Award-Winning Korean Movies to Watch This Weekend!

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Have you ever browsed Netflix aimlessly because you don’t know what to watch? You want to watch a movie, but there are so many different options available. Well this weekend, you don’t have to endlessly scroll through movies. Check out these three award-winning Korean movies that are available for streaming on Netflix!

The First Award-Winning Korean Movie – Burning (Beoning)

Burning, directed by Lee Chang-Dong, is an epic mystery and drama surrounding a deadly love triangle. The main character Jongsu (Yoo Ah-In) falls in love with an old neighborhood friend. This old friend Haemi (Jong-Seo Jun) is quirky and full of life and creates a connection with Jongsu. However, her attention quickly shifts to the young, handsome, and rich Ben (Steven Yeun). Ben comes back to South Korea after a trip abroad which makes Jongsu quite jealous. Eventually, Haemi mysteriously goes missing which causes Jongsu to believe that Ben had something to do with it.

It seems that this award-winning Korean movie has many positive reviews regarding the great acting, the mysterious plot, and the cinematography. It’s a nail-biter that keeps you on the edge of your seat while taking you through each twist and turn.

The movie received 57 awards and 139 nominations for a variety of awards. For more information on the awards Burning received, you should also check out the IMDb awards page.

IMDb Score: 7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Metacritic Score: 90

Award-Winning Movie #2 – The Witch Part 1: The Subversion

The Witch Part 1: The Subversion, directed by Hoong-Jung Park, is an intense mystery and action film that showcases the sensational Kim Da-Mi as the main actress alongside Choi Woo-Shik, an antagonist. The movie follows Koo Ja-Yoon (Kim Da-Mi), a child rescued by old farmers after escaping captivity as a human experiment. The plot peaks as Ja-Yoon is eventually recaptured as a teenager and separated from her loved ones. However, her capture ends in a huge plot twist and sets up the framework for the next movie in its series.

There were mixed thoughts and reviews towards the movie, but there was a lot of praise for Kim Da-Mi’s acting. Kim Da-Mi then went on to act in Itaewon Class which was released in 2020, among a few other projects.


The movie won seven awards and received 11 nominations. Many awards were for the category of best new actress or best supporting actress. For more information on these awards, you should also check out the IMDb awards page.

IMDb Score: 7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Award-Winning Movie #3 – Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer is a sci-fi and action film directed by Bong Joon-Ho. The movie is set after Earth becomes completely barren and frozen from a failed climate change “solution.” The human race is forced to create a new civilization on Snowpiercer, a train, which circles the entire planet. The movie focuses on heavy subjects in this dark satire like power, authority, classism, and the meaning of life. It’s also supposed to be a warning for what can happen to the planet when humans go too far.

With the lowest class of humans living in squalor at the back of the train to the highest class living in luxury at the front of the train, this movie also depicts a story of a revolution, in addition to the aforementioned themes. It is full of foreign actors like Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, and Octavia Spencer. However, it still has amazing Korean actors like Song Kang-Ho and is directed by the director of the Oscar-winning film Parasite.

The movie won 35 awards and received 105 nominations for a variety of categories. For more information on these awards, you should also check out the IMDb awards page.

IMDb Score: 7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Metacritic Score: 84

You can stream all three of these movies on Netflix! Instead of watching your usual TV shows and movies, put one of these on for the weekend. Each one will keep you captivated in different ways, whether it be for the acting, the plot, or the ideas presented. Why watch a regular movie when you can watch award-winning Korean movies?

Oscar trophies for award-winning movies.

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