20 Highly Anticipated Korean Films of 2022

Let’s be sincere: 2021 was one of many worst years Korean cinema had in latest instances. One would’ve hoped that they’d have constructed upon the sensible couple years that 2019 advert 2020 had been however sadly that wasn’t to be. The pandemic state of affairs didn’t assist, with many manufacturing homes deciding to tug scheduled releases, halting manufacturing or ready on issues to relax earlier than releasing some initiatives which have massive cash driving on them. Even on the indie cinema entrance, which truly thrived in 2021 as a result of lack of mainstream releases, didn’t handle to impress with what little on the market was.

Issues nonetheless do appear to be on the up with this 12 months, as just a few postponed releases are lastly getting rescheduled and seeing theatrical releases. New releases are additionally being talked about and promotional materials for some lengthy gestating initiatives can also be being circulated. With out additional ado, we convey to you the checklist of the 20 Most Anticipated Korean Movies of 2022.

(Be aware: This checklist is of a speculative nature, based mostly on the place we all know a undertaking is in its manufacturing or post-production stage and launch dates are topic to vary. Postponed titles already talked about in our earlier lists of 2021 and 2020 that are more likely to see launch this 12 months haven’t been talked about right here once more.)

1. The Witch: Half 2. The Different One (dir. Park Hoon-jung)

It’s taking place. It’s lastly taking place! Park Hoon-jung’s follow-up to “The Witch: Half 1. The Subversion” made us wait a very long time, first with Warner Bros stopping all actions in Korea after which with the manufacturing looking for a brand new residence. However Park Hoon-jung is a high-profile listing, as is the “The Witch” IP, so it was solely a matter of “when” relatively than “if” it obtained made. Anyway, quick ahead just a few years to 2022 and the second a part of the saga, formally titled “The Witch: Half 2. The Different One”, is all set to launch within the upcoming months. What’s even attention-grabbing right here is that the main focus shifts from Kim Da-mi’s Ja-yoon and falls on newcomer Shin Si-ah’s character. That is more likely to be even on essentially the most informal Korean movie watcher’s watchlist.

2. Excessive 5 (dir. Kang Hyung-chul)

Regardless of attempting earnestly, South Korean cinema has but to search out its footing with regards to superhero movies, even when they’ve managed to export actors like Ma Dong-deok and Park Website positioning-joon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Attempting his hand on the in style style subsequent is “Swing Youngsters” director Kang Hyung-chul, whose superhero workforce options Yoo Ah-in, Ahn Jae-hong, Lee Jae-in, Ra Mi-ran and Oh Jung-sae, a workforce that has villains on its path that covet their superpowers. Right here’s hoping this ragtag workforce of youths and middle-aged superheroes convey the motion together with the laughs supplied by the era hole between them.

3. The Land of Happiness (dir. Choo Chang-min)

To not be confused with the yet-to-be launched “Heaven: To the Land of Happiness” by Im Sang-soo starring Choi Min-sik and Park Hae-il, “The Land of Happiness” is definitely the brand new movie from Choo Chang-min. This newest work from the director of “Masquerade” and “Seven Years of Night time” stars Lee Solar-kyun, Jo Jung-seok and Yoo Jae-myung in a narrative a couple of lawyer who strives to avoid wasting an individual caught in a case that may shake fashionable historical past.

4. Carter (dir. Jung Byung-gil)

Introduced a pair years again when Netflix revealed plans to double down on producing unique Korean content material, little is understood about “Carter” the most recent movie from “The Villainess” director Jung Byung-gil. What is understood nonetheless is that it’s speculated to be a one-cut, first particular person motion movie from begin to end, starring Joo Gained within the titular function as a undercover agent who wakes up someday in a motel room with none recollection of his id and follows orders to hitch an explosive mission. If the opening of Jung’s earlier movie “The Villainess” is something to go by, this could, on the very least, be a technically very nicely executed motion movie.

5. The Moon (dir. Kim Yong-hwa)

Kim Yong-hwa is greatest recognized for the field workplace juggernauts that each the “Together with the Gods” movies had been. His newest movie “The Moon” tackles South Korean cinema’s newest craze: outer area. The story sees a person being left behind on the moon and people on Earth trying to convey him again. Along with the visuals and storytelling flairs Kim manages to convey to the undertaking, it’s also hotly anticipated for its solid, which incorporates Sol Kyung-gu and Do Kyung-soo (D.O. from EXO) alongside Kim Hee-ae.

6. Portrait of a Household (dir. Lee Ji-won)

Lee Ji-won broke our hearts again in 2018 with “Miss Baek”. Her follow-up “Portrait of a Household” guarantees yet one more bleak story, this time specializing in an prosperous married couple crashing laborious to the bottom after getting concerned in a case and struggling to retrieve what’s theirs. The function, marketed as a “household noir” stars performing powerhouses Ryoo Seung-ryong and Ha Ji-won because the married couple and younger actress Kim Si-ah, who additionally gave the unforgettable efficiency in Lee’s debut “Miss Baek”.

7. Concrete Utopia (dir. Uhm Tae-hwa)

The final time director Uhm Tae-hwa, brother to actor Uhm Tae-goo, directed a movie, it was the relatively glorious “Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned”. Six years since, his follow-up “Concrete Utopia”, a dystopian catastrophe film during which an earthquake devastates all of Seoul, with all survivors gathering on the last-standing Hwanggung Condominium, is gearing up for launch. Based mostly on a webcomic, “Concrete Utopia” boasts of a big-name starcast together with Lee Byung-hun, Park Website positioning-joon and Park Bo-young. What makes the undertaking additional attention-grabbing is {that a} co-related universe, together with television drama “Concrete Market” and a function movie sequel “Concrete Kingdom” starring Ma Dong-seok, has already been introduced, even earlier than the primary movie has seen launch.

8. Dealer (dir. Hirokazu Koreeda)

That is the large one this 12 months, the one with essentially the most eyes on it internationally (alongside Park Chan-wook’s “Choice to Depart”, which was included in our checklist final 12 months). Japanese grasp Hirokazu Koreeda goes as soon as once more into uncharted territory with “Dealer”, his first Korean-language movie. The story revolves across the “child field”, which is designed to permit individuals who can not elevate youngsters to go away their infants anonymously. The undertaking additionally attracts eyes to it due to its spectacular cast-list, which incorporates Tune Kang-ho, Bae Doona (who returns to work with director Koreeda after “Air Doll”), Kang Dong-won, IU and Lee Joo-young.

9. Hunt (dir. Lee Jung-jae)

Actor Lee Jung-jae had an awesome 2021, rising to worldwide fame with the success of the television present “Squid Recreation”. His subsequent undertaking is ready to be “Hunt”, a function that additionally sees him make his debut as a director. Since that is his first time stepping behind the digital camera, he has additionally introduced alongside greatest good friend and enterprise associate Jung Woo-sung for the experience, who co-stars alongside Lee Jung-jae on this trendy spy thriller which sees the 2 actors play ace spies for the Nationwide Safety Planning Company as they face an enormous reality whereas chasing the final supervisor of the North Korean spy company.

10. Stolen Id (dir. Kim Tae-joon)

Our smartphones are so private to us as of late, the mere considered shedding them offers us nervousness assaults. In “Stolen Id”, the debut directorial function of Kim Tae-joon, Chun Woo-hee’s Na-mi finds out simply how scary it’s to lose a smartphone at the moment, when her life is threatened after shedding her cellphone which contained all her private knowledge. Kim Tae-joon comes with good expertise beneath his belt, having labored on the likes of “Die Unhealthy” and “Anonymous Gangster: Guidelines of the Time” within the cinematography division and within the directing division on “Doomsday E book” and the Chun Woo-hee starring thriller “The Workplace”. Im Si-wan additionally stars on this function, which is the remake of the Japanese movie of the identical title. A slick-looking, well-acted thriller will be anticipated, on the very least.

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