Korean Netflix movies in 2023

From My Name to Squid Game, it’s a cake walk to name some of the hottest Netflix Korean dramas of all time. But what if we told you that the real deal lies in Korean movies? Netflix is on a roll with these 6 new Korean movies you shouldn’t miss in 2023, and here’s a good starting point for those who are new to the K-film world. 

1. Jung_E 

Korean Netflix movies 2023 - Jung_E
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Main Cast:

  • Kim Hyun Joo as Yun Jung Yi / Jung_E
  • Kang Soo Yeon as Yun Seo Hyun
  • Ryu Kyung Soo as Kim Sang Hoon

Set in a dystopian society in the 22nd century, Jung_E depicts a world where war has taken over peace and order as a result of climate change. Living conditions have deteriorated to the extent that people now take sanctuary in temporary shelters in order to survive. 

Determined to change things for the better, Yun Jung Yi volunteers to take part in a risky cloning experiment that could either make or break the worsening standard of living. She joins the experiment with the professional assistance of Yun Seo Hyun and Kim Sang Hoon.

Jung_E, the clone of Jung Yi, is created. Now, we’re left to wonder if turning to AI was indeed a wise decision. 

Watch the trailer here:

정이 | 공식 예고편 | 넷플릭스
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정이 | 공식 예고편 | 넷플릭스

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Korean title: 정이
Genre: Sci-fi, dystopian, action

2. Unlocked

Korean Netflix movies 2023 - Unlocked
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Main Cast:

  • Im Si Wan as Jun Young 
  • Chun Won Hee as Na Mi
  • Kim Hee Won as Ji Man 

Imagine having your privacy violated and your agency taken away from you with just a few swipes and taps on a smartphone.

Na Mi is an exemplary office lady who works in the marketing department. But her ordinary days were snatched away after she lost her smartphone, which was subsequently found by a strange man named Jun Young.

Although Jun Young returns the phone to Na Mi, he keeps tabs on her every move and even controls her decisions. To make matters more complicated, he commits crimes via her smartphone.

Living each day in fear, Na Mi is helpless until she meets Ji Man, a detective who finds something amiss about a murder case that involves Jun Young.

Catch the trailer here:

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스마트폰을 떨어뜨렸을 뿐인데 | 공식 예고편 | 넷플릭스

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Korean title: 스마트폰을 떨어뜨렸을 뿐인데
Genre: Mystery, thriller 

3. Ballerina

Korean Netflix movies 2023 - Ballerina
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Main Cast:

  • Jeon Jong Seo as Ok Joo
  • Kim Ji Hoon as Choi Pro

Ballerina is a suspenseful thriller premised on the idea of revenge following the death of the protagonist’s best friend.

Ok Joo used to work as a bodyguard, which means she has honed her skills in physical strength and gunnery for an extended period of time. After she loses her best friend, she’s propelled to do everything she can in her power to avenge her best friend’s death.

Korean title: 발레리나
Genre: Revenge, action, thriller 

4. Kill Bok Soon

Korean Netflix movies 2023 - Kill Bok Soon
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Main Cast:

  • Jeon Do Yeon as Gil Bok Soon
  • Sol Kyung Gu as Cha Min Kyu

The action-packed thriller takes you on a gruesome and gruelling ride with violent and brutal scenes – beware that Kill Bok Soon is only for brave souls.

A single mother by the day and a contract killer by night, Gil Bok Soon makes a living by murdering people. She maintains a professional relationship with Cha Min Kyu, her boss, but remains wary of him.

Bok Soon sets her mind on renewing her contract, until she’s faced with a life-and-death situation.

Check out the trailer here:

길복순 | 날짜공개: 1차 예고편 | 넷플릭스
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길복순 | 날짜공개: 1차 예고편 | 넷플릭스

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Korean title: 길복순
Genre: Thriller, action, suspense 

5. The Match

Korean Netflix movies 2023 - The Match
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Main Cast:

  • Lee Byung Hun as Cho Hun Hyun
  • Yoo Ah In as Lee Chang Ho

Based on a true story, The Match focuses on the relationship between 2 Go players, Cho Hun Hyun and Lee Chang Ho.

The film brings us back to the 1980s, which marks the 1st time Hun Hyun encounters Chang Ho in a Go contest. With years of experience, Hun Hyun easily recognises Chang Ho’s gift in the strategy game despite his young age.

Hun Hyun decides to personally guide Chang Ho, and trains him to become a player of great renown. However, their relationship goes downhill when the protégé turns his back on the mentor, and they meet at a match as rivals. 

Korean title: 승부
Genre: Suspense, drama 

6. Believer 2 

Korean Netflix movies 2023 - Believer 2
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Main Cast:

  • Jo Jin Woong as Jo Won Ho
  • Cha Seung Won as Brian Lee
  • Han Hyo Joo as Keunkal
  • Oh Seung Hoo as Rak

The sequel to the 2018 crime film Believer is finally returning in 2023, and it’s guaranteed to be more enthralling than the 1st. 

Jo Won Ho is a competent and experienced detective who has been on the hunt for Brian Lee, who’s an infamous drug lord. He believes that Brian is accountable for the sudden disappearance of a man named Rak.

The only person privy to the true nature of Brian is Keunkal, and Won Ho has to get through her if he wants to put an end to the series of filthy crimes.

Watch the trailer for Believer 1 here:

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영화 ‘독전’ 글로벌 예고편

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Korean title: 독전2
Genre: Crime, thriller 

Korean Netflix movies in 2023 to keep you busy 

K-movies are a great alternative for those who can’t commit to a series or drama. Apart from these upcoming Korean movies on Netflix, you should also up your rizz by dipping your toes into romantic Korean movies, as well as thriller Korean movies.

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