2017 has been a fantastic year for the crime thriller genre in South Korea. We mentioned earlier this year that we had high hopes for Korean cinema in 2017 and boy have we been proved right.

So many amazing films have been released this year but it’s been the crime thriller genre that as truly stood out. Once again, South Korea have shown that they are the kings of the genre. We’ve been lucky enough to watch so many great crime thrillers and below are what we consider to be the true gems.

Whilst its hard to say if any of these films will go on to be the ‘next great Korean thriller classic‘, each one is still very much worth your time.

Fabricated City

An unemployed gamer’s online friends help him after he is accused of murder.


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The Prison

Posing as a prisoner, an undercover police inspector (Kim Rae-Won) gets close to an inmate who controls both the jail and a powerful crime syndicate.


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The King

Park Tae-Soo becomes a prosecutor after going through a difficult childhood. He wants to wield absolute power and meets Han Kang-Sik (Jung Woo-Sung).


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New Trial

Starring Kang Ha Neul and Jung Woo, “New Trial” is a film based on the real incident of a young man who spent 10 years in prison after an abusive investigation for a crime he did not commit.


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A doctor suspects his patient and his patient’s son are involved in an unsolved serial murder case.


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Memoir of a Murderer

A former serial killer who has Alzheimer’s disease must protect his beloved daughter from her psychotic boyfriend. Based on a best-selling book by Kim Young-Ha, Memoir of a Murderer is currently the No 1 film in Korea.


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Which was your favourite? Did you watch a crime thriller in 2017 that you think deserves to be on this list?

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