Best new South Korean Movies (2016) - Top Netflix & Cinema



Along with Japan, South Korea is probably the most important Asian country when it comes to movies. From Kim Ki Duk’s strange art house to big budget monster movies; South Korea has it all.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best South Korean movies of 2017 in cinema or on DVD or Netfix. Are Joon-ho Bong, Hee-il Leesong & Ki-duk Kim South Korea's biggest directors?

South-Korea has arguably produced some of the most interesting filmmakers of this decade. Sadly, other lists on the web claim to list the best Korean films, but actually only mention a lot of commercially successful films. These films are like Hollywood films with a Korean flavor. But the art house scene in Korea is also flourishing. The Vore would like to give you a clearer look at which original and meaningful films came out of Korean cinema these past few years.


South Korea country statistics

South Korea2017
Country popularity
97%
Country ranking#2 (List of most popular countries)
Familiar facesJake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton & Kelly Macdonald
Trending moviesNight Flight, U ri sunhi & Snowpiercer
Amount of country films per year from 2010 to 2017

14 South Korean movies scheduled for release this year.


List of highest grossers of the decade & budget

TitleBox officeBudget
The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014)$135.9 (world)$18.6
Ode to my Father (2014)$105.3M (world)$13.1M
Busanhaeng (2016)$2.13MKRW 10.000.000.000
(Read: Who needs big budgets? 25 low budget success stories!)


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Best South Korean movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017

2010's best rated South Korean movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. The Wailing (12-05-2016, 156 minutes)
  2. The Wailing is unlike anything you have seen this year; a wildly entertaining, funny and creepy film about a detective trying to resolve a murder (and many other strange things) in rural South Korea. What starts out as a fairly conventional whodunnit quickly turns into a rollercoaster of black humor, exorcism and gore.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43uAputjI4k
    StarringJun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Do Won Kwak
    DirectorHong-jin Na (The Yellow Sea & Chaser)
    Similar moviesThe Witch
    Themesmurder, village, detective, horror,
    CountryKorea South
    Keywordsabsurd, action-packed, unpredictable,
    Rating
    90%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. Night Flight (28-08-2014, 141 minutes)
  4. Not quite as good as Leesong Hee-il’s White Night below, but Ya-gan-bi-haeng or Night Flight is a rather interesting film, continuing to establish Hee-il as a poetic yet coldish filmmaker. Like 2012’s White Night it is yet again a very unromantic film about gay men, oppressing social structures, and the loneliness of being human. It might sound like a bit of a drag, but the little hint of hope underneath the surface makes it an enjoyable watch.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U29JCp5V6E
    StarringSi-Yang Kwak, Jae-Joon Lee & Jun-ha Choi
    DirectorHee-il Leesong (No Regret, White Night & Sajaseongeo)
    Themeslove, social issue, drama,
    CountryKorea South
    Keywordsheart-wrenching, intriguing,
    Rating
    74%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. U ri sunhi (12-09-2013, 88 minutes)
  6. Still the best South-Korean film of the 2010’s, Our Sunhi. Sunhi goes back to the film school she graduated from. There she encounters old friends.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hvoTyfZ5Pk
    Starring Jae-yeong Jeong, Yu-mi Jeong & Sang Jung Kim
    DirectorSang-soo Hong (In Another Country, Woman on the Beach & Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors)
    Themescollege, love, comedy, drama, romance,
    CountryKorea South
    Keywordsdynamic, funny,
    Rating
    84%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Snowpiercer (11-07-2014, 126 minutes)
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX5PwfEMBM0
    StarringChris Evans, Jamie Bell & Tilda Swinton
    DirectorJoon-ho Bong (Mother, The Host & Memories of Murder)
    Themespunishment, rebellion, action, drama, science fiction,
    CountryCzech Republic France Korea South United States
    Keywordsexciting, incomparable,
    Rating
    80%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. Baek-ya (15-11-2012, 75 minutes)
  10. Starring Hyun-sung Kim, Yi-Kyeong Lee & Tae-hee Won
    DirectorHee-il Leesong (No Regret, Night Flight & Sajaseongeo)
    Themesrelationships, sexuality, drama,
    CountryKorea South
    Keywordsdeep, evocative,
    Rating
    73%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  11. Moebius (29-09-2014, 89 minutes)
  12. Dark and almost devoid of dialogue, Moebius. A truly haunting and disturbing film. It was first banned in South-Korea but was later accepted. The film is difficult to sum up, but in its essence it is about a father who goes after his desires, and a about a son who wants what his father has.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG4kaGZah1M
    StarringJae-hyeon Jo, Young-ju Seo & Eun-woo Lee
    DirectorKi-duk Kim (3-Iron, Pieta & Time)
    Similar movies75
    Themesrevenge, sex, drama,
    CountryKorea South
    Keywordschilling, fascinating,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

2017 releases

Okja (2017, minutes)

Promising upcoming project by Joon-ho Bong (Snowpiercer, The Host). Not much known yet, but supposedly it's about a young girl trying to prevent an evil enterprise from kidnapping her friend. Which is some kind of huge monster. Sounds interesting enough. And then there's the cast: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton are confirmed.

StarringTilda Swinton, Steven Yeun & Jake Gyllenhaal
DirectorJoon-ho Bong (Snowpiercer & The Host)
Themesarts, adventure, fantasy,
Keywordsadventurous, fascinating,

New South Korean movies out now

Best recent & upcoming South Korean movies with release dates.

Ah-ga-ssi (Handmaiden) by Chan-wook Park

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKpZLtt4Ctg
Release date01-06-2016
CountryKorea South
StarringJung-woo Ha, Min-hee Kim & Jin-woong Jo
Previous releasesOldboy & Stoker
Associated with drama, romance,

Seu-top (09-07-2015, 85 minutes))

DirectorKi-duk Kim (Time, Pieta & 3-Iron)
StarringNatsuko Hori, Tsubasa Nakae & Mitsuhiro Takeda
Similar moviesThe Hills Have Eyes & The Chernobil Diaries
Themesenvironment, marriage, drama,
CountryJapan Korea South
Keywordsauthentic, horrifying,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix
- Best South Korean TV Series out in 2017 on Netflix & on TV
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