Movies about South Korea

Movies about South Korea
List of the best films about South Korea according to the audience: Parasite, #Alive, Snowpiercer, Oldboy, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring, The Box, Peppermint Candy, The Handmaiden, The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil, Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War.

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

Genre
Country
Markimdb: 8.6
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: 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: 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: 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
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: 8.1
Genredrama, music
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersMusicians, Guitarists
StyleGood music

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.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 6.9
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
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: 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
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: 7.4
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: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
StyleSerious, Disturbing

Two rival detectives with different methods try to solve the murder of a missing girl after discovering her mutilated body in the tidelands of Incheon.

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: 6.7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersFriends
PlotFriendship
StyleTouching, Serious

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.

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: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:22
CharactersWriters, Rich, Lawyers, Cats
PlotDancing, Fight, Money, Pursuit, Love triangle
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Action, By books, Tense

Deliveryman Jongsu is out on a job when he runs into Haemi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood. She asks if he'd mind looking after her cat while she's away on a trip to Africa. On her return she introduces to Jongsu an enigmatic young man named Ben, who she met during her trip. And one day Ben tells Jongsu about his most unusual hobby...

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrehorror
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:31
CharactersFriends, Investigators
PlotInternet, Ghosts, Fear
PlacePsychiatric hospitals
TimeDark ones, Night
StyleCreepy, Disturbing

An internet broadcaster recruits a handful of people for their 'experience the horror' show at Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital, a place selected as one of the '7 freakiest places on the planet'. They are to explore the haunted asylum and stream it live on their online show.

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: 7
Genreaction, comedy
CountrySouth Korea
PlotSurvival, Fog, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Dorama

When an unknown toxic gas strikes Seoul in an unprecedented act of terror, Yong-nam has just met Eui-ju from college by chance at his mother's birthday banquet. The city falls under sudden noxious gas attack and together, they must escape the panic-stricken city.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:34
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceCastle, Korea
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Action, Epic

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.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:50
CharactersHired assassins, Family, Students, Nurses
PlotMystery, Chase, Hypnosis, Mystery, Cheating
PlaceHospitals, Korea
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Fascinating

Jin-seok, 21-year-old, moves into a new house with his family. He suffers from a slight schizophrenia but he carries an ordinary life under the warm care of the family. His older brother Yu-seok is a decent college student, a mentor, and role model for Jin-seok. One night, his beloved brother is kidnapped by unidentified assailants before Jin-seok’s eye. Jin-seok can’t recognize their faces, but can remember only the VIN that matches with no car. After long silence of 19 days, suddenly Yu-seok returns home, but remembers nothing which had happened in the meantime. And soon Jin-seok feels Yu-seok is a total stranger…

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:54
PlotRevenge, Slavery, Vacation, Rivalry
PlaceIslands, Asia, Korea
StyleAction, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

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

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.





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