An unusual new mash-up of historical drama and supernatural horror is coming your way this month. Set in medieval Korea, Netflix’s Kingdom will be the second Korean series for the streaming service. Netflix released two excellent trailers so far for the series’ first season, with the second trailer just arriving this week. Actor Ju Ji-hoon (Mask, Confession) plays the Crown Prince, a man set on a mission to discover the cause of a deadly plague spreading across the country. And an evocative classic Eastern costume drama becomes the next zombie series. It looks similar to the world of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, taken from a different part of the world.
The elaborate production quality of the trailers was created at a price tag of nearly $2 million per episode, resulting in some compelling preview footage with an Akira Kurosawa-inspired, creepy and cool “Seven Samurai vs zombies” vibe. Eight episodes have been filmed for season one, and season two begins filming this month in South Korea. The series blends the vision of film director Seong-hun Kim (Tunnel) and television writer Eun-hee Kim (Signal). The series is based on Eun-Lee’s Land of the Gods, a 2014 webtoons/webcomic from Seoul’s YLAB Comics, which was drawn by Kyung-il Yang.
The series also stars Doona Bae (Jupiter Ascending, Cloud Atlas, Sense8), and Seung-Ryong Ryu (Psychokinesis, Masquerade).
Check out the teaser preview and two trailers for the Netflix original series, Kingdom:
Look for season one of Kingdom coming to Netflix Friday, January 25, 2019.