Who doesn’t love a good romance movie? And no one does romantic movies better than South Koreans! So here’s a list of Korean romantic movies to put on when you’re bringing your date home.
If you want to cozy up to your partner on a rainy day, watch something heartwarming when down, or even get over a bad breakup, a sweet romantic comedy or deeply romantic drama would do the trick.
And since a lot of people have already experienced the saccharine, slow-burn goodness that is the romantic K-drama, it’s obvious that Korean movies are also sought after.
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A lot of these Korean romantic movies have amazing scenic backdrops, a lovely soundtrack, and let’s not forget the handsome main leads!
In short, these movies have all the ingredients required for an epic romantic movie!
If you want to plan out your next date, here is my list of Korean romantic movies, you must watch!
Korean Romantic Movies 2021
Castaway on the Moon
What I loved most about this movie is that it isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill romance.
It’s very surreal and touching and has dark themes such as suicide and internet addiction.
How on earth is it a romantic movie, you ask? Well, I won’t give you spoilers.
It centers on Kim Seong-geun, a lonely man who shuns society and prefers the internet to the real world.
One night as Kim attempts suicide he’s spotted by a photographer Kim Jung-yeon who loves photographing the moon.
These two unlikely lovers soon strike up a conversation based on messages in bottles and scribbled notes.
How their love comes to be is a heartwarming story!
Korean Title: 김씨 표류기 (Kimssi Pyoryugi)
Year Of Release: 2008
Starring: Jung Jae-young, Jung Ryeo-won
A Werewolf Boy
Move away Twilight and Teen Wolf, this Korean movie has got the supernatural romance theme to perfection!
The movie beings with an old woman reminiscing about her first love. Kim Sun-yi was just a little girl in the 1960s when she discovers a wild boy near her home who her kind mother mistakes for an orphan.
But something’s not right about the boy as Kim Sun-yi soon discovers.
While the movie isn’t dialogue heavy, it manages to bring tears to your eyes just through its beautiful cinematography and haunting score.
And the acting prowess of the two kids is something to be celebrated!
Korean Title: 늑대소년 (Neukdae Sonyeon)
Year Of Release: 2012
Starring: Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-young
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A Moment to Remember
This is one of the most stereotypical film in my list of Korean romantic movies. But that’s not a bad thing at all.
The movie revolves around a girl Kim Su-jin who belongs to a rich family. She falls in love with Choi Chul-soo who happens to be a humble construction worker.
Not only does this couple have to battle the class differences that come in their way, Kim Su-jin aslo gets stricken with Alzheimers.
Let me warn you! This movie is a tearjerker, and a massive one at that. Keep your tissues ready!
Korean Title: 내 머리 속의 지우개(Nae Meorisogui Jiugae)
Year Of Release: 2004
Starring: Jung Woo-sung, Son Ye-jin
The Beauty Inside
Now this movie has one of the most interesting concepts I’ve seen in recent times! The main love interest is a man, Woo-Jin who doesn’t have a body.
Or rather he doesn’t have one body as his consciousness flits from one person to another every day.
One day he might be Korean, one day he might not. Sometimes, he isn’t even a man! So naturally Woo-Jin’s played by many different actros including Park Shin Hye.
But one thing remains constant – Woo-jin is madly in love with only one woman Yi-soo!
Korean Title: 뷰티 인사이드 (Byuti Insaideu)
Year Of Release: 2015
Starring: Han Hyo-joo, Park Shin-hye, Go Ah-sung
Be With You
Be With You is a remake of a Japanese movie of the same name. The story follows Woo-Jin, a single father who struggles to raise his son after the death of his wife.
But one day, his wife Soo-ah seemingly returns from the dead, with no memory whatsoever of dying.
This movie is pretty heartwarming and melodramatic, so you can put it on during a date.
Korean Title: 지금 만나러 갑니다 (Jigeum Mannareo Gamnida)
Year Of Release: 2018
Starring: So Ji-sub, Son Ye-jin
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200 Pounds Beauty
I think everyone knows about the beauty standards in South Korea at this point. So is it really surprising that there’s a movie about plastic surgery as it’s central theme?
The movie is the story of a ghost singer Kang Han-na who’s often neglected due to her overweight appearance.
Until she gets a plastic surgery and becomes hot!
If you’re looking for a nuanced, oscar-worthy tale of self-love, this ain’t it.
But if you want a fun take on South Korea’s obsession with beauty and a cutesy romance, this movie is a fantastic watch.
Korean Title: 미녀는 괴로워 (Minyeoneun Goerowo)
Year Of Release: 2006
Starring: Kim Ah-Joong, Joo Jin-mo
If you’re not up for a romantic comedy and want to watch something more introspective, there’s always Il Mare.
This movie was not a huge financial success when it first came out, but slowly it has become a cult favorite over the years.
The movie tells the tale of two individuals who live in the same house only at different times. But their love helps transcend space and time.
Il Mare was also remade in English as the Lake House starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.
Korean Title: 시월애 (Siworae)
Year Of Release: 2000
Starring: Jun Ji-hyun, Lee Jung-jae
The main theme of this Korean romantic movie is nostalgia, destiny, and finding a lost love.
It beings with an old woman Yang Seo-yeon who asks her old architecture classmate Lee Seung-min to help her design her home.
The movie is sprinkled with 90s references and brings you a lovely dose of nostalgia.
A heartwarming tale that will surely remind you of your first love.
Korean Title: 건축학개론 (Geonchukhakgaeron)
Year Of Release: 2012
Starring: Uhm Tae-woong, Han Ga-in, Lee Je-hoon, Bae Suzy
My Sassy Girl
If you’re a Korean or Japanese millennials and haven’t heard of My Sassy Girl, you probably have been living under a rock!
This movie is a pop culture phenomenon in South Korea! In fact, the love and madness My Sassy Girl has inspired has even been compared to the Titanic mania.
What people loved about this movie is the atypical female lead who’s not all soft and dainty.
She’s… well, sassy! And fun and quirky.
The movie also stars Cha Tae-hyun as nerdy engineering student who embarks on a fun journey with Jun Ji-Hyun’s character.
Korean Title: 내 여자친구를 소개합니다 (Nae yeojachingureul sogae habnid)
Year Of Release: 2004
Starring: Jun Ji-hyun, Jang Hyuk
My Girl and I
This movie is one of those romantic tearjerkers. So you’ve been forewarned! It tells the story of Su-Eun, a high school student who saves the life of Su-Ho her classmate.
They continue to hit it off and their relationship blossoms until tragedy strikes again.
A little advice… Keep the tissues handy while watching this one.
Korean Title: 파랑주의보 (Parang Juuibo)
Year Of Release: 2001
Starring: Tae-Hyun Cha, Song Hye-Kyo, Chang-ui Song, Jung-hee Moon
I’m a Cyborg but that’s OK
This movie is directed by Park Chan-wook, the same guy who directed Oldboy. But the contrast between the two films couldn’t be greater!
I’m a Cyborg, but that’s OK is the story of Park Il-soon who’s in a institution for antisocial behaviour. There he meets Cha Young-goon who thinks she’s a robot.
The two steadily become friends and even fall in love with each other. There’s no romantic declarations or candlelit dinners or scenic locations here.
But the lovestory appears as genuine as ever. And maybe that’s what is so remarkable about it.
If you’re a sucker for love developing in the unlikeliest places, this movie will be a great match!
Korean Title: 싸이보그지만 괜찮아 (Ssaibogeujiman Gwaenchanha)
Year Of Release: 2006
Starring: Rain, Im Soo-jung
Love, Lies isn’t just a romantic movie, it’s also a historical drama. The movie is set in the 1940s when Korea was under Japanese rule.
Not only does the movie showcase a heart-touching romance, but also highlights the struggles of colonized Korean society.
The movie’s main theme is the struggle between modernity and tradition.
This is highlighted by the strain in the relationship between Jung So-yul and Seo Yeon-hee, two female entertainers or Kisaeng who find themselves at crossroads when So-yul falls in love with a pop singer.
Korean Title: 해어화 (Hae-eohwa)
Year Of Release: 2016
Starring: Han Hyo-joo, Chun Woo-hee, Yoo Yeon-seok
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Ah, love! Where would the world be without it? I simply love these Korean romantic movies and their simple and sweet portrayal of relationships.
What I liked about this list of Korean romantic movies is how different they are from each other.
Some are your feel-good romantic comedies, others are period dramas, while some are fantasy romances.
So even if there’s a romantic element, you’ll find something to interest you!