into the future. He had over years collected hundreds of herbs and combined them in various ways until eventually, he was on the brink of a breakthrough…

Where am I able to find the remainder of this story? One mustn’t dangle a carrot expecting no one to bite! Rachel

All these are lovely —- another good one is “1994 Timecop” with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Mia Sara — thriller & romance

I can’t seem to find the movie which was based on a short story “ Christopher Frame “ a photo restorer who time travels ,.falls in love and stays there , tried to lookup but there is no information about it ,I can’t remember the name of the movie or episode either for the love of God ,If anyone knows about it please let me know ,thanks

Another outstanding time travel movie is the 1998 Hallmark Hall of Fame production “The Love Letter”, starring Campbell Scott and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Aired in the late 90s, it’s about an engaged civil war buff who finds hidden letters in an old desk which were written by an unmarried woman in 1863. He is compelled to respond to her and even though he lives in the late 20th century she receives his letters and they begin a correspondence through time. This obviously causes a big problem for his life with his fiance. It’s an excellent movie based on a short story by Jack Finney. Finney is the author of two great time travel novels, Time And Again and From Time to Time.

Hi Everybody, I read through the candidates for best time travel romance, all of which I have seen. I agree with your choices, but not exactly in that order. Although they were all great movies, it is “Somewhere in Time” that takes the number one spot. I was happy to see that at least you gave them the 3rd spot, but, in reality, it was the one movie that expressed so beautifully the concept that love transcends time and in the end, true love brings them together as they slip off into eternity.

There is one more movie to which I would give honorable mention. That is the 1979 movie “Time After Time” where the prolific writer HG Wells pursues Jack the Ripper into the future where Hubert (Malcolm Mcdowell) meets Mary Steenburgen and falls in love. This is another great movie. Thanks, DAD

Hi Dad! I agree with you that Somewhere in Time is the best time-travel romance movie. 🙂 Such a beautiful film!

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‘grand tour’ review: miguel gomes’ asia-set fever dream is beguiling and elusive.

The director of 'Tabu' and 'Arabian Nights' plays Cannes' main competition for the first time with a movie that shifts between past and present, documentary and fiction.

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Grand Tour

Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes deepens his brand of unclassifiable, globetrotting cinema with Grand Tour , a period drama that’s not really a period drama at all, or is it?

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Despite a simple pitch, Grand Tour is, at least aesthetically speaking, anything but simple, jumping between epochs, genres, color and black-and-white without warning. Gomes has forged a unique style over the years that blends past and present until they become indistinguishable, as if the period piece we’re watching is, in fact, a documentary shot over a hundred years ago that was only unearthed today. Or rather, today’s footage actually comes from the past, as thought it were sent back to the future.

If this sounds perplexing, that’s because it is, and Grand Tour is not for those who like their movies served up succinctly and without too many digressions. Playing in competition in Cannes , which is a first for the director, it should find bookings in plenty of other festivals and select arthouse theatres, though mostly on a niche basis.

The film is split into two parts that both follow the same winding path, which takes us from Myanmar (still known as Burma back in 1918) to western China, with many, many stops in between. In the first half we follow Edward (Gonçalo Waddington), who’s about to meet his fiancé, Molly (Crista Alfaiate), at the train station in Rangoon. They haven’t seen each other for seven years and are supposed to get married, but for some reason Edward gets cold feet and sets off on a journey toward parts unknown.

It’s supposed to be 1918, but suddenly we’re in a karaoke bar in Manila and a guy is singing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” in Tagalog. Or wait, we’re in an old home in Vietnam owned by a creepy colonial (Cláudio da Silva), but there are modern cars swirling around a traffic circle as “The Blue Danube” booms on the soundtrack. And why, by the way, do all these Brits speak in Portuguese?

Gomes could care less if this is a bit confusing at times. What interests him is capturing the essence of a certain place and putting the viewer in a certain state of mind — both of which he does quite well, even if Grand Tour seems stretched at over two hours.

The film’s second half offers up a little more plot, as we switch to Molly’s point of view upon her arrival in Rangoon. From there she tracks the elusive Edward across the continent, picking up a Vietnamese companion (Lang Khê Tran) along the way. The two eventually make it to Shanghai, then head west to Chengdu and the Tibetan border, where we lost Edward’s trace during the first part. By then Molly seems lost as well, suffering from a fatal malady and unsure if she’ll see her future husband again.  

While Grand Tour is not a love story by any means, it is about a couple falling under the sway of all the strange and new places they visit — places that seem to alter their bodies and minds. As Edward and Molly make their way from one location to another, Gomes cuts in contemporary footage of karaoke performances, puppet shows, panda bears, martial arts exhibitions and, in one case, two women using their arms and hands to mime chickens making love. Southeast Asia becomes a spectacle of sights and sounds for both the characters and for us, and the best you can do is plunge into it without asking too many questions. In the words of one Japanese monk that Edward meets on his long journey: “Abandon yourself to the world and you’ll see how it rewards you.”

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South Korean, Chinese and Japanese leaders discuss cooperation, North Korea as they gather in Seoul

Chinese Premier Li Qiang waves as he arrives for a trilateral meeting at the Seoul airport in Seongnam, South Korea, on May 26, 2024.

Chinese Premier Li Qiang waves as he arrives for a trilateral meeting at the Seoul airport in Seongnam, South Korea, on May 26, 2024. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s president reportedly called for a greater Chinese role in addressing concerns about North Korean nuclear threats during a meeting with the visiting Chinese premier on Sunday on the eve of a trilateral meeting involving Japan’s leader.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Chinese Premier Li Qiang and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held rounds of bilateral talks among themselves on Sunday to discuss ways to enhance cooperation and other issues. They were set to meet Monday for a trilateral session, the first such meeting in more than four years.

No major announcement is expected from Monday’s three-way gathering. But observers say that just resuming their highest-level, three-way talks is a good sign and suggests the three Asian neighbors are intent on improving relations. Their trilateral meeting was supposed to happen annually but it had stalled since the last one in December 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and complex ties among the three countries.

Yoon and Li agreed to launch a new South Korean-Chinese dialogue channel involving senior diplomats and defense officials in mid-June. They also agreed to restart negotiations to expand the free trade agreement and reactivate dormant bodies on personnel exchanges, investments and other issues, according to Yoon’s office.

Chinese state media reported Li told Yoon that the two countries should safeguard the stability of their deeply intertwined industrial and supply chains and resist turning economic and trade issues into political and security-related issues.

Yoon also asked China, as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, to contribute to promoting peace on the Korean Peninsula, while speaking about North Korea’s nuclear program and its deepening military ties with Russia, according to South Korean media reports.

Yoon’s office couldn’t immediately confirm the report. But it said Yoon and Kishida in their separate meeting expressed worries about North Korea’s nuclear program and agreed to strengthen their cooperation with the United States.

South Korea, Japan and the U.S. have long urged China — North Korea’s major ally and economic pipeline — to use its leverage to persuade the North to abandon its nuclear ambitions. But China is suspected of avoiding fully enforcing U.N. sanctions on North Korea and sending clandestine aid shipments to help its impoverished neighbor stay afloat.

North Korea’s nuclear program and other sensitive topics like China’s claim over self-governed Taiwan and territorial disputes in the South China Sea are not among the official agenda items for Monday’s trilateral meeting. South Korean officials said that a joint statement after Monday’s meeting will cover the leaders’ discussion on cooperation in areas like people-to-people exchanges, climate change, trade, health issues, technology and disaster responses.

The three neighbors are important trading partners and their cooperation is key to promoting regional peace and prosperity. They together make up about 25% of global gross domestic product. But the three countries have been repeatedly embroiled in bitter disputes over a range of historical and diplomatic issues originating from Japan’s wartime atrocities. China’s rise and a U.S. push reinforce its Asian alliances have also significantly impacted their three-way ties in recent years.

Experts say South Korea, China and Japan now share a need to improve ties. South Korea and Japan want better ties with China because it is their biggest trading partner. China, for its part, likely believes a further strengthening of the South Korea-Japan-U.S. cooperation would hurt its national interests.

China, meanwhile, has always sent its premier, the country’s No. 2 official, to the trilateral leaders’ meeting since its first session in 2008. Observers say China earlier argued that under then-collective leadership, its premier was chiefly in charge of economic affairs and best suited to attend the meeting, which largely focuses on economic issues.

But they say China may face more demands for President Xi Jinping to attend because he has concentrated power in his hands and defied the norms of collective leadership.

Associated Press writers Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo and Simina Mistreanu in Taipei, Taiwan contributed to this report .

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The 25 Best Asian Movies of All Time

Machiko Kyô and Masayuki Mori in Ugetsu (1953)

2. Harakiri

Takashi Shimura in Ikiru (1952)

5. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

Spirited Away (2001)

6. Spirited Away

Seven Samurai (1954)

7. Seven Samurai

Song Kang-ho, Jung Ik-han, Jung Hyun-jun, Lee Joo-hyung, Lee Ji-hye, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Park Myeong-hoon, Park Keun-rok, Jang Hye-jin, Choi Woo-sik, Park Seo-joon, Park So-dam, Lee Jeong-eun, and Jung Ji-so in Parasite (2019)

8. Parasite

Leila Hatami and Payman Maadi in A Separation (2011)

9. A Separation

Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Chieko Baishô, and Takuya Kimura in Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

10. Howl's Moving Castle

Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, and Kim Tae-ri in The Handmaiden (2016)

11. The Handmaiden

Memories of Murder (2003)

12. Memories of Murder

Toshirô Mifune, Kenjirô Ishiyama, Kyôko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi, and Tatsuya Nakadai in High and Low (1963)

13. High and Low

Takeshi Kaneshiro, Brigitte Lin, and Faye Wong in Chungking Express (1994)

14. Chungking Express

Cheryl Chase, Dakota Fanning, Noriko Hidaka, Lisa Michelson, Chika Sakamoto, Hitoshi Takagi, Frank Welker, and Elle Fanning in My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

15. My Neighbor Totoro

I Saw the Devil (2010)

16. I Saw the Devil

Onibaba (1964)

17. Onibaba

Akira (1988)

19. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Yoo Ah-in in Burning (2018)

20. Burning

Toshirô Mifune and Isuzu Yamada in Throne of Blood (1957)

21. Throne of Blood

Toshirô Mifune in Rashomon (1950)

22. Rashomon

Kim Kap-su, Yum Jung-ah, Lim Soo-jung, and Moon Geun-young in A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

23. A Tale of Two Sisters

Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-wai in In the Mood for Love (2000)

24. In the Mood for Love

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‘Dropping Very Dramatically’: What Deadly Turbulence Did to a Flight

Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 was a rare instance of turbulence resulting in a death.

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By Sui-Lee Wee and Muktita Suhartono

Reporting from Bangkok

The seatbelt sign came on moments after the plane started shaking, but, for some, it was too late.

“Whoever wasn’t buckled down, they were just launched into the air within the cabin,” said Dzafran Azmir, who was among the 211 passengers on board the London-to-Singapore flight that encountered deadly turbulence on Tuesday. “Within an instant, they hit the ceiling of the cabin and dropped right back onto the floor.”

The plane, a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 ER, had taken off from London’s Heathrow Airport on Monday night, about 10 hours earlier. It was about three-quarters full. Many of the travelers were Singaporeans returning home. Some were students studying in England. Others were families and some who had planned a “holiday of a lifetime” to far-flung destinations like Australia.

The bulk of the 13-hour journey of flight SQ321 was over, and many passengers had finished their last meal onboard, a breakfast that these days has been a choice between an omelet with cream cheese or stir-fried Asian noodles, both served with a side of fresh fruit.

By this time, the plane had reached the Bay of Bengal, which sits between the Indian subcontinent and the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Some pilots consider the region “notorious” this time of the year because its monsoon rains can cause turbulence.

But commercial pilots know how to prepare for such scenarios. They rely on weather radar and carry extra fuel so they can fly around and wait for the weather to ease, if needed. Or they follow the course charted by other planes that recently have passed through the area and have warned air traffic controllers about weather upheavals.

One scenario that is impossible to prepare for is when the skies are clear and the plane’s radar does not detect anything amiss. This phenomenon is known as clear air turbulence.

“It could be the plane just starts shaking, we turn on the seatbelt sign, but, unknowingly, we fall into the clear air turbulence zone,” said Captain Teerawat Angkasakulkiat, president of the Thai Pilots Association. “It’s totally unpredictable.”

A plane emblazoned with the words Star Alliance sits on a tarmac at an airport.

It’s unclear what happened next with SQ321, but there had been thunderstorms near its flight path. As it was flying over Myanmar, cruising at 37,000 feet above the southern section of the country’s biggest river, the Irrawaddy, it hit what the airline later described as “sudden extreme turbulence.”

For the next three to five minutes, the plane shook violently, said Mr. Dzafran, 28, a university student heading home to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, who was buckled into a window seat in row 52.

“Then it built up, like a feeling of going up a roller coaster, up the crest, and suddenly dropping very dramatically,” he recalled.

His bag, stored under the seat in front of him, flew across the plane, and his phone was flung across the aisle. The woman sitting in the row in front of Mr. Dzafran hit her head so hard on the plastic seatbelt indicator sign above her that it broke. Oxygen masks dropped down from the overhead panel. The person behind him hit a seat. Mr. Dzafran was unharmed, but the other two passengers had bloody gashes on their heads.

At least one passenger, it appeared, was able to react quickly enough and buckle her seatbelt. It was a woman sitting behind Mr. Dzafran.

“That was miraculous luck on her side to respond so quickly,” he said.

Another passenger, Teandra Tukhunen, who was sleeping, was not able to react as fast. She was awakened by the turbulence and saw the seatbelt sign come on, but she had no time to fasten it and was thrown to the ceiling, then to the floor, Ms. Tukhunen, 30, a native of Australia, told Sky News from a hospital in Bangkok, her arm in a sling.

Elsewhere on the plane, people started crying and screaming out in pain. The whiplash was so furious that one passenger said that it appeared as if those who had been walking around on the plane were doing somersaults. Dozens of people, including some crew members, were injured.

As things settled down, it was clear that one of the worst affected passengers was a male traveler, Geoff Kitchen. A grandfather of two who ran a local theater group in the town of Thornbury in southwest England, Mr. Kitchen, 73, had planned a six-week “holiday of a lifetime” to Australia and Southeast Asia with his wife of 50 years, Linda.

Andrew Davies, who was sitting in front of Mr. Kitchen, helped carry him out of his seat and laid him on the floor, where he was given C.P.R. for at least 20 minutes.

With the plane now in Thailand’s airspace, the pilot placed a distress call to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, asking to make an emergency landing. Then he made an in-flight announcement about the new destination, and asked for anyone who was medically trained to help passengers with injuries.

Forty-five minutes after the ordeal began, Mr. Dzafran said, the plane landed. It was 3.45 p.m. local time.

Several ambulances with flashing lights were standing by. The passengers waited patiently while nurses, emergency medical workers and doctors rushed in to treat the critically injured first. A total of 83 people were injured. Twenty of them were sent to the intensive care unit of a local hospital.

Drew Kessler, the New York-based treasurer of Rotary International who was en route to Singapore for the annual Rotary International Convention, said he had broken his neck while his wife, Vicki, had broken her back.

As Mr. Dzafran prepared to disembark, the crew told passengers to avoid one of the aisles. Mr. Dzafran said he thinks he saw someone lying on the floor. Flight attendants near the business and first class zones were bleeding. Food was strewn across the galleys.

The passengers, dazed and confused, boarded a bus from the tarmac and arrived to a holding area inside the Bangkok airport. Conversations were struck up. A fellow passenger told Mr. Dzafran that someone had died on the plane and showed Mr. Dzafran an online news article. It was Mr. Kitchen. He was the only fatality — one of the few ever blamed on turbulence — and the cause of death hasn’t been released yet.

Singapore Airlines has apologized for the episode, and its investigators have arrived in Bangkok to try to understand what happened.

Mr. Dzafran was among the 143 passengers who emerged unscathed. So was his seatmate, who he said also had her seatbelt on.

Sui-Lee Wee is the Southeast Asia bureau chief for The Times, overseeing coverage of 11 countries in the region. More about Sui-Lee Wee

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