Korean movies

List of the best Korean movies selected by visitors to our site: Parasite, Train to Busan, The Handmaiden, Memories of Murder, I Saw the Devil, Bad Guy, The Chaser, Snowpiercer, A Taxi Driver, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Parasite (2019)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genrethriller, comedy, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:07

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.

Train to Busan (2016)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrehorror, action, drama, cartoon
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:43

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…

The Handmaiden (2016)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:01

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. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.

Memories of Murder (2003)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:11

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 a serial murderer grow louder. A special task force is set up in the area, with two local detectives Park Doo-Man and Jo Young-Goo joined by a detective from Seoul who requested to be assigned to the case.

I Saw the Devil (2010)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:21

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, but were unable to catch him. One day, Joo-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief becomes his prey and is found dead in a horrific state. Her fiance Soo-hyun, a top secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He promises himself that he will do everything in his power to take bloody vengeance against the killer, even if it means that he must become a monster himself to get this monstrous and inhumane killer.

Bad Guy (2002)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:40

A criminal who runs a brothel becomes obsessed with a beautiful college student. When she rejects him he sets her up by introducing her to a loan shark and when she can't pay, she is forced into working in the brothel. But when she gets the chance to escape she realizes she cannot return to her former life.

The Chaser (2008)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:00

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 client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now.

Snowpiercer (2013)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrefantastic, action, drama
CountrySouth Korea, Czech Republic
Duration02:06

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.

A Taxi Driver (2017)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, biography, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:50

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.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Markimdb: 8
Genremelodrama, drama
CountrySouth Korea, Germany
Duration01:43

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.

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Oldboy (2003)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:00

With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years, a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors.

The Box (2021)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, music
CountrySouth Korea

A drama about a young man aspiring to become a singer and a washed-up former hit producer. The two men head off on a road trip filled with music and jamming sessions.

Peppermint Candy (2000)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama
CountrySouth Korea

In the spring of 1999, a group of old friends gather to celebrate their 20 year reunion. Among the group is Yeong-ho, a cold, unhappy man, whose demeanor puts a damper on the festivities. The seriousness of Yeong-ho's depression becomes apparent, however, when he climbs a railroad bridge and looks like he might jump. At this crucial moment, memories of seven crucial episodes from Yeong-ho's past flood his mind.

Always (2011)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, melodrama, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:48

Cheol-Min, a man with a dark, picks up a part-time night job as a parking lot attendant. He sits in the tiny pay booth in the parking lot and stares at the small television. A woman named Jung-Hwa walks into the booth. Cheol-Min realizes the woman is blind and she is confusing him for the parking attendant who worked there previously. Nevertheless, the woman comes back on another night to watch the same television drama series. Cheol-Min starts becoming attached to Jung-Hwa and they find out they are connected by the same incident in the past.

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil (2019)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:22

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.

The Host (2006)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrehorror
CountrySouth Korea, Singapore
Duration02:00

Gang-du is a dim-witted man working at his father's tiny snack bar near the Han River. Following the dumping of gallons of toxic waste in the river, a giant mutated squid-like appears and begins attacking the populace. Gang-du's daughter Hyun-seo is snatched up by the creature and he and his family are taken into custody by the military, who fear a virus spread by the creature.. In detention, Gang-du receives a phone call from Hyun-seo, who is not dead, merely trapped in a sewer. With his family to assist him, he sets off to find Hyun-seo.

The Swordsman (2020)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, history
CountrySouth Korea

Tae-yeul, a swordsman in his thirties goes out to find his only daughter after losing one of his eyes. Min Seung-ho, the Joseon dynasty's best swordsman chooses an ordinary simple life after perceiving the transient nature of power. Gurutai, the best swordsman in Qing dynasty aspires to become the best even in the Joseon dynasty.

#Alive (2020)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrehorror, action
CountrySouth Korea

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.

A Hard Day (2014)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:51

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 detective’s hit-and-run, but instead of asking for money, he wants to know about the body’s whereabouts, leading to a do-or-die showdown of the witness and detective.

The Isle (2000)
Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:33

Mute Hee-Jin is working as a clerk in a fishing resort in the Korean wilderness; selling baits, food and occasionally her body to the fishing tourists. One day she falls in love with Hyun-Shik, who is on the run from the police, and rescues him with a fish hook when he tries to commit suicide.

Dragon Wars: D-War (2007)
Markimdb: 3.5
Genrehorror, action, thriller, fantasy, drama
CountrySouth Korea, USA

Based on the Korean legend, unknown creatures will return and devastate the planet. Reporter Ethan Kendrick is called in to investigate the matter...

Memoir of a Murderer (2017)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:35

A former serial killer Byung-su gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and when a series of murders occur near his town, he worries whether the killings are his doings. Then, he comes across Tae-ju and realizes that he’s the killer. He reports this to the police, only to learn that Tae-ju is one. Byung-su tries to find evidence against Tae-ju, only to raise the young killer’s interest on him and his dear daughter.

The Battleship Island (2017)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:55

During the Japanese colonial era, roughly 400 Korean people, who were forced onto Battleship Island (‘Hashima Island’) to mine for coal, attempt to escape.

Fabricated City (2017)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:33

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.

The Warrior's Way (2010)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, fantasy, western
CountryUSA, South Korea, New Zealand
Duration01:40

An Asian assassin (Dong-gun Jang) is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands. Also starring Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston, Tony Cox and Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush.

The Yellow Sea (2010)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:37

The region where the borders of North Korea, China, and Russia come together, forms a sort of modern day wild west, where more than half of the population relies on illegal activity in order to survive. In Yanbian, on the Chinese side of the border, Gu-nam wiles away his days driving a cab and spends his nights getting drunk and gambling. His wife went to Seoul to work and send back money, but it’s been months since he has heard from her. When local crime lord Myun offers to erase Gu-nam’s debts in exchange for a contract killing in Seoul, Gu-nam reluctantly accepts.

Inside Men (2015)
Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea

LEE Kang-hee, an editorialist of the influential conservative newspaper puts a congressman, JANG Pil-woo to the position of a leading candidate for President using the power of the press. Behind this, there was his secret deal with the paper’s biggest sponsor. AHN Sang-goo, a political henchman who supported LEE and JANG gets his hand cut as the price when he gets caught pocketing the record on the sponsor’s slush fund. WOO Jang-hoon, an ambitious prosecutor starts to investigate the relationship with JANG and the sponsor believing it is the only chance he can make it to the top. While getting down to the grass roots on the case, WOO meets AHN who has been deliberately planning his revenge. Now the war among the one blind for power, the one hell bent for vengeance, and the one eager for success starts.

Deliver Us from Evil (2020)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountrySouth Korea

An assassin goes to Thailand in order to solve a kidnapping case linked to him, and finds himself chased by a man whose brother he killed.

Joint Security Area (2000)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:50

In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 remaining bullets in the assassin's magazine clip, amount to 16 bullets for a gun that should normally hold 15 bullets. The investigating Swiss/Swedish team from the neutral countries overseeing the DMZ suspects that another, unknown party was involved - all of which points to some sort of cover up. The truth is much simpler and much more tragic.

The Woman Who Ran (2020)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountrySouth Korea

While her husband is on a business trip, Gamhee meets three of her friends on the outskirts of Seoul. They make friendly conversation, as always, but there are different currents flowing independently of each other, both above and below the surface.




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