Korean movies and series are the talks of the town. Though the Korean film industry has been producing great content for quite a long time now, the movie Parasite has received great acclamation from all over the world. With four 2020 Academy Awards in its name, Parasite has won the hearts of many and brought Korean movies on a global platform! Be its mature content, terrific thrillers, horrors, or light-hearted romantic comedies, there are Korean movies for all of your moods. So if you have watched and loved Parasite, here are some of the best Korean movies that are a definite watch!

  1. Train to Busan (2016)

One of the best crafted zombie movie ever, it has all the action and horror you wanted to watch together! A workaholic father Seok-woo and his daughter board a train to Busan. Their journey soon turns into a nightmare, when an infected woman turns into a zombie. With a viral outbreak spreading throughout the country, Train to Busan offers a harrowing experience to its viewers. The film centers on the redemption and parenthood of a father and the reality-there is no escape from death.

  1. Parasite (2019)

Without a single doubt, Parasite is one of Bong Joon-ho’s best work and one of the best movies of the decade! Though Bong has made other movies focusing on social strata, this movie goes to great lengths to portray the class distinction by which our society is defined. Kim Ki-woo who hails from an extremely poor family gets an offer to teach English to Park Da-hye, a girl belonging to a rich family. Kim crafts an incredible plan to bring his entire family to Park’s house. The Kim and the Parks seem happy until everything changes!

  1. The Handmaiden (2016)

Set in the 1930’s in a Japanese occupied Korea, this movie dives deep into the art of writing and storytelling. A Korean con-man poses as the Count Fujiwara to rob Lady Hideko out of her riches by marrying her and then sending her to an asylum. He hires a pickpocket Sook-Hee to carry out his plan. A great plot twist occurs when Sook-Hee and Hideko become romantically involved. Apart from the great acting caliber and the psychological drama, the visually stunning background makes this movie a definite watch.

  1. Burning (2018)

Many years later, all of a sudden Jong-soo meets Hae-mi, a girl who lived in his neighborhood. After spending time together, Jong-soo agrees to look after Hae-mi’s cat until she returns from her trip to Africa. With days passing by, Jong-soo is in a trance dreaming about Hae-mi’s return. Hae-mi returns from her trip with Ben who later reveals his strange hobby to Jong-soo. An intelligently crafted remarkable psychological thriller is far from anything that the viewer anticipates as a love triangle.

  1. The Host (2006)

The reign of terror starts when a monstrous creature emerges from the Han River and claims the lives of the locals. It all started many years back, when an American military pathologist ordered to dump poisonous chemicals into the river. The story revolves around Park Gang-du, a vendor who by all means tries to free his daughter from the clutches of this terrible monster. Another masterpiece from Bong Joon-ho, this movie takes its viewers into a carefully directed monster genre movie.

To all the new people wanting to dive into the Korean cinema, this list has all the movies you can start with! From romance to psychological thrillers and from horror to monster themed movies, this list has it! Subtitles, definitely won’t be an issue once you find yourself fully engrossed in these brilliant masterpieces!

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