9 Korean documentaries which is a must-watch

Documentary which covers topics ranging from real-life crimes to military realities, tragedies, and more


The rich history and culture of South Korea are evident in their day-to-day activities. Watching documentaries can provide insight into the customs and everyday lives of individuals and communities. Here are 9 Korean documentaries to increase your understanding of the nation.


Intention (2018) - IMDb 

Out of the 476 individuals on board, 304 died in the 2014 Sewol Ferry accident, which rocked all of South Korea. The majority of the victims were high school students. Its tragedy is still regarded as one of the most depressing incidents in the history of the nation.


Army was screened in the Documentary Competition section of the 23rd Busan International Film Festival. The movie centers on a young guy named Woochul who must serve in the army in order to fulfill his necessary military service.

My Love, Don’t Cross That River

My Love, Don't Cross That River (2014) - IMDb

From the couple’s 76th birthday to their final moments, the documentary chronicles their life. The title comes from the Korean symbol for crossing a river, which is a metaphor of dying and beginning over.

The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea

Watch The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea | Netflix Official Site

Singapore and South Korea collaborated on the project The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea. The serial killer Yoo Young Chul, who hammered his victims to death, is the basis for the real crime series. Seoul experienced a severe panic attack as a result.

Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror

Watch Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror | Netflix Official Site

The occurrence of Nth Rooms, which terrified South Korea, is described in the investigative documentary. This case involved illicit sex offenses and an online chatroom. The operators of the chat rooms used blackmail to force women and minors to provide them explicit and compromising photos and videos.

In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal

In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal (TV Mini Series 2023) - IMDb

Four leaders who professed to be prophets and offer divine advice are the subject of the book In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal. It looks at how cults come to be and how, despite their doubts, some people choose to believe their leaders and adhere to their teachings.

Bitter, Sweet, Seoul

Bitter Sweet Seoul (2014) - IMDb

The slice-of-life documentary directed by well-known filmmaker Park Chan Wook and his brother Park Chan Kyong is to expose the truth about Seoul, the metropolis of South Korea. The movie is an anthology of 154 videos that various people submitted over the course of 98 days in 2013.

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not (2019) - IMDb

The documentary Forget Me Not tells the tale of three pregnant single women who reside at the Aeshuwon institution on Jeju Island, South Korea. The documentary details the challenging journey they went through to decide whether to have a child or not.

Reach for the SKY

Reach for the SKY (2015) - IMDb

The school system in South Korea is renowned for being rigorous and challenging. The main subject of Reach the SKY is high school students’ struggles to get into the top three institutions. As they get ready for the yearly national exam, the students are under a lot of stress and strain.