8 Korean Movies Recommendations in 2022 for You to Watch
Watching movies is one of those hobbies that many people can do without spending so much energy. Especially since we live in an era where digitalization and technology are developing rapidly. You can easily watch your choice of movies without having to go to the cinema. And that’s because many movies are now available for streaming on many online streaming platforms. During the pandemic, a lot of people entertain themselves by watching movies. With that said, Korean movies nowadays are ones that people put much interest in due to the increased popularity of the Korean cultures wave. Now, we are here to give you a list of 2022 Korean movies recommendations. If you look for the recent popular Korean movies that have just been released this year, then you can check them out in the following list below!
1. The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure
Out of all these Korean movies recommendations in 2022, you might want to add The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure to your next watchlist. Starring Han Hyo-joo, Kang Ha-neul, Lee Kwang-soo, and Chae Soo-bin, this movie tells the story of Joseon pirates and bandits’ adventurous journey in search of the royal gold lost at the sea. This movie is a sequel to the 2014’s The Pirates. However, although these two movies are connected to each other, it is not necessary to watch The Pirates first in order to understand the whole story of The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure. Moreover, this movie is quite a hit since it became the first Korean film to register 1 million viewers in 2022 at the box office on the 11th day of its release. Also, ever since March 2, 2022, this movie is available for streaming on Netflix.
2. Special Cargo (Special Delivery)
If you love Park So-dam’s acting and performance in the Oscar-winning movie Parasite, then you probably would also admire her new project Special Cargo. It is a crime-action movie that tells the story of a girl named Eun Ha (Park So-dam) who works as a special driver who is doing deliveries. Moreover, she is known as someone who has a 100% success rate at delivering anything as long as it is worth the money. However, one day an unexpected event unfolds when she got involved in a certain delivery accident. This movie was officially invited at the 51st International Film Festival Rotterdam held from January 26 to February 6, 2022. Also, it is currently in 4th place among all the Korean movies released in 2022 at the box office. Obviously, Special Cargo is one of the 2022 Korean movies that you need to watch!
3. The Policeman’s Lineage
If the previous movie has Park So-dam, now you’ll see Parasite’s Choi Woo-shik as a cop in The Policeman’s Lineage. The movie is based on the Japanese novel Blood of the Policeman by Joh Sasaki. It is about two cops who have different methods when it comes to investigating serious criminal cases. While one cop doesn’t mind using illegal methods to gain information in order to arrest the villains, the other one is a man of principle and always obeys the rules. Their contradictive methods are what makes this movie interesting to watch. The Policeman’s Lineage was released on January 5, 2022. It is now in 3rd place among other Korean movies released in the year 2022.
4. Love and Leashes
Looking for the recent South Korean romantic comedy movie? You might check this one out! Starring Seohyun and Lee Jun-young, Love and Leashes is a movie based on the webcomic titled “Moral Sense” by Gyeowool. It depicts the story of two co-workers who enter a contractual relationship as partners in consensual play, pleasure, and pain. The movie shows the romance between a man who looks perfect on the outside yet has secret BDSM desires and a woman who finds out about his secret. It was released on the popular streaming platform, Netflix, on February 11, 2022. Love and Leashes’ age rating is TV-14, so be mindful to watch it if you have children below 14-year-old hanging around your house.
Do you love political drama films? Then you probably will enjoy watching Kingmaker from our list of Korean movies recommendations in 2022. Originally, this movie is scheduled to be released on December 29, 2021. However, due to the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases, it was released on January 26, 2022. Kingmaker is a movie about a politician who dreams of changing the world with an excellent campaign strategist. Starring Sol Kyung-gu, Lee Sun-kyun, and Yoo Jae-myung, the movie is also officially invited to the competition section at the 24th Udine Far East Film Festival which is going to be held from April 22 to 30, 2022. At the box office, Kingmaker is currently in 2nd place among all other 2022 Korean movies.
6. Serve the People
Another movie that we include in this list of 2022 Korean movies recommendations is Serve the People. If you have a soft spot for romantic drama movies, then Serve the People might be what you are looking for. Starring Yeon Woo-jin, Ji An, Jo Sung-ha, and Kim Ji-chul, this movie is set in a fictional socialist country similar to North Korea in the 1970s. It tells the story of a model soldier named Mu Gwang, and Su-ryun, the young wife of the division commander. The movie also shows the inner conflicts of Mu Gwang. This movie is an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Yan Lianke. Written and directed by Jang Cheol-soo, Serve the People was released theatrically on February 23, 2022, in South Korea.
Broker is an upcoming South Korean movie that is expected to release in June 2022 directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Starring Parasite’s Song Kang-ho, Bae Doona, Gang Dong-won, and Lee Ji-eun (IU), this movie revolves around characters that are associated with baby boxes that allow infants to be dropped off anonymously to be cared for by others. Although the movie hasn’t been officially released yet, Broker was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. A lot of people anticipated this movie since many big names are joining the cast.
8. 20th Century Girl
Directed and written by Bang Woo-ri, 20th Century Girl is an upcoming South Korean movie slated to release in 2022. It will be produced and distributed by the popular streaming platform, Netflix. Set in the year 1999, “20th Century Girl” is about friendships and the sweetness of a high school student’s first love. Starring Kim Yoo-jung, Byeon Woo-seok, Park Jung-woo, and Roh Yoon-seo, this movie depicts a pure yet heartbreaking relationship between teenagers. This is such a light movie to watch. Also, if you are into romance movies, then this 20th Century Girl should be one of those films that are worth waiting for.
Those are all the 8 Korean movie recommendations that you can watch in your free time. There are various genres that you can choose according to your preferences. Have you watched any of those movies? Or do you plan to watch any of them later? If you have already watched one or two movies, which ones are your favorite so far?