'Kingdom': Netflix diving into the zombie genre with a medieval drama is the best thing ever
'Kingdom,' tells the story of a zombie apocalypse set in the medieval period, thus providing for an unexpected style of the genre, something that has worked in favor of Netflix
Apart from growing more diverse and global with its international dramas for a while now, the second-best strategy Netflix has incorporated is venturing into new genres with a fun plays and twists on authentic elements. Having dipped its toe in almost everything ranging from true crime stories to mushy on-screen adaptations of young adult novels, and of course, a satirical spin on the dystopian world, Netflix is now gearing up to dive into the sensational and gory zombie genre of horror, and as usual, it is no stereotypical watch.
Its upcoming show 'Kingdom,' tells the story of a zombie apocalypse set in the medieval period, thus providing for an unexpected style of the genre, something that has worked in favor of the streaming giant.
Take for example the recent international shows popularized via Netflix. While the phenomenally well executed German drama 'Dark' was a twisted take and crime-oriented story of the time-travel genre, the Danish end-of-the-world drama, 'The Rain', offered glimpses of sunshine amid gloomy, incessant rains in the form of a young adult romance blooming in an apocalyptic environment.
With shows like 'Stranger Things,' Netflix ventured into the alien sub-genre of sci-fi with its own high-school drama sub-plots, while in more recent news, the platform got viewer-interactive with the release of independent feature film 'Black Mirror' - where viewers can control the fate of the story's protagonist through a selection of choices.
So far, most such series Netflix has indulged in and popularized, worked on the idea of tweaking the genre. And, that is something that Netflix has both mastered and acknowledged as a big attraction for its audience. This is why presenting zombies in this more aesthetically pleasing form, where they are almost capable of organised crimes, as seen in the trailer for 'Kingdom', could prospectively work wonders for Netflix.
In simpler terms, the undead rise against the living, but the living are royalty with refined levels of grandeur and poise - set all the way back in medieval times. There's grand costumes and elaborate accessories to flaunt. It's a vivid contrast, but a balance is struck with the way the zombies act in the South Korean drama, as their aesthetic appeal blends in with the sense of style the living abound in. Add to that a dash of obviously elaborate political conspiracies, and voila!
This fresh spin in the portrayal of zombies releases on Netflix January 25, and one look at the official trailer, which dropped just a little over a week ago, will confirm 'Kingdom' is about to bless us with dead people coming back to life, in a manner never seen before.
As the plot synopsis reads: "In a kingdom 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."
The story is set in South Korea's medieval era, also known as the Joseon period, and comes from writer Kim Eun-hee, on whose webcomic 'Land of the Gods' the story is loosely based.
With a cast comprising of Korean A-listers like Ju Ji-hoon ('Dark Figure of Crime'), Bae Doona ('Cloud Atlas'), Ryu Seung-ryong ('Miracle in Cell No. 7'), Kim Sang-ho ('The Witness'), Heo Joon-ho ('Sovereign Default'), and Jeon Seok-ho ('Miss Baek'), season 1 of 'Kingdom' premieres on Netflix January and is sure to be a total treat for horror-drama fans!