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Korean movies to watch this summer 2021

Summer is here, bringing with it the holidays, just in time to appreciate the latest film releases! Today, I prepared a list of releases for July 2021 for you. If you are a fan of Korean movies, keep on reading to find a Korean movie that matches your taste.

I Will, Song

A light and heartfelt drama

  • Original title: I will, Song
  • Release date: July 1, 2021
  • Directed by Lee Sang Hoon
  • Casting: Gu Won, Ham Eun Jung, Yoon Sungmo
  • Genre: Drama
  • Duration: 99 minutes
  • Warning: Prohibited for unaccompanied children under 12
  • Synopsis: Mool Kyul , an unnamed singer who can no longer sing, leaves for Andong with an uncontrollable sadness. The movie director Ba Ram, who happened to meet Mool Kyul at a travel destination, somehow keeps hovering around her because he can’t help but care. Just like that, the people who have been busy chasing precious dreams begin to share their wounds and pain with each other and open their hearts… The moment one gives up on dreams, will everything be lost? Can these two young people who couldn’t have any courage, create a brilliant melody of hope again?

Eternal Sleep

4 different stories, 1 deep look into Korean society

  • Original title: Eternal Sleep
  • Release date: July 1, 2021
  • Directed by  Bang Sung Hoon, Lee Se Young, Lee Seung Ho & Oh Reum
  • Casting: Sung Seung-taek, Hong San, Kim Young-yong, Kim Bong-hee
  • Genres: Compilation, drama
  • Duration: 55 minutes
  • Warning: Prohibited for unaccompanied children under 15
  • Synopsis: Eternal Sleep is a compilation of four stories with different characters.
  1. A helper
    Future Korea, where the National Pension Service has bottomed out and health insurance has gone bankrupt, where hospital and price of medicine skyrocketed, the government is implementing a doctor-assisted suicide policy to control the elderly population as opposed to the birth control policy of the 1970s. After giving up on pediatrics that he wanted to be his means to earn money for his father’s dementia and for his caregiver, he instead became a helper and assisted his first help. To Myeong-jin who is confused over his guilt and values as a doctor, the next guest appears.
  1. Portrait of the Deceased
    Seong-joo who runs a photo studio, hangs himself from guilt over the death of his family, but survives without dying. How will the life of the Seong-joo change after suicide?
  1. Photo
    Jin-cheol, who used to run a photo studio, is about to leave after handing over the photo studio he had to his father one day due to a time limit.
  1. Wish
    Jeong-soon, a mother who takes care of her son Si-yeong, who has been in a coma for 12 years, reaches a situation where she can no longer endure and prepares for suicide together, but faces a small miracle.

It Will Turn Out Well This Time

A film for when you need a good laugh

  • Original title: It Will Turn Out Well This Time
  • Release Date: July 8, 2021
  • Directed by Lee Seung Soo
  • Casting: Yoon Da Hoon, Kim Myung Kook, Lee Seon-jin, Ha Je Yong
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Duration: 96 minutes
  • Warning: Prohibited for unaccompanied children under 15
  • Synopsis: For a former adult film director and a current chicken restaurant owner Seung Hoon, COVID-19 is the worst crisis of his life.

Escape from Mogadishu

A movie based on a true story

  • Original title: Escape From Mogadishu
  • Release Date: July 28, 2021
  • Directed by Ryoo Seung Wan
  • (Based on a true story)
  • Casting: Kim Yun Seok, Jo In Sung, Heo Joon Ho, Kim So Jin
  • Genres: action, drama
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Warning: prohibited for unaccompanied children under 15
  • Synopsis: Escape from Mogadishu deals with an actual defection incident between the two Korean embassies in Somalia in the 90s and which purports to explore the relevant motives behind the event.

Epitaph

A movie to watch if you like thriller films

  • Original title: Epitaph
  • Release Date: July 14, 2021
  • Directed by Jeong Beom Sik & Jeong Sik
  • Written by   Je Yoon Sin, Jeong Beom Sik & Jeong Sik
  • Casting: Jin Goo, Kim Tae Woo, Lee Dong Kyu, Kim Bo Kyung
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Warning: Prohibited for unaccompanied children under 15 
  • Synopsis: In 1941, in a modern hospital, doctors witness strange events and learn that death is the only healer. In 1979, Doctor Park received an old album from this period. The latter was held by his parents and spoke of marrying a girl he has never met but he fell in love with a deceased woman present at his wedding. Meanwhile, a little girl, the only survivor of a car crash, is haunted by ghosts every night.

The 8th Night

  • Original title: The Eight Night
  • Release Date: July 2, 2021
  • Directed by Kim Tae Hyung
  • Casting: Lee Sung-min, Park Hae-joon, Kim Yoo-jung, Nam Da-reum
  • Genres: Mystery, suspense
  • Duration: 115 minutes
  • Warning: Prohibited for unaccompanied children under 15
  • Synopsis: 2,500 years ago, there were two mysterious beings who tormented humans. These beings have been locked in two coffins by a formidable power and in order for them to take their form they must infiltrate seven vulnerable human hosts.
    Centuries later, monk Ha Joong, the protector of one of the coffins, realizes that one of the beings has awakened and orders his fellow monk Cheong Seok to search for Jin Soo, who was born to stop. these beings. Knowing perfectly what this being is capable of, Jin Soo begins the hunt to find the being with Cheong Seok in order to stop him once and for all.

Where to watch Korean movies?

If you are in Korea, you can book a seat to watch the movie you like in the different Cinemas where it is available. For instance, Lotte cinema, CGV or Daehan theater.

If you are not in Korea, you can still watch these movies on streaming platforms. For now, only ‘The 8th night’ has been released on Netflix. But there are many other streaming sites that you can find movies, here are a few links:

  • AsianCrush. Website: https://www.asiancrush.com/ …
  • Dramacool. Website: https://www1.dramacool.vc/ …
  • Hulu. Website: https://www.hulu.com/ …
  • KissAsian. Website: https://kissasian.sh/ …
  • ViewAsian. Website: https://viewasian.co/ …
  • Viki. Website: https://www.viki.com/

If you are a foreigner in Korea, you can also refer to this website created by foreigners for foreigners in Korea where you can find where western movies are airing as well as Korean movies with subtitles.

Yongsan’s Ipark mall has one the few Cinemas in Korea that provides Korean movies with English subs, check out our article about it:

Note: Please keep in mind that due to the latest restrictions in the metropolitan area, Cinemas are operating at a lower capacity and with strict conditions such as:

  • Maintain a distance between seats even if you came with your friends,
  • You can order popcorn/food but you are not allowed to eat them inside
  • You are obligated to keep your mask on during the whole movie
  • Refrain from chatting with your friends

🇩🇿 Djedouani Amina

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