Here are the scores on IMDb of the hottest K-dramas and movies about zombies.
We bet that we are not the only ones who always check the IMDb ratings before watching any movie or show right? Although it does not reflect 100% the quality, the reviews and average score on IMDb are actually quite accurate and worth being taken as a reference. So how are the most famous zombie K-dramas and movies rated on this site? Let’s find out with us.
6th place: Peninsula (2020) – 5.5/10
Expected to become a big hit that follows the massive success of Train To Busan in 2016, starring A-lister Kang Dong Won, but Peninsula turned out to be a disappointment in both box office and reviews. The admissions of Peninsula, though still brought profits, are only half of what Train To Busan achieved four years earlier.
Peninsula is also considered to be more action-oriented than the battle for survival with zombies of human characters. Peninsula is not a box office flop, but it’s a huge step back from the first movie. The 5.5 rating given by the viewers on IMDb makes sense considering Peninsula’s lacking quality.
5th place: #Alive (2020) – 6.3/10
#Alive is a proof of how the cast’s acting hard carries a script that lacks depth. If it weren’t for Yoo Ah In and Park Shin Hye, many viewers say they don’t think they could have watched this movie until the end.
#Alive has an interesting setting of a zombie apocalypse happening in the digital world where there are many lonely young people lacking communication skills with the outside world. However, a good idea is not enough to create a coherent and engaging storyline. The messages conveyed through #Alive are presented in a superficial way and are likely to disappear from viewers’ minds when they move on to another scene. Without Yoo Ah In and Park Shin Hye, we believe #Alive would have gotten a score that is even lower than 6.3.
4th place: Train To Busan (2020) – 7.6/10
Box office hit Train To Busan not making it to the Top 3 of the highest-rated Korean zombie productions on IMDb comes as a huge surprise. Aside from a few draggy moments near the end, Train To Busan manages to keep its suspenseful pace throughout the course of 118 minutes.
The acting of the main cast consisting of famous veteran actors such as Gong Yoo, Jung Yu Mi, Ma Dong Seok and young potential stars like Choi Woo Sik or Kim Su An are all excellent, giving the viewers a satisfactory ride of emotions. So a score of less than 8 is an unexpected result for fans of Train To Busan.
3rd place: All Of Us Are Dead (2022) – 7,7/10
With a difference of only 0.1, All Of Us Are Dead surpassed Train To Busan to make its name in the Top 3. Many think that this drama can get a higher score if all 12 episodes are as gripping as the first 3. Starting from episode 4, the drama gets more boring and from episode 7 until the end, it was long and tedious.
7.7 is a well-deserved score for All Of Us Are Dead. However, the drama is thought to not be as worth watching as Train To Busan, from the script, acting to social messages are integrated into the film.
2nd place: Happiness (2021) – 8.3/10
Happiness being in second place with a rating of 8.3/10 may be a surprising result for many. Overall, Happiness is a decent and worth watching drama when it comes to the zombie genre. Although it started off a bit slow, the worthiness steadily increased with each episode and remained interesting until the last minute.
The supporting issues are mentioned in a very clever and sufficient way, giving viewers a pleasant feeling when receiving it, not the normal clichéd moral lessons. The main couple played by Park Hyung Sik and Han Hyo Joo also delivered their characters with their best effort. Happiness has finally successfully conquered the audience thanks to its excellent quality.
1st place: Kingdom (2019 – 2020) – 8.4/10
Despite topping the list with a score of up to 8.4, Kingdom deserves an even higher score for many. Both parts of Kingdom keep the dramatic and thrilling plot in each episode. Viewers are kept curious about how their favorite characters will survive the threat of zombies. Besides, there are also malicious schemes in the royal family that are sometimes even more terrible than the zombie pandemic going on outside.
It will not be an exaggeration when people consider Kingdom the best zombie drama in Korean film history. Kingdom is really a drama that any K-dramas lover should watch at least once.