Kingdom: Ashin of the North (2021)

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Drama Special: Kingdom: Ashin of the North (킹덤: 아신전)
Network: Netflix
Episodes: 1
Release Date: July 23, 2021
Country: South Korea

Main Cast:
Jun Ji Hyun / Kim Shi Ah – Ashin
Park Byung Eun – Min Chi Rok

Review:
Perfect prequel/side story that gives a background about Ashin and how the resurrection plant and the zombies started in Joseon.

After watching Kingdom S2, I was hoping that Ashin will be the person who can help Chang and Seobi solve the plague. But turns out it all started with her story. (Dont want to spoil for those who havent watched it yet.)

The special episode took time to build the narrative as the adult Ashin only comes out almost halfway through the story (and the scene was fantastically shot). As always, my Queen Jun Ji Hyun slayed the role. Even when Ashin barely spoke any lines, you can feel the pain and anguish (and lifelessness) in her eyes and her actions.

When the zombie scene starts, I felt both horrified that “omg, that’s where it all started” and triumphant “yes, go Ashin burn those lying scumbags”. Ashin is the definition of “You dont freaking mess with my tribe.” 😡

I was slightly disappointed with Min Chi Rok. He was one of my fave sidekicks of Lee Chang and want him to stay alive. But he was terrible here. I know he did it for the sake of peace but I think Ashin will not let him live once they meet again 😭 my only complaint is Min Chi Rok didnt age in this movie. He looks the same when Ashin grew up.

That final twist at the end was shocking🤯 but it also made my eyebrows raised thinking how Ashin managed to do it alone. 🤔

I’m excited for yet dreading when Chang meets Ashin in Season 3. Chang needs to find a way to sate Ashin’s hunger for vengeance while keeping his people alive. Maybe they can find a compromise, but I think Ashin will die once she gets her revenge (and I want her to have it just dont kill all the other innocent people).

Rating: 9/10

Kingdom (2019)

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Drama: Kingdom (킹덤)
Network: Netflix
Episodes: 6
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot – While strange rumors about their ill king grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.

Cast
Ju Ji Hoon – Lee Chang
Bae Doo Na – Seobi
Ryu Seung Ryong – Cho Hak Joo
Kim Hye Jun – Queen
Kim Sang Ho – Moo Young
Kim Sung Kyu – Young Shin
Heo Jun Ho – An Hyeon

Review
Whoa! Didn’t expect this show to be as intense and riveting! My family and i started watching episode 1 around 7.30pm and finished the entire season around 12mn! I felt like this was a combination of World War Z, Walking Dead, Train to Busan and even Titanic (lol!).

Favorite character – Lee Chang. If he survives or finds a cure for the zombies, he will make a great King. each episode we see him growing up, becoming more mature, learning to sympathize with common people and becoming a good strategist.

Favorite Villain – i think i will go with the Queen. *spoilers ahead* That she can pretend and lie to her father just means she is also desperate for power and her own life. First time to see this actress. She looks so cute and young but she did a great job as the Queen.

Favorite sidekick – Moo Young. Please don’t die. Lee Chang needs you. *spoilers ahead* What if his son becomes the king?!? That damn scheming queen!

Best actor/actresses – All the extras playing the zombies!! Wahh! that back breaking moves and extra cardio from all the running they’ve been doing must be so exhausting.

Funniest scene – in the prison where a guy was locked in a wooden board with another guy who became a zombie. Poor guy couldn’t even sleep trying to protect himself from his “neighbor”.

I need season two. NOW.