When it comes to thriller films, nothing can beat Korean thriller movies. These are filled with mystery, suspense & lots of twists that will make you watch till the end.
The Korean film industry is now rising as Parasite by Bong Joon Ho won four academy awards in 2019. Thriller Korean dramas are also responsible for the popularity of Korean culture.
There are 1000s of Korean movies to watch right now & thriller films go to a whole new level with mind-blowing acting, writing & screenplay. These films often explore dark themes and delve into the darker aspects of human nature.
Best Korean Thriller Movies
Korean thrillers have something for everyone, from psychological thrillers that mess with your mind to action-packed crime dramas. With skilled directors and talented actors, these movies offer a unique mix of thrills, chills, and heart-pounding action that will keep you watching from beginning to end.
While Parasite is one of the top thrillers, there are many more movies that you will love to watch & recommend to your friends. These movies will play with your mind & make you think.
If you love to watch thrillers & are looking for some of the best Korean thrillers, then here are the top 20 Korean thriller films to watch right now. These movies are filled with mystery, suspense and plot twist, listed randomly.
The 1st Korean film to receive an academy award. The son of a poor family finds an opportunity to work in a rich household. He takes this chance to infiltrate the household and employ his other family members. Showing the reality between the poor and the rich, this movie is an eye-opener.
2. Train To Busan
Seok Woo is a fund manager who heads to Busan from Seoul with his daughter by a KTX train. However, they get stuck with other passengers on the train due to a virus breakout people who get bite turns into zombies & the survival game begins.
Jin Seok moves into a new house with his family & his elder brother gets abducted in front of him. His brother comes back after 19 days with no memory of what happened. Jin Seok tries to reveal what had happened to his brother.
4. The Handmaiden
A Korean swindler recruits a pickpocket to get hired as a maid to a rich Japanese heiress. The swindler wants to rob the heiress & take all her wealth. But, the story takes a twist when the maid & heiress develop an attraction.
A man who is imprisoned in a hotel room for no reason gets out after 15 years only to find himself in love with a chef. His captor then gives him five days to find out why he was locked. The story comes with a twist.
6. Memories Of Murder
In 1986, in Gyunggi, a young woman is found dead. Two local detectives try to investigate the murder using brutality and torturing the suspects, without any result. Then, a detective from Seoul comes to help them and is convinced that a serial killer is killing the women.
7. I Saw The Devil
A dangerous psychopath driver kills a woman on his way home. Her fiance Soo Hyun, who is a secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He successfully catches the psycho, beats him & lets him free. The game of cat & mouse begins.
8. The Chaser
A pimp becomes involved in a breathless race against time to catch a psychopathic serial killer after one of his girls goes missing. To find evidence, he has just 12 hours before the killer is released.
9. Lady Vengeance
Geum Ja goes to prison for kidnapping & killing a boy & gets released after 23 years. She teams up with a group of friends she made while in prison and sets out to clear her name and find the daughter she was forced to leave behind.
A nuclear power plant in a small town explodes due to an unexpected earthquake & hydrogen gas gets released. To stop the spreading of gas & exposing the people to radiation, Jae Hyuk goes into the nuclear power plant to save the people.
11. A Hard Day
A homicide detective accidently crashes a man on the road killing him while driving from his mother’s funeral. He tries to get rid of the body but is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event..
12. The Wailing
A series of deaths take place in a village. A police officer hears a rumor from a coworker about a mysterious Japanese man who lives in the mountain area. The rumor suspects him as the one causing these deaths. But what is the truth?
13. No Mercy
A pathologist attends his last case of a murdered girl. An environmental activist is caught & the case seems solved. When the pathologist’s daughter gets kidnapped, he tries to find the kidnapper but with a twist.
14. The Yellow Sea
Taxi driver, Ku Nam is offered a deal to carry out a hit on a professor in South Korea. When he gets ready to take out his target, a string of unexpected events occurs leaving him desperately looking for a way out.
15. The King
Tae Soo enters a law school & becomes a prosecutor. Later, he joins a group of powerful prosecutors with wealth and authority. He finally enjoys the power of supremacy, but also sees the cruel side of it.
16. A Tale Of Two Sisters
Two sisters whose mother is dead return home from a mental hospital. They are welcomed by their stepmother & stay along with their father. Their stepmother always harasses them. Supernatural things happen, but there’s a secret.
17. The Gifted Hands
A case occurs to a detective involving the kidnapping and murder of a young girl. While investigating the case, he meets a man who has a special ability of “Psychometry.” The detective then uses him to catch the kidnapper.
18. The New World
Ja Sung, an undercover cop infiltrates Goldmoon International, the biggest crime syndicate in South Korea, and spends eight years rising in the ranks. When the head of the organization is killed, Ja Sung becomes torn between his duties.
15 years ago, a kidnapper disappeared. Five days before the case’s statute of limitations expires, someone leaves a flower at the crime scene. A few days later, another crime takes place using the same method on a similar target.
20. Joint Security Area
Two North Korean soldiers are killed on the border leading to an investigation. The investigator receives differing accounts from the two sides. One claims he fired in self-defense, while another says it was a premeditated attack.
Jong Su bumps into Hae Mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. She asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip. After returning, she introduces Ben, a guy she met on her trip. One day, Ben visits Jong Su and tells him his secret hobby.
22. Memoir of a Murderer
Byung Soo was a serial killer. He now suffers from Alzheimer’s & lives with his daughter. One day, he gets into an accident with another killer named Tae Joo. Meanwhile, Tae Joo begins to woo his daughter. To protect his daughter, Byung Soo struggles to kill him.
23. Confession Of Murder
After the statute of limitation expires on the murders he has committed, Doo Suk publishes an autobiography, “I’m A Killer”, describing all his murders in great detail. Detective Choi, who investigated his murders, starts the chase once again.
24. Svaha: The Sixth Finger
Pastor Park works to expose suspicious religious groups. He’s hired to look into the cult group named Deer Mount. Meanwhile, Police Captain Hwang investigates a murder case and the main suspect is a member of the Deer Mount cult.
25. The Host
Some unfortunate incidents in the year 2000 leads to a mysterious creature that emerges from the Han river in 2006. The movie revolves around a snack bar owner as he witnesses the worst moment of his life and this marks the start of his battle against the monster.
These Korean thriller movies are a must-watch for people who love thriller, crime, mystery & suspense. All the movies are masterpieces & unique in their way.
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