Korean Thrillers

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1. The Chaser (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

A disgraced ex-policeman who runs a small ring of prostitutes finds himself in a race against time when one of his women goes missing.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Yoon-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo, Yoo-Jeong Kim

Votes: 52,693

one of the best psycho killer movie.spine chilling killing scenes.

2. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 144 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, In-seo Kim, Joon-Hyuk Lee

Votes: 99,736 | Gross: $0.13M

best korean thriller roller coaster.Totally mind blowing.

3. Oldboy (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yoo, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 480,726 | Gross: $0.71M

I have no word to explain or comment about this excellent movie.

4. No Mercy (2010)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Despite of being nearly proven the murderer, a serial killer threatens to kill the daughter of a forensic pathologist if he doesn't get him bailed out.

Director: Hyeong-Joon Kim | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Seung-bum Ryoo, Hye-jin Han, Ji-ru Sung

Votes: 5,449

good thriller with shocking twist which no one thought would come.

5. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae, Ji-Eun Lim

Votes: 58,314 | Gross: $0.05M

movie which made me to think before doing anything.best revenge thriller with sympathy.

6. Seven Days (2007)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A successful lawyer who, in order to save her daughter, is pressured into defending the innocence of a man slated to receive the death penalty.

Director: Shin-yeon Won | Stars: Yunjin Kim, Mi-suk Kim, Hee-soon Park, Moo-Seong Choi

Votes: 1,489

Thriller roller coaster ride

7. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 113,886 | Gross: $0.01M

Based on true story.Best psycho movie with many comedy sequences.

8. 29 February (2006)

90 min | Horror, Thriller

Ji-yeon, a tollgate ticket girl, is frightened by a mysterious black car, which hands over a bloodstained ticket as a fee at midnight. Her fear deepens after her colleague, Jong-sook, tells... See full summary »

Director: Jong-hoon Jung | Stars: Eun-jin Baek, Yoon-jeong Choi, Hyeon-kyeong Im, Myeong-jin Lee

Votes: 731

movie with unexpected twist.

9. The Yellow Sea (2010)

R | 136 min | Action, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

When the attempt to kill a professor goes wrong, a series of violent events are triggered which force a taxi driver to run for his life.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Yoon-seok Kim, Sung-ha Jo, Seok-jeong Hwang

Votes: 17,131

Thriller suspense.

10. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Won Bin, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 57,814 | Gross: $0.01M

best action packed thriller

11. Deranged (2012)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

Jae-hyuk is an ordinary man in his 40s. He works as a medical supplies salesman and is hassled by doctors all day. His brother Jae-pil is a detective that is not all that interested in ... See full summary »

Director: Jeong-woo Park | Stars: Myung-Min Kim, Jung-hee Moon, Dong-wan Kim, Lee Hanee

Votes: 1,826

Very creepy movie.

12. Bestseller (2010)

Not Rated | 117 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

"Best Seller" is a thriller centered around writer Hee-Soo (Eom Jeong-Hwa) who moves to a small house in a rural area after becoming involved in a plagiarism scandal. Hee-Soo then hears a ... See full summary »

Director: Jeong-ho Lee | Stars: Uhm Junghwa, Jin-woong Cho, Kang-hee Choi, Hie-bong Jo

Votes: 905

13. Midnight FM (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Sun-young, a popular radio host, decides to quit her job to take care of her ill-daughter. But, the last day of her job turns nightmarish when a murderer takes her family hostage.

Director: Sang Man Kim | Stars: Soo Ae, Ji-Tae Yoo, Joon-Ha Lee, Dong-seok Ma

Votes: 2,112

14. Helpless (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A man searches for his fiancée who vanished without a trace just before their wedding ceremony, only to discover the shocking identity of her.

Director: Young-Joo Byun | Stars: Sun-kyun Lee, Min-hee Kim, Sung-ha Jo, Ha-Yoon Song

Votes: 1,650

15. Private Eye (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Thriller

The story takes place in occupied Korea at the start of the 20th century, where a young student in medicine discovers the murdered body of the son of a government official. Being scared of ... See full summary »

Director: Dae-min Park | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Deok-Hwan Ryu, Ji-won Uhm, Dal-su Oh

Votes: 761

16. Handphone (2009)

Not Rated | 137 min | Thriller

Talent manager Seung-min sees Yoon Jin Ah, a rising actress, as his one last hope to turn his life around. Just as Jin-Ah is on the path to stardom, he receives a threat from her former ... See full summary »

Director: Han-min Kim | Stars: Yong-woo Park, Tae-woong Eom, Sol-mi Park, Bo-yeon Hwang

Votes: 446

Movie with Twist.

17. Confession of Murder (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography describing murders he committed after the statute of limitations expires. A detective and one of the victim's mothers search for the author while another killer begins a spree of murders.

Director: Byung-gil Jung | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Shi-hoo Park, Hae-Kyun Jung, Yeong-ae Kim

Votes: 7,766

18. Secret (2009)

105 min | Thriller

Sung-ryeol is a detective in charge of violent crimes. He is an upright man, but is having an affair with his colleague's wife, and it is the reason he loses his own daughter in a car ... See full summary »

Director: Je-gu Yun | Stars: Seung-won Cha, Yun-ah Song, Seung-ryong Ryu, Joon-seo Bang

Votes: 490

19. 24 Hours to Die (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Thriller

Chul-min is a simple truck driver whose usual cargo is liquor, vegetables and other necessities. When his daughter is diagnosed with congenital heart disease, he scrambles to borrow money ... See full summary »

Director: Hyeong-jin Kwon | Stars: Hae-jin Yoo, Goo Jin, Yeong Bang, Cheong-ja Choi

Votes: 297

20. Blind (2011)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Su-a loses her sight and kid brother in a car accident. No more police academy. 3 years later she takes a taxi which hits a woman. Su-a gets out. After reporting it, a cop works with her learning that her 4 other senses "see".

Director: Sang-hoon Ahn | Stars: Ha-neul Kim, Seung-ho Yoo, Hie-bong Jo, Yang Yeong-jo

Votes: 2,312

21. Paradise Murdered (2007)

Not Rated | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

Off the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula, an island of 17 inhabitants exists. The so-called Paradise Island holds up to its name with its breath-taking mountains and sea coupled with ... See full summary »

Director: Han-min Kim | Stars: Hae-il Park, Sol-mi Park, Ji-ru Sung, Ju-bong Choi

Votes: 261

creepy movie with a twist at end.

22. Wide Awake (2007)

113 min | Drama, Thriller

Due to inadequate use of anesthetics, a young boy experiences "intra-operative awareness" during his own heart surgery, hearing every sound and movement of the procedure. The little boy is ... See full summary »

Director: Kyu-maan Lee | Stars: Myung-Min Kim, Joon-Sang Yoo, Tae-woo Kim, Yu-seok Jeong

Votes: 332

thriller suspense movie.

23. Children... (2011)

Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Thriller

The film is based on a true case from the early 1990s that is known among Koreans as the "disappearance of the frog children." In 1991, five elementary school students told their parents ... See full summary »

Director: Kyu-maan Lee | Stars: Yong-woo Park, Seung-ryong Ryu, Dong-il Sung, Ji-ru Sung

Votes: 2,096

Movie based on true story with director's view.

24. Tell Me Something (1999)

R | 118 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

Lieutenant Cho, a cop on the edge, is mourning the recent death of his mother, while under investigation for graft. On top of that, he is suddenly put in charge of a seemingly impenetrable mystery.

Director: Yun-hyeon Jang | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Eun-ha Shim, Hang-Seon Jang, Jung-ah Yum

Votes: 2,844

Suspense gore movie.

25. A Dirty Carnival (2006)

Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small time thug collecting debts for the local triad is torn between his criminal aspirations and his devotion to family.

Director: Ha Yoo | Stars: In-Sung Jo, Ho-jin Chun, Min Namkoong, Bo-young Lee

Votes: 7,443

one of the best Korean gangster movie

26. Moss (2010)

Not Rated | 163 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mysterious person calls a young man and informs him that his estranged father has died in a country village. The curious son travels to the town to discover what happened. From there out ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Suk Kang | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Hae-il Park, Joon-Sang Yoo, Seon Yu

Votes: 2,028

slow paced(about 2:43 min) but still very spellbinding movie with a lots of flashback and twists.

27. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Hye-ja Kim, Won Bin, Goo Jin, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 42,329 | Gross: $0.55M

suspense thriller

28. Spider Forest (2004)

R | 112 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A recently widowed TV producer is drawn to an isolated cabin in a mysterious woods.

Director: Il-gon Song | Stars: Woo-seong Kam, Jung Suh, Kyung-hun Kang, Hyun-Sung Jang

Votes: 2,009

one of the best mind twisting Korean thriller.

29. R-Point (2004)

R | 107 min | Action, Horror, War

During the Vietnam War, a South Korean base receives a radio transmission from a missing squad, presumed dead, and sends a platoon to rescue the lost squad from the R-Point.

Director: Su-chang Kong | Stars: Woo-seong Kam, Byung-ho Son, Sun-kyun Lee, Won-Sang Park

Votes: 4,920

thriller horror movie.

30. Bedevilled (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A woman subject to mental, physical and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out.

Director: Cheol-soo Jang | Stars: Yeong-hie Seo, Seong-won Ji, Min-ho Hwang, Min Je

Votes: 12,189

31. The Customer Is Always Right (2006)

104 min | Crime

A barber has a hidden secret which if revealed can change his happy life for ever.

Director: Kee-hyun Oh | Stars: Sun-kyun Lee, Gye-nam Myeong, Hyun-Ah Sung, Ji-ru Sung

Votes: 176

even though little info in IMDb,but I've found it to be very interesting and suspenseful.

32. The Red Shoes (2005)

Not Rated | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

A woman who finds a pair of pink high heels on a subway platform soon realizes that jealousy, greed, and death follow them wherever they go.

Director: Yong-gyun Kim | Stars: Hye-su Kim, Seong-su Kim, Yeon-ah Park, Su-hee Go

Votes: 2,701

mind twisting thriller horror movie with unexpected end.The director's cut is better and has a lot gore scenes than theatrical version and also the ending is different than theatrical version.So i recommend watching director's cut then theatrical cut

33. The Guard Post (2008)

121 min | Horror

(Korean with English subtitles) A squad of Korean soldiers is sent to investigate a guard post that overlooks the DMZ. Seemingly deserted at first, the squad eventually discovers mysterious... See full summary »

Director: Su-chang Kong | Stars: Ho-jin Chun, Hyun-jae Cho, Young-hoon Lee, Jin-woong Cho

Votes: 1,609

no good as expected but very spellbinding first half .

34. Voice of a Murderer (2007)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

One day, the only son of famous news anchor HAN Kyung-bae, disappears without a trace. Soon, the kidnapper calls the mother demanding a $100,000 ransom. The police assign a veteran ... See full summary »

Director: Jin-pyo Park | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Nam-ju Kim, Dong-won Gang, Yeong-cheol Kim

Votes: 1,578

35. Montage (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

15 years ago, a mother lost her child in a kidnapping case. A similar crime happens again and she won't let him go this time.

Director: Geun-seop Jeong | Stars: Uhm Junghwa, Sang-kyung Kim, Young-chang Song, Hie-bong Jo

Votes: 4,991

best thriller with suspense.

36. Blood and Ties (2013)

95 min | Drama, Thriller

Da-eun lives a happy life with her single father. However, their relationship is about to take an unexpected turn because she becomes suspicious that her father might be a monstrous kidnapper.

Director: Dong-Suk Kuk | Stars: Ye-jin Son, Kap-su Kim, Kyu-han Lee

Votes: 1,025

good story with twist

37. Sorum (2001)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A 30 year old mystery resurfaces and takes over the lives of the people living in an eerie apartment complex.

Director: Jong-chan Yun | Stars: Jin-young Jang, Myung-Min Kim, Lee Gang-Yeop, Ju-bong Gi

Votes: 811

movie a bit slow paced but interesting.

38. 3 Extremes II (2002)

R | 140 min | Horror, Mystery

Three constitutes an omnibus package of three short horror films made by Asian directors. "Memories," made by Kim Ji-Woon, is about a woman (Kim Hye-Soo) who disappears from the home she ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Jee-woon Kim, Nonzee Nimibutr | Stars: Leon Lai, Hye-su Kim, Bo-seok Jeong, Suwinit Panjamawat

Votes: 3,237

movie with three magnificent horror tales.

39. H (2002)

R | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A serial killer named Shin-Hyun gives himself up to police. He confesses to committing a series of particularly horrifying murders of exclusively female victims. He is imprisoned, awaiting ... See full summary »

Director: Jong-Hyuk Lee | Stars: Jung-ah Yum, Jin-hee Ji, Ji-ru Sung, Seung-woo Cho

Votes: 1,687

a psycho killer movie with unexpected twist ending.

40. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 52,717

best thriller horror movie with unexpected twist.inspiration for hollywood movie uninvited.

41. Hide and Seek (2013)

Not Rated | 107 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

A missing brother. Hide and seeks codes. A shocking truth for two different families and the struggle to save their families from someone who is already living inside their house.

Director: Jung Huh | Stars: Kim Hye-Yoon, Mi-seon Jeon, Suk-Tae Joo, Joon Won Jung

Votes: 1,403

Suspense thriller with unexpected end.



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