20 Best south korean films you must watch as soon as possible! (Recommended)

20 Best south korean films you must watch as soon as possible! (Recommended)


Today we are going to show you a awesome list of south korean films. This list is so much intresting and it's because of their filming style, dialogues and different perspective views of the characters in these films. These films are a mix of various genres like horror, thriller, supernatural, fantasy, crime, etc. And in every article we provide new films, Web series, short films,etc. In this article, we are showing you some of the best south korean films but you have to watch it with subtitles to understand the story of these films because most of them are available in original languages. Look, some of them may be dubbed in other languages like English, Hindi, etc. but at last most of them are in korean language.
So, thepaperbyte.com will always try to provide you all some great articles full of content in international cinema and these are the best international films in south korean category, a fan must watch. These are also most recommended south korean film's by us.

Important : (You must read this section).

1. All the film's are mostly available in original languages.

2. Use subtitles to understand the story.

3. Some of them are rarely available.

4. Best way to watch is streaming services as you can easily find these films there.

5. This is one of the important thing for first time viewers that at first you do not understand, what's happening in the film so we suggest that you should watch it without skipping any minute to fully understand the story.

6. Some of the film's in this list are available in different languages.

7. There's a new thing about these film's that if you watch these you will definitely forget Bollywood and Hollywood films. Because of the rich storyline.

8. The last important in these film's is most of them are R-rated so it's not suitable for family and children. So, be careful about that.

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1. Parasite
Parasite (Korean: Gisaengchung) is a 2019 black comedy thriller film directed by legendary director Bong Joon-ho starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin, and Lee Jung-eun in their respective roles. The story revolves around a poor family who schemes or make some fake arrangements to get employed by a wealthy family and then infiltrate their life and their life.
It's a Must Watch film because it's full of twist and turns with Strong and Intense Acting. This film is available in so many different languages like English, Hindi, etc.

2. No Mercy
No Mercy (Korean: Yongseoneun Eupda) is a 2010 psychological, action and thriller film written and directed by Kim Hyeong-jun. At the end, you may be in shock due to its plot twist. The plot twist, great ending, and strong acting made this film a must watch. In some scenes, you may feel very disturbing because of Intense acting and graphics.

3. Memories of murder
Memories of Murder (Korean: Sarinui chueok) is a 2003 crime drama and it is loosely based on the true story of Korea's first serial murders in history, which took place between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province. The story revolves around two detectives trying to solve the crimes played by Song Kang-ho and Kim Sang-kyung star as Detective Park and Detective Seo, respectively. 
It's one of the best south Korean film of 21st century because of it's Intense, Realistic cinematography with Strong Acting and great ending.

4. Secret Reunion
Secret Reunion (Korean: Uihyeongje) is a 2010 action film directed by Jang Hoon, and one of the highest grossing Korean films of 2010.

This is one of best spy film because rather than showing a cut to cut classy high society spy in films , it depicts the poor life style of North Korean spies who had to live undercover in South Korea. This film also shows the pain of being separated from family, not able to see or talk to them. This film has a touch from real lifestyle.

5. Rough Cut
Rough Cut (Korean: Yeonghwanun Yeonghwada) is a 2008 action film based on story by Kim Ki-duk. This is one the best unique film of South Korea because of the story that revolves around a gangster boss who is hired as villain in a film. This is strange that at one scene antagonist has to do a rape scene, but at a point, all the other crew (mainly hero) notice that he is actually doing all stuff and not just doing acting. So, it's very hilarious as well as strange, as well as weird at the same time. But for us it still a acting so don't worry. But it's R-rated.

6. Joint Security area
Joint Security Area (Korean: JSA) is a 2000 mystery thriller film based on the novel DMZ starring Lee Young-ae, Lee Byung-hun and Song Kang-ho and directed by Park Chan-wook.
This film is so touching, full of emotions and thought Provoking with strong acting. This film is highly underrated because it's a 2000 film and because of that it's little slow paced.

7. Confession of murder
Confession of Murder (Korean: Naega Salinbeomida) is a 2012 action thriller film starring Jung Jae-young and Park Si-hoo. The story revolves around a police officer who is haunted for failing to capture a serial killer 15 years and then returns to the case after a book was published confession all the crimes.

The film is very intelligently presented with so many elements and things like strong and clever acting with dialogues, having plot twist, full of suspense and all these make this film a must watch.
This film is available in so many different languages like English, Hindi, etc.

8. Forgotten 
Forgotten is a 2017 mystery thriller film starring Kang Ha-neul, Kim Mu-yeol, Moon Sung-keun and Na Young-hee in their respective roles and it's directed by Jang Hang-jun. At first, you will see a normal house of a family in which their son had a accident and the loss of memory but it's not what it look like and with time film uncover so many secrets in the family. It's shocking.

What made this film a must watch is the plot twist, suspenseful, Psychological and heart breaking story, Intense and gripping storytelling and storyline. It's so good.

9. The Chronicles of Evil
The Chronicles of Evil (Korean: Akui Yeondaegi) is a 2015 thriller drama with the runtime of 1h 42m film starring Son Hyun-joo, Ma Dong-seok, Choi Daniel and Park Seo-joon. This film with having a very simple thriller story but with so many layers of uncover secrets, story, etc. The actors did a very outstanding and strong acting.

10. A hard day
A Hard Day (Korean: Kkeutkkaji Ganda) is a 2014 action thriller film starring Lee Sun-kyun and Cho Jin-woong in their respective roles and it was written and directed by Kim Seong-hun. This film has so many new comedic elements that you will laugh out loud. The story is very gripping, intense and suspenseful. It's a little underrated but it's really a must watch and will definitely not get bored because of the fast paced story.
This film is available in so many different languages like English, Hindi, etc.

11. Memoir of a murderer
Memoir of a Murderer is a 2017 action thriller film based on a book by Kim Young-ha starring Sol Kyung-gu and Kim Nam-gil in their respective roles and directed by Won Shin-yun. Filming began in late 2015.

12. The gangster, the cop, the devil
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (Korean: Ak-in-jeon) is a 2019 action thriller film starring Ma Dong-seok, Kim Mu-yeol and Kim Sung-kyu in their respective roles and it's directed by Lee Won-tae. 

The plot is based upon a true story. The story mainly revolves around revolves around three characters: a serial killer, the gangster who was almost become a victim of the serial killer and the cop who wants to arrest the serial killer. And one day, finally, The cop and The gangster decides to join forces to catch the killer, but face challenges from their respective enemies at work.
It's really a must watch because it's full of action, intense and gripping storyline with memorable characters.

13. Lady Vengeance
Lady Vengeance (Korean: Chinjeolhan geumjassi) is a 2005 psychological thriller crime with the runtime of 1h 56m film directed by Park Chan-wook. The film is the final installment in Vengeance Trilogy, with two more following: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Oldboy (2003). The film's story revolves around a woman released from prison after serving the sentence for a murder she did not commit. And now she's out to take revenge on/against the real murderer.
This film is also violent, dark, disturbing and with very unsettling graphics like other two parts of the trilogy so we suggest watch at your own risk.

14. Mother
Mother (Korean: Madeo) is a 2009 South mystery thriller with the runtime of 2h 9m film directed by Bong Joon-ho, starring Kim Hye-ja and Won Bin. This film with a very gripping story also has very intense, dark and mature graphic scenes. The story revolves around a mother and her son who gets accused of the murder of a young girl and mother has to find the true killer in order to get her son freed from all the accusations. But this film is so dark, intense and having also some mature content with plot twist made this film a must watch. It's a purely R-rated film.

15. Bedevilled
Bedevilled (Korean: Kim Bok-nam Salinsageonui Jeonmal) is a 2010 thriller horror film with the runtime of 1h 55m and starring Seo Young-hee and Ji Sung-won.

This film is very violent with mature and dark elements and scenes. It's so disturbing and heartbreaking at the same time.

16. Perfect number
Perfect Number (Korean: Yonguija X) is a 2012 mystery-drama film adapted from the novel "The Devotion of Suspect X". It's a must watch film because of the very touching story. It's a kind of romance film with elements of murder and other horrifying things. It's very strange combination and that made it a must watch.

17. Midnight fm 
Midnight FM (Korean: Shim-yaui FM) is a 2010 action thriller film by Kim Sang-man starring Soo Ae and Yoo Ji-tae. Film have a very gripping story which revolves around a mother who works at FM radio station and it's her last days but things turns out and she have to save her daughter from so self called big fan of her.

18. The unjust
The Unjust (Korean: Budanggeorae) is a 2010 action crime film. It is a dark and bitter reality of corruption in the South Korean justice system.

19. A dirty carnival
A Dirty Carnival (Korean: Biyeolhan geori) is a action film directed by Yoo Ha. Look, film feels like very long but when you into the film, nothing matters.
The storytelling is raw and realistic. The vest part is fighting scene in the mud between the two gang rivals. The film is full of action.

20. I Saw the Devil
I Saw the Devil (Korean: Angmareul boatda) is a 2010 action thriller film Starring Lee Byung-hun and Choi Min-sik in the main character roles. This film is full of intense, dark, disturbing, gruesome and violent graphic scenes. So, watch it at your own risk. It's R-rated.

So, these are the best foreign language film's one must watch if you are a fan of South Korean films and web series. All these film's are available in various languages and on various platforms like Netflix, Prime videos, Hotstar, Disney+, zee5, etc.

Look, there are thousands of international films in south korean cinema with awesome story, acting, cinematography, etc. are still left and some of them are in genre like romance, drama, comedy, thriller and other categories. So we will try to cover every best, awesome, underrated content of international cinema. To get updated with those articles. Stay tuned!

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