15 Best Korean Movies of 2020

Korea is the only Asian country whose cinema has transcended national borders and competes with Hollywood. The breakthrough happened due to the creative courage and own style of Korean directors – they surprise with multi-genre experiments, fresh ideas and ingenuity. In this compilation, we will introduce you to the best Korean movies of 2020 that are worth watching.

#live (2020)

The action of the Korean horror film takes place in a huge residential complex in Seoul. A dangerous unknown infection is spreading throughout the city, penetrating into houses and turning people into zombies. The protagonists of the film are gamer Oh Jung-woo and his neighbor Kim, isolated on their own, trying to survive in the chaos of an epidemic that is gaining momentum. The psychological thriller was the first Korean movie to hit Netflix worldwide.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
#saraitta

Genre:
Horror, Action

Actors:
Yoo Ah-in, Park Shin-hye, Jung Bae-su…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
18+


Uninvited guest (2020)

This film grossed over $2 million in South Korea in 2020 in its opening weekend. Thriller – a mystical detective story about the architect Seo-jin, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder because of his missing sister in childhood. Suddenly, after a quarter of a century, the protagonist’s sister is found. Parents are happy to accept a girl who is ready to surround her family with care and attention. However, Seo-jin is unsure if she is who she claims to be.

Original title:
Chimipja

Genre:
Thriller, Detective

Actors:
Kim Moo-yeol, Song Ji-hyo, Ye Soo-jeong …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
18+


Space Cleaners (2020)

Before us is an expensive Korean cyberpunk with excellent visual effects. At the end of the 21st century, due to global pollution, the Earth becomes uninhabitable. UTS is planning a massive migration of privileged citizens to Mars – but not everyone will get that chance. The crew of the Pobeda spacecraft are among the underdogs and make a living by collecting space debris. One day they discover an android child, and the find gives hope for saving the planet.

Original title:
Seungriho

Genre:
Fiction, comedy, adventure, action

Actors:
Song Jun-gi, Kim Tae-ri, Chin Sung-gyu …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
18+


Train to Busan 2: Peninsula (2020)

The top Korean films released in 2020 in Russian cannot be imagined without the continuation of the sensational thriller Train to Busan. The sequel to the popular zombie horror movie begins in Hong Kong, where ex-military Han Jong-seok, guilt-ridden for his past actions, takes on a dangerous mission. He and other Korean refugees have to go to an isolated peninsula to collect money from an abandoned truck. On the way back, the heroes will meet other characters, marauders and, of course, hungry zombies.

Original title:
Bando

Genre:
Horror, action

Actors:
Kang Dong-won, Lee Jong-hyun, Lee Re…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.5

Age limit:
18+


Deliver us from the evil one (2020)

The protagonist of the Korean action film is a hired killer , secret intelligence officer In-nam. After the elimination of the boss of the yakuza clan, he decides to retire, but learns that his ex-lover’s daughter was kidnapped in Bangkok, and the woman herself was killed. The operative goes there to look for the girl. And after him the killer is already rushing, eager to avenge the murder of his mafia brother .

Original title:
Daman akeseo guhasoseo

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:
Hwang Jong-min, Lee Jong-jae, Park Chung-min…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
18+


Call from the Past (2020)

One day in 2019, Seo-young picks up the home phone, and it turns out that the girl on the other end of the line is calling her from 1999 from the same house where Seo-young is now. The heroines communicate, realizing that they can radically change each other’s lives. The action of the South Korean film of 2020 develops rapidly further – a tense high-rated fantasy thriller will not disappoint the viewer.

Original title:
Kol

Genre:
Thriller, sci-fi, crime

Actors:
Park Shin-hye, Jung Jong-so, Kim Sung-nyeon …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+


Big Jackpot (2020)

Jun-man barely makes ends meet working in the bathhouse and caring for his sick mother. In one of the dressing room lockers, he finds a bag full of money. Mi-ran, a prostitute, plans with her lover to kill the tyrant’s husband. Customs officer Tae-young cannot pay off his debts and forget the betrayal of his girlfriend. A series of fatal accidents weaves the fates of young people together – big money is at stake that can save or destroy.

Original title:
Jipuragirado japgo sipeun jimseungdeul

Genre:
Thriller, crime, drama

Actors:
Jung Do-young, Jung Woo-son, Bae Sung-woo …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+


Hitman (2020)

One of the biggest hits of Korean cinema in 2020 is the action comedy film. Special services agent Chun decides to retire by faking his own death. Now Chun has nothing to do with the special services, he is a simple comic book artist . His work is not successful, and our hero floods his failures with alcohol. After another drinking bout, the artist draws a story based on the personal experience of a scout , and his wife leaks a webtoon to the network. This is where the adventure begins .

Original title:
Hiteumaen

Genre:
Comedy, Action

Actors:
Kwon Sang-woo, Jung Joon-ho, Hwang Seul-hye …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
16+


The woman who ran away (2020)

The chamber Korean film became the winner at the Berlin Film Festival in the nomination “Best Director’s Work”. The girl comes to town to see her friends. She meets with them in turn and discusses everyday issues: hobbies, food, friends, men. However, one has only to look closely, as it immediately becomes clear that there is something more and mysterious behind the empty chatter.

Original title:
Domangchin yeoja

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Kim Min-hee, So Yong-hwa, Son Son-mi …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
16+


Hunt Time (2020)

Among the best fantasy Korean films of 2020 with Russian voice acting is an action movie about the country’s near future. South Korea plunged into a financial crisis, people are surviving as best they can. Chun-seok has recently been released from prison and is looking for money to get away to Taiwan. Together with his friends, he plans a casino heist . But after a daring operation, a stranger appears who hunts them and follows on their heels.

Original title:
Sanyangui sigan

Genre:
Action, crime, fantasy

Actors:
Lee Jae-hoon, Ahn Jae-heon, Choi U-shik …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Wardrobe (2020)

Korean director Kim Gwang-bin’s debut feature film tells the macabre story of a family. After the death of his wife, architect Sang-won comes with his daughter Yi-na to a new mansion to start life anew. Instead of communicating with the child, the widower is completely immersed in work, forgetting to pay attention to his daughter. One day I-na disappears. Police searches are fruitless. Only a specialist in the other world knows where to look for the girl – he is sure that the mystical closet took her.

Original title:
Keullojet

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Ha Jung-woo, Kim Nam-gil, Ho Yul …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age limit:
18+


Save the panda (2020)

The list of the best cinema in South Korea in 2020 will be complemented by a dynamic action comedy . Minmin is a panda sent by the Chinese to South Korea for the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Special services officer Chu is a man who does not like animals very much , but volunteered to guard a living gift. Immediately after arriving at the zoo, Mingming is kidnapped, and Chu gains the ability to understand animal language. A light fantasy comedy about the adventures of a special agent and a service shepherd, Ali, who are looking for a stolen bear.

Original title:
Miseuteo Ju: sarajin VIP

Genre:
Comedy, Action, Detective, Fantasy

Actors:
Lee Sun-min, Ingu, Shin Ha-gyun …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.7

Age Limits :
12+


Swordsman (2020)

After a palace coup, the ruler of the Joseon kingdom goes on the run. Almost all of his warriors went over to the side of the enemy, and the only true defender of the king was his swordsman. In a few years, the cruel leader of the Qing Empire will begin to look for a worthy opponent in a sword fight, and there will be such an opponent. The Korean action movie is notable for its excellent staging of fights – in order to better get used to the role, actor Chang-Hyuk trained blindfolded.

Original Title :
Geomgaek

Genre:
History, Action

Actors:
Chan Hyuk, Kim Hyun-soo, Joe Taslim…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
16+


Secret Zoo (2020)

One of the best Korean films of 2020 was a comedy with a social message. The difficult financial situation forces the zoo management to sell all the animals. To get out, stay afloat and keep their jobs, employees decide on an adventure – dress up in realistic animal costumes, imitating the inhabitants of the zoo. Unexpectedly, the public perceives such a strange idea with a bang.

Original title:
Haechijianha

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Ahn Jae-heon, Kang So-ra, Park Yong-gyu …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
12+


The one who is near (2020)

The Korean biopic does not claim to be historically accurate, but very accurately conveys the atmosphere of the time and the main details. On October 26, 1979, the President of South Korea was shot dead. The most unexpected thing about what happened is that the killer is known and is a loyal ally, the head of the National Intelligence Agency. A political detective story about an assassination attempt is an interesting new movie for fans of emotional crime dramas.

Original title:
Namsanui bujangdeul

Genre:
Biography, history, drama, thriller

Actors:
Lee Byung-hun, Lee Seong-min, Kwak Do-won…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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