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Ironically, my most relaxing moment at home is watching apocalypse movies or series. I know it’s absurd because end-of-the-world themes are supposed to be scary since they mostly involve death, violence, zombies, other types of monsters, and lots of gruesome scenes. To me, they take my worries away. For less than two hours or more, I get to forget the endless worries I have in the real world.
Apocalypse movies and series are the most exciting to watch because you need to focus on every single thing that is happening, like how the characters will survive, and whether or not they will survive until the end. They entertain me so much that I thought maybe I’d write a list of my 6 Asian Netflix apocalypse movies and series you shouldn’t miss:
1. Train to Busan Movie
Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean action horror film by Yeon Sang-ho, starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok, Kim Su-an, Choi Woo-shik, Ahn So-hee, and Kim Eui-sung. An outbreak of zombies suddenly occurs, and passengers who got on the train from Seoul to Busan are in grave danger.
This is my all-time favorite zombie apocalypse movie because it’s the first ever movie that got me hooked to anything Korean: movies, series, food, language, and culture. Name it, my love for everything Korean started with this movie! And what’s funny is, I was forced to watch this just because people around me kept on insisting, saying that I’m the only one who hasn’t watched it. I hated watching anything with subtitle, so it took a lot of very persistent work colleagues to finally convince me to watch this on theatre. When I did, I totally fell in love with the movie and its lead actor, Gong Yoo that I ended up watching his other movies and series. After watching all his famous works, I ended up watching other Korean movies and series, and in the process, I started loving their food, language, and culture, too. So, I am telling you, watch this movie! You’ll be blown away by its strong message about the importance of helping people even during the darkest times, what motivates people to survive by all means, and what sacrifices have to be made to save the ones you love.
2. Sweet Home Series
Sweet Home is a 2020 series adaptation of a 2017-2020 webtoon series of the same name by Kim Carnby and Hwang Young-chan. This South Korean apocalypse series stars Song Kang, Lee Jin-wok, and Lee Si-young. The story begins when Cha Hyun-soo, the main lead and suicidal character played by Song Kang, experiences a family tragedy. He leaves home and moves into an apartment, unaware of the imminent danger that awaits. Not long, a surge of different-looking monsters who transform depending on their inner desires start killing everyone. Hyun-soo and the rest of the tenants in the apartment building are trapped inside because there are more monsters lurking outside. They soon find themselves doing everything it takes to survive.
This is my most favorite Netflix series of 2020! I am even planning to watch it for the second time while I’m waiting for the second season (which has no definite date of renewal and release yet, but I hope there will be soon). Song Kang, the awesome main character in this series became one of my favorite actors because of his great portrayal of a suicidal guy turned hero monster. Also, after watching this action-packed horror series, I got back to reading comics through Webtoon because I got curious at what other great works were created by Kim Carnby and Hwang Young-chan. Currently, I’m reading Sweet Home on Webtoon, which has over 140 episodes, to find out the differences between the two entertainment platforms. I have also started reading another awesome webtoon work by the same creators entitled, Bastard. Who knows? Maybe it will also be adapted into a Netflix series.
3. Kingdom Series
Kingdom is a 2019 South Korean historical zombie series written by Kim Eun-hee and directed by Kim Seong-hun. It’s also Netflix’s first original Korean series which premiered on January 25, 2019. This series was adapted from the webcomic series entitled, The Kingdom of the Gods which was written by Kim Eun-hee, and illustrated by Yang Kyung-il. Set during the Joseon Dynasty, this awesome series follows the story of Crown Prince Lee Chang and his underlings. A resurrection plant causes a plague that resurrects and turns people into zombies and Lee Chang is determined to get to the bottom of this outbreak, unaware of a sinister secret waiting to be unraveled.
I have watched seasons 1 and 2 of this addictive series, and currently waiting for season 3, which will star Jun Ji-hyun, one of my favorite actresses. She was in the preview at the end of season 2, so I am really counting on another great season of Kingdom that will hopefully be released late this year, or early next year.
Watch this at your own risk! Every season ends in a cliffhanger, so if you’re not a patient person, you probably should wait for season 3 because there are only six episodes per season! When I watched this, I had no idea that I’d be deprived of the story’s continuation, so I waited in vain for so many months! The first season was released on January 25, 2019 and the second season was released on March 13, 2020, so imagine what I’ve been through!
4. Rampant Movie
Rampant is a South Korean historical zombie film directed by Kim Sung-hoon and released on October 25, 2018. Set during the Joseon Dynasty, the film stars Hyun Bin as Lee Chung, the heir to the throne, and Jang Dong-gun, as Kim Ja-joon, the corrupt minister who tricks the Royal family into believing that Lee Chung is not the heir.
This has the same vibes as Kingdom because of its historical setting and apocalypse theme, but the plot is definitely different. Also, this one has a touch of humor because Hyun Bin, one of my ultimate favorite actors, plays an arrogant character who doesn’t seem to take things seriously. Eventually, he realizes that he has a big responsibility to his future country. Watch this if you want a fun historical zombie movie because this one is packed with entertainment!
5. Alice in Borderland Series
Alice in Borderland is a Japanese science fiction and suspense action thriller directed by Shinsuke Sato. It is a series adaptation of the manga created by Haro Aso with the same title, and it premiered on December 10, 2020. It stars Kento Yamazaki and Tao Tsuchiya as the lead characters who got trapped in a deadly game of survival in Tokyo.
I cannot even begin to explain how brilliant, extremely exciting, and mind-boggling this Japanese series is! The games are too deadly that they always send chills through every inch of my body every time they play a new game! This was a gripping series that kept me on the edge of my seat! Each game has a hidden objective that also serves as a moral lesson to the players.
6. #Alive Movie
#Alive is a 2020 South Korean zombie film directed by Cho II-hyung and starring Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye. A mysterious plague breaks out and Oh Joon-wo survives by not leaving his apartment despite the lack of food. Just when he’s about to commit suicide thinking that he’s all alone and everyone’s dead in the vicinity where monsters lurk, a girl who’s right across his apartment building saves him.
Despite the simple storyline, this movie has a twist! Also, it starts a bit slow, but the moment Kim Yoo-bin (played by Park Shin-hye, one of my favorite actresses) appears, everything escalates into a whole lot of memorable and exciting moments like when she set up a zip line to send Oh Joon-wo some food to help him survive, or when they both risked their lives to go outside, meet up, and go to a safe floor at the building (which wasn’t really safe, by the way)!
Train to Busan Movie Trailer
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