Korean movies

List of some of the best upcoming Korean movies

 Korean movies industry gained global acclaim with Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” which won four Oscars in 2020, including Best Picture, a first for a non-English language film. This success has propelled korean movies cinema into the spotlight. Netflix has further boosted this rise with popular series like “All of Us Are Dead,” which premiered in January 2022 and continues the trend of captivating zombie narratives.  Korean movies productions are now more popular than ever and are expected to keep growing in influence.

These are some of the Korean movies to look out for:

 

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1. My Name is Loh Kiwan (Korean movies)

Director: Kim Hee-jin

Starring: Song Joong-ki, Choi Sung-eun

Plot: Loh Kiwan, a North Korean defector, ends up in Belgium seeking refuge. He survives by doing odd jobs until his belongings are stolen by Marie, a Korean-origin thief. She offers to return his wallet if he helps her avoid arrest.

Release Date: March 1, 2024 (Netflix)

 

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2. Ms. Apocalypse

Director: Im Seon Ae

Plot: Set in the winter of 1999, this drama explores society’s chaos as the millennium approaches.

Release Dates: October 5, 2023 (Festival), January 24, 2024 (Cinema)

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3. Citizen of a Kind

  Director: Park Youngster

Starring: Ra Mi-Ran, Gong Myung, Yum Hye-Ran

Plot: Deok-Hee, an ordinary citizen, becomes a victim of a voice phishing scam. She teams up with friends and an insider, Jae-Min, to catch the scammers.

Release Date: January 24, 2024 (South Korea)

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4. Dead Man

Director: Ha Joon-won

Starring: Cho Jin-woong, Kim Hee-ae, Lee Soo-kyung

Plot: Lee Man-jae fakes his death after being framed for embezzling $75 million and plots his revenge from hiding.

Release Date: February 7, 2024

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5. Uprising

Director: Kim Sang-man

Starring: Gang Dong-won, Park Jeong-min, Cha Seung-won, Kim Shin-rok, Jin Seon-kyu, Jung Sung-il

Plot: Cheon Yeong, a slave with exceptional martial skills, reunites with his master, Jong-ryeo, as adversaries during a period of turmoil.

Release Date: Q4 2024 (Netflix)

6. The Plot (Korean movies)

Director: Lee Yo-Sub

Starring: Gang Dong-won, Jung Eun-chae, Lee Mu-saeng

Plot: Yeong-il arranges contract killings disguised as accidents but finds himself targeted for a similar fate.

Release Date: May 29, 2024

 

7.  Escape (Korean movies)

Director: Lee Jong Pil

Starring: Lee Je-hoon, Koo Kyo-hwan, Hong Xa-bin, Esom, Song Kang

Plot: Sergeant Kyu-nam, planning to escape to South Korea, is caught but saved by Major Hyun-sang, who recognizes him. Despite being spared, Kyu-nam still yearns for freedom.

Release Date: July 2024

8. Wonderland

Directors: Kim Tae-yong, Min Ye-ji

Starring: Tang Wei, Bae Suzy, Park Bo-gum, Jung Yu-mi, Choi Woo-shik

Plot: People can reunite with deceased loved ones via video call.

Release Date: June 5, 2024

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9. Pilot

Director: Kim Han-Gyul

Starring: Cho Jung-Seok, Lee Joo-myung, Han Sun-hwa, Shin Seung-ho

Plot: Han Jung-Woo loses his job as a pilot and disguises himself as a woman to get rehired.

Release Date: July 31, 2024

 

10. Office Black Belt

Director: Kim Joo-Hwan

Starring: Kim Woo-bin, Kim Sung-kyun

Plot: Martial artist Lee Jung-Do, delivering food for his father’s restaurant, becomes a temporary martial arts officer after saving an officer from an attack.

Release Date: Fall 2024

These films span various genres, from drama and action to crime and thriller, showcasing the rich storytelling and diverse talent in Korean cinema.