Best South Korean Movies

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Best South Korean Movies
Best South Korean Movies
TOP Movies: Parasite (2019), Train to Busan (2016), Ashfall (2019), Oldboy (2003), The Handmaiden (2016), Peninsula (2020), Time to Hunt (2020), Memories of Murder (2003), I Saw the Devil (2010), The Man from Nowhere (2010), The Host (2006), Tune in for Love (2019), Okja (2017), The Call (2020), Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs (2019), A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), Mother (2009), Battleship Island (2017), A Moment to Remember (2004), Forgotten (2017).

List of Best Movies

 8.6
 566K
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: suspense, captivating, exciting, realistic, tragic ending ...
Plot: wealthy family, unemployment, scheme, basement, class differences, housekeeper, poor family, maid, home invasion, rich poor, unemployed, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: south korea, seoul, asia
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 7.6
 168K
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, pandemic, apocalypse, zombie attack, survival horror, train, survival, quarantine, living dead, violence, self sacrifice ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: south korea, korea, busan, east asia, seoul
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 6.2
 3K
Ashfall (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Stagnant since 1903, at an elevation of 9000', a volcano erupts on the mythical and majestic Baekdu Mountain.
Style: disaster movie, exciting, suspenseful, tense, suspense
Plot: natural disaster, disaster film, volcano, pregnant wife, catastrophe, destruction, save the day, daring rescue, heroic mission, forces of nature, military, escapades ...
Place: north korea, south korea, korea
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 8.4
 518K
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, twist ending, psychological, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: revenge, incest, father daughter incest, vengeance, mind game, confined, older man younger woman relationship, loneliness, sin, twists & turns, brother sister incest, losing-it hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: korea, asia, south korea, stockholm sweden, manhattan new york city ...
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 8.1
 115K
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: erotic, melancholic, tense, atmospheric, sexual ...
Plot: lesbian relationship, lesbian romance, lesbian sex, lesbian, lesbian love, lesbianism, seduction, lust, inheritance, maid, escape, jealousy ...
Time: 1930s
Place: japan, south korea, tokyo
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 5.5
 20K
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, suspenseful, bleak, tense, dark ...
Plot: zombie apocalypse, zombie, post apocalypse, living dead, brutality, runaway, survival, race, car chase, army, catastrophe, money ...
Time: 2020s
Place: busan, south korea, hong kong, korea
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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, trial, god, supernatural ability, supernatural, search, investigation, revenge, obsessive quest, death, ghost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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
Plot: manhunt, violence, distopia, male friendship, male male relationship, armed robbery, friendship between men, future dystopia, machine gun, social decay, group of friends, apartment ...
Time: near future
Place: south korea
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Memories of Murder (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 131 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, captivating, bleak, clever, serious ...
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
 112K
I Saw the Devil (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, psychological, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, revenge, violence, vengeance, psychopath, extreme violence, cat and mouse, beating, loss of spouse, mercilessness, sadism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
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The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: His only friend called him 'the man from nowhere'... Taesik, a former special agent becomes a loner after losing his wife in a miserable accident and lives a bitter life running a pawnshop. He only has a few customers and a friend named ...
Style: serious, emotional, rough, bleak, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: one man army, martial arts, lone hero, protection, fist fighting, assassin, rivalry, kidnapping, heroes, fight scenes, gang, drug lord ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea, seoul
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 7.1
 108K
The Host (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gang-du is a dim-witted man working at his father's tiny snack bar near the Han River. One day, Gang-du's one and only daughter Hyun-seo comes back from school irritated. She is angry at her uncle, Nam-il, who visited her school as her ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, scary, dark humor, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, beast, giant, sacrifice, supernatural, family in danger, toxic, quarantine, danger, snow, daughter, deadly creature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2006, year 2000
Place: seoul, korea, south korea, asia
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Tune in for Love (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In 1994, on the first day that Yoo Yeul went on air as the new DJ of the popular radio show ‘Music Album,' a college girl Mi-su meets Hyun-woo who happens to drop by the bakery she works at. Like the music streaming from the radio, their ...
Style: uplifting, romantic, touching, sentimental, sweet
Audience: chick flick
Plot: radio, music, youth, couple relations, love affair, destiny, couples, love and romance, reunion, love, fall in love, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 1990s
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 7.3
 106K
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: monster, tough girl, zoologist, environmentalist, slaughterhouse, pig, heroine, female protagonist, pets, animal lover, animal rescue, ecology ...
Time: year 2007, year 2017, 70s
Place: seoul, chile, south korea, new york
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Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: South Korea
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days follows the journey of 3 Afterlife Guardians and Su-hong as they journey through their 49th trial in order to gain their reincarnations and how the Guardians slowly recover their forgotten memories through ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, thought provoking, tense
Plot: trial, afterlife, god, myth, grim reaper, hell, supernatural, past, friendship, society, mysterious character, the underworld ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea
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 7.1
 17K
The Call (2020)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, 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: suspenseful, suspense, scary, disturbing, psychological
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, time paradox, time travel, police officer, borderline personality disorder, changing the past or future, couples, violence, deadly, danger, chase ...
Time: 21st century
Place: south korea
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Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Princes who have been turned into Dwarfs seek the red shoes of a lady in order to break the spell, although it will not be easy.
Style: light, entertaining, funny, emotional, feel good ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: princess, magic, evil stepmother, female protagonist, prince, gnome, snow white, overweight, love, shoes, teamwork, friendship ...
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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, mind bending, scary, twists and turns ...
Plot: mental illness, haunted house, guilt, family relations, losing-it hero, danger, delusion, tragedy, amnesia, suicide, ghost, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea, japan
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 7.8
 53K
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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Battleship Island (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: During the Japanese colonial era, roughly 400 Korean people, who were forced onto Battleship Island (‘Hashima Island’) to mine for coal, attempt to escape.
Style: tense, realistic, suspense, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: escape, japanese soldier, freedom, mine, rescue, beating, torture, father daughter relationship, soldier, betrayal, island, colony ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, year 1944
Place: japan, east asia, asia
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A Moment to Remember (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A young couple's love is tested when Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: date night
Plot: alzheimer's disease, memory loss, love and romance, fighting illness, love affair, class differences, architect, reconciliation, father daughter relationship, loyalty, resentment, devotion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea, south korea
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 7.4
 19K
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, deception, chase, home invasion, plot twist, crime scene, torture, police ...
Place: south korea, korea
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 8.0
 46K
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: young love, opposites attract, unlikely couple, destiny, romance, teenage life, nothing goes right, boyfriend, disorder, encounter, fall in love, comedy of errors ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: asia, korea, seoul, south korea
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 7.8
 59K
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, violence, prostitute, police investigation, race against time, search, disappearance, interrogation, woman in danger, chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, seoul, asia, korea
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The Divine Fury (2019)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: After waking up with mysterious wounds on his hands, a champion fighter finds himself in an otherworldly battle against evil forces that wreak havoc in the human world.
Style: exciting, tense, emotional, intense
Plot: supernatural, martial arts, exorcism, belief in god, priest, fight, church, obsession, supernatural power, demons, danger, prayer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south korea
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 6.7
 12K
The Villainess (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 124 min.
Story: 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.
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: female assassin, female killer, revenge, secret identity, mentor protege relationship, dark past, violence against women, murder, pregnancy, chase, child abuse, assassin ...
Place: south korea
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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, parents and children, friendship, parent child relationship, life is a bitch, false accusation, father daughter relationship, jail cell, prison life, court ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 90s, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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 7.6
 72K
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, child killer, women's prison, ex convict, crimes, crime, parents and children, heroine, redemption, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia, seoul, australia
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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: democracy, protest, historical event, cover up, interrogation, torture, political corruption, police brutality, police investigation, disorder, brutality, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: south korea, seoul
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 7.9
 17K
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, based on true events, tense, captivating, suspense
Plot: taxi driver, protest, democracy, historical event, reporter, car chase, camera, money, society, danger, taxi, revolution ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: south korea, seoul, tokyo
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