When it comes to action, we all love to see Hollywood movies. But honestly, South Korea makes some of the best action movies in the world, oftentimes beating out Hollywood. Korean action movies offer intense emotions, gripping story line, and very realistic fight scenes. No matter how many times you watch it, you’ll always be wanting more.
So, for all the action movie lovers, we compiled a list of 10 best Korean action movies.
If you haven’t seen Oldboy yet, you’re missing out. Based on the Japanese comic book of the same name, it’s one of the best and most well-known Korean movies of all time. The movie is about a man who seeks revenge from his kidnapper who held him captive for 15 years. The movie has stunning cinematography and excellent narrative structure which involves suicide, murder, incest and revenge. A must watch for action lovers!!
I saw the devil
It is a story of a secret service agent of the NIS (National Intelligence Service) who chases a psychopathic serial killer who happens to be the murderer of his fiancé. Now you must be thinking the storyline is familiar. Yup it is because Siddharth Malhotra starrer Ek Villain was inspired from this movie.
The Man from Nowhere
One of Korea’s most popular films, The Man from Nowhere follows a former black-ops soldier who does everything he can to rescue a kidnapped child, who is also the only person he was close to. John Abraham’s Rocky Handsome was the official remake of this movie.
The movie is about a North Korean special forces agent (played by Gong Yoo) who is betrayed by his own men. And now, he us at strife against those who wronged him. In his journey, he also tries to disclose the secrets hidden inside a special pair of glasses owned by a man who is now dead.
Confession of Murder
A police man is haunted by the fact that he failed to catch a serial killer 15 years ago. But, he found another opportunity to catch him when an author takes all the responsibility for those crimes in a book called ‘I Am The Murderer’.
Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time
Starring Choi Min-sik and Ha Jung-woo, the movie is a gangster drama set in 1980s and 1990s. The movie is based in Busan where the government declares a war against the underworld kingpins, when corruption and crime become out of control.
Inspired by a real Korean serial killer, the movie is filled with thrilling action and compelling characters. The film constantly keeps you at the edge of your seat; it builds, releases, and then rebuilds tension with great care. The movie is about an ex-police officer who sets out to catch a serial killer, who is mercilessly killing sex workers in the city.
Memories of Murder
Based on a true story of serial murders that took in South Korea, in 1986, Memories of Murder revolves around a psychopath serial killer who rapes and kills women on a rainy night, wearing red. He even sends a particular song request to the local radio station, on the night of the murders.
The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil
The movie is about a cop and a gangster who join hands to catch a serial killer, who happens to be their common enemy. But soon they find themselves fighting with their own fellow mates.
The Outlaws is based on a real event, the 2007 Heuksapa Incident, and tells the story about a growing turf war between two gangs from Seoul and China and a detective who try to intervene. The detective tries everything to maintain peace between the two gangs.