The following low-budget Korean films achieved success beyond expectations. In fact, these films exploded at the box office by presenting interesting stories and starring a series of well-known Korean artists. The following six films cost hundreds of billions of production costs, which is a smaller number than other box office films.
Even the great success achieved makes one of them called a masterpiece. Interested in watching it? Here’s a Korean film with a low budget but successful at the box office, reported by KBIZoom.
- The Handmaiden – IDR 125 Billion
Surprising film critics with its bold and erotic plot, director Park Chan Wook’s The Handmaiden was also a huge hit. To make the masterpiece, the crew only spent Rp. 125 billion in production. Every camera angle, scene, and character dialogue can wow any audience with how realistic and lively they are.
The storyline revolves around the dark life of a Japanese noble family in Korea. Sook Hee (Kim Tae Ri) looks like an ordinary maid, but is gradually drawn into the scheme of power competition between Lady Hideko (Kim Min Hee) and her uncle Kouzuki (Cho Jin Woong).
- Confidential Assignment – Rp121 Billion
Known for his roles in the hit television series, few people know that Confidential Assignment is the first action film of actor Hyun Bin. Unlike in romantic dramas, in Confidential Assignment, Hyun Bin won the audience’s heart with his resolute and tough appearance as a spy. This film cost Rp121 billion to produce.
Confidential Assignment tells of a mission to catch a defector from a duo of police officers with special backgrounds, one from South Korea, and the other from North Korea. Differences in personality and ideology cause them to enter into countless debates and unique situations. Despite not liking each other, they must stick with each other to complete the mission.
- Midnight Runners – IDR 100 Billion
Even though it is a low budget film of Rp. 100 billion, Midnight Runners stars famous actors Kang Ha Neul and Park Seo Joon. Upon its release, Midnight Runners received a lot of good reviews thanks to its fun and engaging plot, not only entertaining but also meaningful.
Midnight Runners is about the strange and funny friendship between two rookies at the police academy Gi Jun (Park Seo Joon) and Hee Yeol (Kang Ha Neul). Even though they joined the university with different goals, after working on a case together, the two realized that they complimented each other well.
- Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet – IDR 35 Billion
Actor Kang Ha Neul often has luck with low-budget but high-quality films when Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet has become a box office phenomenon after its release. In addition, this work recreates the life of Yoon Dong Ju in a very realistic cinematic narrative.
Yoon Dong Ju was a great Korean poet when he devoted his life to art but was imprisoned by the Japanese because he was associated with the anti-Japanese movement in Korea at that time. The film is said to have cost up to Rp. 35 billion to produce.
- Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum – IDR 31 Billion
Few people believe that, at Rp. 31 billion, Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum is the scariest low-budget Korean film of all time. The effects, sound, camera angles all give the audience goosebumps.
Set in the Gonjiam mental hospital in Gwangju, viewers will follow a group of young people to explore this terrifying area. The panic and anxious expressions of each character are shown directly on the screen, making the audience feel like they are entering a real adventure.
- Re Encounter – Rp2.6 Billion
The last Korean film that surprised audiences when it only cost Rp. 2.6 billion to make a hit was Re Encounter. The budget is limited, the scenes, costumes are minimal, but that still doesn’t prevent this film from becoming one of the top masterpieces in the film industry.
This film tells the sad and tearful love story between Hye Hwa (Da In) and Han Soo (Yoo Yeon Seok). The two fell in love but lost touch when the woman became pregnant and the man left her to go to Canada. They meet again after five years in search of their son, who is believed to have been adopted.