Movies and TV shows set in south korea

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in south korea ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspense, captivating, tense, suspenseful, psychological and exciting films and TV shows about / with danger, murder, crimes, violence, death, chase, korean, blood, brutality and revenge plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Action genres shot in South Korea, Germany, USA and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as south korea: Train to Busan (2016), Forgotten (2017), Mother (2009), A Bittersweet Life (2005), Cheer Up! (2015), Steel Rain (2017), 1987: When the Day Comes (2017), Memories of Murder (2003), The Chaser (2008), The Spy Gone North (2018).

List of movies set in south korea

 7.6
 184K
Train to Busan (2016)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 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…
Style: suspense, tense, emotional, touching, bleak ...
Plot: zombie, zombie apocalypse, apocalypse, pandemic, survival horror, zombie attack, train, quarantine, survival, living dead, train crash, self sacrifice ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, busan, east asia, seoul
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 7.5
 24K
Forgotten (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 108 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: twist ending, suspense, captivating, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: delusion, memory loss, revenge, uncover truth, brother brother relationship, plot twist, chase, home invasion, deception, police, student, childhood memory ...
Place: south korea, korea
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 7.8
 58K
Mother (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove ...
Style: serious, tense, suspense, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: murder, investigation, parents and children, uncover truth, determination, amateur detective, arrest, single parent, mentally challenged, crime, crimes, desperation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002
Place: south korea, asia, korea, tokyo
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A Bittersweet Life (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Kim Sun-woo is an enforcer and manager for a hotel owned by a cold, calculative crime boss, Kang who assigns Sun-Woo to a simple errand while he is away on a business trip; to shadow his young mistress, Heesoo, for fear that she may be cheating on ...
Style: bleak, serious, exciting, psychological, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, revenge, crime, crimes, rivalry, gunfight, hitman, bandit, hotel, tragic hero, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This South Korean film takes place on an isolated lake, where an old monk lives in a small floating temple. The monk has a young boy living with him, learning to become a monk. We watch as seasons and years pass by.
Style: philosophical, melancholic, meditative, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: existentialism, buddhism, buddhist monk, life, meditation, human nature, philosophy, monk, teachers and students, guilt, life changing experience, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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 7.4
 790
Cheer Up! (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Despite their harsh educational environment, the cheerleading club has to keep it together for the students' sakes, and their own.
Style: exciting, captivating, light, humorous, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rivalry, high school, dancing, cheerleading, school, korean, boarding school, love and romance, friendship, couple relations, confidence, dream ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south korea, korea
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 7.1
 5K
Steel Rain (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A former agent from the North Korean intelligence and a senior member of the South Korean security services conduct a secret mission to prevent the breakout of a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula.
Style: political thriller, tense, captivating, psychological, suspense
Plot: spy, nuclear war, sting operation, society, danger, politics, rivalry, crimes, u.s. army, inter-korean relations, nuclear, missile ...
Time: 21st century
Place: north korea, south korea, east asia, korea, seoul
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1987: When the Day Comes (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 1987 Korea, under an oppressive military regime, a college student gets killed during a police interrogation involving torture. Government of officials are quick to cover up the death and order the body to be cremated. A prosecutor who is ...
Style: tense, disturbing, psychological, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: historical event, democracy, protest, political corruption, torture, interrogation, cover up, police brutality, police investigation, disorder, brutality, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: south korea, seoul
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Memories of Murder (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: 1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about ...
Style: enigmatic, realistic, captivating, bleak, clever ...
Plot: rape, police investigation, murder, unsolved crime, serial killer, police, police detective, police officer, crimes, investigation, suspicion, torture ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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 7.8
 61K
The Chaser (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by the same ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, disturbing, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, pimp, prostitute, police investigation, chase, race against time, disappearance, search, interrogation, woman in danger, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
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The Spy Gone North (2018)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: In 1993, former military officer Suk-young Park is recruited as a spy by South Korea's National Intelligence Service, and given the code name "Black Venus". He is then sent to infiltrate a group of high-ranking North Korean officials ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, captivating, tense
Plot: undercover agent, spy, political campaign, political corruption, top secret, operation, undercover, double agent, dictatorship, government official, interrogation, military ...
Time: year 1993, 1990s, 90s, 2000s, year 1998 ...
Place: south korea, north korea, beijing china, asia, korea ...
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 7.2
 12K
A Hard Day (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 111 min.
Story: On the way to his mother’s funeral, a detective accidentally hits a person with his car. He takes the body with him and puts it into his mother’s coffin. The moment he feels relieved, he receives a call. This caller insists that he saw the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense, tense ...
Plot: corrupt cop, police, funeral, crimes, murder, life turned upside down, hit and run, police corruption, anti heroes, anti hero, blackmail, hit by a car ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: south korea, asia, korea, tokyo
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 7.6
 75K
Lady Vengeance (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow inmates and reunited with her daughter, ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, atmospheric, brutal ...
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, torture, women's prison, ex convict, crime, crimes, parents and children, heroine, child killer, redemption, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia, australia, seoul
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 5.5
 27K
Peninsula (2020)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A soldier and his team battle hordes of post-apocalyptic zombies in the wastelands of the Korean Peninsula
Style: apocalyptic, macabre, bloody, suspense, tense ...
Plot: zombie apocalypse, zombie, post apocalypse, brutality, living dead, survival, runaway, death, army, money, car chase, catastrophe ...
Time: 2020s
Place: busan, south korea, korea, hong kong
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 7.9
 19K
A Taxi Driver (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: based on true events, exciting, suspense, captivating, tense
Plot: historical event, taxi driver, protest, democracy, reporter, car chase, money, camera, society, danger, taxi, lie ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: south korea, tokyo, seoul
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 8.6
 647K
Parasite (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: 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.
Style: captivating, suspense, exciting, realistic, tragic ending ...
Plot: wealthy family, scheme, class differences, basement, unemployment, poor family, housekeeper, rich snob, home invasion, unemployed, working class, tutor ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: south korea, asia, seoul
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Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: South Korea
Duration: 139 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: dark, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: hell, afterlife, court, trial, god, obsessive quest, supernatural ability, revenge, investigation, supernatural, search, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea
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 6.3
 4K
Time to Hunt (2020)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Wanting to leave their dystopian world behind for a faraway paradise, three outlaws plot a money heist — and draw the attention of a vicious killer.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, exciting, captivating, tense ...
Plot: manhunt, violence, casino, korean, friendship between men, male male relationship, armed robbery, future dystopia, attempted murder, teenager, crime boss, gunfight ...
Time: near future
Place: south korea
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Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018)
Genre: Horror
Country: South Korea
Duration: 95 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: scary, dark, macabre, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: found footage, mental institution, fear, night, ghost, camera, ghosts, youth, video camera, friends, haunted, crew ...
Place: south korea
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 7.6
 21K
New World (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 135 min.
Story: An undercover cop has his loyalties tested when the boss of the corporate gang he's spent years infiltrating dies.
Style: captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, criminal gang, undercover cop, working undercover, gang war, moral dilemma, crimes, mafia, mind game, police chief, group of criminals, mole ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
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 7.0
 6K
Veteran (2015)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 123 min.
Story: 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.
Style: buddy comedy, exciting, tense, humorous, captivating ...
Plot: police chase, buddy cop, police corruption, investigation, crimes, rivalry, friendship, danger, truck driver, corruption, police officer, coworker ...
Time: 21st century
Place: south korea, seoul
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The King: Eternal Monarch (2020)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: When a gateway opens to a parallel universe in modern-day Korea, a king must step into another world in search of answers to a long-unanswered mystery.
Style: visually appealing, twists and turns, unusual plot structure, disturbing, exciting
Plot: alternate reality, time travel, romance, king, female detective, parallel world, monarch, danger, happy ending, investigation, monarchy, korean ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south korea
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 8.1
 2K
Good Doctor (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 65 min.
TV show
Story: As a child, Park Shi On was sent to a specialized care center, where he discovered genius capacities for his autism. Coupled with an exceptional memory and keen spatial skills, the young savant eventually entered pediatric residency, where he ...
Style: medical drama
Plot: doctor, medical, hospital, autism, medical profession, surgery, doctor patient relationship, pediatrician, prodigy, genius, social awkwardness, coworker relationship ...
Place: south korea, korea
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The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: factual, suspense, exciting, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: gang, serial killer, vengeance, mafia, police, mob boss, murder, police detective, chase, police investigation, danger, corruption ...
Time: year 2005
Place: south korea
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The World of the Married (2020)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 80 min.
TV show
Story: Ji Sun Woo is a family medicine doctor. She is married to Lee Tae Oh and they have a son. She seems to have everything, including a successful career and a happy family, but she is betrayed by her husband and others. Meanwhile, Lee Tae Oh dreams of ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating
Plot: adultery, infidelity, sex, married couple, extramarital affair, betrayal, doctor, seduction, director, marriage, couple relations, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south korea
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To the Beautiful You (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 64 min.
TV show
Story: To The Beautiful You is a 2012 South Korean television drama series starring f(x)'s Sulli, Shinee's Minho, and Lee Hyun-woo. It aired on SBS from August 15 to October 4, 2012 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes. It is ...
Style: romantic, twists and turns, sentimental, touching, twist ending
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: gender disguise, love, friendship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, fall in love, friends, couples, couple relations, love and romance, romance, sport, cross dressing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea
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Boys Over Flowers (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: A working class girl winds up at an exclusive prep school. Unassuming high school girl Jan Di stands up to -- and eventually falls for -- a spoiled rich kid who belongs to the school's most powerfu clique.
Style: touching, sentimental, romantic, sincere, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, teen drama, teens, date night
Plot: opposites attract, high school hunk, cinderella story, rich man poor woman, love triangle, teen romance, teenage love, korean, high school, friendship, teenage life, class differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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No Tears for the Dead (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Abandoned by his mother shortly after immigrating to America, Gon is raised by the mafia and grows up to become a cold-blooded hitman. Though usually flawless in taking out his targets, Gon makes a terrible mistake of killing an innocent young girl. ...
Style: suspense, exciting, disturbing, psychological
Plot: hitman, murder, gunfight, friendship, chase, danger, crimes, child murder, vengeance, mafia, tragic hero, remorse ...
Place: south korea, usa
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 6.8
 689
Blood (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: South Korea
Duration: 65 min.
TV show
Story: This drama tells the story of a vampire, Park Ji-sang who works as a doctor in a hospital. Yoo Ri-ta is a hotshot heiress doctor, a star physician at the hospital and the niece of the board’s chairman. She’s snooty and cold, but highly capable, ...
Style: suspense, tense, captivating, psychological, medical drama
Plot: vampire human love, vampire, doctor, hospital, medical, immortal, violence, danger, rivalry, friendship, death, blood ...
Place: south korea, korea
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 7.9
 839
Remember (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Diagnosed with hyperthymesia, Seo Jin Woo possesses an uncanny memory, which he uses to his advantage as a lawyer defending his wrongfully convicted father. But when Jin Woo is afflicted with Alzheimer’s, his only link to his father’s innocence ...
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, suspense
Plot: lawyer, murder, framed for murder, father son relationship, memory lapse, revenge, false accusation, investigation, court, murder mystery, trial, save the day ...
Place: south korea, korea
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