Forgotten is a new Korean thriller on Netflix and it should blow your mind. Twists and turns from start to finish, this is a perfect beast of a thriller!

Forgotten (org. title Gi-eok-ui Bam) is a South Korean thriller on Netflix that you simply cannot miss. The story is absolutely brilliant and could very possibly end up with a remake.

Still, just watch this version. And for the love of all that is good and pure, watch in in Korean. Read the damn subtitles and forget about dubbing.

Sure, we do love Korean horror and thriller movies here at Heaven of Horror. But still, Forgotten should hit the spot for most movie lovers.

For one, Forgotten is unbelievably gorgeous visually. This is nothing new for Korean movies since they do tend to have a very high production value. Still, it’s almost a shame that we can “only” watch this on Netflix and not the big screen.

You can watch the trailer for Forgotten right here or continue reading our review below.

A story within a story

Forgotten features quite a few stories. Not only is there a story within the story, we also get to experience certain elements from more than one character.

The main protagonist is Jin-Seok and as such, we do follow him from beginning to end. However, there are various plot twists that allow for more than one point of view. I can’t really get into it here, but trust me, you will not be bored.

So put the damn phone down and watch the movie. Yet another reason to make sure you watch it in Korean and read the subtitles. Lots of things also happen with non-verbal communication, so stay alert.

You probably can’t catch all the plot twists and turns ahead of time. But really, any experienced horror and thriller fan will catch quite a few things.

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Netflix success with South Korean productions

Forgotten was written and directed by Hang-jun Zhang. I was quite surprised to discover that this is only the third directing (and second writing) credit for Hang-jun Zhang.

I just hope this cooperation with Netflix is the first of many since he pretty much just blew my mind with this one.

His two first directing credits were back in 2002 and 2003, but hopefully, we won’t have to wait that long for something new from him.

Netflix already made their own partially South Korean production with Okja (click here to read our review of Okja), which has become somewhat of a cult classic.

Maybe a partnership with Hang-jun Zhang could be the perfect way to continue building on this success.

Also, the star of this movie is Ha-Neul Kang who plays the role of Jin-Seok. And what an awesome job he does!

When you watch the movie, you’ll discover how much he has to work with. It would certainly be great to see him in another production available to us in the West as well.

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Watch Forgotten on Netflix now!

Please, don’t wait too long before watching Forgotten on Netflix. You will probably end up having some of the core plot twists revealed ahead of time. And trust me, you want to experience those while watching the movie.

If you find yourself liking the South Korean style of thrillers, be sure to check out more on Netflix. Quite a few of the greatest thrillers and horror movies are actually available.

If you need a few suggestions, we’ve made a list featuring “Must-See South Korean Horror Movies and Thrillers” here >

Forgotten is out on Netflix in most countries now!


Director: Hang-jun Zhang
Cast: Ha-Neul Kang, Mu-Yeol Kim, Seong-kun Mun, Young-hee Na


When his older brother Yuseok gets kidnapped on their first day at a new house, Jinseok suffers from hallucination until Yuseok returns home on the 19th day with a memory loss and strange behavior. Finding himself in a hidden murder case in Yuseok’s twisted memory, Jinseok sets out only to face a heartbreaking truth.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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