Best Korean Movies on Netflix Right Now to Watch

Best Korean Movies on Netflix

You might be heard of the 2019 South Korean black comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho, Parasite the first South Korean film to receive Academy Award recognition and one of three films to win both the Palme d’Or and the Academy Award. But beyond this Korean films have flourished across all genres. Whether you want to feel romantic, giggly, frightened, or otherwise, these movies have all you need.

The golden age of Korean films in the mid-20th century produced what are considered two of the best South Korean films of all time, The Housemaid (1960) and Obaltan (1961), while the industry’s revival with the Korean New Wave from the late 1990s to the present produced both of the country’s highest-grossing films, The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014) and Extreme Job (2019), as well as prize winners on the festival circuit including Golden Lion recipient Pietà (2012) and Palme d’Or recipient and Academy Award winner Parasite (2019) and international cult classics including Oldboy (2003), Snowpiercer (2013), and Train to Busan (2016).

Some good Korean Movies, like The call, Space Sweepers, Pandora, and many more are available to stream online on Netflix, so be on the lookout. Which popular Korean Movie on Netflix flicks stands out from the rest?

 

Best Korean Movies on Netflix Right Now to Stream


1. The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure

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Year: 2022

Director: Kim Jeong-hoon

Starring: Kang Ha-neul, Han Hyo-joo, Lee Kwang-soo

Audio: English, Korean

Subtitles: English, Korean

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Runtime: 126 minutes

A spiritual sequel to the 2014 film The Pirates, The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure is a 2022 South Korean period adventure film directed by Kim Jeong-hoon and starring Kang Ha-neul and Han Hyo-joo. The film is about the adventures of pirates who gather in the sea and search for the royal treasures that have disappeared without a trace.

 


2. The Call

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Year: 2020

Director: Lee Chung-hyeon

Starring: Park Shin-hye, Jun Jong-seo, Kim Sung-ryoung

Audio: English, Hindi, Korean

Subtitles: English, Korean

Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Runtime: 112 minutes

Based on the 2011 British and Puerto Rican film The Caller, The Call revolves around Seo-yeon (Park Shin-hye) and Young-sook (Jeon Jong-seo), Two women living at different time zones are connected by a phone. When 28-year-old Seo-yeon loses her cell phone on her way to visit her sick, estranged mother in a rural area. She digs up a decades-old cordless phone from the junk closet of her childhood home. Suddenly, she gets a call from a woman named Young-sook asking for her friend. Seo-yeon hangs up thinking the woman has the wrong number, but later learns that the call was coming from the same house 20 years ago. Expand

 


3. #Alive

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Year: 2020

Director: Il Cho

Starring: Yoo Ah-in, Park Shin-hye

Language: English, Korean

Subtitles: English, Korean

Genre: Korean, Horror 

Runtime: 99 minutes

Well-acted, genuinely unsettling, and occasionally even funny, #Alive proves the crowded zombie genre still has fresh stories to tell. #Alive (Korean: #살아있다; RR: #Saraitda) is a 2020 South Korean zombie film directed by Cho Il-hyung. it is based on the 2019 script Alone by Matt Naylor which revolves around a video game live streamer’s struggle for survival as he is forced to stay alone at his apartment in Seoul during a zombie apocalypse.

 


4. Forgotten

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Year: 2017

Director: Jang Hang-jun

Starring: Kim Moo-yul, Kang Ha-neul, Na Young-hee

Audio: Korean

Subtitles: English

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Runtime: 109 minutes

A psychological thriller that centers around Yoo-seok, a young man who comes back nineteen days after being kidnapped with no recollection of a the time he was gone, and his brother Jin-seok who tracks down the truth.

 


5. Pandora

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Year: 2016

Director: Park Jung-woo

Starring: Kim Nam-gil, Kim Joo-hyun, Jung Jin-young

Audio: Korean

Subtitles: English, Korean

Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 136 minutes

A nuclear power plant is built in a rural Korean town while working at the local nuclear power plant. An earthquake strikes the small town where Jae-Hyeok lives and causes explosions at the nuclear power plant. The situation quickly spirals out of control, leading the entire nation to panic. To prevent another nuclear disaster, Jae-Hyeok and his co-workers return to the nuclear power plant.  A man risks his life to save the country from imminent disaster.

 


6. Lucid Dream

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Year: 2017

Director: Kim Joon-sung

Starring: Ko Soo, Sul Kyung-gu, Park Yu-chun

Audio: Korean

Subtitles: English, Korean

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

Runtime: 101 minutes

The film follows, Dae-ho a young investigative journalist and single father who has made a few enemies by exposing several corrupt politicians and businessmen. After searching for his abducted son for three years, a devastated father attempts to track down his missing child through lucid dreams.

 


7. Blackpink: Light Up the Sky

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Year: 2020

Director: Caroline Suh

Starring: Kim Ji-soo, Jennie Kim, Roseanne Park, Lalisa Manoban, Teddy Park

Audio: English, Korean

Subtitles: English

Genre: Documentary, Music

Runtime: 79 minutes

2020 documentary film directed by Caroline Suh, that The story of South Korean girl group Blackpink as bandmates and as individuals, and details their rise to fame. The all-access documentary covers the four years since Blackpink’s debut in 2016 with video footages from their training days, a look into their day-to-day life, behind-the-scenes stories, and interviews with the members. It follows the trials and tribulations of being a K-pop star, the recording process of the group’s debut album The Album and member Rosé’s then-upcoming solo debut, and culminates with their 2019 Coachella performance. Cast

 


8. Night in Paradise

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Year: 2020

Director: Park Hoon-jung

Starring: Uhm Tae-goo, Jeon Yeo-been, Cha Seung-won

Audio: English, Korean

Subtitles: English, Korean

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 131 minutes

A mobster named Tae-goo is offered a chance to switch sides with his rival Bukseong gang, headed by Chairman Doh. Tae-goo rejects the offer that results in the murder of his sister and niece. In revenge, Tae-goo brutally kills Chairman Doh and his men and flees to Jeju Island where he meets Jae-yeon, a terminally ill woman. Though, the henchman of the Bukseong gang, Executive Ma is mercilessly hunts him Tae-goo to take revenge. Night in Paradise contains a lot of good plotting, several amusing characters and a decent array of exciting action scenes and bloodshed. But it is indulgently long, even within scenes, like the needlessly protracted opening explosion that sets the story in motion. 

 


9. Seoul Searching

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Year: 2015

Director: Benson Lee

Starring: Cha In-pyo, Justin Chon, Jessika Van

Audio: English

Subtitles: English

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Runtime: 105 minutes

Seoul, 1986. A raucous gaggle of Korean teenagers spill out of the Gimpo airport and onto buses that transport them to a location just outside the city. There, these high schoolers sent from all over the world—the U.S., Mexico, London, and Hamburg—are participating in a government-sponsored summer program to help them connect with their heritage. With a summer of partying ahead of them, they’re on a crash course to bring shame to their families, their ancestors, and their hosts—but with any luck, they might just figure out how to make friends, fall in love, and absorb some of their roots along the way.

 


10. The Bros

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Year: 2017

Director: Chang You-jeong

Starring: Lee Dong-hwi, Ma Dong-seok, Lee Ha-nee

Audio: Korean

Subtitles: English

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Runtime: 102 minutes

A penniless history teacher Suk-bong had no interest in how his younger brother Ju-bong, a promising businessman at a construction firm, has been doing his whole life. At their father’s funeral, the family reunion is made in many years in their hometown Andong, but Suk-bong is only after the relics at home that could make money and Ju-bong is after winning the contract of Andong highway construction project for his company. One day, they hit a mysterious lady named ‘Aurora’ by car who starts to suffer from memory loss after the accident. As time goes by, two brothers find secrets of their family through this lady that they had never known.

 


Good Korean Movies on Netflix to Stream


11. Time to Hunt

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Year: 2020

Director: Yoon Sung-hyun

Starring: Lee Je-hoon, Ahn Jae-hong, Choi Woo-shik, Park Jung-min

Audio: English, Korean

Subtitles: English, Korean

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Runtime: 134 minutes

Set in a dystopian South Korea, the film follows a group of friends who plot a heist and find themselves hunted down by a mysterious assassin after accomplishing the mission. In a hopeless dystopian city, Jun-seok is released from prison and plans his next step in life in order to start anew with his friends Jang-ho, Ki-hoon, and Sang-soo. But their excitement for the plan is short-lived as an unknown man chases after them. Can these best friends get away from the hunt?

 


12. The Drug King

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Year: 2018

Director: Woo Min-ho

Starring: Song Kang-ho, Cho Jung-seok, Bae Doona

Audio: Korean

Subtitles: English, Korean

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Runtime: 139 minutes

Stars Song Kang-ho as Lee Doo-sam, an ordinary small-time narcotics dealer who becomes an infamous drug lord in Korea during the 1970s. The film also features Jo Jung-suk as a prosecutor from Seoul who is intent on taking Lee down and Bae Doona as a lobbyist who guides Lee into the upper levels of drug dealing.

 


13. Wish You

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Year: 2021

Director: Do Joon Sung

Starring: Kang In-soo, Lee Sang, Soo-bin

Audio: Korean

Subtitles: English, Korean

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance

Runtime: 101 minutes

Singing and dreaming together, It tells the story of the singer and songwriter Kang InSoo and the keyboardist Yoon SangYi who fight to pursue their dream of music and add love and harmony to each other’s lives as chase their dreams together.

 


14. Tune in for Love

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Year: 2019

Director: Jung Ji-woo

Starring: Kim Go-eun, Jung Hae-in, Park Hae-joon

Audio: English, Korean

Subtitles: English, Korean

Genre: Drama, Romance

Runtime: 122 minutes

In 1994, on the first day that Yoo Yeol went on air as the new DJ of the popular radio show ‘Music Album’, a college girl Mi-su meets Hyun-woo who happens to drop by the bakery she works at. Like the music streaming from the radio, their frequencies slowly come in sync; even when they’re apart, the show brings them together through ebbs and flows of events arising from both pure coincidence and inevitability, until the bitter reality drives them apart…

 


15. High Society

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Year: 2018

Director: Byun Hyuk

Starring: Park Hae-il, Su Ae, Yoon Je-moon

Audio: Korean

Subtitles: English, Korean

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 119 minutes

The story of a married couple who is at the upper end of the social ladder. The husband is a professor at the Seoul National University who is running for the National Assembly, and his wife is the deputy director of and a curator at a big art gallery.

 


16. Okja

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Year: 2017

Director: Bong Joon-ho

Starring: Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, An Seo Hyun

Audio: English, Hindi

Subtitles: English, Hindi

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 120 minutes

Okja sees Bong Joon-ho continuing to create defiantly eclectic entertainment – and still hitting more than enough of his narrative targets in the midst of a tricky tonal juggling act. The film is about a young girl who raised a genetically modified “super pig” (the titular Okja) and, after it is taken to the United States, goes on a mission to rescue it from mistreatment at the hands of the meat industry.

 


17. The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion

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Year: 2018

Director: Park Hoon-jung

Starring: Kim Da-mi, Jo Min-su, Choi Woo-shik, Park Hee-soon

Audio: Korean

Subtitles: English

Genre: Action, Mystery

Runtime: 125 minutes

10 years ago, Ja-yoon escaped from a government facility in the midst of an inexplicable incident by herself and lost all her memory. An old couple takes her in even though she doesn’t know her name or age. She grows up to be a bright high school student and enters a nationally televised audition program to win the top prize and help her struggling family out. As soon as she appears on TV, strange people start appearing in her life. A man named ‘Nobleman’ constantly roams around her, in addition to ‘Dr. Baek’ and ‘Mr. Choi’ who have been searching for her since her disappearance. Ja-yoon’s life falls into turmoil as they turn her seemingly ordinary life upside down in a blink of an eye…

 


18. Psychokinesis

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Year: 2018

Director: Yeon Sang-ho

Starring: Ryu Seung-ryong, Shim Eun-kyung, Park Jeong-min

Audio: Korean

Subtitles: English

Genre:  Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Comedy

Runtime: 101 minutes

This is director Yeon Sang-ho’s second live-action film, following his live-action debut Train to Busan in 2016. It is the first South Korean superhero film and revolves around a bank security guard who gains telekinetic superpowers after drinking water from a mountain spring affected by a meteor and decides to use them for saving his estranged daughter and her neighborhood from an evil construction company.

 


19. The Chase

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Year: 2017

Director: Kim Hong-seon

Starring: Baek Yoon-sik, Sung Dong-il, Cheon Ho-jin

Audio: Korean

Subtitles: English

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Runtime: 110 minutes

Deok-su is a grumpy landlord of a small apartment in Aridong who always pushes the tenants to pay their overdue rent. One day, people in the town, especially the elderly go missing one by one and are eventually found dead. Though the whole town is threatened by a mysterious serial killer, nobody, not even the police have a clue who the criminal is. Then, an old ex-detective Pyung-dal suddenly appears and asks Deok-su for help saying he can catch the murderer together as he thinks there is already someone suspicious.

 


20. Illang: The Wolf Brigade

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Year: 2018

Director: Kim Jee-woon

Starring: Gang Dong-won, Han Hyo-joo, Jung Woo-sung

Audio: English, Korean

Subtitles: English, Korean

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 138 minutes

It is a live-action adaptation of the Japanese animated film Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. The film is set in 2029 where South and North Korea prepare for a unified government after a severe economic depression slams both countries. South Korean police launches a special unit, known as “Illang” (The Wolf Brigade), in response to the rise of an anti-reunification domestic insurgency called “The Sect”.

 


21. Space Sweepers

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Year: 2021

Director: Jo Sung-hee

Starring: Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Sun-kyu

Audio: English, Korean

Subtitles: English, Korean

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 136 minutes

As a story, Space Sweepers isn’t as adventurous as its star-navigating protagonists — but relatable characters and impressive effects keep it from drifting out of orbit. Set in 2092, “Space Sweepers” tells the story of a crew on board of The Victory trying to escape the destruction of Earth.

 


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