The 18 Best Korean Movies to Stream Now (2022)

Korean television dramas get a lot of attention for their highly addictive, cliffhanger-laden, soapy plot lines, but South Korea's film industry, which began to flourish after the end of Japanese colonial rule in 1945, has long enjoyed a more critically-esteemed reputation (film buffs, see: 1961's Obaltan and 1960's The Housemaid, still considered two of the best Korean films ever made).

Korean auteurs have been known for taking risks and defying genres. They produce thrilling arthouse films, but also big budget action movies and endearing comedies, and there are as many fantastic revenge tales as there are heartbreaking stories of love, family, and redemption.

Last year, Parasite, Bong Joon-ho's brilliant, searing comedy-thriller that became the first South Korean film to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes and then, the first non-English language film to take home the Best Picture Oscar (not to mention it's one of just three films to have won both of these prizes), further cemented the industry's international prestige. This year, the Korean-American film everyone will be talking about will undoubtedly be Minari, which is out in theaters now (virtual screening tickets can be purchased here) and on VOD later this month.

Below, we've rounded up a small sampling of notable movies to stream now to get better acquainted with the Korean Wave. (Note: classics that aren't available to rent, such as My Sassy Girl and Oldboy weren't included in the list).

Minari

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Lee Isaac Chung's beautiful Minari, which starsThe Walking Dead's Steven Yeun and veteran Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung,has been generating major buzz since it premiered at Sundance a year ago. It has alsojust scored three SAG nominations, making it alikely contender in the Oscar race.Based on Chung's own childhood, Minari is a quintessentially American tale about a Korean-American familythat moves to rural Arkansasto start a farm and chase the American dream. Along the way, and with the arrival of the grandmother from Korea, the film becomes a powerful lesson on resilience, family, and what it means to belong.

Assassination

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Korea's painful history, especially the 35 years the country spent under Japanese rule,is a constant source of cinematic inspiration. TakeAssassination, the2015 hit about a group of resistance fighters in 1930s Korea who plot to kill a pro-Japanese businessman and a high-ranking Japanese general, a plan that becomes all the more complicatedby a traitor in their group.

Snowpiercer

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With its A-list cast including Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, and Octavia Spencer, Snowpiercermarked director Bong Joon-ho'sEnglish-language debut. Based on the French graphic novelLe Transperneige, this 2013 blockbuster is set in a post-apocalypticworld that has reverted back to the ice age where the only surviving members of humanity live aboard a train that perpetually circumnavigates the globe. As designed by the locomotive'smegalomaniacal creator Wilford (Harris), the passengers are segregated into different classes, with the rich living in splendor at the front and the poor banished to live in squalor in the back. Evans's character Curtis launches a revolt to fight their way up the train, but this being a Bong production, things aren't quite what they seem.

The Handmaiden

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Considered a master of black humor, provocativestorytelling, overindulgent violence (as inOldboy), and eroticism (as in this film), Park was hailed as "the man who put Korean cinema on the map"in a 2018New York Timesprofile. Like Bong, his oeuvre also includes English-language works—he directed the 2018 John le CarréminiseriesThe Little Drummer Girlstarring Alexander Skarsgård and Florence Pugh. As forThe Handmaiden, the critical darling and feminist masterpiecewas inspired bySarah Waters's 2002 novelFingersmith, though it tradesthe book's Victorian-era setting for 1930s Korea under Japanese rule. A con man plans to seduce a Japanese heiress to stealherfortune andhires a young pickpocket to help him by posing as her maid, but things soon begin to unravel as the plot gets ever more risqué, erotic, and twisted.

Okja

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Anyone who has seenParasite knows by now that Bong Joon-ho is a cinematic pro at social commentary (also, see:The Host). The metaphor is especially poignant in Okja,the 2017 Netflix movie about a young girl and her genetically modified super pig. When the corporation that created the pig comes to take it away, she joins forces with an animal liberation group to save her beloved pet from being slaughtered.

Burning

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In this 2018 psychological thriller directed by Lee Chang-dong, a young working class man named Jong-su runs into an old childhood friend, Hae-mi. She soon leaves for a trip and when she returns, she has brought back a new acquaintance, Ben (played by StevenYeun), who is mysterious, rich, and, possibly deeply disturbed.The film explores the weird triangle that develops between these individuals, along withproviding a sharp critique of thedeep economic divisions that plague Korean society (consider it a precursor toParasite).

Parasite

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Besides being a superb film, what madeParasite such an unstoppable force last year was that it came at just the right time. The gap between the rich and the poor is at an all-time high, and even though thiscomedy-thriller-satire takes place in Seoul, its themes and characters are relevant everywhere. Add in visually arresting set design and cinematography, and an expert mix of suspense and comedy,and it's easy to see why this scathing portrait of greed andsocial inequality is one of the best films ever made.

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Mother

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Yet another cult hit by Bong Joon-ho,Motheralso exemplifieshis characteristic genre-bending, subversive style.The titular mother, played by Kim Hye-ja, is a hardworking single parent who lives with and takes care of her mentally disabledadult son Do-joon (played by Won Bin). When a local girl is found murdered, Do-joon is arrested, tricked into signing a confession, and jailed, leaving his mother to investigate the crime herself and do whatever it takes, even resorting to violence,to free her son and find the real killer.

The Witch: Part 1 - The Subversion

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There is aStranger Things-likepremise to this action movie in which a young girl escapes from a mysterious government laboratory and later discovers she was the subject of genetic testing that left her with superhuman abilities. When she displays her special talents on a singing competition, the doctors who created her begin hunting her down.

Veteran

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The moral depravity of the country'schaebol(large family-run conglomerates) is a frequently exploredsubject in Korean cinema and television. In this action comedy, a detective sets out to bring down the arrogant scion of a powerful corporation, who thinks nothing of using his wealth and connections to behave in the most reprehensible ways possible. Several moments of hilarity help bring levity to the sad fact thatthe film's portrayal of superrich kids behaving terribly isn't much of an exaggeration.

The Thieves

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An ensemble cast of Korea's top stars, including Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Hye-soo, Kim Soo-hyun,and Lee Jung-jae, star in thisOcean's Eleven-like heist comedy about a motley crew of ten thieves who band togetherto steal a valuable diamond from a Chinese crime boss.The only problem is that none of them can really be trusted and everyone has a different motive of her own.

Train to Busan

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A divorced father and his daughterboard a train bound for Busan, but justbefore its doors close, a woman-turned-zombie, slips in.Train to Busanisn't just your average zombie apocalypse movie, it's one with undertones of class warfare, all set within a train (not unlikeSnowpiercer). This father-daughter duo, along with their fellow passengers, are fighting for their lives, all whileconfronting their own monstrous instincts when it comes to self-preservation.

Seoul Searching

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In this nostalgic and charming comedy, an eclectic group of foreign-born Korean high school students attend a cultural immersion camp (a rite of passage, of sorts)in Seoul during the summer of 1986. The culture shock is different for everyone, but the group finds ways to bond over the immigrant experience.

Scandal Makers

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In this 2008 classic, early aughts comedy king Cha Tae-hyun plays athirty-something radio DJ and former teen idol who finds out that he is a grandfather when a young woman claiming to be his daughter shows up at his apartment with her son in tow. When paparazzi snap the trio, rumors spread that the father and daughter are a romantic couple. While dealing with the scandal, the three learn valuable lessons on what it means to be a family.

Miss Granny

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In this hilarious—and touching—film, a 74-year-old widow has just learned her son is going to send her to a nursing home. She enters a photo studio to take what she believes will be herfuneral portrait but is instead transported into the body of her 20-year-old self. She takes every advantage of her newfound lease on life, joining a band, getting an Audrey Hepburn haircut, and eventually ending up in a love triangle. The premise was such a huge success that a remake of this comedy has been made in just about every other Asian country.

Extreme Job

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This 2019 action comedy is the second most viewed film in South Korean history. A group of narcotics detectives are tasked with carrying out an undercover operation to bust an international drug gang. They purchase a fried chicken restaurant to use as a cover for theirstakeouts, but when one of the detectives uses his mom's marinade recipe, the place becomes an instant hit and they suddenly find themselveshaving to juggle catching the bad guys with running a successful restaurant.

Poetry

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Another gem from LeeChang-dong,Poetry, which won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes in 2010, is a heart-wrenching movie about a woman who begins taking a poetry class after receiving an Alzheimer's diagnosis. In the midst of dealing with her own debilitating disease, she learns that her teenage grandson, who she takes care of, has been implicated in the death of a young girl.

I Saw the Devil

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Be warned:there is violence and gore in spades in this movie, starringLee Byung-hun as a secret agent hellbent on getting revenge on the serial killer (Choi Min-sik) who viciouslymurdered his pregnant fiancée. When he does find him, he doesn't kill the psychopath but insteadsets him free, setting off a demented, grisly game of cat and mouse.

Leena KimAssociate EditorLeena Kim is an associate editor at Town & Country, where she writes about travel, weddings, arts, and culture.

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FAQs

Which streaming service has most Korean movies? ›

Best Streaming Services for K-Dramas
  • Rakuten Viki. Best overall with the most K-drama titles for cheap. ...
  • Netflix. Home of Squid Game, Extraordinary Attorney Woo and more. ...
  • Kocowa. A blend of free and paid content that's 100% Korean. ...
  • AsianCrush. Lots of live and on-demand K-dramas for free. ...
  • Tubi. All the K-drama you want for free.
30 Aug 2022

What is the highest rated Kdrama on Netflix? ›

Crash Landing on You (2019-2020)

Probably the most popular Korean drama on Netflix to date is a love story between a North Korean soldier and an heiress from South Korea called Crash Landing on You.

What a man needs Korean movie? ›

What a Man Wants (Korean: 바람 바람 바람; RR: Balam Balam Balam) is a 2018 South Korean romantic comedy film directed by Lee Byeong-heon.
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What a Man Wants
Written byJang Kyu-sung Lee Byeong-heon
Produced byKim Chul-yong Lee Min-su
StarringLee Sung-min Shin Ha-kyun Song Ji-hyo Lee El
CinematographyNoh Seung-bo
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What is the No 1 Kdrama? ›

JTBC's World of the Married firmly holds the number one spot, breaking the ratings record of Sky Castle. So what dramas made it into the top 12 rankings as of 2021? Let's take a look.

What is the number 1 Korean drama of all time? ›

1. The World of the Married (2020)

Where can I watch latest Korean movies? ›

Netflix is the most popular streaming service to watch Korean dramas and movies. But there are other apps like Prime Video and Viki where you can watch Korean content. You can also watch Korean dramas and movies dubbed in Hindi and other Indian languages.

Where can I watch Real Korean movies? ›

Real - watch online: streaming, buy or rent

Currently you are able to watch "Real" streaming on Viu.

Where can I watch Korean movies streaming? ›

Binge Learn! 6 Resources for Streaming Korean Movies
  • Netflix. Netflix needs no introduction. ...
  • Hulu. ...
  • DramaFever. ...
  • AsianCrush. ...
  • OnDemandKorea. ...
  • FilmDoo.
13 Feb 2022

Which is the best Kdrama of 2022? ›

The 10 best K-dramas of 2022 – so far
  • A Business Proposal. The Swoon. 3.21M subscribers. ...
  • Forecasting Love And Weather. The Swoon. 3.23M subscribers. ...
  • Juvenile Justice. The Swoon. 3.23M subscribers. ...
  • My Liberation Notes. The Swoon. ...
  • Our Blues. The Swoon. ...
  • Pachinko. Apple TV. ...
  • Soundtrack #1. Disney Plus Singapore. ...
  • Thirty-Nine. The Swoon.

What Kdrama is worth watching? ›

Mouse Kdrama. Crash Landing on You. It's Okay Not to Be Okay. The World of the Married.

What are Korean movies called? ›

Hallyuwood, a compound word combining the word Hallyu (Korean Wave) with wood from Hollywood, is the informal term popularly used to describe the Korean-language entertainment and film industry in South Korea.

What a man wants from a woman in a relationship? ›

Men want love as badly as women do. They just might not always be as obvious about it. But generally, they want the same thing: friendship, companionship, chemistry.

Why Korean movies are famous? ›

Money and finance in a booming culture create intelligent genius directors and great movies. The Korean culture is more universal that the Japanese and their country a bit more like a Western country economically. The fact though is that when they were a poor country no one watched their films.

What is the most romantic K-drama 2022? ›

'Twenty-Five Twenty-One' became the most successful K-drama to date. Fans would categorize Twenty-Five Twenty-One as a teen romance because of its leading characters. The K-drama became the best work of 2022, taking home multiple awards and becoming a fan favorite.

Who is the most famous K-drama actor? ›

Who Are The Most Popular Korean Actors?
  • Lee Min Ho. Lee Min Ho is also a highly well-known South Korean actor who has starred in T.V. ...
  • Lee Jong Suk. Lee Jong Suk was born on September 14, 1989, in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. ...
  • Kim Woo Bin. ...
  • Kim Soo Hyun. ...
  • Ji Chang Wook. ...
  • Park Seo Joon. ...
  • Lee Joon Gi. ...
  • Park Bo Gum.
4 days ago

What is the most popular Kdrama 2021? ›

Best Korean dramas of 2021
  1. Yumi's Cells (2021) Yumi's Cells is hilarious, cute, lovey-dovey. ...
  2. Beyond Evil (2021) ...
  3. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021) ...
  4. Vincenzo (2021) ...
  5. Squid Game (2021) ...
  6. Navillera (2021) ...
  7. Mr. ...
  8. Move to Heaven (2021)
28 Jan 2022

What is No 1 Kdrama 2020? ›

Hospital Playlist takes the highest ranking for K-dramas in 2020. The show has also been tagged as one of the highest-rated Korean shows to air on television, gaining mass success after its first season.

What is the most popular Kdrama 2020? ›

Top Korean Drama 2020
  • Itaewon Class (2020) TV-MA | 70 min | Drama, Romance. ...
  • Hi Bye, Mama! ( 2020) ...
  • The World of the Married (2020) 80 min | Drama, Romance. ...
  • Nobody Knows (2020) ...
  • The King: Eternal Monarch (2020) ...
  • Hospital Playlist (2020–2021) ...
  • 365: Repeat the Year (2020) ...
  • It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020)

Why are there so many Korean movies on Netflix? ›

Naturally, with Covid-19 prompting social distancing and staying home, people started binge-watching series and films online. Thus, while the virus affected people worldwide, it provided Netflix and Korean content makers with a window of opportunity.

Where can I watch K dramas for free? ›

Watch Korean Dramas for Free with These 6 Non-Sketchy Apps
  • Viki.
  • AsianCrush.
  • OnDemandKorea.
  • Kocowa.
  • Tubi.
  • YouTube.
24 Aug 2022

Does Netflix have Korean movie? ›

From romances like Tune in For Love to sci-fi epics like Space Sweepers, Korean movies offer an escape into worlds with intense plot twists and cheesy scenes (which we love). Browse our favorite Korean movies on Netflix, below, then sit back with some snacks and hit the play button.

Where can I watch Real Korean movies online for free? ›

6 Free Websites for Binge-watching Korean Movies Online
  • AsianCrush.
  • FilmDoo.
  • Korean Classic Film.
  • Viki.
  • Tubi.
  • Dingo K-Drama.
14 Apr 2022

What is the Kdrama real about? ›

Synopsis. In the underworld of a fictional city, Jang Tae-yeong (Kim Soo-hyun) is a successful gang boss and owner of a large casino. Disturbed by an entirely different personality that lies within himself, Jang decides to seek the help of Dr. Choi Jin-ki (Lee Sung-min).

Where can I watch Kdramas with English subtitles? ›

Part 1. 12 Best Sites to Watch Korean Dramas with English Subtitles
  • ViKi.
  • DramaCool.
  • KissAsian.
  • DramaNice.
  • Fdrama.
  • MyAsiaTV.
  • KShow.
  • DramaFeverOnline.

Does Hulu have Korean movies? ›

Hulu has a great selection of Korean films to explore. Here are five recommendations, including Parasite, to get you started. Netflix's recent success with Squid Game, its biggest series launch ever, has led to many people in western countries being introduced to Korean filmmaking for the first time.

How many Korean movies are on Netflix? ›

There are 231 Korean movies and series currently on Netflix.

Which Kdrama should I watch first? ›

Here are the top 7 K-dramas (in no particular order) for beginners to start off with!
  1. Secret Garden.
  2. Coffee Prince. ...
  3. IRIS. ...
  4. The Heirs. ...
  5. Descendants of The Sun. ...
  6. My Love From Another Star. ...
  7. Boys Over Flowers. Boys Over Flowers is the number one go to drama for newbies. ...
3 Aug 2017

What K-dramas are leaving Netflix? ›

Oh No! Our Favorite K-Dramas are Leaving Netflix in May 2022
  • Hwarang! ...
  • Strangers from Hell. ...
  • Love in the Moonlight. ...
  • The Producers. ...
  • Uncontrollably Fond. ...
  • Boys Over Flowers.

Is Vincenzo worth watching? ›

While it takes around 3-4 episodes, Vincenzo is undeniably an underrated series that gets overlooked due to the fact it's a K-drama.

What is the best romantic comedy K-drama? ›

Best Romantic Comedy Korean Dramas
  • Crash Landing on You (2019-2020) Watch the trailer of Crash Landing on You: ...
  • Mr Queen.
  • A Business Proposal.
  • Descendants of the Sun. Watch Descendants of the Sun Trailer. ...
  • Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (2017) ...
  • Master's Sun (2013) ...
  • Coffee Prince (2007) ...
  • Strong Girl Bong-Soon (2017)
22 Jun 2022

Where can I watch K-drama It's beautiful now? ›

Streaming on Roku. It's Beautiful Now, a drama series is available to stream now. Watch it on The Roku Channel on your Roku device.

What is on Netflix in Korea? ›

Korean-Language Movies & TV
  • Squid Game.
  • Extraordinary Attorney Woo.
  • Young Lady and Gentleman.
  • My First First Love.
  • All of Us Are Dead.
  • Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce)
  • Oh My Venus.
  • Run On.

Which is the most popular drama in the world? ›

Top 100 most watched tv shows of all time
  • Game of Thrones (2011–2019) TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama. ...
  • Stranger Things (2016– ) ...
  • The Walking Dead (2010–2022) ...
  • 13 Reasons Why (2017–2020) ...
  • The 100 (2014–2020) ...
  • Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019) ...
  • Riverdale (2017– ) ...
  • Grey's Anatomy (2005– )

What is the best thriller K-drama? ›

If you want to watch some of the best thrillers that Korean provides, here are 20 best thriller Korean dramas for you to watch & enjoy.
  • Signal. Park Hae Young witnesses the kidnapping of a girl 15 years ago. ...
  • Flower Of Evil. ...
  • Extracurricular. ...
  • Strangers From Hell. ...
  • Vagabond. ...
  • Kingdom. ...
  • Tunnel. ...
  • Save Me.
1 Jun 2022

Which K-drama is BTS? ›

Youth (Korean: 유스; RR: Yuseu) is an upcoming South Korean television series based on the BTS Universe, starring Seo Ji-hoon, Noh Jong-hyun, Ahn Ji-ho, Seo Young-joo, Kim Yoon-woo, Jung Woo-jin and Jeon Jin-seo.
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Youth (TV series)
Youth
GenreDrama
Written byKim Soo-jin Choi Woo-joo
Directed byKim Jae-hong
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Why do Kdramas have 16 episodes? ›

Now, I know someone didn't just randomly make the decision that Korean dramas need to be 16 episodes. It's probably a combination of network exces, sponsors, and airing schedules. A lot of dramas also shoot while they are airing, so having a set number probably helps them plan accordingly.

Why Kdramas are better than American shows? ›

K-dramas are generally known for having high production value, intense and often engrossing storylines, and quality acting that helps build an emotional connection between the characters and the audience.

How many Kdramas are there in total? ›

Total Drama
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes117 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersTom McGillis Jennifer Pertsch George Elliott Brian Irving
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What 3 things a man needs in a relationship? ›

According to Steve Harvey, if you provide a man with these three things in a relationship, he won't leave: support, loyalty, and intimacy. Harvey says that men may hide behind their macho demeanors, but in the end they just want to feel special.

What is a man's number one need? ›

The number one need of a man is honor.

Which Korean movie has highest IMDB rating? ›

1. Parasite (2019) Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

What is the award winning Korean movie? ›

South Korean cinema may have achieved major global recognition when Parasite became the first foreign-language movie to win Best Picture.

What is No 1 Kdrama 2020? ›

Hospital Playlist takes the highest ranking for K-dramas in 2020. The show has also been tagged as one of the highest-rated Korean shows to air on television, gaining mass success after its first season.

Which Kdrama is most popular in the world 2022? ›

Based on a webtoon of the same name, written by Haehwa, Business Proposal is one of the best K-dramas of 2022.

Why is reply 1988 so popular? ›

a bittersweet but very moving portrayal of youth, love, family and friendship. Reply 1988 outshines its predecessors. This drama connects us to the nostalgic memory lane of simpleness of life for average people and emphasizes the camaraderie between families, friends, neighbors & every one.

What is the most popular Kdrama 2022? ›

Here are some of the highest-rated K-dramas of 2022
  • All of Us Are Dead. Image: Courtesy All of us are Dead/ Netflix. ...
  • Ghost Doctor. Image: Courtesy Ghost Doctor/ Netflix. ...
  • Business Proposal. Image: Courtesy Business Proposal/ Netflix. ...
  • Juvenile Justice. ...
  • Thirty-Nine. ...
  • Twenty Five Twenty One. ...
  • Tomorrow. ...
  • Pachinko.
27 Jul 2022

What is the most watched Korean drama in 2021? ›

IMDb's 17 Highest Rated Korean Dramas From 2020 To 2021
  • Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021) | 8.6% ...
  • Vincenzo (2021) | 8.6% ...
  • Move To Heaven (2021) | 8.6% ...
  • Our Beloved Summer (2021-2022) | 8.6% ...
  • One Ordinary Day (2021) | 8.6% ...
  • Uncle (2021-2022) | 8.6% ...
  • Stranger (2017-2020) | 8.5% ...
  • The Devil Judge (2021) | 8.5%
9 Mar 2022

What is the most viewed Kdrama in 2021? ›

11 Korean Dramas With the Highest Ratings in 2021: Which Haven't You Watched?
  • The King: Eternal Monarch — 11.6 per cent. ...
  • Hospital Playlist — 14.142 per cent. ...
  • Itaewon Class — 16.548 per cent. ...
  • Mr Queen — 17.371 per cent. ...
  • Crash Landing on You — 21.683 per cent. ...
  • The World of the Married — 28.371 per cent.
22 Apr 2021

What Kdrama is worth watching? ›

Mouse Kdrama. Crash Landing on You. It's Okay Not to Be Okay. The World of the Married.

What is the most romantic K-drama 2022? ›

'Twenty-Five Twenty-One' became the most successful K-drama to date. Fans would categorize Twenty-Five Twenty-One as a teen romance because of its leading characters. The K-drama became the best work of 2022, taking home multiple awards and becoming a fan favorite.

Which K-drama should I watch first? ›

Here are the top 7 K-dramas (in no particular order) for beginners to start off with!
  1. Secret Garden.
  2. Coffee Prince. ...
  3. IRIS. ...
  4. The Heirs. ...
  5. Descendants of The Sun. ...
  6. My Love From Another Star. ...
  7. Boys Over Flowers. Boys Over Flowers is the number one go to drama for newbies. ...
3 Aug 2017

Is 1994 or Reply 1988 better? ›

Reply 1988, Reply 1994 or Reply 1997. Reply 1988 is my favourite. It just makes me instantly nostalgic and bring back all the beautiful childhood memories. It's one of the best coming-of-age drama.

Can kids watch Reply 1988? ›

They all place a big emphasis on friendships and family before any kind of romance, which is perfect for a family to watch together. But out of all of the “Reply” series, “Reply 1988” is the one that most family members would overall enjoy together.

Is Reply 1988 a hit? ›

Reply 1988 is the third installment of tvN's Reply series. It received both critical and audience acclaim with its finale episode recording an 18.8% nationwide audience share, making it the fourth highest rated drama in Korean cable television history and highest rated television drama at the time of airing.

Why is K-drama popular? ›

They are popular worldwide, especially in Asia, partially due to the spread of Korean popular culture (the "Korean Wave"), and their widespread availability via streaming services which often offer subtitles in multiple languages.

What K-dramas are leaving Netflix? ›

Oh No! Our Favorite K-Dramas are Leaving Netflix in May 2022
  • Hwarang! ...
  • Strangers from Hell. ...
  • Love in the Moonlight. ...
  • The Producers. ...
  • Uncontrollably Fond. ...
  • Boys Over Flowers.

Why are there so many Korean movies on Netflix? ›

Naturally, with Covid-19 prompting social distancing and staying home, people started binge-watching series and films online. Thus, while the virus affected people worldwide, it provided Netflix and Korean content makers with a window of opportunity.

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