Best Korean movies of 2022 to watch online in 2023: 20th Century Girl, Decision to Leave, Broker and More

We have listed some of the best Korean movies of 2022 that went on to become the highest-grossing films.

308152

The Korean film industry has been doing very well in recent years, thanks to the increasing popularity of Korean movies. This year was no exception, with many people choosing to watch Korean films over others. If you’re looking for something new and exciting to watch, then be sure to check out some of the best Korean movies out there!

Below we have listed some of the best Korean movies of 2022 that went on to become the highest-grossing films, broke several records on the various streaming platforms, and were also appreciated by the audience present at the film festivals they were released on. Check them out, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Top Korean Movies of 2022

Movie Name IMDB Rating
Kingmaker 6.7
In our Prime 6.7
Special Delivery 6.4
The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure 6.1
The Policeman’s Lineage 6.1
Hot Blooded 6
Decision to Leave 7.3
The Witch: Part 2- The other one 6.2
Broker 7.1
Hunt 6.8
Project Wolf Hunting 6.2
The Roundup 7
Return to Seoul 7
20th Century Girl 7.3
Love and Leashes 6.3

1. Kingmaker

Directed by Sung-hyun Byun and produced by Lee Jin-hee and Park Jun-ho, Kingmaker is a political drama whose story of the movie revolves around the relationship of a politician Kim Dae-jung and his political strategists, Uhm Chang-rok. While the politician dreams of becoming a president with the motive of changing the world and making it a better place, the political strategist, Seo Chang-dae is a bit selfish and puts his winning above the needs of the citizens. The movie was released in theatres on January 26, 2022, making it one of the highest-grossing movies in the country. 

Cast: Chong-ok Bae, Jeon Bae-soo, Lee Hwa-Ryong, Park Hyoung-soo, and others.

Release Date: 26 January, 2022

Duration: 123 minutes

Genre: Drama, History

Director: Sung-hyun Byun

Producers: Lee Jin-hee and Park Jun-ho

Where to watch: IPTV, Google Play, KakaoPage, Naver TV, Cinefox, KT skylife

Also Read: Best Comedy Movies on Netflix Right Now

2. In Our Prime

Directed by Dong-hoon Park and produced by Ha Jeong-wan, the story of the movie revolves around the life of a teacher named Ji-woo, who becomes friends with the security guard of the school, named Hak-sung. Ji-woo requests the security guard to teach him mathematics. However, their friendship turns when a horrific incident occurs at the school. The movie was released in theatres on March 9, 2022, with Korean as its original language. 

Cast: Choi Min-sik, Kim Dong-hwi, Park Byung-eun, Park Hae-joon, Jo Yun-Seo, Tang Jun-sang, Kim Won-hae, Joo Jin-wo, and Kang Mal-geum. 

Release Date: 9 March 2022

Duration: 117 minutes

Genre: Drama

Director: Dong-hoon Park

Producers: Ha Jeong-wan

Where to watch: Netflix

3. Special Delivery

Directed by Dae-min Park and produced by Kim Bong-seo, the movie’s story revolves around a delivery employee named Eun-ha, who is known for delivering illegal products. While on her way to meet her potential client Kyeong-pil, who is known face in gambling, she meets his son named Kim Seo-wang. She spends her entire time protecting him from his father, who, with the help of a police officer is out chasing his son to possess the password of the bank account that has approximately 30 million US dollars in it. The movie was released in theatres on January 12, 2022, with Korean as its original language. 

Cast: Park So-dam, Song Sae-byeok, Kim Eui-sung, Jung Hyeon-jun, Yeom Hye-ran, Yeon Hye-ran, Han Hyun-min, Yoo Seung-ho, Jeon Seok-ho, and Choi Deok-moon.

Release Date: 12 January, 2022

Duration: 108 minutes

Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime

Director: Dae-min Park

Producer: Kim Bong-seo

Where to watch: IPTV, Google Play, KakaoPage, Naver TV, Cinefox, KT skylife

Also Read: Best Thriller Movies on Netflix

4. The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure

Directed by Jeong-hoon Kima, the story of the movie takes place in the Joseon times, when a group of courageous pirates as well as bandits while battling with the rough wave of the water, go on a quest to find and acquire the last remaining royal gold before their enemies. The movie was released on January 26, 2022, with Korean as its original language. 

Cast: Han Hyo-joo, Kang Ha-neul, Lee Kwang-soo, Kwon Sang-woo, Chae Soo-bin, Oh Se-hun, Kim Sung-ho, Park Ji-hwan, Park hoon, Kim Ki-doo, and Sung Dong-il.

Release Date: 26 January 2022

Duration: 126 minutes

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Director: Jeong-hoon Kima

Producer: Jeong-hoon Kima

Where to watch: Netflix

5. The Policeman’s Lineage

Directed by Kyu-maan Lee, the story of the movie based on the novel “Blood of the Policeman” written by Joh Sasaki, which revolves around the life of two police officers who have different techniques to investigate cases, who team up to investigate a case. However, the case drags both of them into a loophole that creates havoc in the police station. The movie was released in theatres on January 5th, 2022, with Korean as its original language. 

Cast: Cho Jin-woong, Choi Woo-shik, Park Sang-soon, Park Hee-soon, Park Myung-hoon, Kwon Yul, Jang Seo-kyung, Lee Sung-woo, Son In-yong, and Lim Chul-hyung.

Release Date: January 5, 2022

Duration: 119 minutes

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director: Kyu-maan Lee

Producer: Kyu-maan Lee 

Where to watch: Apply TV, Amazon Prime Video, Show Me TV, Vudu, MovieZone, Fawesome

6. Hot Blooded

Directed by Cheon Myeong-kwan and produced by Kim Ju-gyeong, the story of the movie is based on the novel “Hot Blooded” written by Kim Ju-gyeong, which revolves around the life of a gangster living in Guam, Korea, who wishes to live a healthy lifestyle free of violence and crime and wants his past not to destroy his future. However, his plan does not last long, and he unexpectedly gets involved in a crime that yields bad results. The movie was released in theatres on March 23rd, 2022, with Korean as its original language. 

Cast: Jung Woo, Kim Kap-soo, Choi Moo-sung, Ji Seung-hyun, Lee Hong-nae, Yoon Ji-Hye, Lee Sung-woo, and Jung Yung-woo. 

Release Date:  23 March, 2022

Duration:120 minutes

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Director: Cheon Myeong-Kwan

Producer: Kim Ju-gyeong

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu

Also Read: Best Thriller Movies on Amazon Prime

7. Decision to Leave

Directed and produced by Park Chan-wook, the story of the movie revolves around the life of a detective named Hae Jung, who has been given the duty to investigate the case of a man, who has mysteriously died in the mountain. While investigating the case, Hae Jung cross path with the wife of the dead man, who is acting very suspiciously around the detective. The movie was released in theatres on 29th June 2022 and received a positive review from the audience and the critics.

Cast: Tang Wei, Park Hae-il, Lee Jung-hyun, Go Kyung-pyo, Park Yong-woo, Kim Shin-young, Jung Yi-seo, Jung Young-Sook, Yoo Seung-mok, Park Jeong-min, Seo Hyun-woo, Teo Yoo, Go Min-si, Lee Hak-joo, Jeong Ha-dam, Choi Dae-hoon, Joo In-young, and Jung So-ri.

Release Date: 29 June 2022

Duration: 139 minutes

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Director: Park Chan-wook

Producer: Park Chan-wook

Where to watch: Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, Voot, Jio Cinema

8. The Witch: Part 2- The other one

Directed and written by Park Hoon-Jung, the story of the movie revolves around the life of a girl who finds herself waking up in a laboratory that seemed a bit strange, where meets a mysterious man named Kyung-hee who is helping to keep her safe from a gang that is looking for her. Once the gang finds the girl, they are endangered by a mysterious power and are left shocked. The movie was released in theatres on June 15th, 2022, and became the top 5th movie to perform well in the box office. 

Cast: Shin Si-ah, Park Eun-bin, Seo Eun-soo, Jin Goo, Sung Yoo-bin, Jo Min-su, Kim So-min, Kim Ki-hae, Seo Yi-ra, Jung Ra-el, Justin John Harvey, Cha Soon-bae, Chae Won-bin, Kim Da-mi, Lee Jong-suk, and Uhm Tae-goo. 

Release Date: June 15, 2022

Duration: 137 minutes

Genre: Action, Thriller, Mystery

Director: Park Hoon-Jung

Producer: Park Hoon-Jung

Where to watch: IPTV, Google Play, KakaoPage, Naver TV, Cinefox, KT skylife

9. Broker

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda and produced by Eugene Lee, the movie’s story revolves around the life of a man named Ha Sang-Hyeon, who works as a volunteer at a church along with his friend Dong-soo. Apart from working at a church, they also run an illegal business of stealing babies from the same church they volunteer at and selling them on the adoption black market. After So-young, a mother comes back to find her abandoned baby, she, with the motive to find the baby, and his\her future parent, goes on a road trip with the guys. The movie was released in theatres on June 8th, 2022, and received a standing ovation from the audience when it was released at the Cannes International Film Festival on May 26th, 2022. 

Cast: Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-woo, Bae Doona, Lee Ji-eun, Lee Joo-young, Park Ji-yong, Im Seung-soo, kang Gil-woo, Lee Moo-saeng, Ryu Kyung-soo, Song Sae-byeok, Kim Seon-young, Lee Dong-hwi, Kim Sae-byuk, Park Hae-joon, Baek Hyun-jin, and Kim Ye-eun. 

Release Date: 8 June, 2022

Duration: 129 minutes

Genre: Drama

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Producer: Eugene Lee

Where to watch: Cineplex, Cinemark, Regal, AMC

Also Read: 11 Best South Indian Movies to Watch Online 2022

10. Hunt

Directed by Lee Jung-jae and produced by Lee Jung-jae and Han Jae-duk, the story of the movie revolves around the lives of two officers from Korea, Park Pyong-ho and Kim Jung-do, who are working in Washingtion DC, and have taken on the duty to protect the US president. However, things fall apart when Kim although not a Donglim, plans to assassinate the president whereas Park is the actual Donglim. After various attempt to assassinate the president and continuously failing, both Kim and Park end up loosing their lives.  The movie was released in theatres on August 10th, 2022 becoming the 4th highest grossing Korean film of 2022.

Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Jung Woo-sung, Jeon Hye-jin, Heo Sung-tae, Go Yoon-jung, Kim Jong-soo, Jung Man-sik, Kang Kyung-heon, Park Sung-woo, Jo Woo-jin, Kim Nam-gil, Ju Ji-hoon, Hwang Jung-min, Lee Sung-min, and Yoo Jae-myung. 

Release Date: 10 August, 2022

Duration: 131 minutes

Genre: Drama, Action, Mystery

Director: Lee Jung-jae

Producer: Lee Jung-jae and Han Jae-duk 

Where to watch: Netflix

11. Project Wolf Hunting

Directed by Kim Hong-seon, the story of the movie revolves around the lives of many criminals who are being transported on a cargo ship all the way to South Korea from the Philippines. However, things fall apart when they all of them come together to attempt to escape the ship which leads to a riot between them and the police officers. The movie was released in theatres on September 21st, 2022 and won two awards at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. 

Cast: Seo In-guk, Jang Dong-yoon, Choi Gwi-hwa, Park Ho-san, Jung So-min. Ko Chang-seok, Jang Young-nam, Sung Dong-il, Son Jong-hak, Lee Sung-wook, Hong Ji,yoon, Jung Moon-sung, Lim Ju-hwan, Kwon Soo-hyun, Jung Sung-il, and Kim Kang-hoon. 

Release Date: 21 September, 2022

Duration: 122 minutes

Genre: Crime, Action, Horror

Director: Kim Hong-seon 

Producer: Kim Hong-seon 

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

Also Read: 20 Best Tamil Movies on OTT 2022: Ponniyin Selvan

12. The Roundup

Directed by Lee Sang-yong, the story of the movie revolves around the life of a detective named Ma Seok-do, who in order to find a potential suscept of the cast he is investigating, goes to a foreign country. While his stay at the country, he discovers about a serial killer who is responsible for the killing of many tourists for so many years, and has still not been arrested for his crime. The movie was released in theatres on May 18th, 2022, and is currently the highest-grossing movie of the country. 

Cast: Ma Dong-seok, Son Suk-ku, Choi Gwi-hwa, Park Ji-hwan, Heo Dong-won, Ha Jun, Jung Jae-kwang, Nam Moon-cheol, Park Ji-young, Lee Joo-won, Eum Moon-suk, Kim Chan-hyung, Cha Woo-jin, Jeon Jin-oh, Jung In-gi.

Release Date: 18 May, 2022

Duration: 106 minutes

Genre: Crime, Action, Thriller

Director: Lee Sang-yong

Producer: Kim Hong-baek, Jang Won-seok, Ma Dong-seok 

Where to watch: Disney+ Hotstar

13. Return to Seoul

Directed by Davy Chou, the story of the movie around the life of a 25-year-old girl named Freddie, born and raised in France by her adopted parents, is visiting South Korea for the first time, with the intensions of finding her biological parents. During her time in Seoul, Freddie encounters with several uncomfortable situations but she does not let them get in a way of finding her real parents. The movie was released in theatres on 22nd May, 2022 which was critically acclaimed. 

Cast: Ji-Min Park, Oh Kwang-rok, Cho-woo Choi, Guka Han, Kim Sun-young, Yoann Zimmer, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Hur Ouk-Sook, and Emeline Briffaud.

Release Date: 22 May, 2022

Duration: 115 minutes

Genre: Drama

Director: Davy Chou 

Producer: Katia Khazak and Charlotte Vincent

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

14. 20th Century Girl

Directed by Bang Woo-ri, the movie takes place in the year 1999, which revolves around the life of a seventeen-year-old, named Bo-ra. Her best friend Yeon-du, with a heart problem, tells Bo-ra that she does not wish to leave the country to get her heart surgery as she has fallen in love with her classmate named Baek Hyun-Jin. To do her best friend a favour, Bo-ra promises her that when she is away at the US for her surgery, she will keep a close check on him and once she knows everything about him, she will email her about the same. The movie was released directly on the online streaming platform Netflix, on 21st October, 2022.

Cast: Kim Yoo-Jung, Han Hyo-joo, Byeon Woo-seok, Park Jung-woo, Roh Yoon-seo, Kim Sung-kyung, Jeong Seok-yong, Lee Cheon-moo, Yoon Yi-re, and Jeon Hye-won

Release Date: 21 October, 2022

Duration: 119 minutes

Genre: Drama, Romance

Director: Bang Woo-ri

Producer: Im Seung-yong

Where to watch: Netflix

15. Love and Leashes

Directed by Park Hyun-jin, the movie is based on the webtoon named Moral Sense written by Gyeoul, which revolves around the lives of two young adults, who also happens to be co-workers, who have signed a contract and are pretending to act as lovers for their personal gains. The movie was released directly on the online streaming platform Netflix, on 11th February, 2022.

Cast: Seohyun, Lee Jun-young, Lee El, Seo Hyun-woo, Lee Suk-hyeong, Kim Bo-ra, Naek Hyun-Joo, and Ahn Seung-gyun.

Release Date: 11 February, 2022

Duration: 117 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Director: Park Hyun-jin 

Producer: Park Hyun-jin 

Where to watch: Netflix

Also Read: 15 Best Bollywood Movies on OTT 2022

These were some of the most popular Korean films released this year, making them the most talked about films of the year and landing on most people’s list of comfort movies to watch.