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Oldboy (2003)

A modern classic, Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy is a uniquely violent and thrilling story of revenge. The film follows Oh Dae-Su (Choi Min-sik), a man who is set free after being abducted and held prisoner for 15 years. Seeking revenge on his captors, Oh Dae-Su goes on the hunt to find the man responsible, and learns some devastating truths along the way.

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Ballerina (2023)

Revenge once again takes center stage in Ballerina, an action movie about a woman, Jang Ok-ju (Jeon Jong-seo), grieving the loss of her best friend, a ballerina. She finds purpose in her best friend’s dying wish: that Ok-ju get revenge on the sex trafficker that exploited her friend.

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Unlocked (2022)

In this suspenseful thriller, a woman’s life is turned upside-down when a dangerous man gets a hold of her lost cell phone and uses it to track her every move.

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Yaksha: Ruthless Operations (2022)

Starring Squid Game‘s Park Hae-soo, this spy thriller takes place in Shenyang, China, following an espionage agency’s Black Ops team and the former prosecutor who’s tasked with inspecting them.

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Space Sweepers (2021)

Set in the year 2092, this sci-fi drama (which is considered the first-ever Korean space blockbuster) revolves around four misfits who attempt to trade a young little humanoid, only to discover that she may actually be a deadly weapon in disguise.

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Night in Paradise (2021)

In this K-drama, a mobster hiding out in Jeju Island following a tragedy starts to develop a relationship with a woman…though he doesn’t realize that she happens to be battling some demons of her own.

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The 8th Night (2021)

In this supernatural mystery thriller, a young monk sets out to stop the resurrection of an evil spirit, which has been locked up for 2,500 years and will continue tormenting and possessing humans if successfully awakened.

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The Call (2020)

This psychological thriller tells the story of a young woman who—after returning to the house where she once lived—discovers a mysterious phone, which allows her to talk to the person who lived in the same house 20 years earlier. Oh, and that person happens to be a serial killer.

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#Alive (2020)

Hellbound‘s Yoo Ah-in stars in this zombie thriller as a gamer who finds himself struggling to survive amid a gruesome zombie apocalypse in Seoul. The only thing keeping him going: a mysterious fellow survivor living in the opposite apartment building.

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The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure (2022)

This sequel to 2014’s The Pirates takes place during the Joseon dynasty, following a crew of pirates as they attempt to hunt down a collection of royal treasures that have supposedly disappeared without a trace.

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Time to Hunt (2020)

Time to Hunt is a dystopian action thriller revolving around a group of friends (including Parasite‘s Choi Woo-shik) who manage to pull off an ambitious heist…but then find themselves pursued by a mysterious assassin (played by Park Hae-soo).

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Svaha: The Sixth Finger (2019)

In this occult thriller, a Buddhist monk (played by Squid Game‘s Lee Jung-jae) is hired to look into a cult group known as Deer Mount. At the same time, a police captain investigates a murder case that he suspects is tied to a member of the Deer Mount cult.

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Kingdom: Ashin of the North (2021)

This special movie-length episode of Netflix’s popular K-drama Kingdom serves as a prequel to the series, telling the story of Ashin, a former spy for the Joseon kingdom who’s introduced at the end of season two. Tbh, even if you’ve never seen Kingdom, it’s still a fun watch.

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Steel Rain (2018)

In this action thriller, a North Korean special forces agent decides to defect to the south with an injured leader during a coup in order to keep the leader alive…oh, and also to prevent a nuclear war.

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Lucid Dream (2017)

Love sci-fi thrillers? Then you’ll love this flick, which revolves around a young investigative journalist and single father who—after unsuccessfully searching for his abducted son for three years—attempts to track down his missing child through lucid dreams (hence the title).

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The Fortress (2017)

Set in the 17th century during the Qing invasion of Joseon, this historical drama follows the real-life story of King Injo and his retainers as they hold down Namhansanseong fortress and debate whether to fight or keep peace with the Qing dynasty.

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The Battleship Island (2017)

Another thrilling historical drama, The Battleship Island takes place during Imperial Japan’s occupation of Korea during World War II, telling the story of a forced labor camp on Hashima Island and the daring escape attempt made by a group of prisoners.

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The Unjust (2010)

In this action crime flick, a police captain is put in an impossible situation after the lead suspect in a high-profile serial murder case is killed. His mission: Set up a fall guy to take the blame instead.

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The Drug King (2018)

Parasite‘s Song Kang-ho stars in this crime drama as real-life drug smuggler Lee Hwang-soon, who built up his drug empire in Busan during the 1970s and accumulated HUGE amounts of wealth in the process.

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Forgotten (2017)

In this psychological thriller, a young man named Jin-seok witnesses his older brother getting abducted soon after moving into their new home…and though the brother returns to their family 19 days later, it becomes clear to Jin-seok that his brother is no longer the same person.

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