87 films were produced in South Korea in 1981. 31 foreign films were also released in the country. There were 423 theaters exhibiting films in South Korea this year, receiving admissions of 44,443.
- [1981-01-01] Son of Man (사람의 아들 - Salamui adeul) [Hap Dong Films] (Yu Hyun-mok)
- [1981-01-01] Mrs. Kang Byeon or Madam Riverside (강변부인 / 江邊夫人 - Kangbyeon buin) [Woo Sung Enterprises Co.] (Choi Dong-joon)