Korean spy movies

List of the best Korean movies about spies selected by visitors to our site: The Spy Gone North, Steel Rain, Iris, V.I.P, Commitment, The Warrior, Joint Security Area, The Spies, The Net, Shiri.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

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Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:40
CharactersDogs, Spy, Scouts, Special agents, Military
PlotOn real events, Mystery
PlaceAircraft, China, Asia, Korea
TimeCold War
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

South Korea, 1993. An agent of the National Intelligence Service is sent to Beijing with the assignment of infiltrating a group of North Korean officials with the ultimate goal of obtaining information about the North Korean nuclear program.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:11
CharactersSpy
PlotNuclear War, Political, Rivalry
PlaceKorea
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense

Amid a coup, a North Korean agent escapes south with the country's injured leader in an attempt to keep him alive and prevent a Korean war.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genreaction, melodrama
CountrySouth Korea
PlotLove triangle, Betrayal

IRIS revolves around two friends from the 707th Special Mission Battalion recruited into a secret South Korean black ops agency known as the National Security Service. Of the pair, recruit Kim Hyun-jun begins to uncover evidence that his foggy past may not be so irrelevant to his joining of the secret organization after all. As the two friends find their loyalties tested and forge new, unlikely alliances, the journey takes them from their home country to Hungary, Japan, and China where they find themselves at the center of an international conspiracy.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:12
CharactersManiacs, Spy, Police
PlotInvestigation, Political, Intrigue, Rivalry
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Noir

A son to a high-ranked official in North Korea commits a series of murders going across the countries around the world. The movie depicts the following events as South Korea, North Korea and Interpol start chasing down after him.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, melodrama, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:53
CharactersTeens, Spy, Hired assassins, Heroes
PlotMotorcycles, Pursuit
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

The son of a North Korean spy decides to follow in his father's footsteps to protect his little sister. After his father’s botched espionage mission, North Korean Myung-hoon and his young sister Hye-in are sent to a labor prison camp. In order to save his sister’s life, Myung-hoon volunteers to become a spy and infiltrates the South as a teenage defector. While attending high school in the South, he meets another girl named Hye-in, and rescues her when she comes under attack. South Korean Intelligence soon discover Myung-hoon’s activities and begin tracking him, all the while his own government sends a vicious assassin to eliminate him.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea, China
Duration02:13
CharactersSamurai, Spy, Dragons, Heroes, Military
PlotWar, Survival, Adventure, Martial Arts, Passion
PlaceItaly, Deserts, China, Asia, Korea
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Soulful, Atmospheric, Heavy, Explicit scenes

In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Coryo (an ancient kingdom of Korea then) sent a delegation of many diplomats, soldiers and a silent slave to make peace with the new Chinese government. However, this delegation got charged as spies and sent in exile to a remote desert.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:50
CharactersSpy, Military, Friends, Soldier
PlotWar, Investigation, Friendship, Political
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleMakes me think, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

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.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, comedy
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:55
CharactersSpy, Family
PlotTime travel
PlaceJapan, China

Kim Myeong-min (39) is Agent Kim, a family man who lives a happy and contented life with his wife and two children. He is disguised as a manager in a company that sells fake viagra imported from China. Together with his three comrades, Agent Kang (Yeom Jeong-ah, 39), Agent Woo (Jeong Kyeo-woon, 29) and Adviser Yoon (Byeon Hee-bong, 70), Agent Kim was sent to South Korea 10 years ago for a special mission.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:12
CharactersSpy, Military, Poor
PlotMoney, Political, Border, Hunger, Freedom
PlaceKorea
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Tense, Makes me think, Depressive

A poor North Korean fisherman finds himself an accidental defector, and is groomed to be a spy by an ambitious South Korean military officer.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, thriller
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersSpy, Special Forces, Heroes, Friends
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleExciting, Depressive, Serious, For men, Disturbing

North Korea's 8th Special Forces hijacks a shipment of CTX, a potent new liquid explosive, and threatens South Korea as part of a plot to re-unify the two countries.Ryu and Lee, special agents of O.P., South Korea's secret intelligence service, attempt to track down the terrorists and find the CTX. Meanwhile Hee, the 8th's ultra-bad female sniper, resurfaces to wreak havoc and haunt Ryu.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:13
CharactersSpy, Military, Friends, Soldier
PlotWar, Friendship, Border
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

In 1951 ceasefire is declared, but two remaining armies fought their final battle on the front line Towards the end of the Korean War, a South Korean battalion is fiercely battling over a hill on the front line border against the North in order to capture a strategic point that would determine the new border between two nations. The ownership of this small patch of land would swap multiple times each day. Kang is dispatched to the front line in order to investigate the tacit case that’s been happening there. But he gets spiraled into the war that’s more terrifying than death itself when he meets his friend Kim, who has transformed into a war machine, and his unit. As the countdown for ceasefire begins, both sides become more vicious, resulting in deaths of countless lives until the last man could claim the land.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, comedy, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:04
CharactersTeens, Spy
PlotPolitical
PlaceAsia, Korea, Small cities
StyleExciting, Disturbing

As a North Korean sleeper cell agent, Ryu-han infiltrates the South and assumes the role of a village idiot in a rural town. He observes the townsfolk and waits patiently for his mission. One day, after 2 years of playing the role of the village idiot, fellow elite spies Hae-rang, posed as a rock star and Hae-jin, posed as an ordinary student, are dispatched to the same town as Ryu-han. He helps the other two spies settle in and teach them how to adjust in the South. There is a sudden drastic political power shift in the North and all three spies receive an urgent and ultimate mission.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, biography, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:21
CharactersSpy, Terminally ill, Emperors
PlotLost memory
PlaceSchool, Psychiatric hospitals, Japan, Korea
StylePsychological problems, Heartbreaking, Sad ones

Under the oppressive Japanese colonial rule, Deok-hye, the last Princess of the declining Joseon Dynasty, is forced to move to Japan. She spends her days missing home, while struggling to maintain dignity as a princess. After a series of failed tries, Deok-hye makes her final attempt to return home with help of her childhood sweetheart, Jang-han.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:56
CharactersSpy, Special agents, Friends
PlotFriendship, Betrayal
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

Six years ago a mysterious shooting takes place in Seoul. The after effects of the shooting results in Han-kyu Lee (Song Kang-Ho) losing his job at the NIS (National Intelligence Service). Six years later, Ji-won Song (Kang Dong-Won), an ex North Korean spy. now operates somewhere in the Seoul metropolitan area. As these two men hide their identities and work their particular angles, trouble brews again ....

Markimdb: 9
Genrecomedy, reality TV, game
CountrySouth Korea
PlotSurvival

These days, variety entertainment is gradually disappearing. It is one of Korea's representative variety entertainment shows that has been in charge of Sunday evenings for over 10 years. In this program, many stars and members play games and missions together. It is characterized by going around several places. In particular, this program focuses solely on laughter among the many fun elements of entertainment.Open your eyes! Big fun enters!Open your mouth! A big smile enters!Open your mind! Instructive lesson enters!

Markimdb: 8
Genrefantasy, drama, biography, history
CountrySouth Korea

Jumong  examines the life of Jumong Taewang, founder of the kingdom of Goguryeo. Few details have been found in the historical record about Jumong, so much of the series is fictionalized. The fantastic elements surrounding the original Jumong legend have been replaced with events more grounded in reality.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, comedy, melodrama, drama
CountryHong Kong
CharactersSpy
PlotLove, Wedding, Chase, Rivalry
PlaceVillage, Russia, USSR

Agent Lam (Tony Leung) sets out to track a pair of plates used to make fake American dollars. When he discovers the plates, they are conned out of him by enigmatic US Embassy workers Owen (Richie Ren) and JJ (Shu Qi). With the trail now leading to Korea, Lam sets off in hot pursuit. There, amidst the dangerous and glamorous urban landscape of Seoul, Lam finds himself confronting an underworld crime boss known as the Polar Bear, head of the biggest counterfeiting organisation in Asia.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:17
CharactersSpy, Hired assassins, Heroes, Scientists
PlotDeath, Pursuit, False accusations
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StyleExciting, Action, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Fascinating

Dong-chul was the best special field agent in North Korea, but he’s abandoned by his government during a mission. While on the run, he looks for his wife and child, who were sold as slaves to China, only to discover their corpses. He soon finds out that his colleague was behind the killing and defects to the South in search of his nemesis. He looks for him during the day, and works as a temp driver at night and as a personal driver for Chairman PARK. One night the chairman is attacked and killed by an assassin, but not before handing over a pair of glasses to Dong-chul. He is now on the run again, accused of the chairman’s murder by the intelligence service, while trying to uncover the secret contained inside the glasses. Little did he know that depending on who ultimately gains control of the secret, it could either become a national threat or treasure.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure, cartoon
CountryUSA, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Italy
Duration01:33
CharactersSnipers, Spy, Strong women, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Uprising
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Cyberpunk, Serious, Disturbing

400 years into the future, disease has wiped out the majority of the world's population, except one walled city, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. When Æon Flux, the top operative in the underground 'Monican' rebellion, is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, comedy, melodrama
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersSpy
PlotLove

Disguised as a travel agent, “Su-ji” is a government spy with six years’ experience who can’t reveal her career to her boyfriend “Jae-joon.” After she lies again, her boyfriend breaks up with her and leaves without notice, leaving her struggling alone with her sadness. Three years later, while chasing an industrial spy in disguise as a cleaning lady, she happens to run into Jae-joon. He’s become an international certified accountant, and seeing him throws her feelings into doubt.Lying is part of the job, secrecy is the name of the game in "My Girlfriend is an Agent".

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:44
CharactersCIA, Spy, Police, Businessmen, Investigators
PlotViruses
PlaceTrains, England, Japan, Korea
Time19th century
StyleAction, Fascinating, Serious

Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop them.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, adventure, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:10
CharactersTeens, Spy, Killers, Lifeguards, Special agents
PlotAdventure, Weapon, Chase, Tracking, Undercover
PlacePrison, School, USA
StyleMarvel, Exciting, By comics, Vivid, Dynamic

The story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Germany
Duration02:07
CharactersSpy, Scouts, Special agents
PlotInvestigation, Loneliness, KGB, Conspiracies
PlaceEngland
TimeCold War
StyleAction, Twisted plot, By books, Atmospheric, Smart

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, detective, military
CountryRussia, USA, Belarus
Duration01:58
CharactersSpy, Scouts
PlotWar
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleAtmospheric

The movie is set in Belarus, where a team of counter-intelligence officers is given only three days to find a German radio operator posing as a Soviet soldier, behind soviet lines, on the eve of a major offensive.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, military
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:39
CharactersSpy, Scouts, Military, Soldier
PlotLove, War, Skirmishes, Investigation, Friendship
PlaceEngland, France, Night Clubs
TimeWorld War II
StyleTense

In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, comedy, drama, family
CountryCanada, USA
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens, Family, Scientists, Special agents, Bodyguards
PlotMartial Arts, Chase
StyleExciting

Disgraced Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains hidden in the kids' house.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryUSA, Germany, India
Duration02:39
CharactersCIA, Spy, Scouts, Lawyers, Judge
PlotOn real events, Political, Justice
PlaceUSSR, USA
TimeCold War
StyleTense, Serious, Disturbing

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man's freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel, the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA, Germany, France, Japan
Duration02:02
CharactersCIA, Spy, Scouts
PlaceChina
TimeCold War
StyleAction, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Veteran spy Nathan Muir is on the verge of retiring from the CIA when he learns that his one-time protégé and close friend, Tom Bishop, is a political prisoner sentenced to die in Beijing. Although their friendship has been marred by bad blood and resentment, Muir agrees to take on the most dangerous mission of his career and rescue Bishop.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genreaction, thriller, detective
CountryUSA, Germany, Czech Republic, France
Duration01:53
CharactersCIA, Spy, Special agents
PlotAdventure, Fight, The escape, Chase, Mystery
PlaceParis
StyleExciting, Twisted plot, Disturbing

Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him dead. However, Bourne realizes that he has the combat and mental skills of a world-class spy – but who does he work for?

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:08
CharactersCIA, Spy, Terrorists, Scouts, Nurses
PlotSpecial services, Pursuit, Divorce, Cheating
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Smart, Tense

The CIA’s hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks. Roger Ferris is the agency’s man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to stay ahead of ever-shifting events. An eye in the sky – a satellite link – watches Ferris. At the other end of that real-time link is the CIA’s Ed Hoffman, strategizing events from thousands of miles away. And as Ferris nears the target, he discovers trust can be just as dangerous as it is necessary for survival.





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