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 (Wednesday June 28, 2017)

    Okja film poster Director
    Joon-ho Bong
    28 Jun 2017

    Okja stars Tilda Swinton, Sheena Kamal, Michael Mitton, Colm Hill.

    Okja deals with the meat industry by portraying it as a thing only evil movie characters can come up with, making it extra to painful to fathom it is the actual harsh reality. ...Read more

    The Day After (Wednesday June 7, 2017)

    The Day After film poster Director
    Sang-soo Hong
    Yunhee Cho
    Ki Joabang
    Min-hee Kim

    Bongwan is a publisher in Seoul. He has just ended an affair with a co-worker that has left the publishing company. When a new colleague arrives, Bongwan's wife mistakes her for his secret lover. A new film by prolific South-Korean filmmaker Sang-soo Hong, whose work is often similar to the late Eric Rohmer's romantic dramas from the 70's/80's. ...Read more

    Okja (Tuesday November 21, 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

    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 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

    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 |

    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

    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 (Tuesday November 21, 2017)

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

    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

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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