The Best Korean Movies on Netflix
With a rich tradition of creating romance infused fun-filled adventures, as well as iconic films such as Oldboy, there is nothing better for your language studies than immersing yourself in Korean language films. Access to Korean movies is better than ever; we’ve rounded up five Korean movies currently showing on Netflix, so you can enjoy them too.
200 Pounds Beauty, 미녀는 괴로워 (2006)
200 Pounds Beauty is a 2006 musical romantic comedy which showcases the fictitious story of an overweight singer who gets singlehandedly becomes successful through an intensive plastic surgery and weight loss regime. It’s the more interesting version of There’s Something About Mary, which at its core questions the still current issue of opportunities being available to those with looks, as well as how people treat good-looking people better after they’ve transformed, even though they are still technically the same person. Written and directed by the award-winning Kim Yong-hwa, this movie is an enjoyable look at the implications of an image-obsessed culture, features adorable characters, and is a great way to boost your listening comprehension.
A Werewolf Boy, 늑대소년 (2012)
A Werewolf Boy is a 2012 fantasy romance about a young girl falling in love with a feral ‘wolf’ boy, who is incapable of reading or speaking. Featuring gorgeous actress Park Bo-young, good-looking Song Joong-ki, and stunning Korean scenery, this film is both beautiful to watch and behold. It features an iconic line, which I won’t spoil for you, but know that you will emerge from watching this movie with a Korean phrase firmly cemented in your mind. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you add it to your watchlist for a bit of enjoyable language study this holiday season.
Import Korean Netflix Shows into LingQ
What if I told you there’s an easier way to follow along to awesome Korean movies and grow your vocabulary?
Thanks to LingQ’s import feature, you can import your favorite Netflix movies and create interactive lessons. LingQ will instantly import the dialogue allowing you to save new words and phrases, look up definitions instantly, review (using SRS), and grow your vocabulary (things you can’t do on Netflix alone).
To learn more, check out this video.
Keep all your favorite Korean content stored in one place, easily look up new words, save vocabulary, and review. Check out our guide to importing content into LingQ for more information.
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Hide and Seek, 숨바꼭질 (2013)
Hide and Seek is a 2013 low-budget mystery thriller which, in keeping with Korean tradition, is excruciatingly terrifying. While it is a scary watch, it does give you a great glimpse into the real streets of Seoul, with plenty of shots in and around a variety of apartment buildings and areas, which feels a lot more authentic than movies that exclusively shoot in upper-class, well-developed areas. Hide and Seek is the debut full-feature of director Huh Jung, who won the 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Award for ‘Best New Director’. The Mimic (2017) is Huh Jung’s most recent release, also on Netflix, and is a must-watch for those who enjoyed the gritty, authentic style of Hide and Seek.
Okja is a 2017 action-adventure about a relationship between a young girl and a genetically modified oversized super-pig, named Okja. Ahn Seo-hyn delivers an exceptional performance which is sure to leave a surprising mark deep within your heart. With a deeper environmental, animal rights theme that will have you questioning your life choices, Okja is a brilliant movie that will surely make studying Korean that much more enjoyable, but be sure not to cry on your language notes!
Train to Busan 부산행 (2016)
Train to Busan is a 2016 zombie action movie, featuring not only the most impressively flexible zombies you have seen in your life but also, the train to Busan, which might influence your next choice of holiday destination! While the concept may sound scary – zombies on a train – it is so much more than a typical scary movie. I am not a fan of horrors, or zombies, or anything else scary for that matter, but in this instance Korean director Yeon Sang-ho has turned the theme on its head in a compellingly heartfelt way. If this is too scary for you, consider watching the little less scary train-related Korean film Snowpiercer (2013), and then go back and give Train to Busan a try. Train to Busan is being remade into an English language movie, which is such a shame – nothing compares to watching the original film in its original language – don’t you think?!
We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to Korean films and movies on Netflix. What about you? Which Korean movies showing on Netflix would make your current top five and why?
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