Run out of things to watch on Netflix? Try out these best Korean movies on Netflix 2021 from rom-com to zombies and thrillers!
Korean movies that will make your time disappear! If you’re looking for new and exciting watches for 2021, you’ve come to the right place. Get your popcorn and Coke ready before you press play the Korean movies on Netflix 2021 list!
PARASITE – Oscar Korean movie 2021 Netflix
Running Time: 132 minutes
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Cast: Song Kang-ho, Choi Woo-sik, Park So-dam, Cho Yeo-jeong, Lee Sun-kyun
The Kim family live in a semi-basement and is not exactly well off. One day, the son gets offered to tutor a high school girl from a very wealthy family.
Somehow, the two families develop interesting relationships among themselves and a shocking story unfolds from there.
Parasite won 4 Oscars in 2020 and many of the world have already seen the movie. It’s worth a watch on this list of korean movies on Netflix 2021!
Running Time: 136 minutes
Director: Jo Sung-hee
Cast: Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Yoo Hae-jin, Jin Seon-kyu
In 2092, towards the end of the 21st century, three members of a space garbage scavanger named Victory find themselves in a dangerous deal after discovering Dorothy, a humanoid robot that is a weapon of destruction and wanted by the space police.
ALIVE – One of best Netflix Korean movies 2021
Running Time: 99 minutes
Director: Cho Il
Cast: Yoo Ah-in, Park Shin-hye
Based on the American film Alone written by Matt Naylor, Joon-woo (Yoo Ah-in) gets stuck in his apartment when mass zombie infections break out in his apartment complex.
Without wifi, data and phone, he tries to survive by himself while zombies roam around.
It’s one of the newest Korean zombie movies to be released on Netflix and one of the best Korean movies on Netflix 2021.
Running Time: 112 minutes
Director: Lee Chung-hyun
Cast: Park Shin-hye, Jun Jong-seo, Kim Sung-ryoung
Seo-yeon (Park Shin-hye), upon connecting the old landline phone at her old childhood house, gets a phone call from a strange woman named Young-sook (Jeon Jong-seo).
The two women soon realize that they are 20 years apart but live in the same house.
One of them a serial killer, she tries to change her own reality and past by controlling and manipulating the other’s.
Running Time: 120 minutes
Director: Hyuk Byun
Cast: Soo Ae, Park Hae-il
A curator of an art gallery funded by a giant conglomerate and her ambitious professor husband plot to join the elite world in Korea.
TIME TO HUNT
Running Time: 134 minutes
Director: Yoon Sung-hyun
Cast: Lee Je-hoon, Ahn Jae-hong, Choi Woo-shik
The story of Time to hunt, one of best Korean movies on Netflix 2021, takes place in the dystopian South Korea where three friends plan a heist as an attempt to get out of their miserable, impoverished situations.
They target an illegal gambling house with stacks of US dollars. After their successful heist, the owners of the gambling house recruit a killer to track the thieves.
Running Time: 109 minutes
Director: Benson Lee
Cast: Cha In-pyo, Justin Chon, Jessika Van, Teo Yoo, Esteban Ahn
Teens of Korean descent who grew up in other countries gather at a summer camp in 1986 to learn about their roots.
It may not necessarily be considered a “Korean” movie that we’re familiar with, but it does shine a light on lives of gyopo (Korean diaspora) teens, a topic not widely discussed in film.
Plus, the movie is based on a true story of the Korean government initiating a summer camp in the 1980s to help gyopo teens to experience their motherland.
However, because their actions were so diverse and uncontrollable, the summer camp had to officially close down in 1986!
SVAHA: THE SIXTH FINGER
Running Time: 122 minutes
Director: Jang Jae-hyun
Cast: Yoo Ji-Tae, Lee Jung-Jae, Park Jung-Min
Pastor Park gets hired to look into a cult group called Deer Mount. At the same time, a Police Captain is also looking for one of Deer Mount member as one of them is the main suspect for a murder. It’s a tense and nail-biting thriller and mystery will keep you focused till the end.
Lee Jung-Jae and Park Jung-Min were accused of being Shincheonji (Korean cult group) after shooting this movie. They denied saying it was false information.
THE DRUG KING
Running Time: 139 minutes
Director: Woo Min-ho
Cast: Song Kang-Ho, Jo Jung-Suk, Bae Doona
The next movie on Korean movies on Netflix 2021 list based on a true story, set in Busan during 1970s, Lee Doo-Sam who becomes the first major drug smuggler in Busan and becomes a wealthy man with great power. However, the public prosecutor Kim In-Goo will not let this filthy back dealing happen anymore and tries to take him down.
This was Song Kang-Ho’s most dramatic change shown on film and the audience were mesmerised by his acting. People say the only reason this movie got any attention was due to Song Kang-Ho’s acting. Have a look and see how great his acting is.
Running Time: 139 minutes
Director: Yang Woo-seok
Cast: Jung Woo-Sung, Kwak Do-Wan, Kim Kap-Su
The first-ever coup breaks out on North Korea. Immediately after the coup, an agent goes to South Korea with an injured North Korean who is North Korea’s No. 1 agent. Meanwhile, North Korea declares war against South Korea and the United States. Now, how will they solve this massive problem?
The chemistry between Jung Woo-Sung and Kwak Do-Wan were so good that they are planning on making Steel rain 2. It is said to be released later this year.
Running Time: 120 minutes
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins
Okja (pig) and Mija have been together for over 10 years and become best friends. One day a global company called ‘Mirando’ forcefully takes Okja away to New York.
Mija is determined to get Okja back so she goes on a dangerous adventure to rescue Okja. Will she get Okja back?
This film is shot by the director of Parasite. He has involved famous western actors, editors, producers and many more to make this a globe movie.
Illang: The Wolf Brigade
Running Time: 259 minutes
Director: Kim Jee-woon
Cast: Gang Dong‑Won, Han Hyo‑joo, Jung Woo‑sung
Sci-fi lovers will dive right into this film. The movie is set in 2029, with North and South Korea getting ready for unification after years of preparation due to political and economic pressure. South Korea creates a special unit force known as the “Wolf Brigade,” (those cyborg-looking people in uniform), which tries to stop an anti-reunification terrorist group called “The Sect.” For some historical context, according to Variety, this movie is “based on Mamoru Oshii’s Kerberos Panzer Cop manga, whose 1999 anime adaptation, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, serves as a direct blueprint for this film’s stunning opening and climax.”
Train to Busan
When it comes to Netflix Korean movies 2021, we can’t miss out on Train to Busan.
Running Time: 121 minutes
Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Cast: Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-Mi, Ma Dong-Seok
The unprecedented disaster strikes Korea. A virus that will turn people into zombies. The only safe place is Busan and the safest way to get there is by train. Seoul to Busan is 442KM, will they get there safely in time?
Gong Yoo was really scared when he shot this film as the zombies face looked so real. He actually ran for his life when the zombies were following him.
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