The 9 Best New Korean Movies of 2024 (So Far)

If you loved 'Train to Busan' or 'Past Lives,' there's something on this list for you.

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If you're a film fan who has made it to 2024 without checking out the thriving world of Korean cinema, now's the time to change that. In the past decade, South Korean entertainment has found breakthrough success in the U.S., with thrilling films like Train to Busan and Oldboy becoming beloved classics, to Parasite and Minari star Youn Yuh-jung taking home Academy Awards. The Korean film wave isn't slowing down any time soon, and its 2024 film slate is already chock full of highly-anticipated releases. Some on the list so far: Don Lee's latest apocalyptic action flick; an adorable dog-lovers anthology; a chilling exorcist thriller; and an epic romance between Korean emigrants in Belgium.

Read on to discover the Korean films coming to U.S. theaters and streaming platforms this year. (And if you're looking to get your feet wet in Korean cinema, check out our recommendations for the best Korean movies on Netflix and the best Korean movies of 2023.)

'Alienoid 2: Return to the Future'

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Releases: January 10, 2024

Starring: Kim Tae-ri, Ryu Jun-yeol, and Kim Woo-bin.

This sequel to the genre-bending 2022 film has already topped the Korean box office, starting off the year with a high-octane continuation of the war between aliens and humans. When a mysterious time portal opens, Goryeo-era Taoists searching for a legendary sword cross paths with fighters from 2022 hunting an alien imprisoned in a human's body.

Trailer: HERE

'Badland Hunters'

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Releases: January 26, 2024 on Netflix

Starring: Don Lee (a.k.a. Ma Dong-seok), Lee Hee-joon, Lee Jun-young, Roh Jeong-eui, and Kim Young-sun.

This Netflix action-thriller takes place in a dystopian future, after a massive earthquake levels Seoul. In this lawless wasteland lives Nam San (Don Lee), a notorious huntsman who does what he can to survive. When he makes friends with a teen who is abducted by a barbarous doctor (Lee Hee-joon), the badland hunter becomes determined to rescue her.

Trailer: HERE

'Citizen of a Kind'

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Releases: January 26, 2024 in theaters

Starring: Ra Mi-ran, Gong Myung, Yeom Hye-ran, Jang Yoon-ju, Ahn Eun-jin, Park Byung-eun, and Lee Moo-saeng.

This action comedy based on a real-life incident follows a housewife (Ra), who becomes determined to take down a voice phishing operation after she loses her entire savings. With the help of friends, as well as one of her scammers who agrees to become an informant, she tracks down the masterminds behind the scam ring.

Trailer: HERE

'Dog Days'

Actors Tang Jun-Sang, Lee Hyun-Woo, Chung Sung-Hwa, Yoon Chae-Na, Yunjin Kim aka Yoon-Jin Kim, Yoon Yeo-Jeong aka Youn Yuh-Jung and Yu Hae-Jin attend the 'Dog Days' press screening

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Releases: February 7, 2024 in theaters

Starring: Youn Yuh-jung, Yoo Hae-jin, Yunjin Kim, Jung Sung-hwa, Kim Seo-hyung, Tang Jun-sang, Lee Hyun-woo, and Daniel Henney.

This heartwarming comedy featuring Oscar winner Youn Yuh-jung follows pet owners who cross paths in a vet's office. It chronicles their relationships to their pets as well as the relationships they form with each other.

Trailer: HERE

'Exhuma'

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Releases: February 22, 2024 in theaters

Starring: Choi Min-sik, Lee Do-hyun, Kim Go-eun, and Yoo Hae-jin

This creepy mystery-thriller follows a pair of young shamans (played by Lee and Kim) who are hired to save a wealthy Los Angeles family that's being tormented by the "dark shadow of an ancestor," per the film's description. The duo teams up with an exorcist (Choi) and a mortician (Yoo) to exhume the ancestor's grave, located in a remote Korean village. "The exhumation is carried out, but unleashes a malevolent force buried beneath."

Trailer: HERE

'My Name Is Loh Kiwan'

a man (Song Joong-ki as Loh Kiwan) sits in front of a mirror showing the reflection of a white-haired man and black-haired woman at a desk

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Releases: March 1, 2024 on Netflix

Starring: Song Joong-ki, Choi Sung-eun, Cho Han-cheul, Kim Sung-ryoung, Lee Il-hwa, Lee Sang-hee, and Seo Hyun-woo.

This highly-anticipated drama follows a North Korean defector (Song) who escapes to Belgium and struggles to adjust to the foreign culture as he waits for refugee status. He soon falls for a young Korean woman (Choi) who has lost the will to live.

Trailer: HERE

'Officer Black Belt'

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Releases: TBA on Netflix

Starring: Kim Woo-bin and Kim Sung-kyun

This action buddy comedy will reunite Black Knight director Jason Kim with star Kim Woo-bin, as the actor depicts the world of "martial arts officers." When he rescues an officer from an assault and temporarily takes up the post, he partners with a dedicated probation officer (played by Kim Sung-kyun) to keep the community safe.

Trailer: TBA

'The Flood'

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Releases: TBA on Netflix

Starring: Kim Da-mi and Park Hae-soo

This disaster flick is set during the last day on Earth, as a catastrophic flood threatens the entire planet. Itaewon Class's Kim Da-mi stars as An-na, an AI researcher who struggles to survive a tidal surge and rescues a child from a flooding apartment. Meanwhile a security team member named Hee-joo (played by Squid Game's Park Hee-soo) tries to help Anna and the child.

Trailer: TBA

'Uprising'

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Releases: TBA on Netflix

Starring: Gang Dong-won, Park Jeong-min, Cha Seung-won, Kim Shin-rock, Jin Sun-kyu, and Jung Sung-ill.

All we know so far about this historical epic, co-written and co-produced by acclaimed director Park Chan-wook is its logline: "Set in the Joseon era, during a tumultuous time in the aftermath of war, Uprising takes viewers on a gripping journey through the lives of two childhood friends turned adversaries: Cheon-yeong, a slave with remarkable martial prowess who struggles to break free from an unjust servitude, and Jong-ryeo, Cheon-yeong’s master and scion of Joseon’s most influential military family."

Trailer: TBA

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