8 Suspense-Packed Korean Films To Add To Your Watch List

Turn on the ac, grab a comfy blanket, some freshly popped popcorn, and a bubbly drink—let the binge watching begin

It’s been quite some time since we rounded up some intriguing new films for you. Fret not, we’re back with suggestions. Koktail has curated a list of Korean films, including horror, drama, action, and thrillers (mostly thrillers) for you to add to your watch list. 



Midnight FM, 2010

Directed by Kim Sang-man, this thriller film is about a popular radio host who quits her job to take care of her sick daughter. But something odd happens on the last day of her job when a murderer takes her family hostage. Soo Ae, who stars as the lead in the movie, won as Best Actress at the 31st Blue Dragon Film Awards for her incredible performance.



Memoir of a Murderer, 2017

Based on a bestselling fiction book written by Kim Young-ha and directed by Won Shin-yun, the action thriller film revolves around a formal serial killer who struggles with Alzheimer’s who fights to protect his daughter from her psychotic boyfriend.



The Swindlers, 2017

Directed by Jang Chang-won, the crime action film dives into a con artist who had been reported dead after committing a grand fraud case but is rumoured to be alive. Unlikely allies from different sides of the law must join forces to trap the world’s most legendary con man.



A Taxi Driver, 2017

Based on true events, the historical action drama film centres on a taxi driver who encounters the events of the Gwangju Uprising in 1980. Directed by Jang Hoon and written by Eom Yu-na, the taxi driver drives a German reporter from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the 1980 uprising. Sooner than later, he finds himself regretting his decision after being caught in the violence around him.



Metamorphosis, 2019

A supernatural horror film written and directed by Kim Hong-seon, the film centres upon an evil spirit that changes faces and terrorises a family placing one brother in danger while the others try to save him. Metamorphosis has also received two nominations from Blue Dragon Film Awards in South Korea.



Recalled, 2021

Having ranked 15th among all the Korean films released in 2021 in South Korea, the mystery-thriller directed by Seo Yoo-min is about a woman who encounters disturbing visions about post-traumatic memory loss due to an accident and is desperate to uncover the truth about her past.



Jung_E, 2023

Jung_E portrays a desolated Earth in the 22nd century that is no longer habitable due to climate change, and humans are forced to live in man-made shelters built in space. Written and directed by Yeon Sang-ho, the outcome of a civil war on cloning the brain of an elite soldier to create a robot mercenary.



Unlocked, 2023

If you’re all about suspense and thrillers, then watch Unlocked. Directed by Kim Tae-joon, the film centres upon a woman’s life that is turned upside-down when she loses her smartphone, stolen by a dangerous man who uses it to track her every move.