Korean film enthusiasts have enjoyed a fantastic year. The new Korean films of 2022 have varied from pleasant rom-com to daring espionage thrillers to heart-wrenching dramas as streamers like Netflix continue to invest in South Korean content and projects with stacked casts to obtain U.S. distribution.
1. Mask Girl
Mask Girl, a highly anticipated K-drama with a rumored seven episodes, is based on the same-named webtoon. It centers on Mo-Mi, a regular office worker with a severe inferiority problem over her appearance. However, she presents an internet show wearing a mask and is proud of her lovely figure.
2. The Girl Downstairs
The Girl Downstairs is a 2023 Korean drama series based on the webtoon Lee Doona (2019), with an incredible star cast. On his first day of college, freshman Won-joon moves into a new apartment only to discover that his downstairs neighbor Doo-na is a former celebrity who gave up her career to further her education. But against his will, he starts to fall for her.
Vigilante, which focuses on the crime and action genres, is based on a webtoon of the same name that follows Kim Ji-yong, a student at the police academy. At a young age, he witnesses his mother being murdered by known gangsters and swears to exact revenge. He establishes a criminal organization, turns vigilante, and murders lawbreakers.
4. D.P. 2
The six-episode first season came to a satisfying conclusion and provided a realistic picture of institutional abuse, political ties, and what goes on in the army. Joon-ho was seen leaving with five weeks of conscription still remaining. However, Ho-hyeol defies his senior Bum-gu in front of all the juniors, which might undermine his authority.
5. The Uncanny Counter 2
This spooky Korean drama series from 2023 is based on the webcomic Amazing Rumor by Jang Y and follows a gang of noodle restaurant employees during the day and demon hunters at night. Mun, a young high school student who is 18 years old, lost both of his parents when he was a child due to a vehicle accident. After a series of unusual occurrences, the spirit of one Counter enters him and bestows unique skills. He learns about the Counters one day.
6. Gyeongseong Creature
The Korean drama series, which premieres in 2023 and is set in 1945 Gyeongseong (the ancient name for Seoul), follows a couple of city inhabitants who experience hellish monsters created out of greed while living under Japanese domination. This is one of the most eagerly awaited K-dramas of 2023, especially considering the excellent star cast.
7. Kill Bok-Soon
Bok-soon is a professional murderer who struggles to manage her job and personal life, mainly because she has a 15-year-old daughter. The CEO of the corporation Bok-soon works for is replaced by Min-gyu. He is the one who gave her all the training necessary for the profession, making Bok-soon the most feared assassin in the area.
8. The Roundup: No Way Out
The Roundup: No Way Out, the third installment of one of the most well-known and well-liked Korean films, is a follow-up to Lee's action blockbuster The Roundup from 2022. Don Lee returns in this installment as the tough cop who teams up with the Regional Investigation Unit to track down notorious Japanese Yazuka gangsters who are causing havoc in Korea.
9. Queen Maker
Queen Maker, one of the most anticipated Netflix original Korean dramas of 2023, centers on two strong, headstrong women who disagree on methods and viewpoints but band together to fight for justice. Do-hee is a dependable strategic planning team manager at the Eunsung Group who manages challenging situations and looks out for public opinion. Seung-sook is running for mayor to bring justice to the people and is opposed to the Eunsung Group.
10. Peppermint Candy
With a unique and captivating storytelling device, Peppermint Candy, directed by renowned Korean director Lee Chang-Dong, examines themes of fate, time, and memory. The narrative is narrated backward through the final 20 years of a doomed man's life.