Korean Thriller Movies of All Time:
If you are a fan of original and intense thriller movies and you have had enough of Hollywood, then these Korean movies are made for you. In fact, these Korean thriller movies are far better than most of the movies you have already seen. These movies are unhinged and hold nothing back in terms of violence and thrill. These movies are not for newbies, as they won’t be able to handle the suspense and tension.
#10: The Handmaiden (2016)
The Handmaiden is a Romantic Thriller from the renowned Korean director Park Chan-wook. It is full of betrayal, revenge, and intense performances. The movie is written compactly, there are hardly any filler scenes. It is full of intimate scenes but for once, these scenes are not unnecessary. The movie is thought-provoking and it will leave you thinking.
#9: The Man from Nowhere (2010)
The Man from Nowhere is a highly intense action thriller that will keep you at the edge of your seat. The movie is about an ex-special agent, who must save a young girl from drug traffickers. The chemistry between the lead characters takes the viewer experience on another level. It is emotional, intense, and full of awesome action sequences.
#8: Mother (2009)
A mother’s love knows no bounds but after a point one begins to ask how far is too far when it comes to family. This exceptional crime-thriller keeps unraveling in directions you could never anticipate. It is a slow-burner, but you won’t be bored as the actors are fantastic in this movie. You won’t even realize what hit you after you finish this movie.
#7: Lady Vengeance (2005)
You’ll fall in love with the gorgeous Lee Young-ae and her character’s fabulous eyeshadow after watching this movie but she’s not the lovable woman you want her to be which can rattle anyone. Lady Vengeance is the third movie of Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance trilogy and it feels surreal. It is about a young girl who is wrongfully sentenced for the murder of a kid. It is beautifully shot and almost feels like poetry.
#6: The Chaser (2008)
The Chaser is about an ex-detective turned pimp who must find the man behind the disappearance of several girls. It is a gripping crime thriller about a violent serial killer full of suspense and odd Korean humor. It is more intense than you can ever imagine and you won’t be able to catch your breath while watching this movie. The tension only grows and the climax is fantastic.
#5: I Saw the Devil (2010)
Korean movies often display violent serial killers nonchalantly and it is just frightening. This movie is hauntingly beautiful as it features one of the most ruthless serial killers in movie history and it never compromises on the violence. This movie will unsettle you deeply and at times it feels uncomfortably realistic. It is dark, gory, and gritty. So do not miss it if you like such stuff.
#4: Train to Busan (2016)
By the time this movie came out, the Zombie genre had lost a lot steam but this movie revived the entire genre. There is nothing scarier than being stuck with flesh-eating zombies in a moving train and this movie captures that horror exceptionally. It is a captivating thriller that won’t let you rest until the very end.
Based on the true story of Korea’s first serial murders in history, Memories of Murder is an exceptional crime-thriller that will leave you disturbed. But don’t be fooled, it is not your typical serial killer movie, which sets it apart from all the other movies in this genre. It is a very realistic movie with a complex plot. The ending is very strong and it is provocative.
#2: Parasite (2019)
This movie created history by becoming the first movie not in the English language to win the Oscar for Best Picture and it truly deserves it. It works as a beautiful Social-satire that displays the rampant class-divide present in Korea. The movie starts as a comedy and it changes into something very hard-hitting in the second half.
#1: Oldboy (2003)
There is hardly any other movie that has shocked the viewers more than Oldboy. It is Park Chan-wook’s masterpiece that is full of violent characters with shady morals. This movie has it all – a shocking story, amazing acting, and a classy villain. The movie revolves around revenge and it is amazing in its sickness. We are certain that you will never forget this movie for the rest of your life.