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.
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).
The Wailing (12-05-2016, 156 minutes)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tilda Swinton, Steven Yeun & Jake Gyllenhaal
Joon-ho Bong (Snowpiercer & The Host)
arts, adventure, fantasy,
New South Korean movies out now
Best recent & upcoming South Korean movies with release dates.