With the success of Parasite, Squid Game and BTS, Netflix is heavily investing in Korean content. The streaming giant has plenty of films on offer, from romance pieces to political thrillers, and dark comedies.
To help you start––or continue––your venture into the Korean cinema, we’ve crafted a list of the best films to watch on Netflix. Prepare snacks and pillows, maybe tissues too.
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Snowpiercer marks maestro, Bong Joon-ho’s English debut. Despite the film being mainly in English, Bong himself said it’s a Korean film, that just happens to star Hollywood actors.
Adapted from the French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, the film is set in a dystopian future, following a climate engineering catastrophe that trigged a second Ice Age. Survivors of mankind flee to a circumnavigational train run by a billionaire. In this post-apocalyptic world, citizens are segregated in the train with the lower class at the tail and the elite at the head. Tired of the unfairness, a mission to overtake the engine system unfolds.
Bong incorporates elements of what makes his earlier works successful but Snowpiercer is also a feast on its own. It’s grim, gritty and exciting. The film is flared with stunning visuals with each section of the train being uniquely designed and perfectly balancing thrilling action sequences with bits of social critique on class. Strap in for a fun ride.