10 Korean Movies for a Heartwarming Valentine’s Day

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with heartwarming Korean movies like “The Beauty Inside,” “Tune in for Love,” and “Love Reset” for a blend of romance, fantasy, and unforgettable moments of love and transformation.

Also find: Captivating Korean Movies Based on True Stories

Recommended Korean Movies for Valentine’s Day

1. Whatcha Wearin’? / My P.S. Partner (2012)

Note: Rate 18+, contains sexual content, nudity, profanity

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Runtime: 115 mins
Cast: Ji-sung, Kim Ah-joong, Shin So-yeol, Kang Kyung-joon, and more.
Director: Byung Sung-hyun
Screenwriter: Byung Sung-hyun and Kim Min-soo

Lee Hyun Seung, Ji-Sung, finds himself engulfed in jealousy and sleeplessness upon discovering his ex-girlfriend is now in a thriving relationship with a seemingly perfect new partner. However, his life takes an unexpected turn after receiving a sultry phone call from an unknown woman one night. Meanwhile, Yoon Jung (Kim Ah-joong), despite her attractive appearance and having a successful boyfriend, feels a lack of affection in her relationship. In an attempt to reignite the spark, she initiates a provocative phone call intended for her boyfriend, only to realize that the man on the other end of the line is a complete stranger. The combination of comedy and romance makes it perfect as one of Korean movies for your Valentine’s Day.

2. The Beauty Inside

Genre: Romance, Drama, Melodrama
Runtime: 127 mins
Cast: Han Hyo-joo, Kim Dae-myung, Hong Da-mi, Lee Hyun-woo, Bae Sung-woo, Yoo Yeon-seok, Kim Joo-hyuk, Do Ji-han, Park Shin-hye, Lee Bum-soo, Park Seo-joon, Ueno Juri, Kim Sang-ho, Chun Woo-hee, Lee Dong-wook, Lee Dong-hwi, and more
Director: Baek Jong-yeol
Screenwriter: Kim Sun-jung

Woo Jin, a talented furniture designer, lives with an extraordinary condition where he wakes up with a different face each day. This secret is only known to his mother and his best friend, Sang Baek (Lee Dong Hwi). His life takes a significant turn when he encounters Yi Soo, played by Han Hyo Joo, who is employed at a furniture shop, and he is instantly smitten with her.

To interact with her despite his ever-changing appearance, Woo Jin visits her daily, each time as a seemingly new customer. Eventually, he musters the courage to ask her out on a date. In a bid to maintain his current appearance and foster their budding relationship, Woo Jin goes to extreme lengths, staying awake for three days straight. His efforts pay off when Yi Soo begins to reciprocate his feelings. However, the strain of remaining awake becomes unsustainable, and Woo Jin inevitably falls asleep, waking up with a new face, and facing the challenge of revealing his true self to Yi Soo.

This captivating story is not only available as a movie but also has been adapted into a Korean drama, offering fans another format to enjoy the unique narrative.

3. Mood of the Day (2016)

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Runtime: 103 mins
Cast: Yoo Yeon-seok, Moon Chae-won, Jo Jae-yoon, Park Min-woo, and more.
Director: Jo Kyu-jang
Screenwriter: Min So-yeon

Bae Soo Jung (Moon Chae-won), finds her decade-long relationship with her boyfriend cooling off. Hearing about a friend’s engagement to a first love distracts her further. During a trip to Busan, she finds herself seated next to Kim Jae Hyun (Yoo Yeon-seok), who intriguingly mentions he follows Agapemonism—a Christian denomination known for men having multiple spiritual wives—and openly talks about his willingness to engage in casual encounters. Initially resistant, Soo Jung’s circumstances lead her to share a car journey with him after the train unexpectedly stops. Gradually, she starts warming up to him as he persistently seeks to capture her affection.

4. The Princess and the Matchmaker (2018)

Genre: Historical, Comedy, Romance
Runtime: 110 mins
Cast: Lee Seung-gi, Shim Eun-kyung, Yeon Woo-jin, Kim Sang-kyung, Park Sun-young, and more.
Director: Hong Chang-pyo
Screenwriter: Lee So-mi

Facing a severe famine, the royal court decides to marry off Princess Song Hwa (Shim Eun Kyung), in a bid to pacify the heavens. They enlist the expertise of Seo Do Yoon (Lee Seung Gi), a celebrated fortune teller, to select the ideal suitor who promises the most harmonious union with the princess. Although four suitable candidates emerge, Princess Song Hwa is determined not to have her life partner picked by mere chance. Opting to take matters into her own hands, she sets out to secretly learn more about her potential spouses. Do Yoon, upon discovering her plan, decides to join her in this clandestine venture.

5. Be With You (2018)

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Melodrama
Runtime: 131 mins
Cast: Son Ye-jin, So Ji-sub, Kim Ji-hwan, Ko Chang-seok, and more.
Director: Lee Jang-hoon
Screenwriter: Lee Jang-hoon and Kang Soo-jin

Im Soo Ah (Son Ye Jin), makes a heartfelt vow to her husband, Jung Woo Jin (So Ji Sub), to reunite with him a year later on a rainy day, before she passes away. In an extraordinary turn of events, she miraculously fulfills this promise, returning as she said she would. However, upon her return, she finds herself without any of her memories, sparking a poignant journey of reconnection and rediscovery in their relationship. The heartwarming story of this Korean movie is perfect for your Valentine’s Day.

6. Tune in for Love (2019)

Genre: Romance, Life, Drama, Melodrama
Runtime: 122 min
Cast: Jung Hae-in, Kim Go-eun, and more.
Director: Jung Ji-woo
Screenwriter: Lee Sook-yun

In 1994, DJ Yoo Yeol began his journey on the beloved radio show “Music Album,” marking the same day college student Mi Soo (Kim Go Eun), encounters Hyun Woo (Jung Hae In), in the bakery where she works. The program becomes a backdrop to their growing connection, supporting them through various challenges until circumstances force them apart. Amidst the turmoil of the 1997 IMF crisis, they reconnect over shared narratives on a radio show. Despite their frequent encounters, fate seems to misalign their timing, keeping them apart.

7. My Worst Neighbor (2023)

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Runtime: 112 mins
Cast: Lee Ji-hoon, Han Seung-yeon, Go Gyu-pil, Kim Yoon-sung, and more.
Director: Lee Woo-cheol

This romantic comedy unfolds around two neighbors, separated by just a single wall, leading parallel lives yet unaware of each other’s names or faces. Seung Jin (Lee Ji-hoon) is ardently preparing for an audition, harboring dreams of becoming a singer. On what was supposed to be a quiet first night in his new room, he’s unexpectedly disturbed by the sound of a woman crying from the adjacent apartment. As days pass, they inadvertently become a part of each other’s daily routines, their anonymity adding a layer of mystery. Despite not knowing who the other is, they find themselves entangled in a web of delicate emotions, showcasing the quirky and unexpected pathways through which people can connect. Watch this Korean movie with your frenemy will make your Valentine’s Day unforgettable.

8. Killing Romance (2023)

Genre: Music, Thriller, Comedy, Romance
Runtime: 106 mins.
Cast: Lee Ha-nee, Lee Sun-kyun, Gong Myung, Bae Yoo-ram, and more.
Director: Lee Won-suk

“Killing Romance” spins a narrative around a former actress who steps into a new chapter of her life by marrying a wealthy tycoon from an island. Her life takes an intriguing turn when she encounters a neighbor who has faced the challenge of a particular examination three times without success. This blend of genres creates a distinctive cinematic experience, combining elements of comedy, thriller, and musical into a singular, compelling concept. The film cleverly navigates through its unique storyline, promising viewers a blend of suspense, laughter, and musical delight.

9. Past Lives (2023)

Genre: Romance, Drama
Runtime: 106 mins
Cast: Greta Lee, Yoo Teo, John Magaro, Moon Seung-ah, Im Seung-min, and more.
Screenwriter & Director: Celine Song

Nora (Greta Lee) and Hae Sung (Yoo Teo), who share a profound bond as childhood friends, find their paths diverging when Nora’s family moves away from South Korea, leaving their connection in the past. Two decades later, destiny orchestrates their reunion for a single, momentous week. During this brief encounter, they are compelled to explore the depths of their feelings and the concept of fate in their relationship. This reunion challenges them to confront their past emotions and decisions, weaving a narrative that questions the enduring nature of love and the forces that shape our destinies.

10. Love Reset (2023)

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Runtime: 119 mins
Cast: Kang Ha-neul, Jung So-min, Jo Min-soo, Kim Sun-young, Hwang Se-in, and more.
Director: Name Dae-joong
Screenwriter: Nam Dae-joong and Bang Ki-chul

Jung Yeol (Kang Ha-neul) and Hong Na Ra (Jung So-min), once deeply in love, find their marriage crumbling under the weight of their contrasting personalities, leading them to resent each other. In pursuit of different futures, they agree to divorce. However, with just a month left until their divorce is finalized, a twist of fate intervenes. The very day they file for divorce, they are involved in a car accident. Awakening in the hospital, both discover they have lost their memories, erasing not only the bitterness that drove them apart but also any recollection of each other. This unexpected turn of events resets their relationship, presenting them with a blank slate and a second chance at rediscovering love amidst the complexities of forgotten pasts.

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