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Kingdom

Zombie thriller meets political intrigue in this high-budget Korean series

Action & Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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THE VERY BEST

8.5

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Japan, South Korea
Korean
Binge-Worthy, Dark, Intense
2019
Bae Doona, Heo Joon-ho, Heo Jun-ho
51 min

Synopsis

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In this zombie thriller set in Korea's medieval Joseon dynasty which has been defeated by corruption and famine, a mysterious rumor of the king’s death spreads, as does a strange plague that renders the infected immune to death and hungry for flesh. The crown prince, fallen victim to a conspiracy, sets out on a journey to unveil the evil scheme and save his people.

Our Take

8.5
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16th century Korea—the small kingdom is governed by a royal family, but the sudden death of the king causes a power struggle among the elite, which in turn opens the window for either genuine change or further corrupt rule. At the heart of this is Crown Prince Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon), who conspires with the rebel scholars to bring his corrupt rivals down.

This all sounds familiar, if not a bit trite, but before you can start to pin it down, Kingdom quickly morphs into something more than just a period drama. The introduction of fantasy, terror, and neverending gore elevates Kingdom into a multi-genre feat—an impressive blend of political intrigue and pure zombie horror that never fails to keep you at the edge of your seat. 

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