All of Us Are Dead Season 1 Review

All of Us Are Dead (Jigeum Uri Hakgyoneun)
Image: Yang Hae-sung/Netflix

All of Us Are Dead, originally named Jigeum Uri Hakgyoneun, is Netflix’s new South Korean zombie series.

While looking for a new production about the zombie apocalypse for a long time, All of Us Are Dead came just in time. I took a look at it first after the series aired. I came across 12 episodes with a one hour duration. To tell the truth, I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend 12 hours and I was giving up watching (I usually binge watch the whole season for writing). But for the article, I started by saying that I should watch at least half of it, and the rest came.

Directed by Lee Jae-Gyu and Kim Nam-Soo, the series is based on the webtoon Now at Our School (Jigeum Woori Hakkyoneun) by Joo Dong-Geun. We are used to zombie productions now. In fact, if such an apocalypse were to occur, we all know almost what we would do. What makes All of Us Are Dead different is that the zero point of the epidemic is a high school. The zombie outbreak that emerged from a generally secret facility, research center, this time starts from Hyosan High School. Hundreds of students and dozens of rooms and facilities used for different purposes are a very suitable choice for a production about the zombie epidemic. Although, it does not take long for the epidemic to spread beyond the school borders. We often browse outside to follow many different stories, but our main focus is on school.

All of Us Are Dead – Official Trailer
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High school students who suddenly find themselves in a zombie apocalypse must cooperate despite all their differences to survive. Outcasts, platonic lovers, self-righteous, bullies and zombies. Before long, a student body, which we can call our core staff, forms and they struggle together to survive.

What bothers me the most in post-apocalyptic productions is that the characters act like they’ve never seen such productions before and act nonsense instead of coming up with creative solutions. This is not the case in All of Us Are Dead. This was the biggest factor that made me love the production. In addition to basic information such as how to escape from zombies, bitten transforms, the characters produce many different solutions for the situations they encounter. They quickly come up with and implement many creative solutions such as deceiving zombies with a sound system, solving the need for toilets, using drones to control the situation. Another point was the possibility that the zombies would turn into a teen drama because the characters were high school students, but I was not afraid. Everything was perfectly dosed. Until the last moment, we watched a fierce struggle for survival with zombies.

If you like zombie productions and horror thriller genre, you should definitely watch South Korean production All of Us Are Dead. Although its long duration is daunting at first, it is a production that can handle you for at least a week when time spreads.

Director: Lee Jae-Gyu, Kim Nam-Soo
Screenplay: Cheon Seong-il, Joo Dong-Geun
Stars: Lee Yoo-mi, Kyoo-hyung Lee, Jeon Bae-soo, Chan-Young Yoon, Park Solomon [..]

Rating: 4 out of 5.


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