After Parasite's Oscar Win, 11 Korean Thrillers That Need To Be On Your To-Watch List
Parasite won the Oscar for the Best Film, making history for being the first foreign language film to ever win in the category. Since the whole world is mesmerised by the same, the Korean film industry is being actively talked about everywhere.
In order to add more such movies to your list, here are some other Korean thrillers you need to get on your to-watch list.
A neo-noir action thriller film, Oldboy is based on the Japanese comic book of the same name. The film follows the story of Oh Dae-su, who is imprisoned in a space which resembles a hotel room, without knowing the identity of his captor. Following a web of conspiracies and violence, the film also offers a side of romance.
2. I Saw The Devil
This thriller film revolves around the life of a NIS agent whose fiance is brutally murdered by a psychopathic serial killer. It is a nail-biting story of how he avenges his lover’s death.
3. Memories Of Murder
Based on true stories about Korea’s first serial murders which took place between 1986 and 1991, the movie’s protagonists are two detectives who are trying to solve the cases. The film was voted the best Korean film of all time, in an audience poll organised by the Korean Film Archive.
This is the story of a single mother with a slow-witted son who is falsely accused of murder. The film unfolds the drama that follows after a teenage girl is murdered and the mother goes on a quest to find the real killer to save her son.
5. New World
The story revolves around a man who is an undercover cop and has to wear the disguise of a goon. The protagonist is under constant pressure from the authorities to carry out his missions or else his identity would be leaked.
This thriller is the story of two women who grew up on an island. One of them moves out to the city to become successful while the other one stays back and leads a miserable life. The story becomes extremely dark when the latter finally snaps and goes on a killing-spree on the island, eventually trying to murder her friend.
Loosely based on a novel, the film tells the story of a Catholic priest, who is in love with his best friend’s wife. Thanks to a failed medical experiment, the priest turns into a vampire and the rest that follows is full of horror.
8. The Chaser
This thriller is based on a true story of a serial killer by the name of Yoo Young-chul. It follows the life of a former detective who turns into a pimp and goes on a revenge quest to find a psychopathic serial killer, when one of his girls goes missing.
9. The Suspect
This film is a thrilling story of an erstwhile special forces agent in South Korea who is double-crossed by his government. Framed for the murder of a business executive, he is also on the lookout for his family who turn up dead.
10. The Man From Nowhere
This film revolves around the story of a man with a shady past who goes on a rampage when his best friend is kidnapped. This film also has a Bollywood remake starring John Abraham and is named Rocky Handsome.
11. A Hard Day
This film follows the story of a corrupt detective who is involved in a hit and run, and manages to hide the body of the man he kills. It is a nail-biting story of how the authorities try to look for the body and how he attempts to save himself from getting caught.
Which one are you going to watch first? Let us know in the comments!
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