We’ve had Train to Busan.
We’ve had Happiness.
And now, we’re set to have All of Us Are Dead.
Lest you’re unaware, they’re all Korean zombie shows of the highest quality…
And from the pre-emptive looks of it, All of Us Are Dead may turn out to be even better than its aforementioned “predecessors”.
9 Facts About All of Us Are Dead, a New K-Drama About Zombies from Netflix
What Is It About?
Essentially a high school (secondary school) zombie film, the title’s official synopsis is as follows:
“A high school becomes ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak. Trapped students must fight their way out or turn into one of the rabid infected.”
The show has been classified under the following tags: Gruesome, Gory, Horror. So if you have a particularly weak stomach, watching the show over dinner may not be advisable.
Around three weeks ago, Netflix Asia released a “date announcement” segment of the show on its YouTube channel.
This was followed by an “official teaser” a week later on the same channel.
Yet it wasn’t until a week ago that Netflix’s main YouTube channel unveiled the drama series, and wow;
It was an instant hit.
To date, the official trailer has garnered nearly 10 million views.
Reception has been largely positive too, with one branding the series as a refreshing take on the “overly saturated zombie trope”.
It also doesn’t hurt that there’s a direct reference to the successful Train to Busan film.
It should also be noted that at some point in the trailer, it was hinted that the outbreak may spread to the exterior of the school.
The drama stars Yoon Chan-young, Park Ji-hoo, Cho Yi-hyun, Park Solomon and Yoo In-soo.
Meanwhile, the supporting cast will feature the stellar likes of:
- Bae Hae-sun
- Ahn Seung-gyun
- Oh Hee-joon
- Lee Eun-saem
- Shin Jae-hwi
- Kim Byung-chul
- Yoon Byung-hee
- Jo Dal-hwan
- Son Sang-yeon
- Lee Yoo-mi
- Yang Han-yeol
Casting was reportedly done in 2020.
Behind The Scenes
As for the backstage crew, the show’s directed by Lee Jae-gyoo and Kim Nam-su.
Meanwhile, Chun Sung-il serves as scriptwriter for the series.
All of Us Are Dead is supposedly based on the Naver webtoon Now at Our School, which was created by Joo Dong-geun.
The webtoon was published in the period between 2009 and 2011.
Having topped the real-time search chart back in its heydays, the webtoon is still regarded as “legendary” to this very day, and has been appraised as a “Korean-style zombie graphic work”.
Well, yes: It appears that adapting webtoons into drama is Netflix’s game nowadays.
It appears that we could have had All of Us Are Dead on an even earlier date.
Apparently, due to a COVID-19 outbreak in August 2020, production was compromised to a certain extent.
In order to accommodate standard quarantine procedures, production had to undergo a brief halt.
Thankfully, everything resumed eventually.
It’s time to sit in the hype train because the show is set to premiere on 28 January 2022.
What a way to usher in the Chinese New Year.
And for the record, the drama will have eight episodes.
With Korean zombie films doing generally well on an international basis, one can’t exactly fault the audience for pinning high hopes on this one.
Indeed, All of Us Are Dead has been touted to do just as well as Squid Game, perhaps even better.
Though of course, only time will tell.
Other Zombie Films
If you’re starved of zombie films and absolutely detest this week-long wait, you can satiate your thirst for “brains” with the aforementioned titles Train to Busan and Happiness.
Alternatively, you could also watch Kingdom if you haven’t already. Alive also warrants a shout-out for its premise.
You can catch Train to Busan, Kingdom and Alive on Netflix.
(Train to Busan just dropped in Netflix Singapore, so you might not have seen in earlier).
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