(SPOT.ph) Imagine a world where COVID-19 does not exist; you're in high school, having the best time of your life—when instead of a viral pandemic, a zombie apocalypse occurs (We know: it's almost the same, somehow). This is exactly what happens in Netflix's upcoming South Korean thriller series, All of Us Are Dead.
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Netflix's All of Us Are Dead Brings the Zombies to High School
Based on the popular webtoon of the same name, Netflix's All of Us Are Dead tells the story of an eclectic group of teenagers struggling to survive their zombie-overrun institution. "...It happens within a school. So what we have at our hands is like school supplies—desks or chairs. So I feel that is (probably) going to be the biggest differentiating factor," shares Lim Jae Hyeok who plays the role of Yang Dae Su.
Indeed, previous exploits of South Korea in the zombie genre had adults as the focus with movies like Train to Busan, its sequel, Peninsula, and Netflix's own entry, Kingdom. "Most stories, we look at what happens to adults when they meet a zombie virus. But this was a little bit unique in that first, it happens within a very confined space that is a school, and it happens to students who are not yet mature adults." explains director Lee JQ during the press conference.
While each character in the series has a promising storyline, it's the school—yes, you read that right—that adds a little extra oompf when we watch the show. To bring the realistic high-school experience, the production crew and director created their very own four-storey school building set that included an AV room, a music room, a library, and a cafeteria—all of which figure prominently in action sequences.
Yoo In Soo who plays Yoo Gwi Nam disclosed how realistic and intense the action sequences were, "We had a group training session before the shooting [...] me, Lomon, (and) Chan Young—we have a lot of action scenes so we had a separate training session just for the three of us. I didn't know that it would be that intense [...] but the special training for the three of us was really, really difficult."
As the show is up on a streaming platform, the crew and director were given the opportunity to explore social issues such as unlimited competition, the concept of losers and winners, and school violence. "I wanted to look into what kind of choices—and I felt that it would be extremely interesing and intriguing—to look at the choices that these young adults make. And I felt like it could bring a new kind of meaning to the zombie genre" says Lee JQ.
All of Us Are Dead premieres on January 28 only on Netflix.
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