5 Pinoy Indie Movies To Stream If You *Loved* These K-Dramas

Plus, some of them are for free!
PHOTO: (LEFT) Facebook/I'm Drunk, I Love You, (RIGHT) KBS World

It's okay if you want to take a K-drama break. This gives you the option to explore other genres—say, catching up with our local indie scene! There are so many must-watch Pinoy indie movies and lucky for you, you can finally stream some of them for free. For starters, here are recos which you might end up liking even if you're a hardcore K-drama fan:

1. I'm Drunk, I Love You

Starring: Maja Salvador and Paulo Avelino

Watch if you liked: Fight For My Way

Where to watch: YouTube

Being in the friend zone sucks. Such is the case for Carson (Maja Salvador) who has been in love with her best friend Dio (Paulo Avelino) for seven years. Before graduating from college, they go on a road trip where Carson attempts to reveal her true feelings.

2. Senior Year

Starring: LJ Moreno, Ramon Bautista, and Dimples Romana

Watch if you liked: The Reply series!

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Where to watch: Vimeo

Here we meet stereotypical students like the popular kids, nerds, and pasaway classmates who make high school so memorable! It also gives us a glimpse of their coming-of-age struggles like dealing with a crush, standing up against a bully, and figuring out what they want to do after high school. It's also interesting to see how the movie fast-forwards to the future and shows how these high school students have grown into young adults.

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Fun fact: Senior Year is directed by Jerrold Tarog, aka the same genius behind historical flicks like Heneral Luna and Goyo.

3. Shift

Starring: Yeng Constantino and Felix Roco

Watch if you liked: Personal Taste and Coffee Prince

Where to watch: YouTube

This gender-bender narrative revolves around tomboyish Estela (Yeng Constantino) who falls in love with her gay co-worker and friend Trevor (Felix Roco). Aside from their eccentric pairing, they also talk about their passions and how adulting can sometimes get in the way of them. You better not miss watching this because it won the Grand Prix or Best Picture Award at the Osaka Asian Film Festival back in 2014. Just wow!

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4. That Thing Called Tadhana

Starring: Angelica Panganiban and JM De Guzman

Watch if you liked: Lovers In Paris and Encounter

Where to watch: YouTube

Where do broken hearts go? Mace (Angelica Panganiban) and Anthony (JM De Guzman) find out for themselves as they embark on a spontaneous trip from Rome, Manila, Baguio, to Sagada! Throughout the movie, the two strangers open up and talk about their exes which results in a unique bond between them. Their convos are filled with hugot lines you'll end up sharing with friends!

5. My Paranormal Romance

Starring: Phoebe Kaye Fernandez and Van Roxas

Watch if you liked: Hotel Del Luna, The Master's Sun, and Oh My Ghost

Where to watch: YouTube

Watch this indie movie if you aren't afraid of ghosts! Merry (Phoebe Kaye Fernandez) accidentally inherits an old woman's third eye. And it's literally on her forehead! With her ability to see ghosts, Merry's college plans are put on hold as she seeks ways to get rid of her third eye so she can live a normal life. Through her search, she meets scam artist Lucas (Van Roxas) who tries to help her with the whole paranormal situation.

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