The intense moments when the characters try to escape death can get viewers’ hearts racing. That’s why films and TV series of the survival genre always receive the public’s interest.
Squid Game (2021)
Squid Game is the Netflix’s series about a deadly survival battle has been going viral all over the world recently. Although the plot is involved in several controversies, that series’s popularity on online forums and social media platforms area undeniable.
Inspired by traditional Korean children’s games, the games for adult players are turned into a horror version in Squid Game. Whoever fails has to pay the price with their own life. 456 players are one by one eliminated until the final winner is determined, who will be awarded a huge amount of money to spend a lifetime.
Train To Busan (2016)
When it comes to the most famous survival movies in Asia, it is impossible not to mention the Korean blockbuster Train To Busan. Director Yeon Sang Ho‘s work became a box office hit back in 2016 by portraying a zombie apocalypse.
In addition to the gripping scenes with the sound of screaming, Train To Busan also gives viewers goosebumps because of how terrifying the zombies look. The storyline revolves around the father Seok Woo (Gong Yoo) and his daughter on a trip to Busan. On the train, they suddenly get attacked by an unknown virus outbreak that can turn people into zombies.
What will it be like if you wake up one day and discover that your apartment is surrounded by zombies? Your parents and relatives are missing, and you can only reach out for assistance via social media.
‘Alive’ revolves around Joon Woo (Yoo Ah In) – a video game live streamer’s struggle for survival as he was forced to stay alone at his apartment in Seoul during a zombie apocalypse. While depressed and desperate, when he was about to commit suicide, Joon Woo discovered that the girl in the opposite building was still alive. The two planned to escape from this dangerous area. That journey of survival was not easy when they thought they were saved, but fell into the hands of an ‘ajjussi’ who raised his wife that turned into a zombie.
Sweet Home (2020)
Sweet Home is a cult horror and survival film released on the Netflix platform. The work brought great success to the cast: Song Kang, Lee Do Hyun, Lee Si Young, Lee Jin Wook, etc.
This project is adapted from the famous webtoon of authors Kim Carnby and Hwang Young Chan. The plot revolves around the main character Cha Hyun Soo (Song Kang) – a high school student who is a victim of school violence.
After an unexpected family tragedy, Cha Hyun Soo decided to leave his home and move into an apartment. Soon after, monsters begin trying to wipe out humanity. People inside the apartment are trapped inside the building, realizing that monsters are lurking everywhere outside. Hyun Soo and other residents shield themselves inside the building in hopes of surviving as long as they could.
Exit is a 2019 South Korean disaster action comedy film, written and directed by Lee Sang-geun, and starring Jo Jong-suk and SNSD Yoona. The film follows the story of Yong Nam, who was one of the best rock climbers in college but hasn’t had much luck elsewhere after graduation. He has failed to get a job for many years and has to rely on his parents just to get by. For his mother’s 70th birthday, he insisted on having the party at Dream Garden because his old crush, Eui Ju works there. When a disaster strikes, covering an entire district in Seoul with mysterious white gas, he has to use all of his rock climbing skills with the help of Eui Ju to get everyone to safety.