Over the past two decades, Korean cinema has slowly built a worldwide audience. Streaming services have played a large part in that. And the success of Parasite has further solidified the trust of the worldwide audience in Korean movies. While Korean thrillers get the most attention, we’ve hunted down a few hits from other genres. Whether you want a romantic comedy, horror, sci-fi, or a disaster thriller, you’ll find something worth watching on this list. Here are the best Korean movies on Netflix right now.
High Society – Social Climbing Done Right
Nothing about High Society’s description on Netflix can prepare you for just how freaky this movie gets. On the surface, it’s about the curator of an art gallery and her professor husband trying to join South Korea’s economic elite. What it fails to mention is the steamy and insanely graphic NSFW scene. You’ll never look at social climbing the same way again.
Tune in for Love – A Romantic Korean Movie Through and Through
Beginning in the 1990s, ‘Tune in for Love’ relies on nostalgia to illustrate a once star-crossed romance and the power of time. Mi-su (Kim Go-eun) and Hyeon-u (Jung Hae-in) meet while working at a bakery, which Mi-su inherited from her mother. After feelings spark, the two friends attempt to reconnect over the next decade. But even under the best of circumstances, a dark secret threatens to get in their way.
Train to Busan – Best Zombie Movie on Netflix
This South Korean smash hit broke audience records with over 10 million theatergoers during its theatrical run. Right as a train is departing, a woman boards, nursing a bite wound on her leg. Soon she becomes a zombie, leaving hundreds of passengers trapped on the speeding death trap as reports of a worldwide outbreak begin to spread. Exploring class issues between terrifying and gory set pieces, Train to Busan is one of the best zombie movies on Netflix.
Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days
Do you want some God level drama and a fiction world? Along with the Gods is the movie for you. As the deceased soul Ja-hong and his three afterlife guardians prepare for their remaining trials for reincarnation, the guardians soon come face to face with the truth of their tragic time on Earth 1,000 years earlier. We recommend watching the first installation of the movie first, but we’re sure you’ll like the second part better.
Also directed by Park Bong Joon-Ho , Okja is a masterpiece. A young girl finds herself in the middle of a struggle between a powerful corporation and an animal rights group over her pet pig, Okja.
Psychokinesis – Not All Heroes Wear Capes
After drinking water from a spring that a meteor landed in, Seok-Hyeon finds he’s developed telepathic powers. He uses his newfound ability to reconnect with his estranged daughter, and reconnect the old fashioned way. You know, by joining her in a fight against an evil corporation. With incredible performances and brilliantly designed action sequences that play with the laws of physics, Psychokinesis is an adult superhero movie for people sick of capes.
The Drug King
Before prolific South Korean actor Song Kang-ho was Mr. Kim in Bong Joon-ho’s latest class-warfare drama Parasite, he was the drug lord Lee Doo-sam. The Drug King details the true-life story of Lee Hwang-soon, who built his drug empire in Busan, South Korea, in the 1970s. Originally a member of the Chilsung faction in Busan, Doo-sam, the fictionalized character based upon Hwang-soon, eventually grows his smuggling ring into Japan, leaving him successful but vulnerable as enemies abound.