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5 Korean Netflix Movies to Watch during the Holidays

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What better way to celebrate the holidays than to watch Netflix with your family and loved ones? With the fireplace smoldering and hot chocolate brewing, watching some exciting Korean movies will surely keep you entertained during the holidays. From delightful romantic comedies to exhilarating action films, these films will keep you on the edge of your seats during the festive season.

1. Tune In For Love (2019)

Tune In For Love is a romantic comedy starring Jung Hae In and Kim Go Eun that was released in 2019, and directed by Jung Ji Woo. The film is about a young girl named Mi Soo working in a bakery owned by her family, set in 1994 during the IMF crisis. Hyun Woo gets a part-time job at the bakery, and he starts to get very close to the family.

They both tune in to a radio station hosted by Yu Yeol, and he and Mi Soo start to develop feelings for each other. They both do not see each other for years, and their feelings for each other start rekindling again. Jung Hae In has received a Grand Bell Award for Best New Actor, and has been popular on Netflix as well. The film’s bittersweet romantic tale is perfect for the holidays, and their love story will melt everyone’s hearts that tune into the film.

2. Parasite (2019)

Parasite movie poster

You probably have heard of the film Parasite, because the film has won four academy awards at the 2020 Oscars. The film was directed by Bong Joon Ho, and stars Song Kang Ho and Lee Sun Kyoon. The film is a black comedy thriller film and focuses on the social class differences in South Korea. The film is very unique for its story and was critically acclaimed as a thematic masterpiece.

The film is about a poor family living in South Korea who con their way into working for a rich family. The film is full of twists and turns, surprising the audience for its unnerving sequence of events. Many problems of social and economic status are addressed by the director, which has much to do with the film’s success. The director is famous for similar themes of social status and controversial issues in other films as well, such as Okja and Snowpiercer.

The film is perfect to watch over the holidays with a loved one, because of its unique and unbelievable storyline. The thriller will astound people and will open the audience’s eyes into some issues that are addressed in the film about South Korea. Even though it is not a festive or romantic movie, the film will disturb and keep people at the edge of their seats the whole time.

3. #Alive (2020)

Alive film poster

Alive is a zombie movie that will keep you and your loved ones at the edge of your seats this holiday season. Along with other Korean zombie movies that were a hit of the century like Train To Busan and Rampant, #Alive also has been a remarkable success as a Netflix film feature. The film is also very fun to watch during the pandemic with its similar themes.

Yoo Ah In is a gamer student who stays at home and suddenly witnesses a zombie outbreak in his apartment complex. Seeing the unbelievable images of zombies eating people on the screen, he thinks it is CGI or a fake scene on the news. Unable to step outside without being attacked by flesh-eating zombies, he is forced to stay alive throughout the zombie apocalypse. He uses some of his skills that he had learned from his games to fight out the zombie war.

Running out of supplies and water, he must find out a way to constantly fix his situation throughout the film. He must be careful in every step outside of his apartment in order to keep the zombies away from him. With nonstop action, comedy, and twists and turns that will keep audiences scared until the end, this movie will be the talk of the century this Christmas season.

4. Psychokinesis (2018)

Psychokinesis film poster

Psychokinesis film poster

Psychokinesis is a wonderful family movie that you can watch over the festive Christmas holiday. After a tragic event, actress Shim Eun Kyeong is reunited with her father Ryu Seung Ryong who walked away from her life when she was a young girl. In order to save her restaurant, she fights against people who are trying to take her restaurant away and restructure the buildings.

When Ryu suddenly gains supernatural powers in the form of telekinesis, he tries to gain his daughter’s trust back by helping her and her neighbors fight against evil corporate villains. The comedic and bittersweet family themes are a few of the many reasons to watch the film with the whole family and loved ones this holiday season.

5. Snowpiercer (2013)

Snowpiercer film poster

Snowpiercer is a great Korean film on the Netflix holiday list for this season. With grueling action and important social themes, the film focuses on the lower class and upper class in a fantastical world. The film centers around the lower class living in the back of a train that never stops, eating scraps of food. The lower class start a rebellion and fight their way to the top, where the upper class live.

In order to go to the front of the train, they must face evil villains who try to stop them every step of the way. The film’s winter mood creates a wonderful film for the whole family and loved ones to watch during the holidays. The film was also directed by the famous Bong Joon Ho who directed Parasite. The film similarly represents issues of socioeconomic differences in this film as well.

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