Most Anticipated Korean Films of 2016


Some of the most exciting Korean projects on the horizon are still a long ways off, so here’s a brief list of big films we will most likely see at some point in 2017.


Bong Joon-ho’s Okja, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Tilda Swinton and more, will start shooting later this year in Korea and North America. Netflix and Plan B Entertainment are on board, along with Korean outfit Lewis Pictures.

The King

Following The Face Reader (2013), director Han Jae-rim will next tackle The King, a legal/crime thriller with Jung Woo-sung, Zo In-sung and the always watchable Bae Sung-woo in a supporting role.

The Master

The director of Cold Eyes (2013) pulls together one of the biggest casts for an upcoming film in The Master, a crime thriller which will star Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin.

With God

An ambitious, 2-part fantasy drama based on a webtoon with director Kim Yong-hwa (Take Off, 2009) at the helm. Ha Jung-woo and Cha Tae-hyun lead cast in a story reminiscent of A Matter of Life and Death (1946). 

Battleship Island

Ryoo Seung-wan is preparing a WWII escape film, set on the same island that was Silva’s lair in Skyfall (2012). Battleship Island also reunites Ryoo with his Veteran star Hwang Jung-min.

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  1. Thank you, I love this list and your blog.

  2. I think the most anticipated of them all is Park Chan Wook's back to home, especially with the Ha Jung Woo teaming up with him for the first time, & speaking of HJW I think this is the first time he has only one project during the whole year, he usually makes 2 or even 3 between acting & directing
    The one with Oh Dal So also looks great i really hope it turns out a good one, about time poor ODS gets the recognation he deserves