Best new South Korean Movies (2017) - 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
Rank#2 (List of most popular countries)
ActorsJake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton & Kelly Macdonald
TrendingNight 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
(Read: Who needs big budgets? 25 low budget success stories!)

2017 anticipated releases to watch

    Okja (Saturday February 25, 2017)

    Okja film poster Director
    Joon-ho Bong
    Lily Collins
    Jake Gyllenhaal
    Tilda Swinton

    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.... Read more


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.
    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,
    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.
    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,
    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.
    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,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Snowpiercer (11-07-2014, 126 minutes)
    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,
    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,
    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.
    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

New South Korean movies out now

Best recent & upcoming South Korean movies with release dates.

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