10 best Korean movies released in 2023 to watch now

10 best Korean movies released in 2023 to watch now

Korean film, both commercial and artistic, is still influencing the entertainment industry because of its uniqueness, well-rounded characters, and compelling narratives. Although 2022 provided the best cinematic experience thanks to films like Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Broker, 2023 has so far seen equally promising Korean releases. 10 best Korean movies released in 2023 to watch now.

Korean movies released in 2023 to add to your watch list

10. Jung_E

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Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho

Cast: Kang Soo-youn, Kim Hyun-joo, Ryu Kyung-soo

Release date: 20 January

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Synopsis: In the 22nd century, the world is deemed uninhabitable for humankind because of climate change. People have taken to living in manufactured shelters for survival. Amidst such chaos, when a civil war threatens to make their lives worse, a leader of the allied forces, Jung Yi (Kim) is cloned into a powerful AI robot. Will she be victorious and save her people from the impending doom?

9. Unlocked

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Directed by: Kim Tae Joon

Cast: Yim Si-wan, Chun Woo Hee, Kim Hee Won, Kim Ye Won, Park Ho San, Jeon Jin Oh

Release date: 17 February

Synopsis: Na Mi (Hee) leads an ordinary life as an employee of a startup. When a criminal fakes his identity as a mobile operator to get hold of her smartphone, he starts threatening her using information stored in the device. When detective Ji-man (Kim) starts investigating the case, he finds major clues that point to his son, JoonYoung, being the culprit.

About the movie: Unlocked is based on the best-selling Japanese novel of the same name by acclaimed writer Akira Teshigawara.

8. The Devil’s Deal: best Korean movies released In 2023

The Devil's Deal: best Korean movies released In 2023
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Directed by: Lee Won-tae

Cast: Cho Jin-woong, Lee Sung-min, Gim Mu-yeol, Won Hyun-jun

Release date: 1 March

Synopsis: Ambitious and driven, Jeon Hae-woong (Cho) has struggled to be at the top of Busan’s political world and is now a prime candidate for the National Assembly. But the road to his dream seems difficult with the arrival of a powerful and cunning opponent, Kwon Soon-tae (Lee).

About the movie: According to the Korean Film Council’s Korea Box-Office Information System (KOBIS), the crime drama made a gross total of USD 5,717,096 at the box office as of 10 July 2023.

7. Soulmate

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Directed by: Min Young-keun

Cast: Kim Da-mi, Jeon So-nee, Jang Hye-jin

Release date: 15 March

Synopsis: Mi-so (Kim) and Ha-eun (Jeon) first meet each other as 13-year-olds and instantly form a bond. In the course of the next 14 years, the duo goes through various stages, including friendship, teenage crush and romance. As adults, will they risk it all to explore the feelings they have for each other?

About the movie: Also known as Hello, My Soulmate, this coming-of-age Korean story earned a gross total of USD 1,735,382 as of 10 July 2023, reports the KOBIS.

6. Kill Boksoon

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Directed by: Byun Sung-hyun

Cast: Jeon Do-yeon, Sol Kyung-gu, Esom, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim Si-ah, Esom

Release date: 31 March

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Synopsis: Living a dual life of being a single mother and a skilled contract killer, Boksoon (Jeon) was trained by the dangerous Cha Min-kyu (Sol) and is currently an employee at M.K. Enterprises. But when her work meddles with her family, she has to let go of her work ethics and either kill or be killed.

5. Rebound, 10 best Korean movies released

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Directed by: Jang Hang-jun

Cast: Ahn Jae-hong, Jeong Jinwoon, Jung Geon-joo, Lee Sin-young

Release date: 5 April

Synopsis: Basketball coach Kang Yang-hyeon (Ahn) is assigned to train a team of misfits. Soon, the hardcore training becomes unbearable for the six players, and they almost decide to disband. However, their love for basketball makes it hard for them to quit the game, and they end up making everyone proud by playing for eight days in the KBA National Tournament.

About the movie: Written by Kim Eun-hee with Kwon Seong-hui, this sports movie’s screenplay is based on the true story of Korean basketball coach Kang Yang-hyeon and Busan Jungang High School’s 2012 run to the national championship final with just six players in the team.

4. Dream

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Directed by: Lee Byeong-heon

Cast: IU, Park Seo-joon, Lee Hyun-woo, Kim Jong-soo, Go Chang-suk, Jung Seung-gil,

Release date: 26 April

Synopsis: A team of amateur footballers with unique traits struggle to get along with each other. But their zeal to set a seemingly impossible record in the Homeless World Cup slowly brings them together. As the players, with the help of their coach Yoon Hong Dae (Park), give their best in the field, filmmaker Lee So-min (IU) captures their hard work and turns their journey into a documentary film.

About the movie: According to the KOBIS (via Soompi), the sports drama saw around 93,420 moviegoers.

3. Project Silence

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Directed by: Kim Tae-gon

Cast: Lee Sun-kyun, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Hee-won

Release date: 21 May

Synopsis: A group of people are isolated and trapped on an airport bridge in the midst of thick fog. With blood-thirsty and dog-like beasts lurking near them, will the group be able to escape the bridge that can collapse any moment now?

About the movie: The disaster movie had its premiere in the Midnight Screening section of the 76th Cannes Film Festival on 22 May 2023.

2. The Roundup: No Way Out

The Roundup: No Way Out
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Directed by: Lee Sang-yong

Cast: Ma Dong-seok, Lee Joon-hyuk, Aoki Munetaka, Park Ji-hwan, Lee Bum-soo

Release date: 31 May

Synopsis: Detective Ma Seok-do (Ma) switches to the Metropolitan Investigation Team after serving seven years at Geumcheon Police Station. He is soon assigned to arrest some of the most wanted Japanese gangsters in Korea. While on his mission, murder cases and drug syndicates come in his way and hinder progress. Will Seok-do succeed in capturing the gangsters?

About the movie: According to a June 2023 report by Deadline, the movie amassed USD 62 million at the Korean box office, with around 8 million tickets sold since its release.

1. Past lives, best Korean movies released

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Directed by: Celine Song

Cast: Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro, and Moon Seung-ah

Release date: 23 June

Synopsis: When Nora’s (Greta Lee) family moves to Canada from South Korea, she drifts apart from her childhood best friend Hae Sung (Teo Yoo). Two decades later, fate plays cupid, and the duo are able to reunite for a week in New York, US. Will this chance encounter bring up all their long-buried feelings for each other?

About the movie: According to Rolling Stone, the romantic drama is already the best movie of 2023. The movie also has ratings of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.4 on IMDb.

These are the 10 best Korean movies released in 2023 to watch now.

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