Korean Movies – Your Dream Guide to the Most Popular Films

<p><strong>South Korean movies</strong> sprung to global popularity through the success of <em>Parasite </em>(기생충 ㅣ gisaengchung), the Oscar-winning thriller and black comedy movie from 2019. However, Korean cinema has already been a hugely successful industry for decades <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/korea/">within Korea</a>.</p>
<p>In this article, we wish to give you an overview of the history of Korean movies and introduce you to some of the films that have been the most popular among South Korean audiences. Do you think you already know which Korean movies they are?</p>
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<h2><strong>The most popular Korean movies</strong></h2>
<p>Bong Joon Ho&#8217;s movie, Parasite, is one of the highest-grossing films in South Korean cinema. But did you know that it isn&#8217;t even at the top of these films? Of course, the movie&#8217;s massive success makes it the highest-grossing South Korean movie when all the worldwide ticket sales are accounted for. However, Parasite ranks at number 19 in Korea. This means that there are more films of similarly excellent quality in South Korea. Here are a few:</p>
<p>1. The Admiral: Roaring Currents (명량 | myeongnyang) 2014</p>
<p>2. Extreme Job (극한직업ㅣgeukanjigeop) 2019</p>
<p>3. Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (신과함께 &#8211; 죄와 벌ㅣsingwahamkke &#8211; joewa beol) 2017</p>
<p>4. Ode to My Father (국제시장ㅣgukjesijang) 2014</p>
<p>5. Veteran (베테랑ㅣbeterang) 2015</p>
<p>6. The Thieves (도둑들ㅣdodukdeul) 2012</p>
<p>7. Miracle in Cell No. 7 (7번방의 선물ㅣ7beonbangui seonmul) 2013</p>
<p>8. Assassination (암살 amsal) 2015</p>
<p>9. Masquerade (광해, 왕이 된 남자 gwanghae, wangi doen namja) 2012</p>
<p>10. King and the Clown (왕의 남자ㅣwangui namja) 2005</p>
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<p>We also have<a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/best-korean-movies/"> a list of some of the best Korean movies for learning Korean</a>. It can be especially significant to explore when you want to find South Korean movies to watch <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/learn-korean/">to learn the language</a>!</p>
<h2>Korean horror movies</h2>
<p>South Korea is known to create the best Korean movies in the horror film or thriller genre. The perfect example is the movie Parasite, as it was also recognized as the first South Korean film and the first non-English language film to win Best Picture.</p>
<h3>Horror movie in Korean</h3>
<p>You can say &#8220;horror movie&#8221; in Korean as 공포 영화 (gongpo yeonghwa).</p>
<h3>Best Korean Horror movies</h3>
<p>These films are known for their excellent plot and unexpected twists throughout the movie. If you&#8217;re a fan of mystery, thriller movies with a serial killer, zombies apocalypse, or ghosts, these Korean movies are ones that you should watch!</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion (마녀 | manyeo) 2018</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director: </strong>Park Hoon Jung</p>
<p><strong>Cast: </strong>Kim Dami, Jo Min Soo<strong>,</strong> Choi Woo Sik</p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you are into revenge thriller movies, this movie by director Park Hoon Jung is a must-watch. It is considered one of the top films in Korea in 2018, with a great cast and acting quality. </span></p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-36078" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/The-Witch-Part-1-... alt="The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion" width="300" height="429" /></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It tells a story of a young girl who escaped from a government organization creating children to be highly skilled assassins. As she escaped the organization, she tried to live her life normally together with her adoptive parents. However, she didn&#8217;t know that the organization was hunting her so they could kill her. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The movie landed 1st place in its opening week. Kim Dami, the lead character in the movie, won the best actress and best new actress from different award-giving bodies in Korea.</span></p>
<p>You may be able to find The Witch: Part 1 on VIU.com or other streaming services, depending on your location.</p>
<h2>Korean war movies</h2>
<p>War films in Korea generally focus on periods when the Korean peninsula is vulnerable to <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/china-in-korean/">Chinese</a> and <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/japan-in-korean/">Japanese</a> attacks.</p>
<h3>War movie in Korean</h3>
<p>Korean movies in the war genre are called 전쟁 영화 (jeonjaeng yeonghwa) in Korean.</p>
<h3><span style="color: #000000;"><b>Best Korean War Movies</b></span></h3>
<p>These types of films are popular, with many viewers able to personally relate to the story somehow.</p>
<p><span style="color: #000000;"><b>The Battleship Island (군함도 | gunhamdo) 2017</b></span></p>
<p><strong>Director: </strong>Ryoo Seung Wan</p>
<p><strong>Cast: </strong>Hwang Jung Min , So Ji Sub, Song Joong Ki</p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another contemporary historical movie released in 2017, The Battleship Island starring So Ji Sub and Song Joong Ki, garnered much attention from moviegoers. </span></p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-46946 size-full" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/The-Battleship-Is... alt="The Battleship Island" width="300" height="427" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/The-Battleship-Is... 300w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/The-Battleship-Is... 211w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The story covers the forced labor imposed by Japanese companies on Koreans during the Japanese occupation of Korea. The laborers were brought to an island called Hashima and were forced to work beyond their limit without pay. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It&#8217;s an emotional story and an important one for understanding a bit more about Korea-Japan relations.</span></p>
<p>You may be able to find The Battleship Island for streaming or download on Amazon.com (depending on your region).</p>
<h2>Korean dramatic movies</h2>
<p>Drama movies will surely impact you in one way or another. This genre usually leans towards a more serious side and is often realistic.</p>
<h3><span style="color: #000000;"><b>Best Korean Dramatic Movies</b></span></h3>
<p>Love drama? You&#8217;ll be able to find the best Korean movies related to the drama genre here.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Peppermint Candy (박하사탕 | bakasatang) 1999</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director: </strong>Lee Chang Dong</p>
<p><strong>Cast: </strong>Sol Kyung Gu, Kim Yeo Jin, Moon  So Ri</p>
<p>Ah, <em>Peppermint Candy</em>. How can we possibly list all of the reasons that we love this movie? One of the more artsy Korean movies on this list, <em>Peppermint</em> <em>Candy</em> by Lee Chang Dong, begins with the plot&#8217;s climax, the suicide of the protagonist. That&#8217;s one way to get viewers invested in a film, right?</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-46950 size-full" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Peppermint-Candy-... alt="Peppermint Candy" width="336" height="504" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Peppermint-Candy-... 336w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Peppermint-Candy-... 200w" sizes="(max-width: 336px) 100vw, 336px" /></p>
<p>After the suicide, the film progresses with flashbacks moving further and further back into the main character&#8217;s life, and at the end of the movie, the final flashback brings it all together and reveals why he killed himself.</p>
<p>It takes a little bit to figure out how to follow the reverse chronological order of the flashbacks, so you have to pay attention when you&#8217;re watching this film, or you won&#8217;t particularly appreciate it. That being said, if you invest your attention, you get a huge payoff when you finish the film. The ending is really something!</p>
<p>This movie will make you think and reflect on your own life once it&#8217;s over and done with, so if you&#8217;re not in a particularly reflective mood, it might be too heavy for you.</p>
<p>Put this film on if you want to think about life and what it all means &#8212; it&#8217;s a philosophical film for sure! This film is a classic masterpiece by director Lee Chang Dong.</p>
<p>You may be able to find Peppermint Candy on Amazon.com, depending on your location.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Oasis (오아시스 | oasiseu) 2002</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director</strong>: Lee Chang Dong</p>
<p><strong>Cast</strong>: Sol Kyung Gu, Moon  So Ri,  Ahn Nae Sang</p>
<p>Break out the tissues &#8212; <em>Oasis</em> will give you all the feels when you watch it, but it&#8217;s one of those films that you feel better for watching after it&#8217;s over.</p>
<p>This movie follows the story of a mentally challenged man convicted in a hit-and-run case in which a man was killed. After the convicted man is released from prison, he begins a complicated relationship with a young woman with cerebral palsy (who also happens to be the daughter of the man killed in the hit and run accident).</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-10050" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/oasis-movie-dvd-m... alt="Oasis" width="415" height="980" /></p>
<p>With all of these interwoven dramatic elements, there are bound to be tears! That being said, for a heart-wrenching movie, numerous delicately beautiful moments make the film a gem. While full of adversity and heartache, the relationship between the two main characters is achingly beautiful and will stay with you for a while after the film is over.</p>
<p>This movie is great if you prefer a movie that focuses on interpersonal relationships. Because this movie is so relationship-based, there&#8217;s a lot of dialogue, so you&#8217;ll be able to practice picking up on conversational exchanges.</p>
<p>If you&#8217;re searching for a film to watch on a quiet, rainy Sunday, pop this movie on. You&#8217;ll be glad that you did!</p>
<p>You may be able to find Oasis on Vudu.com or other streaming services, depending on your location.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="color: #000000;">Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring </span></span>(봄 여름 가을 겨울 그리고 봄 | bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom) 2003</strong></p>
<p><strong>Director:</strong> Kim Ki Duk</p>
<p><strong>Cast:</strong> Kim Ki Duk, Oh Yeong Su, Kim Jong Ho</p>
<p>If you&#8217;re trying to watch films without subtitles for the very first time, this movie is a great place to start! There is very little dialogue in <em>Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring</em>, so you&#8217;ll be able to understand much more of what is happening compared to most Korean movies. This allows it to be used as a gateway for you to get used to watching Korean movies without subtitles.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-8155" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Spring-Summer-Fal... alt="Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring" width="300" height="444" /></p>
<p><em>Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring</em> is a movie directed and written by Kim Ki Duk. This follows a young Buddhist monk and his master.  We watch as the monk grows up and experiences life. This movie is often found on lists of recommended Korean movies and feels profound when you watch it.</p>
<p>The monk&#8217;s journey is one that anyone can relate to, whether or not you&#8217;ve personally signed yourself up to spend the rest of your days in a Buddhist monastery. Put this movie on if you&#8217;re looking to watch a movie that will leave you with something to think about (in a good way) – this is one of those Korean movies that&#8217;s hard to forget about!</p>
<p>It does have some very adult elements in it, though, so we might advise you to put it on after the kids are asleep.</p>
<p>You may be able to find this movie on Amazon.com and other streaming services.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Bleak Night (파수꾼 | pasukkun) 2010</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director: </strong>Yoon Sung Hyun</p>
<p><strong>Cast: </strong>Lee Je Hoon, Park Jung Min, Seo Jun Yeong</p>
<p><em>Bleak Night</em> is one of those high school movies that will feel eerily reminiscent of parts of your own high school experience. The movie&#8217;s plot picks up in the aftermath of a tragedy &#8212; a high school student is dead, and in the months following his death, his father still wants closure and has questions that he needs to be answered before he can be at peace.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-10051" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/bleak_22b.jpg" alt="Bleak Night" width="367" height="675" /></p>
<p>Through the lens of the father&#8217;s search for truth, the film also follows what becomes of the dead son&#8217;s group of high school friends. Relationships become strained, and the mystery of the son&#8217;s death begins to take its toll on this group of high schoolers as they grapple with mortality for the first time in their young lives.</p>
<p>As you begin to piece more and more together about the mysterious circumstances of the death, you&#8217;ll also see flashbacks to the events that transpired immediately before the death occurred, which are full of a slightly nostalgic high school overtone that will stay with you after the movie is over.</p>
<p>This film is great to watch if you&#8217;re learning Korean because the dialogue between the characters can be a bit repetitive between the flashbacks and the present-day timeline, so if you don&#8217;t pick up on something the first time around, there&#8217;s a chance that the characters will repeat the dialogue.</p>
<p>The mystery alone is worth watching the movie for, so it&#8217;ll keep you intrigued and guessing until you get to the end.</p>
<p>You may be able to find Bleak Night on Amazon.com.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Intimate Strangers (완벽한 타인 | wanbyeokan tain) 2018</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director:</strong> J.Q. Lee</p>
<p><strong>Cast: </strong>Yoo Hae Jin, Cho Jin Woong, Lee Seo Jin</p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This film is about four boys who were friends from childhood and continued their friendship 30 years after. They get together one night at a housewarming party for their friend, who is now a doctor. They all meet with their wives and decide to play a game in which all must share messages and calls they received that night. </span></p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-36080" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Intimate-Stranger... alt="Intimate Strangers" width="300" height="430" /></p>
<p>This is an interesting film for seeing the multi-layered dynamics of Korean relationships. While the evening starts as fun and light-hearted, it gets more serious as the characters find they don&#8217;t know as much about each other as they thought.</p>
<p>You may be able to find Intimate Strangers on Netflix.com, depending on your region.</p>
<h2>Korean action movies</h2>
<p>If you&#8217;re into action and adventure, action films in Korea are a must-watch. These films typically will have you at the edge of your seat. Frequently, action movies would involve a secret agent, the police, and the bad guys caught up in a rumble that keeps your eyes glued on the screen.</p>
<h3>Action movie in Korean</h3>
<p>You can say &#8220;action movie&#8221; in Korean as 액션 영화 (aegsyeon yeonghwa).</p>
<h3><span style="color: #000000;"><b>Best Korean Action Movies</b></span></h3>
<p>Here are the best Korean movies in the action genre.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Friend (친구 | chingu) 2001</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director</strong>: Kwak Kyung Taek</p>
<p><strong>Cast</strong>: Yu Oh Seong, Jang Dong Gun, Seo Tae Hwa</p>
<p>If you&#8217;re interested in the Busan dialect, you could find <em>Chingu</em> helpful. This movie follows the lives of four friends living in Busan&#8217;s gangster underworld.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-8173 size-full" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Chingu.jpg" alt="Chingu" width="300" height="400" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Chingu.jpg 300w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Chingu-225x300.jpg 225w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p>
<p>It starts when they are young children, and continues into their adult lives, so you&#8217;re invested in their story when the movie&#8217;s over.</p>
<p>You may be able to find Friend for download or streaming on Netflix.com (depending on your region).</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">The Good, The Bad, The Weird </span><span style="color: #000000;">(좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈 | joeun nom, nappeun nom, isanghan nom) 2018</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director</strong>: Kim Jee Woon</p>
<p><strong>Cast</strong>: Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, Jung Woo Sung</p>
<p>Kim Jee-Woon&#8217;s <em>The Good, The Bad, The Weird</em> is a &#8220;Western&#8221; movie that is very easy to follow and isn&#8217;t too fast-paced for an action movie.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-8175 size-full" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Good-Bad-and-the-... alt="Good Bad and the Weird" width="300" height="385" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Good-Bad-and-the-... 300w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Good-Bad-and-the-... 234w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p>
<p>Kim Jee Won is known for his movies like I Saw the Devil (악마를 보았다). It follows three characters (the titular good, bad, and weird) in the &#8220;Wild East&#8221; of 1940&#8217;s Manchuria as they try to find some buried treasure while simultaneously avoiding the Japanese army. Byung Hun (GI Joe, Terminator Genisys) stars as &#8220;The Bad.&#8221;</p>
<p>You may be able to find The Good, The Bad, The Weird on Netflix.com for streaming or download, depending on your region.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Haeundae (해운대 | haeundae) 2009</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director: </strong>JK Youn</p>
<p><strong>Cast: </strong>Ha Ji Won, Kim Yoo Jeong, Park Myeong Hoon</p>
<p><em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1153040/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Haeundae</a></em> builds up the character&#8217;s stories slowly before washing them all away in a giant tsunami. As the tsunami is the plot twist (although the English title &#8220;Tidal Wave&#8221; kind of gives it away), the movie is very easy to follow.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-8174 size-full" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Haeundae.jpg" alt="Haeundae" width="300" height="428" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Haeundae.jpg 300w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Haeundae-210x300.jpg 210w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p>
<p>There are also a bunch of fun special effects as the tsunami is gaining force, so if you&#8217;re a fan of CGI and disaster movies, then this will be a good fit for you.</p>
<p>Throw on <em>Haeundae</em> the next time you want to practice your language skills but don&#8217;t want to pay a ton of attention to what&#8217;s going on in the story.</p>
<p>You may be able to find Haeundae on Amazon.com for streaming or download.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">The Thieves (도둑들 | dodukdeul) 2012</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director: </strong>Choi Dong Hoon</p>
<p><strong>Cast: </strong>Kim Yoon Seok, Lee Jung Jae , Kim Hye Su</p>
<p><em>The Thieves</em> is a classic heist movie similar to the Ocean&#8217;s Eleven franchise. As the plot is quite obvious, it is easy to follow, but that&#8217;s not to say it&#8217;s not fun to watch. You can focus on the language they use and still enjoy it.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-8176 size-full" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/The-Thieves.jpg" alt="The Thieves" width="300" height="444" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/The-Thieves.jpg 300w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/The-Thieves-203x3... 203w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p>
<p>The film is set in Macau and follows a gang of thieves who steal a large diamond. Rather obviously, things don&#8217;t go according to plan.</p>
<p>Turn on <em>The Thieves</em> the next time you want to check out a movie that&#8217;s equal parts fun, engaging, and easy to understand.</p>
<p>You may be able to find the Thieves on Netflix depending on your location.</p>
<h2>Korean comedy movies</h2>
<p>Comedy films are often paired with another genre to give the movie a lighter mood if needed. Miracle in Cell No. 7 is an example of a film that will make you bawl your eyes out from crying and laughing. Even if the story is light, especially in genres like comedy, Korean cinema has its way of leaving an impact on its audience.</p>
<h3><span style="color: #000000;"><b>Best Korean Comedy Movies</b></span></h3>
<p>Here are the best Korean movies that belong in the comedy genre.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="color: #000000;">Highway Star (복면달호 | bongmyeondalho) 2007</span></span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director: </strong>Kim Hyun Su, Kim Sang Chan</p>
<p><strong>Cast: </strong>Cha Tae Hyun, Im Chae Moo, Lee So Yeon</p>
<p>If there were an award for the best movie for learning about the kind of music that ajummas listen to, then <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0984009/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Highway Star</a></em> movie would win it!</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-8177 size-full" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Highway-Star.jpg" alt="Highway Star" width="300" height="400" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Highway-Star.jpg 300w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Highway-Star-225x... 225w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p>
<p>Kim Sang Chan and Kim Hyun Su&#8217;s<em> Highway Star</em> follow the story of a rocker who has to sing &#8216;trot&#8217; music to make ends meet. He wears a mask so that people don&#8217;t know that he is a massive sell-out.</p>
<p>It is an entertaining movie and can teach people unfamiliar with Korea about a type of music that is very different from BTS or Big Bang.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Two Faces of My Girlfriend (두 얼굴의 여친 | du eolgurui yeochin) 2007</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director</strong>: Lee Seok Hoon</p>
<p><strong>Cast</strong>: Bong Tae Gyu, Kim Sa Hee, Jung Ryeo Won</p>
<p>If you&#8217;re looking for something a little less political or action-packed and a little more light-hearted, Lee Seok-hoon&#8217;s <em>Two Faces of My Girlfriend</em> is the perfect movie for you! This film is all about serendipity and fate with a bunch of humor added in.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-9194" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Twofacesofmygrilf... alt="Two Faces of My Girlfriend" width="346" height="548" /></p>
<p>A man who has never had much luck with women finds a wallet and sets out to find its owner. The owner is a beautiful, sweet woman named Ani, that the main character begins a relationship.</p>
<p>Throughout the movie, it becomes clear that Ani isn&#8217;t as perfect as she seems – she has a unique case of Split Personality Disorder, so the main character is dating Ani as well as her aggressive, hysterical counterpart. <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/hello-in-korean/">Hello</a>, drama!</p>
<p>If you&#8217;re looking to get a few laughs, put this movie on and enjoy yourself. It&#8217;s tons of fun and features a loveable cast, so you&#8217;re bound to have a great time.</p>
<p>You may be able to find <span style="color: #000000;">Two Faces of My Girlfriend at Amazon.com.</span></p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Castaway on the Moon (김씨 표류기 | gimssi pyoryugi) 2009</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director: </strong>Lee Hae Jun</p>
<p><strong>Cast: </strong>Jeong Jae Yeong, Jung Ryeo Won, Park Yeong Seo</p>
<p><em>Castaway on the Moon</em> is about a man whose failed suicide attempt leaves him stranded on a deserted island….in the middle of Seoul.  His isolation and that of the young woman who spies on him from her apartment convey the feeling of loneliness that can come from living in a big city such as Seoul.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-8170 size-full" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Castaway-on-the-M... alt="Castaway on the Moon" width="300" height="429" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Castaway-on-the-M... 300w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Castaway-on-the-M... 210w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p>
<p>Even though living in a huge city means people on all sides surround you, it can feel impossible to connect to the people around you. It&#8217;s a universal feeling, and it makes for a great movie!</p>
<p>This film feels very philosophical and makes you feel as if you have learned something about yourself. You&#8217;ll especially love it if you&#8217;ve ever lived in a big city, because the story may feel familiar to you.</p>
<p>You may be able to find Castaway on the Moon <span style="color: #000000;">at VIU.com.</span></p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Seoul Searching (김씨 표류기 | gimssi pyoryugi) 2015</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director: </strong>Lee Benson</p>
<p><strong>Cast: </strong>Justin Chon, Jessika Van, Teo Yoo</p>
<p>Set in Seoul, year 1986, Seoul Searching is about high schoolers from around the globe who have come to their homeland, South Korea, which is an entirely new world for them. They joined a summer program by the Korean government to help them connect with their Korean heritage. However, the teens had different plans and spent the summer partying until they were out of control.</p>
<div id="attachment_53884" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 314px"><img class="wp-image-53884" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Seoul_searching.jpg" alt="Seoul searching" width="304" height="452" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Seoul_searching.jpg 259w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Seoul_searching-2... 202w" sizes="(max-width: 304px) 100vw, 304px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Photo credit: https://en.wikipedia.org</p></div>
<p>As crazy as it may already seem, these high schoolers managed to make new friends, develop romantic feelings, and even learn about their roots.</p>
<h2>Korean romance movies</h2>
<p>This list, of course, would not be complete without romance films. Korea is known for <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/kdrama/">K-dramas</a> usually leaning towards a romantic storyline, the same goes for the movie. These Korean movies will either leave your heart full with their happy ending or empty with their heart-wrenching plot twists. Either way, you can&#8217;t deny that romance films from Korea are unpredictably good. A classic romantic comedy movie to watch is My Sassy Girl.</p>
<h3>Romantic movie in Korean</h3>
<p>There are two ways to say &#8220;romantic&#8221; in Korean which are 로맨틱한 (romantikhan) and 낭만적인 (nangmanjeokin).  You can then say &#8220;romantic movie&#8221; in Korean as either 로맨틱한 영화 (romantikhan yeonghwa) or 낭만적인 영화 (nangmanjeokin yeonghwa).</p>
<p>For &#8220;romantic comedy&#8221; in Korean, you can say it as 로맨틱 코미디 (romaentik komidi).</p>
<h3><span style="color: #000000;"><b>Best Korean Romantic Movies</b></span></h3>
<p>The list won&#8217;t be complete without a love story and romance! Here are the best Korean movies for romance.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">On Your Wedding Day (너의 결혼식 | neoui gyeolhonsik) 2018</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director</strong>: Lee Seok Geun</p>
<p><strong>Cast</strong>: Park Bo Young, Kim Young Kwang, Kang Ki Young</p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A funny and cute film described by many is a story of 2 people who met in high school. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The female character is a new kid on the block, and as soon as the male character laid his eyes on her, he immediately falls in love with her. They begin their relationship by pretending to be dating but eventually turn it into something real.</span></p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-36077" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/On-Your-Wedding-D... alt="On Your Wedding Day" width="300" height="430" /></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you are looking for a story that will take you back to your younger days when you first felt love, then this movie is for you. But romance films are famous for their shocking twists and emotional drama, so be prepared for it. </span></p>
<p>You may be able to find On Your Wedding Day on Netflix.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">My Sassy Girl (엽기적인 그녀 | yeopgijeogin geunyeo) 2001</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director:</strong> Kwak Jae Young</p>
<p><strong>Cast:</strong> Cha Tae Hyun, Jun Ji Hyun, Kim In Mun</p>
<p><em>My Sassy Girl</em> is a classic film. Although it is not easy to follow, it does involve situations that might apply to real-life in Korean society (such as <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/drinking-culture-in-korea/">helping someone who has drunk too much soju)</a>.</p>
<p>If you were unfortunate enough to watch the terrible Hollywood film remake of this movie, then don&#8217;t be put off. This film is much, much better!</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-8178 size-full" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/My-Sassy-Girl.jpg" alt="My Sassy Girl" width="300" height="400" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/My-Sassy-Girl.jpg 300w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/My-Sassy-Girl-225... 225w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p>
<p>This film&#8217;s plot is a tale as old as time &#8212; it follows a male student who&#8217;s been down on his luck romantically. Fate thrusts this man and a random drunk girl together, and the film progresses as these two enter into a volatile relationship together.</p>
<p>The film (and their relationship) takes twists and turns that you can&#8217;t imagine, and all in all, it&#8217;s a classic for a good reason.</p>
<p>Check this film out if you&#8217;re a romantic at heart or if you&#8217;re currently not having an easy time in the romance department &#8212; it&#8217;ll make you laugh, it&#8217;ll make you cry, and parts of it may hit closer to home than you&#8217;d like.</p>
<p>You may even learn a phrase or two that&#8217;ll be useful for your next relationship.</p>
<p>Watch My Sassy Girl right now! You may be able to find the movie on Amazon.com or Netflix.</p>
<h2>Korean historical movies</h2>
<p>Korean movies under the historical genre take place in the past. This genre can be very interesting as it showcases Korea&#8217;s culture and history the most.</p>
<h3>Historical movie in Korean</h3>
<p>The Korean word for &#8220;historical movie&#8221; is 역사적인 영화 (yeoksajeogin yeonghwa).</p>
<h3><span style="color: #000000;"><b>Best Korean Historical Movies</b></span></h3>
<p>History fans are going to have a blast with this list. You&#8217;ll be able to find below the best films related to history.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Silmido (실미도 | silmido) 2003</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director</strong>: Kang Woo Suk</p>
<p><strong>Cast</strong>: Ahn Sung Ki, Heo Joon Ho, Sol Kyung Gu</p>
<p><em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387596/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Silmido</a></em> is based on the true story of Unit 684, A special unit that was recruited to assassinate the North Korean leader Kim Il Sung. Unit 684 is sent to Silmido, an island near Incheon, for secret and extremely tough training.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-8172 size-full" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Silimdo.jpg" alt="Silmido" width="300" height="430" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Silimdo.jpg 300w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Silimdo-209x300.jpg 209w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p>
<p>When the movie was released, it was the highest-grossing South Korean film that had been made to that point. It helped cause the government to publicly acknowledge the events that occurred on Silmido and compensate the victims&#8217; families.</p>
<p>For a movie to have that much real-world impact, you know it has to be good. Check out <em>Silmido</em> and decide for yourself if you consider it to be one of the best Korean movies (and pick up a couple of <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/korean-phrases/">phrases</a> used in South Korea while you&#8217;re at it).</p>
<p>You may be able to find <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387596/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Silmido</a></em> at Amazon.com for rent or download (depending on your location)</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">The Admiral: Roaring Currents (명량 | myeongnyang) 2014</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director: </strong>Kim Han Min</p>
<p><strong>Cast: </strong>Choi Min Sik, Ryu Seung Ryong, Cho Jin Woong</p>
<p>Want to mix in a bit of Korean history along with your movie-related language studies? Then <em>The Admiral: Roaring Currents</em> may be the film for you!  Known as 명량 (myeongnyang), this film depicts what happened during the Battle of Myeongnyang at the end of the 16th century.</p>
<p>If you like naval battles, then this is the movie for you!</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-8180 size-full" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Roaring-Currents.... alt="Roaring Currents" width="300" height="428" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Roaring-Currents.jpg 300w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Roaring-Currents-... 210w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p>
<p><em>The Admiral: Roaring Currents</em> gained a great deal of attention because it recorded over ten million views in only a couple of days, which was the quickest that any movie had gained that type of viewership in such a short period.</p>
<p>The movie also became the most-viewed movie in Korea right after <em>Avatar</em> had snatched up that title, so it&#8217;s widely acknowledged that the movie is worth watching!</p>
<p>The plot focuses on the historic 1957 battle, in which Admiral Yi Sun-sin defeated 330 Japanese ships invading Korean territory with only twelve ships of his own. It is an underdog story full of action, and even though you know how it ends, it&#8217;s a movie that will capture your attention and won&#8217;t let go until the credits are rolling.</p>
<p>This is a great movie to check out if you want to learn about the Korean language and history at the same time. You can kill two birds with one stone in the short span of a two-hour movie!</p>
<p>Check this movie out, and you&#8217;ll realize very quickly why it&#8217;s one of the most viewed movies in the world.</p>
<p>You may be able to find Admiral: Roaring Currents at Amazon.com for rent or download.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">A Taxi Driver (택시운전사 | taeksiunjeonsa) 2017</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director</strong>: Hun Jang</p>
<p><strong>Cast</strong>: Song Kang Ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hae Jin</p>
<p>Aside from the events in the Joseon era, historical movies also discuss contemporary events. So if you want to be entertained but learn something simultaneously, A Taxi Driver is the movie to see.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-36075" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/A-Taxi-Driver-717... alt="A Taxi Driver" width="300" height="428" /></p>
<p>This movie highlights the life of a widowed man working in Seoul as a taxi driver. One day, he gets a foreign client who plans to go to Gwangju for a day trip. The client is a foreign journalist who wants to know and report about the civil unrest in Gwangju.</p>
<p>The movie was set during a time when the government imposed strict censorship. A series of events led to what is known as the Gwangju democratic movement. What starts as a pretty simple plot becomes more interesting with some civil unrest thrown into the mix!</p>
<p>You may be able to find A Taxi Driver on Viki.com for streaming or download, depending on your region.</p>
<h2>Korean genre-bending movies</h2>
<p>These films are those which do not focus on one genre only. Instead, it highlights several genres in one film. A good example is the film &#8220;Burning&#8221; by Director Lee Chang Dong, covering psychological horror, thriller, mystery, and drama genres. Another movie that falls under this category is Train to Busan by director Yeon Sang Ho starring Gong Yoo. This tells the story of fighting zombies and surviving, making this horror, thriller, and action movie.</p>
<h3>Best Korean genre-bending movies</h3>
<p>We have also listed more Korean movies under this genre below.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Joint Security Area </span>(공동경비구역 JSA | gongdonggyeongbiguyeok JSA) 2000</strong></p>
<p><strong>Director</strong>: Park Chan Wook</p>
<p><strong>Cast</strong>: Lee Young Ae, Lee Byung Hun, Song Kang Ho</p>
<p>Park Chan Wook&#8217;s<em> Joint Security Area</em> (or JSA) is a war movie that you&#8217;ll definitely enjoy. This movie directed by the critically-acclaimed director of <em>Oldboy </em>has a little bit of everything – war, action, political tension, plenty of mystery, and great cinematography.</p>
<p>The setting is the border between North and South Korea, and the plot follows the investigation of a potential war crime that could blow up and destroy the peace agreements between North and South Korea. A man returns to the South Korean side of the border, leaving two dead North Korean soldiers on the opposite side. A neutral third-party investigator is called in to piece together what happened before the war breaks out.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-46947 size-full" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/p80518_d_v8_aa-mi... alt="JSA" width="297" height="446" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/p80518_d_v8_aa-mi... 297w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/p80518_d_v8_aa-mi... 200w" sizes="(max-width: 297px) 100vw, 297px" /></p>
<p>The action and the twists and turns of the plot in <em>Joint Security Area</em> will ensure that although you&#8217;re studying, you&#8217;ll still be having a ton of fun in the process (and anything you learn will stick with you).</p>
<p>This movie is also great if you&#8217;re interested in North and South Korea&#8217;s relationship – and really, who isn&#8217;t? You&#8217;ll get a fair share of listening practice for the North Korean dialect.</p>
<p>Add <em>Joint Security Area</em> to your must-watch list, You may be able to find the movie at Vudu.com and other streaming services. Let us know what you think!</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Oldboy (올드보이 | oldeuboi) 2003</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director: </strong>Park Chan Wook</p>
<p><strong>Cast: </strong>Choi Min Sik, Yoo Ji Tae, Kang Hye Jeong</p>
<p>The year 2003 was a big year for Korean filmmaking, and Park Chan Wook&#8217;s <em>Oldboy</em> had a lot to do with it!</p>
<p>Revenge is a big genre for films in Korea, and <em>Oldboy</em> is a classic of that genre. Director Park Chan Wook creates a story that&#8217;s unique and thrilling. It follows the story of a man who has been imprisoned for fifteen years and then released. He only has five days to find out the reasons for his imprisonment. Will he figure it out in time? Will the knowledge he gains set him free? Find out all of these answers (and more) by watching <em>Oldboy</em>.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-8171 size-full" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Oldboy.jpg" alt="Oldboy" width="300" height="444" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Oldboy.jpg 300w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Oldboy-203x300.jpg 203w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p>
<p>Even if you need to watch this movie with subtitles, it is definitely worth watching. This movie quickly became a hit around the world – the story is so interesting, cryptic, and convoluted that it&#8217;s hard not to be on the edge of your seat during the entire film.</p>
<p>The ending will be something that you talk about for days or even weeks after.</p>
<p>You may be able to find Oldboy on Netflix depending on your location.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">The Host (괴물 | goemul) 2006</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director: </strong>Bong Joon Ho</p>
<p><strong>Cast: </strong> Song Kang Ho, Byun Hee bong , Park Hae-il</p>
<p><em>The Host </em>is a &#8220;monster movie&#8221; that is a lot of fun to watch, but it is not the movie for you if you&#8217;re looking for something light-hearted to brighten your day. Bong Joon Ho&#8217;s &#8220;The Host&#8221; is sci-fi at its best, and it was a huge box-office hit in South Korea when it was released, winning multiple awards to boot.</p>
<p><a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/the-host.jpg"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-9192" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/the-host.jpg" alt="The Host" width="369" height="501" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/the-host.jpg 535w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/the-host-221x300.jpg 221w" sizes="(max-width: 369px) 100vw, 369px" /></a></p>
<p>This monster movie was written and directed by Bong Joon Ho. Director Bong Joon Ho is a famous South Koren film director and screenwriter known for other films such as <em>Okja</em> and <em>Snowpiercer</em> and <em>Memories of Murder.</em></p>
<p>The movie&#8217;s premise is that chemicals dumped into a major river in Seoul result in a gigantic mutant monster. This creature is the source of much death and destruction throughout the movie, so there&#8217;s some violence, but there&#8217;s also a ton of drama and emotion (as well as some humor) that brings the film together and makes it a lot of fun to watch.</p>
<p>Starring Song Kang Ho, Byun Hee-bong, and Park Hae-il, this movie is a must-watch for great performances by the actors. The main character is a father that needs to face his fear of the monster to bring his daughter back to safety, so of course, you&#8217;re on edge the entire movie.</p>
<p>You may be able to find this action-packed movie on Netflix depending on your location.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">The Man From Nowhere (아저씨 | ajeossi) 2010</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director: </strong>Lee Jeong Beom</p>
<p><strong>Cast: </strong>Won Bin, Kim Sae Ron, Kim Tae Hoon</p>
<p>If you&#8217;re a fan of action movies and thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat, definitely add Lee Jeong Beom&#8217;s The Man From Nowhere starring Won Bin to the list of movies you plan on watching.</p>
<p>It has all the elements of a great action film &#8212; it tells a story of a pawnshop owner who also happens to be an ex-black ops fighter who&#8217;s tough on the outside but has a heart of gold, a revenge rampage, and a sweet little girl who is kidnapped early on in the movie. This movie will keep you guessing, and as soon as you think you&#8217;ve figured it out, it&#8217;ll throw another surprise your way!</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-34933" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/The-Man-from-Nowh... alt="The Man from Nowhere" width="300" height="430" /></p>
<p>Although this film is primarily a crime-based thriller full of tough language and necessary violence, there are also very sweet elements that will make even the most stoic viewers tear up. The end especially will tug at your heartstrings and is worth sitting through the rest of the film for.</p>
<p>There are many short, terse questions and answers that should be easy for intermediate learners to understand without subtitles. Still, you&#8217;ll want to keep the subtitles on for some of the faster-paced scenes because it can be a little difficult to pick up on the fast-paced dialogue.</p>
<p>You may be able to find this action-packed movie on Amazon.com depending on your location.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #000000;">The Drug King (마약왕 | Mayakwang) 2018</span></strong></p>
<p><strong>Director: </strong>Woo Min Ho</p>
<p><strong>Cast:</strong> Song Kang Ho, Jo Jung Suk, Bae Doona</p>
<p>Drug King tells a story of a smuggler in Busan named Lee Doo Sam during the 1970&#8217;s who works for a group that was involved in smuggling high-priced items. When their operation was suppressed, unfortunately, Lee Doo Sam was arrested and has been imprisoned. Soon after he was released, he got into the business of manufacturing drugs. Eventually, he joins illegal drug trades that helped him rise to the top of the narcotics trade.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-53827" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Drug-King.jpg" alt="The Drug King" width="304" height="434" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Drug-King.jpg 640w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Drug-King-210x300... 210w" sizes="(max-width: 304px) 100vw, 304px" /></p>
<p>Drug King is also inspired by a true story. It may be a mix of crime, drama, and action film but some scenes won&#8217;t fail to make you laugh. If you want to watch Drug King, it&#8217;s available for streaming on Netflix.</p>
<h2>How to say &#8220;movie&#8221; in Korean</h2>
<p>Now, let&#8217;s learn some vocabulary related to Korean movies. The Korean word for &#8220;movie&#8221; is 영화 (yeonghwa).</p>
<h3>Movie theater in Korean</h3>
<p>The word for &#8220;movie theater&#8221; in Korean is 영화관 (yeonghwagwan). If you&#8217;ll be watching a movie in a Korean cinema theater, it&#8217;s essential to know this term.</p>
<h3>Movie director in Korean</h3>
<p>The Korean word for &#8220;movie director&#8221; is 영화 감독 (yeonghwa gamdok). You can also simply use the word for &#8220;director,&#8221; which is감독 (gamdok).</p>
<h2><strong>History of Korean Movies</strong></h2>
<p>Korean cinema is seen to have begun in 1945, just a few years <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/interesting-facts-about-south-korea/">before the Korean peninsula was split into two countries</a>. The factors that have influenced the formation of Korean cinema include the time Korea was under Japanese occupation, the Korean War, the business sector and globalization, the censorship by the government, and of course, Korea&#8217;s undergoing democratization.</p>
<div id="attachment_50553" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 610px"><img class="wp-image-50553" src="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Yeongdeungpo-CGV-... alt="History of Korean Movie" width="600" height="383" srcset="https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Yeongdeungpo-CGV-... 640w, https://www.90daykorean.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Yeongdeungpo-CGV-... 300w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Photo credit: https://soleno.co.kr</p></div>
<p>The Golden Age of Korean cinema has said to have been in the mid-1900s. During that time, some of the most highly acclaimed Korean movies were produced. From the 1970s onward, the movie scene in South Korea fell into a slump. It was revived again in the late 1990s, leading to this era of multiple high-grossing films in Korea.</p>
<p>The globalization of South Korean cinema has also led many <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/best-korean-actors/">South Korean actors</a> and <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/best-korean-actress/">actresses</a> to try their luck in Hollywood. Most prominently, Byung Hun has become a popular actor in Hollywood, while Park Chan Wook and Bong Joon Ho have filmed English language films, such as Snowpiercer.</p>
<h2><strong>Why are these Korean movies so popular?</strong></h2>
<p>These best Korean movies have been especially popular with Korean viewers due to the emotions they evoke in the audience. For example, The Admiral, Ode to My Father, Assassination, Masquerade, and The King and the Clown all have some basis in <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/korean-culture/">key periods of Korea&#8217;s history</a>.</p>
<p>Meanwhile, Extreme Job, Veteran, and The Thieves are all masterfully made action-comedy Korean movies. Along with the Gods: Two Worlds is a movie version of one of the most popular <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/korean-webtoons/">South Korean webtoons</a>, and Miracle in Cell No. 7, starring Park Shin Hye, has a heartwarming story that is enough to melt any viewer&#8217;s heart.</p>
<h2><strong>The success of Korean films internationally</strong></h2>
<p>The best South Korean movies are wildly different from the list of South Korea&#8217;s films that the world is most familiar with. Korean viewers enjoy stories that depict the country&#8217;s history, while the international audience seems to love action-packed thrillers of the present day.</p>
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<p>However, it has been relatively uncommon to find Korean movies being shown in movie theaters internationally. Snowpiercer is a notable exception; however, that film is primarily spoken in English and features the Hollywood darling, Chris Evans.</p>
<p>International interest rose through Hallyu Wave, which paved the way for directors, namely Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan Wook, and Kim Jee Woon, to be recognized globally. With that said, despite Korean cinema still being relatively new to <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/countries-in-korean/">many audiences outside of East Asia</a>, thanks to Parasite&#8217;s success, many upcoming films in Korea can be expected to gain international interest!</p>
<h2><strong>Where can I watch a Korean movie?</strong></h2>
<p>There are several sources from where you can watch films and <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/best-korean-dramas/">TV series from Korea</a>, including Netflix, which we will talk about further below. You may have some luck with sites like<a href="https://www.asiancrush.com/browse" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> AsianCrush</a>. If you are located outside of Europe, you may also really love using <a href="https://tubi.tv/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tubi</a> to get your movie fix. Some older Korean movies can be found on the Youtube channel for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvH6u_Qzn5RQdz9W198umDw/featured" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Korean Classic Film</a>. Lastly, perhaps <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/fun-movie-theaters-in-seoul/">you can even start catching more of these films in Korean cinema</a>!</p>
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<h3>Korean Movies on Netflix</h3>
<p>The major streaming service Netflix has several popular Korean movies for you to enjoy. This includes the Korean movies Extreme Job and Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds. Netflix gives you unlimited access to the highest-grossing films, including that of South Korea.</p>
<p>You can also find movies depending on your preference on the genre, cast, director or the year it was released. If you prefer movies starring Korean actresses like Kim Tae Ri, Kim Hye Ja, or Im Soo Jung, or perhaps movies by director Hong Sang Soo, then that&#8217;s also easy to do! They even pick out specific films based on the previous ones you&#8217;ve watched.</p>
<p>How many of the South Korean films that are most popular in Korea have you seen? What about the internationally most popular ones? And what is your favorite film currently? You can start binge-watching these Korean movies, even snack on some <a class="PrimaryLink BaseLink" href="https://www.90daykorean.com/delicious-korean-food/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Korean fried chicken</a> or <a class="PrimaryLink BaseLink" href="https://www.90daykorean.com/korean-snacks/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">snacks</a> while you&#8217;re at it! Of course, K-dramas are also as good!</p>
<p>Check out our <a href="https://www.90daykorean.com/kdrama/">article on K-dramas</a> to know more about them. Let us know in the comments what you think of these films from Korea and whether you love watching them as much as we do!</p>
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