8 Heartwarming Korean Films To Watch With Your BFFs This Summer

Summer is finally in the air, bringing fun with friends and family, a much needed break from school, vacations to near and far destinations, and (most importantly) time to binge on K-dramas and movies! Whether your friends love Korean entertainment or you’re looking to introduce them to this wonderful world, we’ve got a list of great films to add to your movie marathons this summer. So call up the squad, pop some popcorn, and enjoy!

Sunny (2011)

This classic movie follows the adventures of seven best friends, a diverse but close-knit group nicknamed “Sunny.” When housewife Im Na Mi begins to feel unhappy in her life, she reminisces about the fun she and her old group of friends had in high school, and eventually plans a reunion of the gang. Flipping between the past and the present, this movie perfectly captures the fun and excitement of youth and highlights the bond that loyal friends share forever. It’ll have you laughing, crying, and appreciating your own friends!

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Harmony (2010)

Sometimes the most meaningful friendships form in the most unlikely places. When pregnant Hong Jong Hye is sentenced to 10 years in prison, her only hope in life is someday getting to see her baby again after being forced to give him up for adoption. With the help of her new friends, bringing together their various talents, the women in the prison start a choir to help Jong Hye’s dream become a reality. This sweet and sad story is real tearjerker that is perfect for a night in this summer!

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The Sound of a Flower (2015)

In 1867, during the Joseon Dynasty, women were not allowed to sing in public. However Chae Sun, an orphan raised by entertainers, is undeterred in her dream to become a singer. Disguising herself as a man, will Chae Sun survive to see her dream made a reality? This historical movie is based on a true story of the first female pansori singer and will quickly become one of your favorites to watch again and again!

The Beauty Inside (2015)

Can you imagine waking up as a different person every single day? Well, that’s the reality for furniture designer Woo Jin. He never knows who he will become next – man, woman, old, young, beautiful, or average. Luckily, he has a wonderful girlfriend (Han Hyo Joo) who knows his secret, and together the pair strive to make their relationship work. This touching tale of love will make you think and appreciate more the beauty that’s inside!

Castaway On the Moon (2009)

Kim Seung Geun (Jung Jae Young) is drowning in debt and fed up with life and his responsibilities. But when his failed suicide attempt lands him on an island in the middle of the Han River, Seung Geun sees it as a chance to begin life fresh. Living on the island, surrounded by the city and yet totally isolated, only one other person realizes his existence – Kim Jung Yeon (Jung Ryeo Won), a recluse with her own demons. This movie about life, friendship, and overcoming fear will stick with you for years to come and is perfect for watching with your BFFs!

SORI: Voice from the Heart (2016)

When Hae Gwan (Lee Sung Min)’s daughter goes missing, he never gives up hope of finding her, even after 10 years pass without any word. Then, suddenly, Hae Gwan is contacted by someone saying his daughter has been spotted on an island. However, instead of finding his daughter, Hae Gwan finds a robot – a robot which has been used to record every phone conversation in Korea. With the help of this robot, will Hae Gwan finally unravel the mystery around his daughter’s disappearance? Filled with mystery, science fiction, and heart, this is a great movie to watch with your own family or friends this summer!

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Pure Love (2016)

“Pure Love,” also known as “Unforgettable,” tells the story of a first love. When radio DJ Bum Sil (Park Yong Woo) receives a letter, he recognizes the hand writing immediately. The letter is from his first love, Su Ok. As Bum Sil reads, he reminisces about the past. He (D.O.) and Su Ok (Kim So Hyun) missed the timing in the past – will they be able to make it right and reconnect? This emotional romance is full of heart and friendship that is just perfect for summer time watch sessions with your own friends. (Or first loves!)

A Werewolf Boy (2012)

When a widowed family moves into a country home, they expect to live a quiet life. But everything changes when they meet a strange and wild boy (Song Joong Ki) who has been living on the property. They quickly discover that there is more to this boy than meets the eye. But can they protect him from those who seek to harm him, and can he save them from the consequences? This movie of love, loyalty, and friendship will become a timeless favorite for your own group of friends to watch over and over again!

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Which movie is first on your list to watch this summer, Soompiers? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

When erinunnie isn’t working or freaking out about grad school, she enjoys writing, reading, playing the piano, singing, and (of course) listening to K-pop and watching K-dramas. Connect with Erin on Twitter to keep up with her latest obsessions!

Currently watching: “While You Were Sleeping”; “The Good Witch
Looking forward to: “Are You Human, Too?”
All-time favorite dramas: “Boys Over Flowers”; “The Great Doctor

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