Updated December 24th, 2023 at 21:42 IST

Past Lives to Kill Boksoon: Best Korean movies of 2023 that you must watch this Holiday season

As the world begins its family time of this year's Holiday season, here are a few of the best and highly-entertaining Korean movies of this year to binge-watch.

Past Lives
Past Lives | Image:Twitter

Korean cinema maintains its global craze, presenting a range of compelling narratives and diverse storytelling in 2023. From the thought-provoking Cobweb at Cannes to the critically acclaimed Past Lives, some movies showcased the cut-above-the-rest quality and creativity that Korean cinema brings to the world stage.

Past Lives | Image: Instagram


At Cannes 2023, Kim Jee-woon's Cobweb premiered out of competition, offering a surreal journey into filmmaking's complexities. Set in the 1970s, the film blurs reality and fiction, following a director's quest to reshoot his movie's ending. The meta-fictional piece received a 10-minute standing ovation at its Cannes debut.

Cobweb poster | Image: IMDb

Past Lives

Past Lives, the debut film from Celine Song, explores the reconnection of childhood friends Nora and Hae Sung, separated by emigration from South Korea. The movie delicately balances love and lost opportunities, showcasing Song's directorial skill in capturing the complexities of human emotions.

Past Lives poster | Image: IMDb

Kill Boksoon

Jeon Do-Yeon stars in this thrilling tale of a single mother with a dangerous secret navigating the world of contract killing. With Sol Kyung-gu as her mentor, the film promises suspense and intensity, lauded for its gripping cinematic experience. Featuring a significant cameo by Hwang Jung-min, the movie is available to stream on Netflix.

Kill Boksoon | Image: IMDb

Return to Boston

This Korean movie revisits 1947, a pivotal year for Korean athletes in the Boston International Marathon after World War II. Following the liberation from Japanese rule, the film portrays Suh Yun-bok's journey, coached by Son Kee-jung, highlighting resilience and determination in the face of adversity.

Return to Boston | Image: IMDb


In the 22nd-century dystopian future of Jung_E, climate change has left the world uninhabitable. Humanity seeks refuge in engineered shelters and amidst societal disruption, Jung Yi (Kim Hyun-joo) transforms into an AI leader for survival. Director Yeon Sang-ho explores an accurate balance between technology and humanity for this one.

Jung_E | Image: Instagram

Which one's your favourite? Tell us in the comments below.


Published December 24th, 2023 at 21:42 IST

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