10 South Korean Crime Movies 2020 You Should See: It’s unfortunate that the South Korean film industry has only just begun to attract the attention of the global community. The country is notorious for creating unedited, obscene, and sincere movies that openly and frankly target any social topics deemed frightening.

One of the strongest film genres in South Korea is crime cinema, along with romantic films. In the genre that has dominated the market for decades, South Korea is still creating its masterpieces as the 2020s drag on.

South Korean Crime Movies

The Day I Died: Unclosed Case

The Time of My Death: Unknown The case centers on Kim Hyeon-soo (Kim Hye-soo), who is tasked with looking into a case of a woman going missing. However, because of poor weather, Se-(No jin’s Jeong-ee) body cannot be located, and the case is left unsolved. Hyeon-soo, however, is driven to uncover the truth when Se-death jin’s was declared a suicide by the local police.

All of the movie’s female characters were skilfully and realistically written, which made the spectator feel sorry for them. Despite the film’s plodding pace, the excellent performance by the actors and the creative use of music, camera angles, and lighting keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

South Korean Crime Movies


The story of Innocence centers on Ahn Jung-In (Shin Hye-Sun), a talented, attractive, and well-known lawyer who decides to return to her hometown to defend her estranged mother, who was accused of poisoning her guests. She finds out about her family’s secrets and the dreadful past of the village when she starts to look into things.

A little-known detective crime film called Innocence is dedicated to perfection in acting, sound, and visuals. Furthermore, the inventive way the director told the story and enhanced the tone of the film by changing the camera angle kept the audience’s interest. The lead actress, Shin Hye-Sun, gave an excellent performance that completely tore apart the innocent and carefree demeanor she had presented in her previous performances.

South Korean Crime Movies

Voice of Silence

The silent youngster Tae-In (Yoo Ah-In) and the middle-aged man Chang Bok are the subjects of Voice of Silence, a film about two persons who specialize in cleaning corpses for criminal groups (Yoo Jae-Myung). They get a lucrative task one day to keep a special “order,” which they must do. But then their boss passed away suddenly, leaving the two adrift and in trouble.

The film is a slow-burning masterpiece that will certainly win over even the most critical viewers with its meaningful message and impeccable execution. Along with its criminal themes and action sequences, the film also makes a significant statement that might disturb viewers. One of the best performances of their lives is given by Ah-In and Jae-Myung, the lead performers.

South Korean Crime Movies

The Man Standing Next

The true story of the disappearance of KCIA Director Kim Hyong-Uk is covered in the movie, which is based on Kim Choong-nonfiction Sik’s book Chiefs of Namsan. The events depicted in The Man Standing Next took place 40 days before South Korean President Park’s (18-year) tyranny was put an end by Kim Gyu-Pyeong (Lee Byung-Hun), the KCIA director, killing Park.

There is a strong political and espionage tone to the film, which may or may not be appealing to many individuals. The screenplay was faithfully and successfully adapted, which helped create a gripping narrative and engaging characters with sensible motivations and actions.

South Korean Crime Movies

Deliver Us From Evil

In-Nam (Hwang Jung-Min), an experienced hitman who plans to retire after executing his final hit, is portrayed in Deliver Us From Evil. He becomes embroiled in an abduction case in Thailand and comes under attack from Ray (Lee Jung-Jae), whose brother he killed.

The movie’s pace and emphasis are strengthened by the two stories, not diminished by them. There are some stunningly amazing street shootouts, a rooftop chase on the scale of Mission Impossible, and some incredibly thrilling martial arts. Additionally, while fighting against one another, the leading actors have incredible chemistry.

South Korean Crime Movies

Time to Hunt (South Korean Crime Movies)

A recently released prisoner named Jun-Seok (Lee Je-Hoon) and three of his friends decide to organize a heist in Time to Hunt, which is set in a dystopian South Korea with a failing economy. The squad learned that a mysterious cold-blooded assassin was hunting them after they had finished the assignment.

The movie’s tempo picked up as it went along, adding more action and horror so that the audience could get used to the group. Despite meticulous attention to action sequences, the plot of the film, which is regarded as Parasite’s successor, did not go further into classism. However, fans of Korean crime films should add Time to Hunt to their watchlist because it is a worthwhile film to watch.

South Korean Crime Movies

On the Line (South Korean Crime Movies)

Seo-Joon (Byun Yo-han), a former investigator and voice phishing victim, is followed in the drama On the Line as he infiltrates the group of fraudsters in China in order to get his money back. He meets the man who came up with this phishing plan, Mr. Kwak (Kim Mu-Yeol), who turns out to be a difficult task to deal with.

The writing by Bae Yong-ik gives the film a strong opening, showing that he has a clear understanding of how the fraud operates and the systems that enable it to be carried out. Even if the second half of the film doesn’t give the characters much space to grow, Money Heist and Squid Game fans may be familiar with and like the movie.

South Korean Crime Movies

Beasts Clawing At Straws

The 2011 Japanese novel of the same name by Keisuke Sone, which is told from three different points of view, served as the inspiration for Beasts Clawing at Straws. First, Joong-man (Bae Seong-woo), the owner of the restaurant, finds a sizeable sum of money left in the sauna, and Tae-young (Jung Woo-sung), the customs officer, decides to organize a successful con with one of his guys since he owed money to a crook. And finally, Mi-ran (Shin Hyun-bin), an escort with a violent spouse, sees a way out.

The Call (South Korean Crime Movies)

The Call is about Seo-Yeon (Park Shin-Hye) and Young-sook (Jeon Jong-Seo), two women from different eras who converse over the phone, which changes their fortunes. It was based on the 2011 British and Puerto Rican movie The Caller.

The suspense and criminal features of the movie are the main components of its success, despite the fact that the supernatural element serves as the foundation of the main plot. Another excellent aspect of the movie is its music, and viewers will be left with a strong impression of its opponent because it was expertly and authentically created.

Night in Paradise (South Korean Crime Movies)

Tae Gu (Um Tae Goo), a known thief who opted to flee from Jeju Island after losing his sister and niece in a terrible automobile accident, is the main character of Night in Paradise. Both his niece Jaa Yeon (Jeon Yeo Bin), who is dying, and an arms dealer help him. In spite of Tae Gu’s spirits still pursuing him, the two eventually get close.

With its evocative colors, superb music, and visually stunning action moments, the crime thriller Night in Paradise may serve as a reminder to viewers of the Hollywood crime films of the 1950s. Aside from having excellent storytelling, the film also contains entertaining characters that assist to defuse the tension and a brilliant cast.

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