Zombies The best Korean movies of all time

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The best Korean zombie movies of all time, Our favorites of all time, from ‘Train to Busan’ to ‘Kingdom’.

All of Us Are Dead is the latest K-drama to arrive on Netflix, taking the top spot on the platform’s Global Top 10 list just a day after its release. The show isn’t South Korea’s first zombie title; The country has been praised for its zombie apocalypse-themed movies and series over the years. For those who enjoyed watching All of Us Are Dead, we’ve rounded up six titles to add to your binge-watching list.

Our picks include the now-classic Train to Busan, which received a sequel and even a US remake after its success, as well as Netflix’s Kingdom, set during the Joseon dynasty. Elsewhere, we highlight newer releases like Happiness.

Keep scrolling for some of the best zombie movies and TV shows from South Korea.

Happiness (2021)
Happiness Cast: Han Hyo-joo, Park Hyung-sik
Where to see it: Rakuten

Happiness is not your typical zombie show. The series takes place in the near future, where “Next”, a failed cure for COVID-19, causes a new contagious virus called “Rita”. The disease causes people to experience extreme rage and bloodlust, driving them into a zombie-like state for a certain period of time. Mirroring today’s real-life pandemic, residents of an apartment complex must follow quarantine measures to contain the outbreak.

Alive (2020)
Alive Cast: Yoo Ah-in, Park Shin-hye
Where to watch: Netflix

Joon-woo (Yoo Ah-in) is a video game player trapped alone in his apartment in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. He manages to contact one of his neighbors, Yoo-bin (Park Shin-hye), who works with him to find food and more survivors in the building. Eventually, they try to get to the roof to be rescued by the military.

Sweet Home (2020)
Sweet Home Cast Song Kang, Go Min-si, Lee Do-hyun, Lee Si-young
Where to watch: Netflix

Sweet Home is not necessarily a zombie series: the show is set in an apocalyptic world taken over by mysterious monsters. Based on a webtoon of the same title, it begins with Hyun-soo (Song Kang) moving into an old apartment building. Hyun-soo gets trapped with the rest of the residents after realizing that monsters have taken over the world.

Kingdom (2019)
Kingdom Cast Ju Ji-hoon, Doona Bae, Ryu Seung-ryong, Gianna Jun
Where to watch: Netflix

Kingdom stands out from this list because it takes place during Korea’s Joseon dynasty. A mysterious plague is unleashed, raising the dead. In the show’s second season, the disease reaches neighboring provinces as Prince Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon) tries to contain the outbreak to save his people.

Train to Busan (2016)
Train to Busan Cast Gong Yoo, Don Lee, Jung Yu-mi, Choi Woo-shik
Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Netflix

Train to Busan is one of South Korea’s most iconic zombie titles, and its success led to a sequel titled Peninsula and even an American remake. Directed by Yeon Sang-ho (Hellbound), the film is set on a high-speed train headed from Seoul to Busan. Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) boards the train with his daughter Su-an (Kim Su-an) only to discover in the middle of the journey that a zombie apocalypse is breaking out in the country.

Seoul Station (2016)
Seoul Station Cast: Ryu Seung-ryong, Shin Eun-kyung, Lee Joon
Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Seoul Station is an animated prequel to Train to Busan that was released less than a month after the hit film. The story focuses on three main characters, including Suk-gyu (Ryu Seung-ryong), who is searching for his runaway daughter Hye-sun (Shim Eun-kyung).