After the success of Train to Busan, which had us gripping the edge of our seats from start the end, we became super big fans of Korean action flicks.
So we’re really excited with the wave of Korean action movies (thriller, horrors, comedy) coming our way. If you’re a korean movie buff like us, don’t miss these 6 South Korean movies coming to Singapore in 2017.
After losing consciousness, trained assasin Sook-hee wakes up to find herself at the national National Intelligence Service (NIS), a secret governemnt training ground. The NIS wants her to undertake confidential missions, which Sook-hee initially refuses. However, Sook-hee finally relents and when she is offered freedom and a new life in exchange for 10 years of service. Under her new identity, she meets Hyun-soo, and they dream of starting a family. However, on the day of their wedding, she is assigned a new mission that changes everything.
Starring: Kim Ok-Vin, Shin Ha-Kyun, Bang Sung-Joon, Kim Seo-Hyun
Directed by: Jung Byung-Gil
Opening: 13 July
The Battleship Island
During the Japanese colonial era, three men stage a daring escape from a forced labor camp on the perilous ‘Battleship Island’ while leading 400 fellow Korean prisoners. This film of war and prison features a tight plotline that will engage audience from start to end.
Starring: Hwang Jung-Min, So Ji-Sub, Song Joong-Ki, Lee Jung-Hyun, Kim Suan
Directed by: Ryoo Seung-Wan
Opening: 17 August
Hee-yeon moves to her hometown near Mt. Jang. One day, near a cave, Hee-yeon meets a girl in tatters who reminds her of her daughter Jun-hee. Feeling sympathy for her, Hee-yeon offers to let the girl stay with her until she finds her parents. Gradually, the girl mimics Hee-yeon’s daughter and eventually starts calling Hee-yeon mom. As the girl enters the house, strange things begin to happen to a family. Watch the horror unfold as Hee-yeon’s mother-in-law disappears to the cave with the legend of a mysterious creature.
Starring: Yum Jung-Ah, Park Hyuk-Kwon, Shin Rin-Ah, Heo Jin, Lee Joon-Hyuk
Directed by: Huh Jung
Opening: 31 August
Patrol officer, Tae-jin, gets involved in a freak accident while investigating a case where his soul gets separated from the body. He is desperate to solve the case and return to his girlfriend, but there isn’t much he can do as a wandering spirit. Miraculously, Tae-jin discovers someone who can see him, but it’s none other than his archenemy, Jang-su who runs a Judo dojo. A comedy ensues as Tae-jin and Jang-su get entangled in the case.
Starring: Ma Dong-Seok, Kim Young-Kwang, Lee Yoo-Young
Directed by: Jo Won-hee
Opening: 21 September
Set in 1636, the movie depicts the conflict between Choi Myung-kil, a representative figure of the Juhwapa faction and Kim Sang-hun. Choi Myung-kil insists on keeping friendly relation with the Qing Dynasty in order to protect the people in Joseon. Together with a representative figure of the pro-Ming Dynasty faction, Cheokhwapa, they fled to the South Castle (Namhansanseong) during the Second Manchu invasion of Korea. Isolated from the outside world, Choi Myung-Kil insists that they enter into negotiations with the Qing dynasty, while Kim Sang-hun proposes that they keep fighting.
Starring: Lee Byung-Hun, Kim Yun-Seok, Park Hae-Il, Ko Soo, Park Hee-Soon
Directed by: Hwang Dong-Hyuk
A warm-hearted and hard-working delivery man, Geon-woo, gets his 15 minutes of fame when he is name a model citizen. His old schoolmate, Mu-yeol gets in touch with him and during their reunion, a presidential candidate gets assassinated in front of them. Amidst the chaos, Mu-yeol tells an unbelievable story that it was all a set-up, and that Geon-woo is supposed to take the fall as the assassin, before blowing himself up. Mu-yeol hands Geon-woo a namecard, tells him to trust no one before killing himself. In utter shock and confusion, Geon-woo scrambles from the scene but becomes a wanted fugitive as the killer of presidential candidate. A series of fabricated evidence points to Geon-woo as the terrorist. Geon-woo seeks the man on the name card, a former operative and gets his help to escape. But as the invisible forces close in on him, his friends and family are all into danger.
Genre: Thriller, Action
Starring: Gang Dong-Won, Han Hyo-Joo, Yoon Kye-Sang, Kim Dae-Myung, Kim Sung-Kyun, Kim Eui-Sung
Directed by: Noh Dong-Seok