Best South Korean Movies

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Best South Korean Movies
Best South Korean Movies
TOP Movies: Oldboy (2003), The Handmaiden (2016), Memories of Murder (2003), Be with You (2018), Mother (2009), Train to Busan (2016), War of the Arrows (2011), Extreme Job (2019), A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), The Call (2020), Obsessed (2014), Night in Paradise (2020), Time to Hunt (2020), Parasite (2019), The Chaser (2008), My Tutor Friend (2003), #Alive (2020), A Werewolf Boy (2012), Cold Eyes (2013), Okja (2017).

List of Best Movies

 8.4
 561K
Oldboy (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years, a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors.
Style: bleak, brutal, twist ending, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: revenge, incest, father daughter incest, vengeance, mind game, older man younger woman relationship, loneliness, confined, brother sister incest, sin, torture, solitary ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s, year 1988, 2000s ...
Place: korea, asia, new york, south korea, seoul ...
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 8.1
 138K
The Handmaiden (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 145 min.
Story: 1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. ...
Style: melancholic, erotic, tense, twists and turns, atmospheric ...
Plot: lesbian relationship, lesbian romance, lesbian sex, lesbian, lesbianism, lesbian love, lust, seduction, jealousy, inheritance, escape, maid ...
Time: 1930s
Place: japan, south korea, tokyo
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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: realistic, twists and turns, enigmatic, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: rape, unsolved crime, police investigation, brutality, murder, serial killer, police, police detective, murderer, police brutality, crimes, investigation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, year 2003
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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 7.7
 6K
Be with You (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Along with his young son, Ji-ho, Woo-jin misses his wife Soo-a, who died after promising to return a year later with the rainy season. Miraculously, they reunite with Soo-a when the rainy season comes around, but she has no memory of her husband and ...
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, sweet
Plot: single father, bittersweet, death in the family, parents and children, relationships, single parent, family problems, dual role, starting over, death of wife, love and romance, lookalikes ...
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 7.8
 62K
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: mind bending, atmospheric, serious, tense, suspense ...
Plot: murder, investigation, parents and children, determination, uncover truth, amateur detective, arrest, single parent, mentally challenged, crimes, desperation, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: south korea, asia, korea, tokyo
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 7.6
 208K
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, survival horror, pandemic, zombie attack, survival, train, quarantine, living dead, train crash, self sacrifice ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: south korea, korea, busan, east asia, seoul
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War of the Arrows (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: 13 years after the King Injo Revolt, the Chosun Dynasty is attacked by the Chung Dynasty of China. A young man named Na-mi leaves his demolished village to find his young sister, Ja-in, and her finance Su-koon, who were to wed on the very day of the ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: archery, bow and arrow, master warrior, archer, kidnapping, joseon dynasty, battles, military, daring rescue, invasion, heroic mission, rescue ...
Time: 17th century
Place: korea, asia
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 7.0
 10K
Extreme Job (2019)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: South Korea
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A drug squad attempts to take down a criminal organization and they must go undercover to do so, so they begin working at a chicken restaurant, that becomes famous for its delicious chicken. Due to the unexpected popularity, the detectives find ...
Style: buddy comedy, funny, absurd, humorous, surprise ending
Audience: teens
Plot: police, undercover cop, ambush, chicken, police officer, friendship, teamwork, law enforcement, drug dealing, partners, partners against crime, buddies ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south korea, seoul
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A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A recently released patient from a mental institution returns home with her sister, only to face disturbing events between her stepmother and the ghosts haunting their house- all of which are connected to a dark past in the family's history.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, surreal, twist ending, mind bending ...
Plot: mental illness, losing-it hero, haunted house, guilt, nightmare, haunted by the past, family relations, delusion, tragedy, amnesia, suicide, ghost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea, south korea, japan
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 7.1
 29K
The Call (2020)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 112 min.
Story: 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.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, scary, disturbing
Plot: serial killer, borderline personality disorder, psychopath, time paradox, changing the past or future, police officer, time travel, couples, chase, husband wife relationship, death, violence ...
Time: 21st century
Place: south korea
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 6.2
 2K
Obsessed (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Set in 1969 at the end of the Vietnam War, elite officer and war hero Colonel Kim Jin-pyeong is about to get promoted to general. He is a constant subject of jealousy, with the commander for a father-in-law and a beautiful wife. But in truth, his ...
Style: tragic ending, twists and turns, unusual plot structure, tense, touching
Plot: loveless marriage, unfaithful husband, infidelity, extramarital affair, love affair, sex scene, death of protagonist, post traumatic stress disorder, vietnam war, trying to get pregnant, cheating wife, female nudity ...
Time: 70s
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Night in Paradise (2020)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 131 min.
Story: An assassin named Tae-goo is offered a chance to switch sides with his rival Bukseong gang, headed by Chairman Doh. Tae-goo rejects the offer that results in the murder of his sister and niece. In revenge, Tae-goo brutally kills Chairman Doh and his ...
Style: noir, captivating, suspense, tense, brutal
Plot: revenge, extreme violence, massacre, criminal's revenge, bandit, gang war, criminal gang, crimes, crime family, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, gang, life is a bitch ...
Place: jeju island
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 6.3
 5K
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, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: manhunt, violence, korean, friendship between men, armed robbery, future dystopia, hitman, gangsters, hate, race against time, attempted murder, organized crime ...
Time: near future
Place: south korea
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 8.5
 740K
Parasite (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, 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, poverty, scheme, class differences, basement, unemployment, poor family, working class, tutor, home invasion, housekeeper, rich snob ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: south korea, seoul, asia
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 7.8
 65K
The Chaser (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, 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, prostitute, police investigation, chase, interrogation, disappearance, race against time, pimp, woman in danger, violence, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, seoul, asia, korea
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My Tutor Friend (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This is a touching story of two completely different students from two completely different worlds. One is a rich male repeating his third year of high school and the other a poor girl in her second year of university struggling to make ends meet.
Style: semi serious, psychological, touching, humorous, realistic
Plot: fall in love, friendship, hidden identity, family problems, youth, love affair, family business, wooing, rebelliousness, obsession, chase, college ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia
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 6.3
 37K
#Alive (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 98 min.
Story: As a grisly virus rampages a city, a lone man stays locked inside his apartment, digitally cut off from seeking help and desperate to find a way out.
Style: tense, captivating, exciting, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: zombie, zombie apocalypse, isolation, apocalypse, walking dead, survival, zombie attack, infestation, zombie outbreak, virus, deadly virus, zombie survival ...
Time: 21st century
Place: seoul, south korea
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A Werewolf Boy (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits the country cottage she lived in as a child. Memories of an orphan boy she knew 47 years ago come flooding back to her.
Style: sentimental, atmospheric, romantic, serious, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: werewolf, teenage love, love and romance, beast, romance, love triangle, bittersweet, orphan, single parent, feral child, transformation, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: korea, asia
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 7.1
 8K
Cold Eyes (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: HA Yoon-ju becomes the newest member to a unit within the Korean Police Forces Special Crime Department that specializes in surveillance activities on high profile criminals. She teams up with HWANG Sang-Jun, the veteran leader of the unit, and ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, fighting crime, partners against crime, track down, partners, crimes, law enforcement, gang, heist, police, espionage, stalking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, seoul
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 7.3
 118K
Okja (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: South Korea, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend - a massive animal named Okja.
Style: psychotronic, emotional, feel good, touching, colourful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: tough girl, monster, animal lover, zoologist, ecology, slaughterhouse, environmentalist, pig, pets, animal rescue, heroine, female protagonist ...
Time: year 2017, year 2007, 70s
Place: chile, south korea, seoul, new york
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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: dark, macabre, scary, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: found footage, mental institution, fear, night, ghost, youth, paranormal, friends, paranormal activity, paranormal investigation, violent death, supernatural horror ...
Place: south korea
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 7.9
 23K
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: exciting, suspense, captivating, tense
Plot: taxi driver, historical event, protest, democracy, car chase, reporter, money, society, taxi, martial law, police brutality, korean history ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: south korea, tokyo, seoul
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Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A story about a mentally ill man wrongfully accused of murder and his relationship with his lovingly adorable 6 year old daughter.
Style: emotional, touching, semi serious, sincere, bad ending ...
Plot: mentally challenged, innocent, prison, friendship, parents and children, life is a bitch, false accusation, father daughter relationship, prison life, court, parent child relationship, wrongful imprisonment ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, 90s, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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 8.0
 48K
My Sassy Girl (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Based on a series of true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend. These were later transformed into a best-selling book and the movie follows the book closely. It describes the meeting of ...
Style: feel good, humorous, romantic, melancholic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: opposites attract, unlikely couple, young love, destiny, romance, teenage life, comedy of errors, couple relations, fall in love, encounter, boyfriend, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: asia, seoul, korea, south korea
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 7.6
 23K
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, mind game, mole, group of criminals, rivalry, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
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Castaway on the Moon (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Mr. Kim is jobless, lost in debt and has been dumped by his girlfriend. He decides to end it all by jumping into the Han River - only to find himself washed up on a small, mid-river island. He soon abandons thoughts of suicide or rescue and begins a ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, humorous, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: suicide attempt, loneliness, castaway, isolation, island, redemption, wilderness, society, human nature, rescue, self discovery, irony ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, seoul, south korea, japan ...
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 7.1
 353K
Snowpiercer (2013)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Korea, Czech Republic
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.
Style: thought provoking, allegory, suspenseful, futuristic, rough ...
Plot: post apocalypse, future dystopia, revolution, rebellion, survival, social differences, train, distopia, class struggle, resistance, society, vestiges of humanity ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, year 2014, 2030s ...
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Seobok: Project Clone (2021)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A former intelligence agent gets involved with the first human clone, Seo Bok, who others seek, causing trouble.
Style: exciting, futuristic, tense, captivating
Plot: clones, human clone, special agents, agent, secret, cloning, problem solving, protection, protector, secret agents, power, shield
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A Frozen Flower (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard. Under the dominance of Yuan Dynasty China, the king of Goryeo Dynasty Korea is pressured to produce a successor to the throne. Unable to ...
Style: sexual, touching, captivating, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, love triangle, adultery, gay love, love and romance, royal family, unrequited love, gay, love affair, intrigue, gay relationship, sword fight ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century, 13th century
Place: asia, korea
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 6.8
 2K
The King (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 134 min.
Story: 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 ...
Plot: prosecutor, politics, fight, murder, friendship, gangsters, lawyer, bribery, politician, corruption, election, sexual fantasy ...
Place: busan, south korea
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