Korean movies

List of the best Korean movies selected by visitors to our site: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring, Make Your Move, Bedevilled, The Man from Nowhere, A Bittersweet Life, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK, Oldboy, I Saw the Devil, A Dirty Carnival, A Company Man.

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

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Markimdb: 8
CountrySouth Korea, Germany
PlotFirst love, Buddhism
StylePhilosophical, Touching, Atmospheric, Makes me think, Vital signs

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.

Make Your Move (2013)
Markimdb: 5.7
CountryUSA, South Korea
PlotDancing, Music, Rivalry, Passion, Fight
PlaceNew York, USA
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Serious, Romantic

A pair of star-crossed dancers in New York find themselves at the center of a bitter rivalry between their brothers' underground dance clubs.

Bedevilled (2010)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
PlotRevenge, Slavery, Vacation, Rivalry
PlaceAsia, Islands, Korea
StyleAction, Depressive, Disturbing, Serious

A woman subject to mental, physical, and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out.

The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersMafia, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Rivalry
StyleFor men, Heavy, Serious

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 Somi, a little girl next door. As Taesik spends more and more time with Somi, he gets attached to her. Then Somi is kidnapped by a gang, and as Taesik tries to save Somi by becoming deeply associated with the gang his mysterious past is revealed...

A Bittersweet Life (2005)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea

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 him with another, younger man, with the mandate that he must kill them both if he discovers their affair.

I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersRobots, Losers, Thieves
PlotSplit personality, Love, Mental disorders, Obsession, Radio
PlacePsychiatric hospitals
StyleCute, To cry, Touching, Fancy

Young-goon, mentally deranged and frequently electro-charging herself with a transistor radio, has been admitted into a mental institution. Firmly believing herself to be a cyborg, she refuses to consume like a human being. Il-soon is another patient, who catches the eye of Young-goon and soon becomes a close friend. Il-soon is now confronted with the biggest task - to cure Young-goon’s mental problem and have her eat real food.

Oldboy (2003)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountrySouth Korea
PlotAbduction, Revenge, Mystery, Loneliness
StyleAtmospheric, Depressive, Heavy, Gloomy, Explicit scenes

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

I Saw the Devil (2010)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersManiacs, Police, Brides

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.

A Dirty Carnival (2006)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountrySouth Korea
PlotRivalry, Debts
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleFascinating, Action, Depressive, Heavy, Disturbing

Byung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened with a terminally ill mother and taking care of younger siblings, Byung-du is feeling financial pressure as a substitute patriarch. When the big boss President Hwang is cornered by a corrupt prosecutor, Byung-du volunteers for a whack job and wins the big man's trust.

A Company Man (2012)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersSingers, Hired assassins
PlotSkirmishes, Fight
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleExciting, For men, Heavy, Disturbing, Serious

A contract killer becomes disenchanted with his line of work and spares the lives of his two latest would-be-victims. But the assassination company he works for has no intentions of letting him quit.

Memories of Murder (2003)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersPartners, Serial killers
PlotOn real events, Investigation
StyleFascinating, Action, Depressive, Smart, Tense

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.

No Mercy (2010)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea

Forensic pathologist Kang is assigned to examine the dismembered corpse of a female murder victim. Detective Min points to a fanatic environmentalist, Lee Sung-ho, as the primary suspect. But when Kang’s daughter is kidnapped, a manipulative game begins between Kang and Lee, who holds secrets about the homicide case.

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
CountrySouth Korea
PlotGhosts, Mental disorders, Dreams
StyleUnexpected ending, Atmospheric, Action, Disturbing, Twisted plot

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.

Snowpiercer (2013)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama
CountrySouth Korea, Czech Republic, USA, France
PlotUprising, Revolution, Survival, Snow
TimePost apocalypse, Future, Winter
StyleMakes me think, Heavy, Disturbing

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.

Shark Bait (2006)
Markimdb: 4.2
Genrefamily, cartoon
CountryUSA, South Korea

After losing everything, a young fish, Pi, goes to live with his family on the Reef. There he meets the love of his life but finds that she already has the unwanted affections of a bully shark. He must follow his destiny to save her and rid the Reef of this menace for good.

Thirst (2009)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, melodrama, drama
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersVampire, Priests
PlotSupernatural, Life after death, Survival
TimeDark ones
StyleFascinating, Atmospheric, Depressive, Disturbing, Serious

Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho), a respected priest, volunteers for an experimental procedure that may lead to a cure for a deadly virus. He gets infected and dies, but a blood transfusion of unknown origin brings him back to life as a vampire. Now, Sang-hyun is torn between faith and bloodlust, and has a newfound desire for Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin), the wife of his childhood friend.

Tokyo! (2008)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama
CountryFrance, Japan, South Korea, Germany
PlotSupernatural, Depression, Obsession, Loneliness
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Fancy

Tokyo! is an anthology of three short films by Gondry (France), Carax (France) and Bong (Korea), each of whom offers an imaginative and trans-/super- natural glimpse into the Tokyo Megapolis.

Il Mare (2000)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama
CountrySouth Korea

Eun-joo moves out of her house "Il Mare", leaving behind a Christmas card for the eventual new owner of the house in 1999. In it she asks him/her to forward any mail of hers to her new address in the city. It is 1997 and Sung-hyun, the first owner of "Il Mare" is moving in and finds in his mailbox the Christmas card from Eun-joo. Thinking it was a joke, Sung-hyun leaves her a letter telling her so and reminds her that its 1997 not 1999. Eventually the two realize that they are separated by two years of time but can somehow communicate through the mailbox and begin to form a friendship through their letters.

The Chaser (2008)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, crime
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersDogs, Serial killers
PlotOn real events, Chase, Debts
StyleDisturbing, Tense, Serious

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.

Mother (2009)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Smart, Fancy, Tense

A mother lives quietly with her son. One day, a girl is brutally killed, and the boy is charged with the murder. Now, it's his mother's mission to prove him innocent.