The Art of Korean Film
Recently America has seemingly fallen in love with Korean culture by embracing the K-Pop music culture and many of the Korean made movies. Whether or not you understand the Korean language, you can still embrace their culture by checking out their entertainment, including movies. Thanks to Netflix a bunch of Korean Movies have made their way into American stardom and below are the top Netflix Korean movies you will find on Netflix today. Movies listed below are most all Korean films with English subtitle, but if it doesn’t have regular subtitles, Netflix often provides captions.
Best Netflix Korean Movies
1) Train to Busan (2016)
Train to Busan is one of the most popular Netflix movies of its time. Its popularity comes from not being just another zombie movie about flesh and brains, but offering amazing character development all while taking place in the confinements of a train as Seok-woo (played by Gong Yoo) and his daughter Soo-an fight for survival. This movie broke box office records with over 100 million in sells on their opening weekend, making it one of the best Korean films of its time.
2) Oldboy (2003)
Oldboy helped put the Korean film industry on the map, so it’s no surprise it gets a mention from this list as one the best Korean movies of all time and the most famous. This neo-noir action thriller is based on the same-named comic series and follows Oh Dae-su as he is kidnapped off the street. Imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-su plans to break out, but just before his big release, his captors let him free.
3) High Society (2018)
High Society is a stylistic take on cast systems, asking the question “What would you do to get ahead?” Almost a combination of Desperate House Wives meets the style of Ocean Elevens, this Korean Movie explores the reality of humanity and the greed that captivates us all. When a university professor and curator for an art gallery step outside of their marriage and are prepared to do whatever it takes to get ahead.
4) Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018)
Set in 2029, this Korean movie explores what would happen if North Korea and South Korea ever discovered peace. While citizens rejoice in the common ground, a small sect of terrorists refuses to allow the reunification to happen. In response, the government launches the Wolf Brigade to stop the terrorist sect. The movie boasts stunning cinema and action-packed scenes, but the acting and plot development is a little underwhelming. However, many still suggest this as a favorite Korean film.
5) The Age of Shadows
The Age of Shadows is based on a true story set in 1920, back when Japan was in charge of North Korea. This historical thriller might not be what one would call a bestseller, but it is a favorite among Korean film enthusiasts and is considered one of the best Korean movies with English subtitles on Netflix. It follows a group of resistance fighters struggling to fight the ruling power.
6) Okaja (2017)
This 2017 movie is a dramatic cinema action-adventure that follows a young girl determined to save her best friend from, an oversized super pig, from corporate companies looking to take advantage. Not only do the scenes boast of breathtaking cinema, but the captivating narrative that strikes cords both personally and politically, reaching a wide range of audiences across the board.
7) Steel Rain (2017)
Steel Rain is a political action thriller that follows a former Korean Special Forces Agent as he attempts to protect the President from a dangerous Coup’ de’ tat that would otherwise seem him dead. To protect national security, the agent must find whose responsible. With Stylish cinematic action display, this movie takes watchers on a whirlwind experience through South Korea.
8) The Wailing (2016)
This movie is a hard cross between realistic fantasy and crim noir that follows a young detective as he is forced to decide whether or not he believes in real-life nightmares when people begin murdering in a small Korean town. The cinematic narrative told throughout this film weaves a horror flick ready-made to challenge the best top-rated Halloween and Horror flicks.
9) Sea Fog (2014)
This action-packed sea adventure tells the true story of a group of would-be immigration traffickers as they attempt to transport 30 illegals into Korea. The boat, which has seen hard times for its crew, seems to be sailing smoothly until a storm strikes up and the police have to intervene to help secure the boat. Many reviews across the internet have declared this one of the best Korean movies on Netflix.
10) Mother (2009)
Wrapping up our Korean movies list this dark crime story turns the narrative on its head when a special needs son is accused and found guilty of a murder he didn’t commit. Now it’s up to the mother to find the truth in a dark family drama interlaced with an even darker mystery. Critics love the narrative twists that the directors take both cinematically and narratively.