South Korea is probably the most important Asian country when it comes to movies. From time to time, K-Movie aka Korean films are increasingly in demand from movie lovers from all over the world. Most of us know of Korean movies from their love for romance and comedy. But, there’s more to them than that. From romance, of course, to action, drama, and downright mindfucks, Korean movies have a style of storytelling that’s unique to their own.
Here is the 10 best South Korean Movies of 2017. Enjoy the list.
• A Taxi Driver (2017)
Director: Jang Hoon
Based on the true story of German reporter Jürgen Hinzpeter and Korean taxi driver Kim Sa-Bok. Jürgen Hinzpeter covered the Gwangju Uprising, which took place from May 18-27, 1980 in Gwangju, South Korea. In May, 1980, German reporter Peter (Thomas Kretschmann) works on assignment in Tokyo, but the news is slow there. He hears from a colleague that something ominous is occurring in Gwangju, South Koea. The phone lines have been completely cut off to the city. Peter decides to go there. In Seoul, South Korea, Kim Man-Seob (Song Kang-Ho) struggles to make ends meet as a taxi driver, while also taking care of his daughter. He needs money to pay for his rent. At a restaurant, Kim Man-Seob overhears that a foreigner is offering to pay a lot of money to be driven to Gwangju. The drive would cover Kim Man-Seob’s rent. He dashes out of the restaurant to pick up the foreigner. Soon, Peter and Kim Man-Seob head for Gwangju from Seoul. They don’t know what is going on there or the countless lives that will soon be lost.
• The Outlaws (2017)
Director: Kang Yoon-Sung
Jang Chen (Yoon Kye-Sang) came from China and now works as a loan shark in a seedy Chinatown area of Seoul. He’s backed up by his bloodthirsty henchmen Wei Sung-Rak (Jin Seon-Kyu) and Yang-Tae (Kim Sung-Kyu). Jang Chen is beyond brutal in his methods to collect money. Meanwhile, Ma Suk-Do (Ma Dong-Seok) is a detective in the Chinatown area of Seoul. He tries to keep the peace, while two Chinese-Korean gangs battle over turf in the neighborhood. Jang Chen makes his move to take over.
• The Villainess (2017)
Director: Jeong Byeong-Gil
Sook-Hee (Kim Ok-Vin) is a killer. She was raised and trained in Yanbian, China. She hides her real identity as a killer and comes to South Korea. She dreams of having a different type of life, but she becomes involved with two men. Joong-Sang (Shin Ha-Kyun) is a mysterious man who trains killers and Hyun-Soo (Sung Joon) watches Sook-Hee.
• Midnight Runners (2017)
Directors: Kim Juhwan, Kim Joo-hwan
Ki-Joon (Park Seo-Joon) and Hee-Yeol (Kang Ha-Neul) are new students at the Korean National Police University. They are not the best students, but they are sincere when it matters. They decide to go out one evening. Towards the end of their night, they witness a young woman being kidnapped. Ki-Joon and Hee-Yeol try to get the police involved, but they meet apathy and bureaucracy. The two police cadets decide to save the young woman’s life before it’s too late.
• Anarchist from Colony (2017)
Director: Lee Joon-ik
Park Yeol (Lee Je-Hoon) advocates the independence of Korea from Japan. He also organizes the anarchist group “Heukdohwe” and plans to kill Crown Prince Hirohito.Life of a upcoming Korean patriot Park Yeol, who formed the anarchist organization “Black Wave” during the Japanese colonial period and attempted the assassination of the Japanese Crown Prince Hirohito.
• A Special Lady (2017)
Director: Lee An-Gyu
Hyun-Jung (Kim Hye-Soo) is the no.2 person in her crime organization. She dreams about her second life and prepares for retirement. Sang-Hoon (Lee Sun-Kyun) is the troubleshooter for the crime organization and will do anything for Hyun-Jung. He doesn’t understand why Hyun-Jung wants to retire. Meanwhile, Prosecutor Choi (Lee Hee-Joon) is cornered by Hyun-Jung. Prosecutor Choi plans for revenge against Hyun-Jung by using Sang-Hoon.
• The Battleship Island (2017)
Director: Ryoo Seung-wan
During the Japanese colonial era, roughly 400 Korean people, who were forced onto Battleship Island to mine for coal, attempt to escape. Lee Kang-Ok (Hwang Jung-Min) is a bandmaster at Kyungsung Hotel. He decides to go to Japan to protect his daughter, but he is drafted into Battleship Island by force, being deceived by talk to send him to Japan. On Battleship Island, he does anything to protect his daughter. Choi Chil-Sung (So Ji-Sub) is the top fighter in Kyungsung (old name of “Seoul”). He makes troubles on Battleship Island, but he has a warm heart. Park Moo-Young (Song Joong-Ki) belongs to the Korean Independence group. He sneaks onto Battleship Island to rescue a member of the independence group.
• The King (2017)
Director: Han Jae-Rim
Park Tae Soo was born to a difficult family, one day he wanted to be a prosecutor. He was able to achieve his dream accepted in one of the best university in South Korea and became a prosecutor. Park Tae Soo is one of the best prosecutor although he is the youngest among them. Then everything changed when he meet Han Kang Sik, prosecutor who has the power of the king, but then Tae Soo see what’s behind the curtain, the movie reflected the power of the prosecutors on the 90s.
• On the Beach at Night Alone (2017)
Director: Hong Sang-soo
A foreign city. The actress Younghee, stressed by a relationship with a married man in Korea, has given up everything, as the least courtesy she can show her sincere heart. He has said he’ll join her, but she mistrusts him. She eats at an acquaintance’s home and goes to a sea. She asks her friend, whom she thinks does not understand: “Is he missing me now, like I miss him??” Gangneung, Korea. A few old friends. Things are awkward, they drink, and she decides to startle them. She acts aloof, then cruel, but they like it. Left alone, Younghee goes to the beach, where things inside her heart manifest themselves, then fade like mist. How important is love in one’s life? Younghee wants to know.
• The Merciless (2017)
Director: Byun Sung-hyun
Jae-Ho (Sol Kyung-Gu) is a prisoner. He wields the most power among the inmates and makes rules for the inmates. Jae-Ho is also the guy in a criminal gang outside of prison. He is ambitious enough to go after thespot upon his release.One day, Jae-Ho meets new prisoner Hyun-Soo (Siwan). Hyun-Soo doesn’t follow the rules of the prison and he doesn’t submit to anyone.