1. Squid Game, 2. D.P., 3. Hellbound, 4. Move to Heaven, 5. Vincenzo, 6. Mine, 7. Happiness, 8. My Name, 9. Taxi Driver, 10. Jirisan. The Korean entertainment industry always produces good and impressive drama works. So if you are a Korean movie fan, can you guess which of the best blockbusters last year? If you do not know, please read the following article on Toplist.
Squid Game, Netflix’s new Korean survival drama has been cherished by director Hwang Dong-Hyuk – the man behind The Fortress, Miss Granny for more than a decade. He first came up with the idea for the film 13 years ago, inspired by a comic book about a group of people thrust into the middle of an extreme game without their knowledge. The title of the film reminds the audience of a popular Korean children’s game, which is played on an empty field with shapes drawn on the ground, but hidden behind it is blood, violence, and no humanity. . A group of 456 contestants are selected and taken to a secret location where they will be pitted against each other. If you pass all levels, the winner will receive 45.6 billion won. It sounds simple – what adult can easily beat a child’s game? – but the players soon discover in the most horrifying way that being eliminated does not mean a return to normalcy.
For those who are fans of Asian films, the first thing that can be identified is the horror, sensational shock of Japanese cinema that has a great influence on Squid Game, as well as the “concepts” from Hunger Games and the most classic must mention Battle Royale. The producer of Squid Game is not afraid to perform gruesome murder and gore scenes. The contestants only realized the horror at the start of a deadly game of Red Light, Green Light, which took place in a blazing sun that the characters and viewers – had nowhere to hide from. Those in pink show cruelty when burning the bodies of the losers, not distinguishing between the dead and the dying.
Many segments of Squid Game have a clear point, highlighted by writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk that the source of the violence comes from conflicts so close to us, which makes the film so horrifying much more. The game is horrible, but that horror is very realistically contextualized; can even happen out in the arena, everywhere.
Squid Game | Official Trailer | Netflix (youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqxAJKy0ii4)
D.P. – Hunting deserters who have chosen to exploit the topic of the army, but not war or the noble training, dedication, and sacrifices of the soldiers, but focus on the dark areas, into the problems of the army. agonies lurking deep within the military. The film exposes the unwanted nature of the military, the tyranny, autocracy, harsh discipline and even the “law of the jungle” big fish eat small fish, superiors bully subordinates. And the soldiers who are considered “weakest” will be thrown to the bottom, becoming “toys” for the purposes of their superiors.
An Joon-Ho (Jung Hae-In) is a soldier. He is quiet and calm, but inflexible. Sergeant Park Beom-Goo (Kim Sung-Kyun) noticed the perseverance and observation ability of Private An Joon-Ho, so he transferred him to the DP (Deserter Pursuit) team. Their mission is to track down and capture deserters.
An Joon-Ho, working with Sergeant Park Beom-Goo and Corporal Han Ho-Yeol, embarks on an adventurous journey. They investigate, track, and track down those who have deserted the army. But in the process, they also understood why these people had to risk their lives to escape. Because they are the underdogs, thrown to the bottom and served with horrifying experiences at the hands of their superiors, being abused, bullied, attacked, humiliated…
D.P. | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB] (youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru0PmaWoHxM)
Hellbound takes place in a different version of the earth in 2023, where human death is fixed. And at that moment, the messenger of hell will come to see them off in the cruelest way.
In the city is appearing a cult called New Truth Society led by a man named Jung Jin Soo (Yoo Ah In) as the leader. This association propagates the concept of replacing heaven to practice religion, with the reason that the law is too “forgiving”, even incompetent, so many criminals still live without repentance. Even anti-godists like police officer Jin Kyung Hoon (Yang Ik June), lawyer Min Hye Jin (Kim Hyun Joo), and TV director Bae Young Jae (Park Jeong Min) are half-credible. Until becoming a character in the game of hell, their will was no longer steady. If the New Axioms sect only interprets God’s punishment, the Arrows are flesh-and-blood people who use fanaticism to act unruly.
The Arrow Society was incited by an unknown person in the live stream. Although just an anonymous person sitting behind the live stream screen, the cardinal of this association can lead countless teenagers to attack, threaten, and beat to death just because they do not believe in cultism.
Hellbound | Final Trailer | Netflix (youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWfgm20-LTM)
Move to Heaven
Move to Heaven is a Korean drama revolving around the job of “cleaning up relics” and cleaning up after great losses. The movie has been on Netflix for a while now and I just really watched it recently and couldn’t contain my emotions with the meaningful footage.
Move to Heaven is about a 20-year-old man, Han Geu Roo (Tang Joon Sang), who has replaced his father Jeong U (Ji Jin Hee) is running a “relic removal” company by cleaning up the present. school, arrange the belongings left behind by the deceased conscientiously and respectfully. Geu Roo has Asperger’s syndrome, a psychological disorder that makes it difficult for him with basic social skills. He possesses an extremely good memory and high intelligence that makes it difficult for him to express emotions. In the movie, the father and son often handle all cleaning requests together, they dispose of most of their possessions, cleaning and deodorizing the room.
But they always believe that the dead can still tell their stories through the things they leave behind, so they always keep the most precious things of the deceased in a box for the loved ones of the deceased to have. know their messages.
Move to Heaven | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB] (youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-er_AJioOA)
Vincenzo follows a mafia from Italy who advises the Cassano family on their return to Korea to dig up the 1.5 tons of gold that the male lead built a secret room to protect 5 years ago. When he returned to Geumga Plaza, the classic plot of Korean drama was told, Vincenzo faced the Babel corporation, who manipulate all the laws in the country with money and force. Knocking down Babel’s Geumga Plaza is also what makes Vincenzo’s plan possible, so foreign lawyers accidentally have to stick with residents here to carry out the coup.
Super visual: Right from the opening of the pilot episode, viewers are easily stunned by the splendid image of the landscape of the country of pasta. Despite being in stark contrast to the background full of gangsters like the series set as the premise, the arrangement that spent a large amount of time initially investing in the camera angle, the visual has served as an anchor that makes viewers admire and keep watching the series in excitement.
The script does not create the reality to the full: Exploiting the core value of political corruption, ruthlessness, power, and a knight standing up against the dictator, protecting the weak. From the start the balance of power between good and evil was so lopsided that instead of following the same old unrealistic path where Vincenzo completely changed from brutal mafia to the representative of justice, the script was “use poison to cure poison”, using Vincenzo’s blood law to put an end to evil. This is a harsh reality but it is completely logical, and also has its substance that makes Korean horror/drama films unique. In addition, the black comedy is a bright spot of the series, the laughter here is entertaining but also makes us feel pained by the circumstances of fate.
Expensive message: The element that unites all people, the plot of the story together, is 1.6 tons of gold. Vincenzo did everything for the residents here at first just because of the huge fortune, at the same time, the people were also “dazzled” at the golden word to the point of offending them personally. Although it mentions a lot of material values, the final bright message reflected in the wealth in the secret room does not mention money too much. Gold is the way the light of honesty in Vincenzo contradicts the criminal nature or reflects the desire for a happy life of the poor, forced by an unjust society.
Following the wave of filmmaking about elite dramas, tvN is overwhelming fans with a masterpiece revolving around the chaebol (tycoon) class – Mine (Ownership). The film revolves around a fairly classic topic in Korea, often mentioned in the press: the real life of tycoon brides. It may not sound new, it is true, but Mine still has its way of exploiting, integrating countless dramas, especially the movie makes the audience extremely overwhelmed in portraying the life of the superhero world rich.
Mine revolves around the married life of two women with opposite personalities and marriages in favor of each other. The eldest aunt Jeong Seo Hyun (Kim Seo Hyung) is beautiful, talented, powerful, ambitious and someone who knows every corner of the Hyowon family. Seo Hyun’s husband is Han Jin Ho (Park Hyuk Kwon) – the eldest brother in the family is also the only son of the eldest Yang Soon Hye and president Han, but he likes alcohol, prostitutes, extremely weak and lifelong. only dream of winning a lottery ticket of 500 million even though he is the son of a tycoon. Of course, their marriage was not happy when Seo Hyun had to raise her son and still think about her old girlfriend. Yes, the eldest aunt Seo Hyun has always dreamed of being happy with her girlfriend.
The second bride in the family – Hee Soo (Lee Bo Young) was once a famous superstar, but because of being Hyowon’s bride and mother of baby Ha Jun (Jung Hyun Joon), she sacrificed her whole career. Of course, like the eldest, Hee Soo is also just a stepmother, but she has taken care of Ha Jun since the baby was born and always believed that Ha Jun’s mother had died in an accident. And Hee Soo’s husband is also a “product” of an outside love story when Han Ji Yong (Lee Hyun Wook) and Han Jin Ho are just half-brothers. Ji Yong’s mother is said to be dead, but to President Han, she is still the person he openly loves. It can be seen that the Hyowon family has a tradition of a husband and wife, and even the current grandson can follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and father. Of course, because of the family’s face, only one wife can exist in the house and both generations from mother-in-law to daughter-in-law of the Hyowon family have to raise a different stepchild.
Of course, the background is not enough, the lifestyle of the Hyowon family is what best describes the luxury of this film. As mentioned above, even the air that the Hyowon family breathes must be different from ordinary people. They raise a lot of people, all of them stay at Hyowon’s house and have their rooms. The work of the people in the Hyowon house seems to be just to split factions, listen to one faction, report to the other, and prepare long parties from day today. Luxurious parties are an important part of the family’s wealth. Not simply a super-rich business world like Penthouse or SKY Castle, Mine feels like a movie about an old king, the people of the Hyowon clan are like royalty living in their palace, where outsiders can only look with admiring eyes.
Mine | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB] (youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOLqHV3x03w)
In the early days of last November, the movie called Happiness 2021 – Happiness: A toxic apartment was released to the public. The title of the film means happiness, but I find that the characters in the film are not at all tinged with horror and horror. The story of the film begins with a series of cases involving the victims still having the same problem. Yoo Sae Bom (Han Hyo Joo) and Jung Yi Hyun (Park Hyung Sik) are two policemen involved in the search for the truth. They used to be close friends, after growing up, Sae Bom worked as a commando officer and Yi Hyun belonged to the police team investigating criminal cases.
It all started when Yi Hyun heard that there was an attack at a budget motel. The victim had a problem and the perpetrator was arrested and said that he seemed to have no control over himself while taking the Next pill. According to research, this is a pneumonia drug designed to treat acute respiratory infections caused by viruses. However, this drug has side effects, causing hallucinations like banned substances, so it has been discontinued, but now it is on the market and “haunts” people.
I see that the topic of zombie Korean movies has been exploited a lot and is not new anymore. Before, I used to scream and get my hair on my neck with Netflix’s Kingdom and now tvN has “treated” the audience with this “heavy” spiritual dish but with a different preparation. Zombies in Happiness are also lethargic, taking biting as a hobby, also spreading the virus through biting, but “evolved” more easily when it is easier to return to normal when rabies ends. Besides, they can heal quickly, heal themselves, and remember very well what they did when they turned into “demons”.
In addition, the Next pill is also the source of the “blackening”, so through each episode, I discover more strange things about the zombie society and how to eliminate them. Happiness’s zombies are more sophisticated, devilish, and mysterious than other zombies I’ve seen before. So the content is not boring and promotes my curiosity to follow the developments to better understand the monsters that exist in the movie.
My Name consists of 8 episodes with violent scenes stretching from beginning to end. The main color tone of the film is red and black, black of night, and red of blood. Tossing a young girl in the middle of a crowd of men can make a part of the audience feel a little scared.
The indignation and impulsiveness of a high school girl have pushed her down a dangerous path. When the police did not help her investigate the culprit, Yoon Ji Woo rolled herself into the dark dirty street corners in search of clues. Yoon Ji Woo might have lost her life if it weren’t for the help of Choi Mu Jin, the leader of a criminal gang and a close friend of her father. Responding to Yoon Ji Woo’s stubbornness, Choi Mu Jin threw her into training with a bunch of gangsters.
With the determination to take revenge, Yoon Ji Woo frantically practiced martial arts to be able to knock down men much bigger than her. After that, Yoon Ji Woo was arranged to work at the police station and worked as a double under the new identity of Oh Hye Jin. From here she must confront a series of enemies from both fronts.
My Name | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB] (youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOl7iOrD31Q)
Taxi Driver is a movie about the Rainbow Taxi company, which provides a “revenge” service – helping its customers reclaim justice when the Korean legal system fails to do so. Taxi “revenge” works with the leadership of Jang Sung-Chul (played by Kim Eui-sung), “luxury” taxi driver Kim Do Ki (played by Lee Je Hoon), female hacker Go Eun (played by Pyo). Ye Jin and two ignorant engineers with outstanding skills.
Taxi Driver is adapted from Red Cage (also known as Model Taxi) – a Korean horror webtoon written by KeuKeuJ.J and illustrated by Carlos. This is one of the rated series that cannot be missed if you are a fan of the action and horror comic genre. So, by the time it was announced for production, Taxi Driver had received great anticipation from Red Cage readers. Based on the original work, Taxi Driver is still a story about Rainbow Taxi, which helps you find justice when the law cannot. The plot of the film revolves around avenging the victims of violence, murder … as a “service” to enforce justice. It is this novel motif that helps the film attract viewers from the very first scenes.
The business card with the message “Don’t die, take revenge” of Rainbow Taxi not only attracted the attention of the victims in the film but also made a strong impression on the viewers. With a somewhat “strange” message, breaking the usual rules, Taxi Driver was built with the message: when the law cannot help you claim justice, let Rainbow Taxi help you. Not only that, but the film also makes the audience sympathize when it delves into the feelings of the victims and their families when the criminals do not receive proper punishment from the law.
[Highlight] Taxi Driver (2021) Trailer | 모범택시 하이라이트 | kdrama Trailers (youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXY4gJuaO_g)
Jirisan (also known as Mysterious Mount Jiri) is a 2021 South Korean television series, in the mystery genre, a special work to celebrate the 15th anniversary of tvN. The film not only gathers two famous stars in the Kingdom series, Joo Ji Hoon and Jeon Ji Hyun, but scriptwriter Kim Eun Hee of this zombie series also participates in the script for the film.
Set in Jirisan National Park, the highest mountain on mainland Korea and long a symbol of pride for the country. The content Jirisan (The Mystery of Jiri Mountain) will tell about the character Seo Yi Kang (Jeon Ji Hyun), a top ranger who always tries to do a good job of protecting the mountain and rescuing victims amid a fire. sudden fire on Jirisan mountain. She will work with the character Kang Hyun Jo (Joo Ji Hoon), a rookie ranger who is hiding many unspeakable secrets.
The images of both characters in Jirisan (Mystery of Mount Jiri) hint at the two facing an unexpected incident, delving into mysterious mountain accidents that lead to something. more terrifying. If you are a fan of the Kingdom, you can expect more impressive situations from writer Kim Eun Hee. In contrast to the beautiful view from above the mountain, or the humid atmosphere from Jirisan National Park, the movie’s poster shows a contrasting image. The silhouette of a woman covered in flaming flames, scattered and dense smoke covered in all directions, indicating a dire situation.
Jirisan (The Mystery of Jiri Mountain) is a work combining screenwriter Kim Eun Hee and director Lee Eung Bok, who once created great success with the series Goblin, Descendants of the Sun… even more tvN’s great level of trust and investment in this new series. With the participation of two powerful stars who are loved through famous Korean dramas, Joo Ji Hoon and Jeon Ji Hyun, Jirisan (The Mystery of Jiri Mountain) shows the level of attraction in the story. , as well as making many fans wait for the interaction from both. Some netizens left positive comments after the teaser was released: “I am so excited”, “Please give me more teasers soon”, or “I look forward to October”…
Official Trailer | Jirisan | iQiyi Original (youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH48hZL8H_k)