It’s proven that International films are some, if not, the best when it comes to uncultivated, nail-biting, eccentric and brilliant thrillers. South Korean films are the paragon in international thrillers with favourites like Oldboy, The Lakehouse, Mirrors and The Uninvited that were remade in Hollywood.
Thankfully, Netflix has a great selection (and hopefully growing!) of South Korean films and we’ve narrowed down 10 of the best thrillers currently available on Netflix Canada that you NEED to watch.
10 Thrilling Korean Films To Watch on Netflix
The latest (and also a Netflix original) to be added, critically-acclaimed Korean-American film, Okja, is a complex movie that straddles the line between buddy movies like Stranger Things and The Iron Giant, and disturbing scenes rivaling Requiem For a Dream. For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when family-owned, multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where an image-obsessed and self-promoting CEO has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission.
2) Train to Busan
A man (Gong Yoo), his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak in South Korea. One of the best (and most underrated) zombie films I have ever seen!
DYK: “Train to Busan” is the sixth-highest-grossing domestic film of all time in South Korea?
3) The Host
Careless American military personnel dump chemicals into South Korea’s Han River. Several years later, a creature emerges from the tainted waters and sinks its ravenous jaws into local residents. When the creature abducts their daughter (Ah-sung Ko), a vendor (Song Kang-ho) and his family decide that they are the only ones who can save her.
4) The Wailing
A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.
Jae-Hyeok (Kim Nam-Gil) struggles to save his family and country from a nuclear disaster.
The film revolves around a car salesman who gets trapped when a poorly constructed tunnel collapses, and deals with his survival inside the tunnel with the advice of the rescue team head.
7) Lucid Dream
After searching for his abducted son for three years, a devastated father attempts to track down his missing child through lucid dreams. As a parent, this film definitely hit me with an influx of emotions and left me in tears.
8) The Silenced
In the 1930s, a girl is sent to a boarding school where she notices that strange things are happening to her schoolmates. Some pretty good jump out of your seat moments in this one!
9) I Saw the Devil
When his pregnant fiancee becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge. A true edge-of-your-seat revenge action-thriller!
A serial killer Soo-chul (Jung Kyung-ho) has been terrorizing a neighborhood in Seoul, and in the span of 6 months, 10 people have disappeared without a trace. He uses a manhole to trap his victims. His latest abductee is Soo-jung (Kim Sae-ron), a 14-year-old girl, and her older sister Yeon-seo (Jung Yu-mi) is desperate to find her before time runs out.