True to Life Movies & Dramas

Do you love to watch K dramas & movies? Make sure to check out this list for true to life inspired movies.

“The Admiral: Roaring Currents”

One of the most epic naval battles in history. During the Joseon Dynasty, under the reign of King Seonjo and during the Japanese invasions of Korea, Yi Sun Shin fought with only 12 ships against 300 ships of Japan,


The true story behind “Silenced” is shocking. The children in a boarding school for the impaired were abused. A teacher in real life came forward to protect his students. After this movie was released, the cases were reopened.

“The Chaser”

The Chaser is about the true events surrounding the Korean serial killer Yoo Young Chul who confessed to 21 murders.

“Memories of Murder”

A retelling of one of the most prolific murder cases in Korean history– The Hwaseong Serial Murders. An unknown man raped and murdered 10 women between September 15, 1986, and April 3, 1991.

“The Case of Itaewon Homicide”

The Itaewon Homicide Case haunted the Korean public for the last two decades which happened on April 3, 1997. The 23-year-old college student victim was stabbed nine times to death in a bathroom of a burger chain in Seoul.

“Queen For Seven Days”

This drama was actually based on the story of Queen Dangyeong from the Joseon period. After only seven days as queen, she was suddenly removed from her position and kicked out of the palace.


Focusing on the victim’s story, Cart is based on a true event about how contract employees were affected fought for their rights after being laid off by a retail supermarket.

“Miss Ripley”

This drama is based on Shin Jeong-ah’s case. She had a rough life and just wanted to restart her life. She deceives her employers about her background and was sentenced to jail for fraud.

“As one”

Based on the life of South Korean table tennis players Hyun Jung Hwa and North Korean Lee Boon Hee. They formed a team despite coming from a divided nation and competed in the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan.

“The Last Princess”

The film depicts Princess Deokhye’s life in Japan after she was forced to move there at age 13 by the Imperial Japanese government, and her attempts to return to her home country.


The film is based on a true story, the infamous Nayoung Case in 2008, in which an 8-year-old girl, was raped and beaten by a drunk 57-year-old man in a public toilet.

“71: Into the Fire”

The film was made in commemoration of those who fought during the Korean War. This is a true story of 71 students who fight hundreds of North Korean soldiers in 1950.

“Northern Limit Line”

Based on the real-life events of the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong. The North Korean navy deploys two of their patrol boats towards the Limit Line and started a private war.

“My father”

This is a true story about an adopted son who just wants to search for his biological father. After the long search, he finally met his father and faced a murderer.

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