South Korean television series and movies have been one of the biggest leaders when it comes to genres like rom-com, fantasy, and even thriller and suspense. However, the industry hit its jackpot when Bong Joon-ho’s breakout film, Parasite, won the Oscar in 2020. These thrillers make its viewers feel the chill and anxiousness to get to the next episode. And, before you know it, you have binge-watched the whole season in a matter of days. So, if you are new to Korean movies or looking for your next fix, here’re the Top 5 Korean Thrillers on Netflix You Cannot Miss.
Stranger follows prosecutor Hwang Shi Mok on his adventure to catch a serial killer. But he underwent brain surgery as a child to curb his violent temper, which left him devoid of emotions. Though being known for his piercing intelligence and logic, Hwang Shi Mok is ostracized because he lacks empathy and social skills. He partners with Lieutenant Han Yeo Jin to eradicate corruption at the prosecutors’ office and solve the serial murder case.
A great blend of twists and detective work, a winner of 3 Baeksang Awards, Stranger earns keeps you guessing right to the very end. The show has 2 seasons, and the 3rd season is likely to come out sometime in 2022.
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Misty is a famous crime thriller that follows the anchorwoman for the popular news show, News 9 Go Hye Ran. One day she accidentally meets her ex-lover and his wife and somehow gets tangled in a murder case. So, her husband, Kang Tae Wook, a public defender, decides to defend his wife and fix their failed marriage.
Stuntman Cha Dal-gun is devastated when his beloved nephew Cha Hoon dies in a plane crash while en route to a Taekwondo competition in Morocco. But his grief turns to rage when he discovers evidence that the tragedy may have been engineered. So, he teams up with a covert operative, Goes Hae-ri, to unravel coded messages from the salvaged flight recorder and uncover a conspiracy that connects the co-pilot, the president, and two shadowy defense contractors battling to commission South Korea’s next-generation fighter jet.
If Breaking Bad gets a teenage version, it’ll undoubtedly be Extracurricular. Ever since its release in 2020, this K-drama has viewers binge-watching all the ten episodes in one go. This riveting dark story follows a shy, unassuming, straight-A student, Oh Ji-soo, who runs an illegal compensated dating business to pay his way through college. But soon, he has to make dark decisions when a rival gang threatens his operation and the police get involved.
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Time To Hunt
This crime thriller takes place in a dystopian future in South Korea. The story revolves around a group of young men planning a heist to get out of their predicament after the crash of the Korean Won. However, they anger the gambling house owner, leading him to hire a contract killer to go after the group of friends. The friends now must evade a killer to survive.
Korean Thrillers in Netflix: Bonus List
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If you are fascinated by time travel, Signal is a must-watch. It features two detectives—one from 2015 and the other from 1989. They team up to solve a mystery together with a walkie-talkie and their powers to look back and forth in time. However, as they fight against time, we get to see the limitations of the supernatural act and the mysterious gadget.
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When a grim reaper teams up with a mysterious human, Black happens. Black is a Reaper. He is Invisible to humans. He guides them from one world to the next. A Reaper’s job is to observe and record the death, never interfere.
But when one of Black’s colleagues, yearning to experience life, possesses the body of a deceased human, he is forced to follow suit to track him down. As a human, Black assumes the identity of the late detective Hang Moo-gang and meets his mysterious partner Kang Ha-ram, a woman who can foresee death. Together they delve into the series of murders, Moo-gang died trying to solve. The series spins a complex, chilling mystery with a forbidden romance at its core.
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