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, DVD and Netflix. 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 Korean movies2017
Popular actorsJake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton & Kelly Macdonald
Trending moviesNight Flight, U ri sunhi & Snowpiercer

Anticipated 2017 South Korean movies to watch

    Okja (Monday June 12, 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 & 2016

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

    Night Flight (Thursday August 28, 2014)

    Night Flight film poster Director
    Hee-il Leesong
    LLurvance Bass,
    Si-Yang Kwak
    Yong-hwa Ryu
    Night Flight Trailer

    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....Read more

    The Wailing (Friday February 12, 2016)

    The Wailing film poster Director
    Hong-jin Na
    Jun Kunimura
    Jung-min Hwang
    Do-won Kwak
    The Wailing Trailer

    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. ...Read more

    Snowpiercer (Friday July 11, 2014)

    Snowpiercer film poster Director
    Joon-ho Bong
    Chris Evans
    Jamie Bell
    Tilda Swinton
    Snowpiercer Trailer

    The story is set in a time of future where the life on earth has been decimated barring a few lucky passengers who travel on a...Read more

    U ri sunhi (Thursday September 12, 2013)

    U ri sunhi film poster Director
    Sang-soo Hong
    Yu-mi Jung
    Sun-kyun Lee
    Jae-yeong Jeong |
    U ri sunhi Trailer

    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....Read more

    Baek-ya (Thursday November 15, 2012)

    Baek-ya film poster Director
    Hee-il Leesong
    Hyun-sung Kim
    Yi-Kyeong Lee
    Tae-hee Won
    Baek-ya Trailer

    After a prolonged interval of time, a man returns to korea from abroad; the events unfold as he meets his lover whom he had left...Read more

    Moebius (Monday June 12, 2017)

    Moebius film poster Director
    Ki-duk Kim
    Jae-hyeon Jo
    Yeong-ju Seo
    Eun-woo Lee
    Moebius Trailer

    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....Read more

    - Best South Korean TV Series out in 2017 on Netflix & on TV

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