Seven Must-See Korean Movies and TV Shows Coming in August 2022

It's been another strong month for K-drama hits in July. Extraordinary Attorney Woo, the Netflix series about an autistic lawyer with an incredibly high IQ, bagged the No. 1 spot on the streamer's Top 10 ranking for non-English television series for two weeks before dropping to second place in the past week.

Remarriages & Desires and Alchemy of Souls also joined the rankings, sitting within the top five slots for several weeks.

There's plenty more to come next month. Here we look at some of the most intriguing Korean films and K-dramas to be released in August.

Emergency Declaration

Release date: August 3

The aviation disaster film, which hits North American theaters on August 12, following its August 3 release in South Korea, sees a crisis situation unfold on a plane following the mysterious death of a person onboard.

"I want everyone on this plane to die," a voice says in the film's heart-pounding trailer, which features explosive physical confrontations, chaotic scenes of an upturned plane and screams from passengers.

The film features an ensemble cast, including Song Kang-ho (the veteran actor from Parasite) and Squid Game actor Lee Byung-hun (the Screen Actors Guild nominee seen most recently as the Front Man in the runaway hit Netflix series).


Release date: August 5

The Bourne Identity meets Mission Impossible in this high-octane action thriller.

The film sees a man, who wakes up with his memories completely wiped away, going on a hostage mission directed by a mysterious voice from a device implanted in his ear that says: "Your name is Carter...listen to me if you want to live."

Carter (played by Joo Won from Alice on Netflix) sets out to find Jung Ha-na (a "human vaccine") amid the outbreak of a mutant virus that's infected millions.

The film's action-packed trailer features camera-shaking fight scenes and vertigo-inducing drops, followed by explosive car chases and pulsating narrow near-misses.


Release date: August 10

The directorial debut film of Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae, which received a seven-minute standing ovation at its preview screening at the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival in May, marks its theatrical release next month.

The spy action thriller follows two members of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency—Pyong-ho (played Lee) and Jung-do (played by Jung Woo-sung, the major veteran Korean actor who most recently was the executive producer of gripping Netflix science fiction K-drama The Silent Sea)—trying to track down a mole within the CIA, who see each other as prime suspects.

Its dramatic trailer features heart-pounding chase sequences amid chaotic mass demonstrations, gunfire explosions and shoot-outs. It ends with a dramatic face-off that sees Jung-do point a gun up at Pyong-ho before a voice says: "You won't walk out of here alive."

If You Wish Upon Me

Release date: August 12

This healing drama sees a broken young man living on the edge (played by Ji Chang-wook, seen most recently in The Sound of Magic on Netflix) try to help people at a hospice fulfill their last wishes.

The show's trailer begins with a clip of a boy being beaten on the head before a voice asks: "Have you ever been happy in life?," to which another replies: "I've never been happy."

Based on a real-life foundation in the Netherlands that grants the final wishes of terminally ill cancer patients, the drama also stars Sooyoung from the major K-pop girl group Girls' Generation.

A Model Family

Release date: August 12

A cash-strapped professor (played by Jung Woo) unwittingly stumbles upon a wad of cash in an abandoned car, which he later realizes belongs to a drug cartel.

The intriguing trailer begins with the professor panting and frantically grabbing the cash from the car, while a voice says: "War, diseases, accidents. People die because of such reasons. But a lot more people die because of money."

As the cartel's money is discovered to be with the professor, he is forced to pay them back by becoming their drug courier. "If you betray us, your family will suffer," says Gwang-cheol (played by Park Hee-soon, seen recently in Dr. Brain on AppleTV+).

Seoul Vibe

Release date: August 26

This stylish action blockbuster set in the days leading up to the 1988 Seoul Olympics sees a team of drivers go undercover to dismantle a money-laundering ring.

Yoo Ah-in, the famed Korean actor from Hellbound on Netflix and the masterful psychological thriller Burning, plays the crew's "supreme driver with perfect drifting skills," alongside a star-studded cast including Koh Kyung-Pyo (from the Park Chan-wook film Decision to Leave, which competed for the top Palme d'Or award at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival,), Lee Kyu Hyung (from All of Us Are Dead on Netflix) and others.

Offering thrilling driving sequences, colorful visuals and a groovy soundtrack, peppered with short and sassy one-liners, the film has a bit of an Ocean's Eleven vibe with a retro hip-hop feel.

"Once I step on the gas, I go all the way," says Yoo's character Dong-wook in the film's teaser trailer.


Release date: August 26

For many years, aliens have "kept their prisoners inside human bodies." So begins the teaser trailer of the Korean sci-fi blockbuster Alienoid, the first of a two-part film series.

As the trailer switches between dynamic combat scenes in an intergalactic space to explosive apocalyptic scenes of masses running from flying spaceships, a voice asks: "If they get unleashed, will they kill people?"

Another voice replies: "It's my job to stop that," as the Guard character (played by Kim Woo-bin, seen most recently in Our Blues and several other K-dramas on Netflix), who manages these prisoners, is seen darting through the air towards the sky on a city street.

The fantasy sci-fi also stars Kim Tae-ri (from BAFTA winner The Handmaiden) and Ryu Jun-yeol (from the Bong Joon-ho film A Taxi Driver).