Movies about Korea

List of the best movies about Korea, selected by visitors to our site: Deliver Us from Evil, The Man Standing Next, The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil, Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage, Svaha: The Sixth Finger, The Divine Fury, Battle of Jangsari, House of Hummingbird, Illang: The Wolf Brigade, Mr. Sunshine
In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Deliver Us from Evil (2020)
Markimdb: 6.7
CharactersHired assassins
PlotChase, Fight
PlaceKorea, Japan

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.

The Man Standing Next (2020)
PlotPolitical, On real events
PlaceKorea, Asia, USA

In the 1970s, Korea is under the absolute control of the President Park who controls the KCIA, the organization with an edge over any branch of government. The director of KCIA, KIM Gyu-pyeong, is the seemingly most prospective second-in-command. In the midst of reign of fear, a former KCIA director, PARK Yong-gak who knows all about the government’s obscure operations, exiles to the U.S. where the investigation of ‘Koreagate’ is underway. As the tension escalates, the stifling political maneuvering by the all second-in-command’s unfolds.

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil (2019)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:22
CharactersDetectives, Maniacs, Criminals, Serial killers, Gangsters, Mafia, Dogs
PlotRevenge, Rivalry, Motorcycles, Funeral, Chase, On real events
PlaceKorea
StyleExciting, Tense, Fascinating

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.

Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage (2019)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:10
CharactersPolice, Dogs
PlotInvestigation, Weapon
PlaceKorea
StyleExciting, Heavy

On the run from a dogged internal affairs agent, a corrupt cop reluctantly teams up with a defiant teen to unravel a conspiracy -- before it's too late.

Svaha: The Sixth Finger (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, fantasy, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:21
CharactersDemons
PlotSects
PlaceKorea

Pastor Park is head of a religious investigation center that exposes cults and cult leaders. While looking into a suspicious new religion called ‘Deer Mount,’ he slowly uncovers clues that connect this cult to a series of mysterious cases of missing teenage girls when a body is found inside a damaged tunnel beams. He begins to uncover dark secrets surrounding this cult and its enforcer Na-han.

The Divine Fury (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrehorror, action, fantasy
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:39
PlotSupernatural, Obsession, Martial Arts
PlaceKorea
StyleExciting, Action

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.

Battle of Jangsari (2019)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersMilitary
PlotWar
PlaceKorea

Korean War, September 1950. In order to fight the enemy forces based in the South of the peninsula, General MacArthur orders the start of the Incheon Landing Operation, deploying diversionary attacks in other locations. Without real military forces to spare, 772 very young Korean student soldiers, barely trained, are sent to Jangsari Beach, where they will face a heroic fate and discover the value of friendship. (A sequel to Operation Chromite, released in 2016.)

House of Hummingbird (2019)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountrySouth Korea
PlaceKorea, Asia
StyleTouching

Whatever she does, Eunhee feels like an outsider. Then her new Chinese teacher turns out to be so utterly different from everybody else. A compassionate and meticulously told narrative of a seemingly regular summer that leaves nothing unchanged.

Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018)
Markimdb: 6
Genrefantastic, action
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:44
CharactersTerrorists
PlotWeapon, Cars
PlaceKorea, Trains

In 2029, the elite police squad Illang combats a terrorist group opposing reunification of the two Koreas. But another enemy may be lurking nearby.

Mr. Sunshine (2018)
Markimdb: 8.8
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:25
CharactersSoldier
PlotRelationship, Love triangle, Fate, Survival
PlaceKorea
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Patriotic

Based in Shinmiyangyo, or the U.S. expedition to Korea in the late 19th century, Mr. Sunshine tells the story of a Korean boy born into a family of a house servant running away to board an American warship, later to return to his homeland as a U.S. marine officer. He ironically falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter and discovers the dark scheme to colonize the country that he once ran away from.

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Dark Figure of Crime (2018)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:37
CharactersDetectives, Criminals, Police, Serial killers
PlotMystery, Investigation
PlaceKorea, Prison
StyleAction, Tense, Fascinating

Hyeong-min, a prominent police detective, and Tae-oh, a killer who has confessed to multiple murders, maintain a fierce psychological confrontation.

The Spy Gone North (2018)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:40
CharactersScouts, Special agents, Spy, Dogs, Military, Businessmen
PlotMystery, Undercover, On real events
PlaceKorea, Aircraft, China, Asia
TimeCold War

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.

Relentless (2018)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:01
CharactersFriends, Gangsters, Fish
PlotFight, Chase, Betrayal, Weapon
PlacePrison, Korea, Ships, Beach
StyleNoir

An American mother searches for her daughter who was kidnapped by human traffickers in Central America.

Claire's Camera (2018)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama
CountrySouth Korea, France
Duration01:38
CharactersTeachers, Directors, Lovers, Photographers
PlotLove, Love triangle
PlaceKorea, France, Beach

On a business trip to the Cannes Film Festival, Manhee is accused of being dishonest and fired. A teacher named Claire goes around taking photos with a Polaroid camera. She gets to know Manhee and sympathizes with her. Through taking photos, Claire has acquired the ability to look slowly at things and to transform objects.

Default (2018)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, history
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersPoor
PlotPolitical, Death
PlaceKorea

Only one week left until South Korea will go under sovereign default. Han Shi-Hyun is a leader of the monetary policy team at the Bank of Korea. and is assigned to a crisis team.

The Drug King (2018)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersYakuza
PlotInvestigation
PlaceKorea

Busan, South Korea, 1970s. Lee Doo-sam is a small-time smuggler. After helping a drug gang to smuggle meth, he falls into the dark crime world. Quick-witted and full of ambition, he eventually takes over the drug underworld and starts to lead a double life: a good community leader during the day but an infamous drug lord during the night.

Swing Kids (2018)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, military, music, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:21
CharactersMusicians
PlotDancing
PlaceKorea, Asia
StyleGood music

Rebellious Ki-soo from North Korea is mesmerized by tap dance in prison camps. Ki-soo joins as a team member of a dance team named ‘Swing Kids’. Yet suddenly, their dreams about dancing in prison camps are put in danger.

Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:35
CharactersAngels, Gods
PlotAdventure, Life after death
PlaceParallel worlds, Korea, Court

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 Household God in the living world.

The Great Battle (2018)
Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:34
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar
PlaceKorea, Castle
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Action

Kingdom of Goguryeo, ancient Korea, 645. The ruthless Emperor Taizong of Tang invades the country and leads his armies towards the capital, achieving one victory after another, but on his way is the stronghold of Ansi, protected by General Yang Man-chu, who will do everything possible to stop the invasion, even if his troops are outnumbered by thousands of enemies.

A Taxi Driver (2017)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, biography, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:50
CharactersPolice, Friends, Soldier, Taxi drivers, Reporters
PlotTime travel, Revolution, Money, Weapon, Death, Chase, On real events
PlaceChina, Korea
TimeNight

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.

Part-time Spy (2017)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrecomedy, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration00:54
PlotAdventure
PlaceKorea

A desperate 35 year-old Young-sil is more than ready for full time job. And finally she gets a call from National security department as an intern. But her joy lasts no long, soon asked to leave. Accidently she discovers a secret about her boss and she suggest a deal of full time job to help him; secret spy.

Naked Fireman (2017)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration00:37
CharactersKillers
PlotLove, Money, Investigation
PlaceKorea

Kang Chul Soo (Lee Joon Hyuk) is an enthusiastic fireman. He poses as a nude model to make money for his sick friend. He is then targeted as the criminal of an arson-murder case that took place 10 years. Kang Chul Soo and mysterious heiress Han Jin Ah (Jung In Sun) try to find the real culprit.

The Fortress (2017)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:17
CharactersKings
PlotWar, Death
PlaceKorea, Castle

Ancient Korea, 17th century. The powerful Khan of the Jurchen tribe of Manchuria, who fights the Ming dinasty to gain China, becomes the first ruler of the Qing dinasty and demands from King In-jo of Joseon to bow before him; but he refuses, being loyal to the Mings. On December 14th, 1636, the Qing horde invades Joseon, so King In-jo and his court shelter in the mountain fortress of Namhan and prepare to defend the kingdom.

Method (2017)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens, Actors
PlotRelationship
PlaceKorea

A seasoned actor and a pop star are cast as leads in a gay romantic play. As the actor teaches the pop star method acting, the line between fiction and reality is blurred and they become drawn to each other.

Memoir of a Murderer (2017)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:35
CharactersManiacs, Killers, Fathers, Serial killers
PlotConfrontation, Hatred, Death, Snow
PlaceKorea, Prison

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.

Heart Blackened (2017)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:25
CharactersLawyers
PlotDeath, Jealousy, Investigation
PlaceKorea

Tae-san is a man who truly has everything: money, fame, power and two women he loves: his only daughter, Mira, and his fiancée, Yuna, a chart-topping popstar. He wants them to get along, but Mira doesn’t treat kindly her stepmother-to-be.

The Swindlers (2017)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration00:52
CharactersScammers
PlotRevenge, Rivalry
PlaceKorea
StyleDisturbing, Heavy, For men

A group of swindlers unite to hunt down an infamous con man who was known dead, amid their hidden motives and deception.

Bluebeard (2017)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:25
CharactersDoctors
PlotObsession
PlaceKorea
StyleTense, Disturbing

Dr. Seung-hoon sedates his landlord before medical check-up, when the old man begins telling him a convincing murder confession. Sometime later, a young woman's severed head is discovered at a butcher shop run by his landlord's son, and Seung-hoon begins to suspect that the landlord and his son are the serial killers.

Real (2017)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genreaction, detective, film noir
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:43
CharactersDoctors
PlotInvestigation, Dreams, Martial Arts, Rivalry
PlaceKorea
StyleNoir, Exciting

Jang Tae-Young is a popular trouble shooter in the criminal world. He is cold and ambitious. He dreams of building a casino hotel one day. A reporter then goes to Jang Tae-Young.

The Mimic (2017)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:21
CharactersFamily, Tigers
PlotMystery, Mystery, Supernatural, Ghosts
PlaceKorea, Caves
StyleGothic

A story of the Jangsan Tiger, who mimics human voices to lure them close, and a family affected by the creature.

Lucid Dream (2017)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration00:55
CharactersScientists, Fathers, Heroes
PlotAbduction, Investigation
PlaceKorea
StyleDisturbing, Exciting

Dae-ho, an investigative journalist, seeks to track down the whereabouts of his son who was abducted three years ago. With the help of a detective and a psychiatrist friend, he will retrace his memory of the incident through the use of lucid dreaming techniques.

Confidential Assignment (2017)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:12
CharactersHeroes
PlotRevenge, Investigation, Fear
PlaceKorea

When a crime organization from North Korea crosses borders and enters South Korean soil, a South Korean detective must cooperate with a North Korean detective to investigate their whereabouts.

Outrage Coda (2017)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, crime
CountryJapan
Duration01:14
CharactersYakuza
PlotRevenge, Power
PlaceIslands, Korea, Hotels, Japan

Ôtomo gets involved with new Yakuza battles after he comes back the Yakuza society.

A Single Rider (2017)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama
CountrySouth Korea, Australia
Duration01:38
CharactersFamily
PlotLoneliness, Moving
PlaceAustralia, Korea
StyleTouching, Disturbing

Promising fund manager Jae-hoon is at the brink of losing everything when his company goes bankrupt. Overwhelmed by despair, he takes an impulsive trip to Australia where his wife and son live. As his trip nears its unexpected end, Jae-hoon gets a chance to look back on his life.

Radiant Office (2017)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:02
PlaceOffice, Korea

Ho Won is a young woman who struggles to find a steady job. Tired and hopeless, she attempted suicide. Hospital check-up discovers she might have terminal illness. Soon after, a furniture company accepts her as a contract worker. Faced with a possibility of dying, Ho Won decides to just let herself loose. Her newfound bold attitude puts her at odds with her workaholic manager Woo Jin.

Tunnel (2017)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:55
CharactersDogs, Journalists, Bears, Fathers
PlotFear, Survival, Death, Snow, Cars
PlaceKorea, Mountains
TimeWinter
StyleAction, Tense, Fascinating

A police detective from 1986 travels in time to the present to save his daughter.

Missing Nine (2017)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreadventure, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:03
PlaceKorea

Story about an unexpected plane crash that causes a widespread panic in South Korea due to the disappearance of nine people, including some influential figures in the entertainment industry. Seo Joon O used to be a popular singer, but he isn't popular anymore. Now, he works as a reporter for a TV entertainment show. He and his stylist Ra Bong-Hee land on a deserted island.

Steel Rain (2017)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:11
CharactersSpy
PlotNuclear War
PlaceKorea

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.

My Father is Strange (2017)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genrecomedy, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration00:39
CharactersMothers
PlaceKorea

Ahn Joong-Hee is an actor who used to be a member of an idol group. One day, he appears in front of a family who consists Byun Han-Soo and Na Young-Sil and their 4 children including Hye-Young and Mi-Young. Joong-Hee begins to live wth them.

1987: When the Day Comes (2017)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, biography, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:37
PlaceKorea

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 supposed to sign the cremation release, raises questions about a 21-year-old kid dying of a heart attack, and he begins looking into the case for truth. Despite a systematic attempt to silence everyone involved in the case, the truth gets out, causing an eruption of public outrage.

The Package (2017)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration00:25
PlaceKorea

Yoon So-So works as a travel guide in France. She leads a group of tourists on a package tour. The travelers all have their own stories. San Ma-Roo joined the tour after being dumped by his girlfriend. Kim Gyung-Jae has been dating for the past 10 years. A mysterious man seems to follow Yoon So-So. Jung Yeon-Sung joined the package tour with a partner, but he will not reveal what kind of relationship they are in. Han So-Ran is a web designer and agonizes over staying single or marriage. Oh Gab-Soo is extremely stubborn. Han Book-Ja spent most of her life taking care of her husband. Na Hyun is a woman whom other people cannot guess her age.They all do not want to become involved in each other's personal lives, but, while they travel together, they become closer and develop relationships.

Fabricated City (2017)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:33
CharactersPolice, Heroes, Losers
PlotAdventure, Investigation, Chase, Skirmishes
PlaceKorea

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.

Reunited Worlds (2017)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantasy, melodrama
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersTeens
PlotLove, Date, Happiness, Relationship
PlaceKorea

Although born in the same year, two childhood friends end up being 13 years apart because they have aged surprisingly at different places (worlds) for some strange reason. Now Eom Hyeon Soo is a 31-year-old woman but Sung Hae Sung is still a 18-year-old boy. Cha Won Yooung is a chef also interested in Eom Hyeon Soo.

My Sassy Girl (2017)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersPrincesses
PlotLove, Date, Happiness, Relationship
PlaceKorea

Set in the Joseon Dynasty period, a romance takes place between cold-hearted Gyun-Woo and Princess Hyemyung who causes troubles.

I Can Speak (2017)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama, history
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersFriends
PlaceOffice, Korea

A grumpy old woman befriends a young civil servant and learns English from him. She then reveals to him her shocking past.

The Outlaws (2017)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:24
CharactersGangsters
PlotRivalry
PlaceKorea
StyleDisturbing, Heavy

Ma Seok-do works as a detective squad chief. His team struggles to bust a criminal ring who originally came from Yanbian, China and led by Jang Chen.

The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos (2019)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersHired assassins, Serial killers
PlotInvestigation
PlaceKorea
StyleAction, Heavy, Depressive, Disturbing, Fascinating

Chief of the ‘Special Crime Unit’, OH Gu-tak, looks for the former gangster, PARK Woong-chul, whom he had worked with before, and recruits a con artist, KWAK No-soon, and a convicted cop, KO Yoo-sung in the new team. With new blood, the ‘Bad Guys’ have become stronger and tougher. As they dig deeper into the case, they sense that a much bigger crime organization is behind it all and they begin the hunt for bad guys…

Ashfall (2019)
CharactersMilitary
PlotVolcanoes
PlaceKorea
StyleAction, Exciting, Tense, Disturbing

Stagnant since 1903, at an elevation of 9000', a volcano erupts on the mythical and majestic Baekdu Mountain.

Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 (2019)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountrySouth Korea
PlaceKorea

Kim Ji-young, an ordinary woman in her 30s, suddenly shows signs of being inhabited by others such as her late mother and older sister, and the stories of the people connected to her.

My First Client (2019)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
PlaceKorea, Asia

A success-hungry lawyer meets a young sister and brother suffering from domestic abuse and digs into their case.

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