7 Recommended South Korean Documentaries on Netflix with Unique Themes!

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From Korean culinary history to serial murder cases

Blackpink trailer: Light Up The Sky (youtube.com/netflix)

It’s undeniable that in recent years, content from South Korean filmmakers has been in high demand. Therefore, Netflix does not hesitate to spend a large budget to produce quality Korean content, such as dramas, variety shows, and documentaries. 

The popularity of documentaries still cannot compete when compared to dramas or variety shows. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching. In fact, documentaries offer a different type of show because the story is based on real events. Well, here are recommendations for South Korean documentaries that air on Netflix. Check them out!

1. In the Name of God: A Holly Betrayal (2023) tells the story of 4 heretical sects that lead their followers astray. They also commit criminal acts.

trailer for In The Name of God: Holly’s Betrayal (youtube.com/Netflix K-Content)

2. A group of young men, including Korean director Bong Joon Ho, recount their experiences of joining a movie lover’s club in Yellow Door: ’90s Lo-Fi Film (2023)

Yellow Door: ’90s Lo-fi Film Club trailer (youtube.com/Netflix K-Content)

3. Persona: Sulli (2023) is divided into two parts, a short film called Clean Islands and the last interview session before the idol died.

Persona trailer: Sulli (instagram.com/netflixkr)

4. Celebrity chef Baek Jong Won travels around South Korea to taste and learn about samgyupsal in Korean Pork Belly Rhapsody (2020).

Korean Pork Belly Rhapsody (youtube.com/Netflix Thailand)

5. A Nation of Banchan (2023) discusses the intricacies of the various side dishes that are usually served at the South Korean dinner table.

poster A Nation of Banchan (instagram.com/netflixkr)

6. The Raincoat Killer (2021) presents a thrilling spectacle. Yoo Young Chul, a serial killer, killed 20 of his victims in the 2000s.

The Raincoat Killer poster (doc. Netflix/The Raincoat Killer)

7. The twists and turns of BLACKPINK’s career journey, from the beginning of their debut to performing at Coachella are recorded in BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky (2020)

Blackpink trailer: Light Up The Sky (youtube.com/netflix)

For those of you who are bored watching drakor, documentaries can be an interesting alternative. The themes raised are also very diverse, you know. From murder, culinary, to even cult sects. Of the seven South Korean documentaries airing on Netflix, which one do you want to watch?

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