Exciting Korean Film Lineup for Summer 2023 Release

Hottest Korean films of the summer featuring action, sci-fi, and award-winning directors set to captivate audiences.

Numerous Korean films by talented directors and acclaimed actors are predicted to heat up the box office this summer, featuring diverse genres ranging from action, thriller to science fiction.

Facing fierce competition from online streaming platforms and big-budget foreign films, some upcoming Korean movies are seen as catalysts to revive the country’s film industry.

Kicking off is the new crime action film “Smugglers” by director Ryoo Seung Wan, set to be released on July 26th. Taking place in the peaceful coastal village of the 1970s, the film revolves around two female divers who unexpectedly get involved in a large-scale smuggling operation.

This is the third film utilizing historical material by director Ryoo Seung Wan, following “The Battleship Island” (2017) and “Escape from Mogadishu” (2021). Actresses Kim Hye Soo and Yum Jung Ah take on the lead roles, creating Ryoo’s first film centered solely around female characters. Zo In Jung, Park Jung Min, and Go Min Si also appear in the film.

the moon

The science fiction film “The Moon” will premiere on August 2nd, telling the story of Korean astronauts stranded outside of space while conducting a mission to explore the Moon. 

Do Kyung Soo (EXO D.O.) plays an astronaut trapped on the Moon after an accident. Seol Kyung Gu portrays a former leader of a space center, attempting to rescue the astronauts. Kim Hee Ae plays the director of a space station with many secrets.

Also slated for release in August, “Concrete Utopia” is a post-apocalyptic film directed by Uhm Tae Hwa. Based on the webtoon “Joyful Outcast”, the film depicts the survivors gathering in a residential complex after a major earthquake devastates the city. The movie features a star-studded cast, including Lee Byung Hun, Park Seo Joon, and Park Bo Young.

Source: K14. 

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