Where are all the Korean movie lovers at! Granted, it’s hard to even find a place to watch Korean movies when you want to. Luckily, a lot of outlets, like Netflix and On Demand Korea, are making it easier to get ahold of Korean movies.
Below are 7 Korean movies that premiered in January of 2019 (this year!), and even more are premiering next month. Of the ones that premiered in January, Extreme Job is the runaway hit. Hit-and-Run also got a lot of pre-release buzz, probably because it has an all star lineup, but I am not sure how it did in the box office yet.
All the January movies are below and we also made a YouTube of all released Korean Movies which is below as well. You can subscribe to our YouTube right here. Enjoy!
7 KOREAN DRAMAS THAT PREMIERED IN JANUARY OF 2019
#1 No Mercy, 언니
Release Date: January 1, 2019
Starring: Lee Si Young, Park Se Wan, Lee Joon Hyuk
Premise: In-Ae (Lee Si-Young) and her younger sister Eun-Hye (Park Se-Wan) have relied on each other ever since her parents passed away. One day, Eun-Hye disappears. In-Ae struggles to find her sister and seeks revenge on the people responsible for her sisters disappearance.
#2 The Dude In Me 내안의 그놈
Release Date: January 9, 2019
Genre: Comedic Fantasy
Starring: Park Sung Woong, Ra Mi Ran, Jung Jin Young
Premise: Dong-hyun accidentally slips from the roof of a building and falls on top of Pan-soo. In the hospital, the two wake up in each other’s bodies.
#3 Malmoe: The Secret Mission, 말모이
Release Date: January 9, 2019
Genre: Historic Drama
Starring: Yoo Hae Jin and Yoon Kye Sang
Premise: Set in the 1940’s during Japanese occupation. Korean people were banned from speaking their own language during that time. A secret society was formed to teach the Korean language and publish a Korean language dictionary.
#4 Mate, 메이트
Release Date: January 17, 2019
Starring: Sim Hee Seop and Jung Hye Sung
Premise: Joon-Ho (Sim Hee-Seop) starts a new job at an advertising company and sees Eun-Ji (Jung Hye-Sung) again. They previously met through a dating app. Joon-Ho suggests that they date again, Eun Ji takes it lightly, but Joon-Ho’s feelings for her grow deeper and deeper.
#5 Rosebud, 그대 이름은 장미
Release Date: January 16, 2019
Starring: Yoo Ho Jung and Park Sung Woong
Premise: Jang-Mi (Ha Yeon-Soo) wanted to become an idol but got pregnant unnexpectedly in her 20’s. She is now a middle-aged single mother to daughter Hyun-A (Chae Soo-Bin). One day, Jang-Mi meets her ex-boyfriend Myung-Hwan (Park Sung-Woong) and also runs into Hyuna’s birth father, Soon-Chul (Oh Jung-Se). Comedy Ensues.
#6 Extreme Job, 극한직업
Release Date: January 23, 2019
Starring: Ryu Seung Ryong, Lee Hanee, Lee Dog Hwi, Jin Seon Kyu, and Gong Myung
Premise: A team of detectives start a chicken restaurant for an undercover drug-bust operation, but their chicken restaurant is a huge success. The question is, should they stay detectives or run this hit business?
#7 Hit-and-Run Squad, 뺑반
Release Date: January 30, 2019
Starring: Gond Hyo Jin, Ryu Jun Yeol, Jo Jung Seok
Premise: Police lieutenant Eun Shi-Yeon (Kong Hyo-Jin) is demoted to a lowly hit-and-run investigation team where Police Constable Seo Min-Jae (Ryoo Joon-Yeol) and Woo Sun-Young (Jeon Hye-Jin) work. Their goal is to catch Jung Jae-Cheol (Cho Jung-Seok), the first Formula One racer in South Korea who suddenly retired as a race car driver and is now businessman.
Which movies do you want to check out? I kind of want to see Mate because I loved Sim Hee-seob in Children of a Lesser God. Though Extreme Job is getting all the love (and laughs) so that one looks like a must watch as well!