Netflix Is Making a Medieval Korean Zombie Show

Image: Last year’s ‘Zombie on a Train’ Korean thriller Train to Busan. Source: Still via Youtube
Image: Last year’s ‘Zombie on a Train’ Korean thriller Train to Busan. Source: Still via Youtube

Zombie shows are still hot. So is Korean cinema. So is a mix of both, if last year’s Train to Busan is anything to go by. But now Netflix is getting in on a show that is all this and more, as it’s actually a medieval-era fantasy series, too.

Netflix has announced that it has joined Kim Seong-hun’s new thriller TV series Kingdom, with plans to bring to its streaming service worldwide in 2018 in partnership with Korean production company Astory. The eight-part series is set during Korea’s Joseon dynasty, an era that covered the 14th to late 19th century, and had a huge impact on Korean culture as it is known today. It follows a young crown prince sent on a suicidal investigation into a bizarre medical outbreak. Turns out said outbreak is a zombie apocalypse, and the prince’s forces have to hold back a threat that could destroy Korea and the wider world itself.

The premise is certainly intriguing—a sort of blend of Games of Thrones-ian historical fantasy with good old Walking Dead zombie horror, through the lens of Korean filmmaking. Between this and Bong Joon-Ho’s upcoming movie Okja, it seems like Netflix is making a big push for Korean genre projects and getting them out there for a much bigger audience to see. If it means we get more cool supernatural fantasy stuff to watch, we’ll be more than happy to see what comes of it.



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Honest history question here; did Joseon fashion change at all during the era or did it remain pretty similar for 500 years? I’ve watched a lot of period K-dramas and sometimes they don’t even list the year but state it simply takes place during Joseon. However, the clothes always look very similar. Are there minor difference I’m not picking up on? Or are these shows not exactly historically accurate? It’s such a departure from western period films, where you can generally figure out the century by the wig to hat to corset to tights ratio.