The 10 Best Korean Movies on Netflix

The 10 Best Korean Movies on Netflix
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By Anthony Kao

Want to watch the latest Korean movies online? If you have a Netflix subscription, here’s our list of the ten best Korean movies on Netflix. Even if you don’t have Netflix, we have provided other convenient options to purchase or watch these Korean movies online. Enjoy!

1. Ode to My Father (2014)

"Ode to My Father" is like Korea’s "Forrest Gump." Through the eyes of an everyman named Yoon Deok-soo (played by Hwang Jung-min), the film chronicles South Korea’s progress from the Korean War to the present day. This is a film that educates, touches the heart, and is pretty entertaining as well: it’s the second-highest grossing Korean movie of all time. To learn more about "Ode to My Father," read our full-length article on the film.

2. The Housemaid (2010)

"The Housemaid" is a 2010 remake of a classic 1960 Korean movie of the same name. The movie centers around a housemaid named Eun-yi who exacts chilling revenge upon an upper-class family after being involved in a destructive love triangle. Despite being a remake, this 2010 film stands well on its own with a sleek, dark, and more modern flavor (plus it screened at the Cannes Film Festival). If you enjoy revenge movies like "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance," you will probably like "The Housemaid" — though this also means that you might want to pass on this if you aren’t into dark movies.

3. The Man From Nowhere (2010)

"The Man From Nowhere" was Korea’s highest-grossing film of 2010 and scores 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. In it actor Won Bin plays a former black ops soldier who embarks on a bloody rampage against drug dealers when they kidnap a young girl he has befriended.

4. Assassination (2015)

Starring Jun Ji-hyun from "My Sassy Girl," "Assassination" is an espionage action movie that follows a group of Korean resistance fighters trying to assassinate a Japanese officer around World War II. "Assassination" was one of Korea’s highest-grossing films of 2015, drawing in audiences with copious action scenes and subtle commentary on the Japanese colonial period.

5. Northern Limit Line (2015)

If you’re looking for a modern war film, then check out "Northern Limit Line." Based on a real-life 2002 incident between North and South Korean patrol boats, the movie provides plenty of action and camaraderie. Read our full-length review of "Northern Limit Line" to learn more.

6. The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014)

Another naval warfare film set earlier in Korea’s history, "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" is actually the highest-grossing Korean movie of all time. The movie depicts the 1597 Battle of Myeongnyang. During this battle, legendary admiral Yi Sun-sin defeated a fleet of invading Japanese ships. Admiral Yi is a massively important figure in Korea’s history. (Hint: if you ever go to the main Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, there’s a huge statue of him.) So this film can entertain you while helping you understand Korea better.

7. Commitment (2013)

"Commitment" stars T.O.P from the boy band BigBang as a young North Korean agent who must kill another assassin in order to save his younger sister. This spy thriller brings a distinctively youthful flair to the usual North/South Korean espionage genre and has unexpectedly touching moments.

8. A Hard Day (2015)

"A Hard Day" is a Korean movie on Netflix that stars Lee Sun-kyun as a homicide detective who accidentally kills a man with his car and tries hiding the body in his mom’s coffin. The movie blends thrills with flashes of comedy on top of this rather amusing premise.

9. The Beauty Inside (2015)

"The Beauty Inside" is a Korean remake of an American film of the same name (how’s that for role reversal). A high-concept romantic comedy, the movie centers around a man who wakes up in a different body each day, the only constant in his life being the girl he loves.

10. The Host (2006)

"The Host" is South Korea’s "Godzilla." When a mysterious monster threatens Seoul, a slow-witted man (played by Song Kang-ho) and his family (including Bae Doona) must protect their daughter (played by Go Ah-sung). The Host was a huge box office and critical success. Entertaining yet appropriately intellectual, it’s one of the best South Korean movies of all times. In fact, it gained accolades from not just international festivals, but even renowned film buff and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.

This article was originally published in Cinema Escapist as "The 10 best Korean movies on Netflix."

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