Certain titles on Netflix are easier to find than most. Films like Parasite, Love and Leashes, and Space Sweepers have most likely made their rounds on your home page, but unless you actively look for them, some hidden gems often require a lot more digging. If you’re not up for the task though, we’re here to help. Below, we’ve rounded up 10 Korean movies you might have not seen yet but definitely deserve a spot on your watch list.
10 Underrated Korean Movies on Netflix:
1. Cheer Up Mr. Lee
Chul-soo is physically perfect but suffers from intellectual disabilities. His life changes forever when he meets the daughter he never knew he had and they develop a friendship while on a trip to Daegu.
Starring: Cha Seung Won, Um Chae Young, Paek Hae Joon
2. On Your Wedding Day
Woo-yeon’s life is thrown for a loop when he falls for the transfer student, Seung-hee, at first sight. Though she’s not interested in him, the growing swarm of suitors at school trying to win her over leads her to take Woo-yeon as her fake boyfriend. Their pretend relationship eventually blossoms into something real, but when Seung-hee abruptly leaves town one day, Woo-yeon is left with nothing but a broken heart. Will the pair get a second chance at love when they meet again in college?
Starring: Park Bo Young, Kim Young Kwang, Kang Ki Young
3. Crazy Romance
After ending things with her unfaithful ex, Sun-young develops feelings for Jae-hoon, a colleague at work unable to move on from his past relationship. As the pair grow closer, they must navigate their feelings through a minefield of office gossip and social media.
Starring: Kim Rae Won, Gong Hyo Jin, Kang Ki Young
4. Finding Mr. Destiny
Han Ji-goon sets up a business that promises to find anyone’s first love. His first client, Seo Ji-woo, is determined to reunite with the unforgettable man she met in India. At first, Ji-goon takes her all over Korea in search of her estranged lover, but complications eventually arise when he starts to fall for Ji-woo himself.
Starring: Gong Yoo, Im Soo Jung, Jo Han Chul
5. The Thieves
After almost being caught in Korea, a group of criminals fly to Macau instead to plan out a lucrative heist. While there, they team up with local thieves to steal a diamond worth $20 million.
Starring: Jun Ji Hyun, Kim Hye Soo, Lee Jung Jae, Kim Yoon Seok
6. Voice of Silence
Two men working as a crime organization’s clean-up crew get assigned to a peculiar case when their boss asks them to look after Cho-hee, a kidnapped 11-year-old girl. Unsure of what to do with her, their situation only gets more confusing when their boss is killed and they’re left to take care of Cho-hee.
Starring: Yoo Ah In, Yoo Jae Myung, Moon Seung Ah
After a disgraced North Korean spy dies, his two kids are sent to a labor camp as punishment for his crime. Determined to free his sister from the camp, a 19-year-old agrees to become an assassin in South Korea to finish what his father failed to do.
Starring: Choi Seung Hyun, Han Ye Ri, Kim Yoo Jung
Hyung Wook, a feared assassin, accidentally swaps identities with another man after the former slips at a public sauna. He wakes up with no memories, except for the fact that he’s supposedly an unknown actor. As he tries to step into a new, unfamiliar life, his deft action moves soon turn him into the newest TV star.
Starring: Yoo Hae Jin, Lee Joon, Im Ji Yeon
9. Escape from Mogadishu
Caught in the crossfire of a raging civil war in Somalia, rival diplomats from North and South Korea are forced to work together to get out of the country alive.
Starring: Kim Yoo Seok, Jo In Sung, Heo Joon Ho
10. The 8th Night
A monk has eight days to vanquish a millennia-old spirit wreaking havoc in the human world. To accomplish his mission, he must team up with a group of strangers before more innocent people lose their lives.
Starring: Lee Sung Min, Park Hae Joon, Kim Yoo Jung, Nam Da Reum