10 K-Drama Movies to Watch if You Love ‘Pachinko’ on Apple+

Starring Academy Award-winner Yuh-Jung Youn, Lee Minho, Jin Ha, and Minha Kim, Pachinko chronicles a Korean family across four generations who dream for more than their current social and financial circumstances provide.

Given the current hype around the Apple TV+ show, you may be in search of more Korean drama media, especially ones that center narratives on family, romance, and/or women’s plight.

The Handmaiden

People will love this film for its historical fiction, unexpected plot twists, the development of romance despite class differences, and the satisfying liberation of the film’s central female characters.

Parasite

Similar to Pachinko, Parasite is about family, hope, class struggles in Korea, and the pursuit to overcome cyclical and generational poverty despite the inherent obstacles of a capitalist system.

A Tale of Two Sisters

At its core, this horror film is about overcoming generational trauma, the reuniting and subsequent separation of families, an exploration of mental illness, and an examination of how our family history can haunt us.

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is a woman-centered revenge plot on righting wrongs, forming a community to achieve justice, and reuniting with loved ones that were left behind.

Failan

Failan is an unconventional story about love, longing, courage, class and citizenship, and maintaining hope in spite of bleak or unjust circumstances.

Never Forever

Never Forever (2007), directed by Gina Kim, is a critically-acclaimed romantic drama about an American woman who unsuspectedly falls in love with an immigrant worker despite her already being married to another man.

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