SEOUL, 26 Jan. (Yonhap) — Following the worldwide success of “Kingdom,” Netflix is set to release another Korean-language zombie genre series this Friday.
“All Of Us Are Dead” is about a group of high school students who become trapped in their school and fight for survival after a zombie virus takes over the city.
“There are a lot of zombie thrillers out there, and most of them are about things that happen to adults. But it follows what happens to students who aren’t mature and socialized yet, and it’s in a space closed,” director Lee Jae-kyoo said during an online press conference held in Seoul on Wednesday to promote the upcoming project.
“I thought it would be a lot of fun and meaningful to watch the choices these young students make at a time when they’re on the edge between life and death. So I thought such a zombie thriller would have a other way.”
The director behind the hit South Korean TV series ‘Damo’ (2003), ‘Beethoven Virus’ (2008) and the films ‘The Fatal Encounter’ (2014) and ‘Intimate Strangers’ (2018) has shown great confidence in his new television project.
“We had a choreography team consisting of a professional choreographer and an actor who could create a synergy effect between them. So I’m sure the details of the zombie movements in our drama are better than any other movies. or Korean zombie TV series,” he said.
Lee also cited the 12-part series’ goal of showing the horrific process of turning people into zombies as what sets it apart from other works.
Actress Park Ji-hu, who plays one of the students attacked by zombies, said that since the series takes place in a school with hundreds of students, she beats others in the wide variety of zombies.
“We have zombies in school uniforms or sportswear. Some of them appear in a cafeteria and an infirmary,” Park said, adding that there was also one wearing a curler.
Actor Lim Jae-hyeok said that unlike other zombie thrillers where police or soldiers shoot guns and other weapons to kill the monsters, the Netflix series has students who fight zombies with offices and crowds.
The series is based on the South Korean webcomic “Now at Our School” by Joo Dong-geun, which has been translated into English as “All of Us Are Dead”.
Actress Lee Yoo-mi, who gained worldwide attention for playing Ji-yeong, aka player number 240 in Netflix’s global TV sensation “Squid Game”, is a self-centered college student named Lee Na-yeon , in the new series of zombies.
“I became curious about Na-yeon while reading the webtoon, and it’s an honor for me to come and play the character,” she said. “I want observers to say that even though Na-yeon is cheeky, she’s fine because of her acting.”
The show also has four other young actors in their twenties – Cho Yi-hyun, best known for her role as a medical student in “Hospital Playlist” (2021), Lomon, Yoo In-soo and Yoon Chan-young – among the main cast members. Park Ji-hu is known for her leading role in the critically acclaimed film “Humming Bird” (2017).