Movies about Korea

List of the best movies about Korea, selected by visitors to our site: Oldboy, Memories of Murder, Colossal, #Alive, The Handmaiden, Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, Parasite, Peppermint Candy, The Isle, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring.

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

Genre
Country
Markimdb: 8.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:00
CharactersBusinessmen
PlotAbduction, Revenge, Loneliness, Mystery
PlaceKorea
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, By comics, Atmospheric, Heavy

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

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:11
CharactersSerial killers, Partners
PlotOn real events, Investigation
PlaceKorea
StyleAction, Fascinating, Smart, Tense, Depressive

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.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, comedy
CountryCanada, USA, Spain, South Korea
Duration01:58
CharactersMonsters, Alcoholics, Friends
PlotDancing, Friendship, Mystery, Mental disorders
PlaceAircraft, USA, Korea, Small cities, New York
StyleUnexpected ending, Fascinating

A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she's suffering.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrehorror, action
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersZombie, Streamers
PlotSurvival
PlaceKorea
StyleSerious, Disturbing

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.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:01
CharactersLesbians, Scammers, Friends, Maids, Orphans
PlotLove, Revenge, Passion, Betrayal, Jealousy
PlaceJapan, Mansions, Korea
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Disturbing

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.

Markimdb: 8
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:20
PlotWar
StyleNumbers in the title

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

Markimdb: 8.6
Genrethriller, comedy, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:07
CharactersFamily, Scammers, Rich, Businessmen, Maids
PlotRobbery, Mystery
StyleExciting, Oscars, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense

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.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersDogs, Students
PlotLove, Dancing, Friendship, Death, First love
PlaceParty
StyleAction, Smart, Depressive, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:33
CharactersLosers, Fish, Mute
PlotObsession
PlaceIslands
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 8
Genremelodrama, drama
CountrySouth Korea, Germany
Duration01:43
PlotMeaning of life, First love, Buddhism
StyleMind-altering, Deep Meaning, Philosophical, Atmospheric, 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.

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: 7.1
Genrefantastic, action, drama
CountrySouth Korea, Czech Republic
Duration02:06
PlotSurvival, Revolution, Snow, Uprising
PlaceTrains
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse, Winter
StyleDystopian, By comics, Heavy, Smart, Makes me think

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.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:40
CharactersGangsters, Soldier
PlotLove, Obsession, Jealousy, Pads
StylePsychological problems, Atmospheric, Heavy, Explicit scenes, Makes me think

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.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:22
CharactersDogs, Maniacs, Mafia, Serial killers, Gangsters
PlotOn real events, Revenge, Motorcycles, Chase, Funeral
PlaceHospitals, Korea
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Fascinating, Tense

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.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrehorror
CountrySouth Korea, Singapore
Duration02:00
CharactersMonsters

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.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, family
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:23
CharactersFriends
PlotLove, Friendship
PlaceVillage, Asia, Korea
StyleTo cry, Heavy, Makes me think, Touching

The story begins on a fine summers morning, when San-woo and his mother board a bus to the country. It is soon clear that the unsophisticated rural passengers annoy the seven-year-old urban boy. His mother is taking him to live with his 78-year-old mute, but not deaf, grandmother while she looks for a new job after a business venture failed in Seoul.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, fantasy, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:21
CharactersDemons
PlotInvestigation, Obsession, Supernatural, Sects, Evil spirits
PlaceKorea
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Depressive

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.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrehorror, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:55
CharactersSisters
PlotMental disorders, Ghosts, Dreams
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Atmospheric

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.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, history
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersHeroes
PlotMartial Arts, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Serious, For men

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.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, biography, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:50
CharactersPolice, Friends, Soldier, Taxi drivers, Reporters
PlotOn real events, Time travel, Money, Friendship, Revolution
PlaceChina, Hospitals, Korea
TimeNight
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

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.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, comedy, western, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:05
CharactersHorses, Killers, Cowboys, Thieves, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Skirmishes, Weapon, Chase, Intrigue
PlaceWild West, Deserts, China, Korea
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Fancy, For men

The story of three Korean outlaws in 1930s Manchuria and their dealings with the Japanese army and Chinese and Russian bandits. The Good (a Bounty hunter), the Bad (a hitman), and the Weird (a thief) battle the army and the bandits in a race to use a treasure map to uncover the riches of legend.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:21
CharactersManiacs, Police, Brides
PlotRevenge
PlaceKorea

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.

Markimdb: 8
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:28
PlotRevenge, Passion, The escape, Life, Loneliness
PlacePrison, Korea
StyleAction, To cry, Soulful, Makes me think, Touching

A young man, whose only possession is a motorcycle, spends his time riding around the city looking for empty apartments. After finding one, he hangs out for a while, fixing himself something to eat, washing laundry or making small repairs in return. He always tries to leave before the owners get back but in one ostensibly empty mansion he meets the abused wife of a rich man and she escapes with him...

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:37
CharactersGangsters, Hired assassins, Taxi drivers
PlotSurvival, Chase
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleExciting, Heavy, Depressive, Serious, For men

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.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:19
CharactersTerminally ill, Poets, Grandparents
PlotLoneliness
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Touching

Grandmother Mi Ja works part-time as a caretaker, and struggles to raise a teen grandson by herself. Despite her tough situation, she speaks softly, dresses fashionably, and approaches the world with child-like curiosity. Enrolling in a poetry class, she endeavors to capture life in verse form, but her simple dream of completing a poem is stalled by the early signs of Alzheimer's disease and the heavy financial and emotional burden of her grandson's shocking wrongdoing.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrehorror, action, fantasy
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:39
CharactersDemons
PlotMartial Arts, Fight, Exorcism, Obsession, Death
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.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredocumentary
CountryCzech Republic, Russia, Germany, Latvia, North Korea
Duration02:08
PlaceSchool

Over the course of one year, this film follows the life of an ordinary Pyongyang family whose daughter was chosen to take part in Day of the Shining Star (Kim Jong-il's birthday) celebration. While North Korean government wanted a propaganda film, the director kept on filming between the scripted scenes. The ritualized explosions of color and joy contrast sharply with pale everyday reality, which is not particularly terrible, but rather quite surreal.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, history
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersPoor
PlotMoney, Friendship, Death, Political, Cheating
PlaceKorea
StyleAction, Smart, Tense, Intellectual, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:35
CharactersGods, Angels
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Supernatural, Life after death
PlaceCourt, Parallel worlds, Korea
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Makes me think

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.

Markimdb: 6
Genrefantastic, action
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:44
CharactersTeens, Terrorists, Heroes, Criminals, Warriors
PlotLove, Skirmishes, Cars, Weapon, Uprising
PlaceTrains, Kitchen, Korea
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Philosophical, Fascinating, For men

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





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