Kingdom (South Korean TV series)

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Original title킹덤
Based onLand of the Gods
by Kim Eun Hee[2]
Written byKim Eun-hee
Directed byKim Seong-hun
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes6[3]
Executive producer(s)Lee Sang-baek
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time50 minutes[4]
Production company(s)AStory[3]
Original networkNetflix
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJanuary 25, 2019 (2019-01-25)

Kingdom (Hangul킹덤; RRKingdeom), is a 2019 South Korean television series written by Kim Eun-hee and directed by Kim Seong-hun.[5][6] It will be Netflix's second Korean original series,[a] and is to premiere on January 25, 2019[7] The series will have two seasons, with the second season set to go into production in February, 2019.[4]

The series is adapted from the webcomic series "Land of the Gods", which was authored Writer Kim Eun-hee, her first venture into the webcomic industry, and drawn by Yang Kyung-il.[2]


Set in Korea’s medieval Joseon period, it tells the story of a crown prince who is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious plague that’s spreading across his country. The truth threatens the kingdom, when he discovers that it is an atrocious epidemic in the form of zombies.[8][9]



  • The series will be entirely pre-produced before its premiere.[citation needed]
  • Actor Song Joong-ki was courted for the lead role but declined.[8][16]
  • A crew member of the art team died on January 16, 2018, due to overwork.[17]
  • The series overspent the budget, with each episode costing more than $1.78 million.[4]


  1. ^ Love Alarm was the first Korean series confirmed for pick-up by Netflix, but Kingdom will be streamed first on the service since Love Alarm is scheduled for 2019.


  1. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (June 3, 2017). "Netflix Boards Korean Zombie Series 'Kingdom'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Kim, Soo-jung (March 9, 2017). "김은희 작가 신작 '킹덤', 원작만화 '신의 나라'에도 관심". No Cut News (in Korean). Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Kim, Su-bin (October 20, 2017). "BAE Doo-na Confirmed for 6-episode Netflix Drama Series Kingdom". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Kil, Sonia (July 16, 2018). "Netflix Extends Unreleased Korean Series 'Kingdom' for Second Season (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety (in Korean). Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Two of Korea's Top Storytellers Unite for Kingdom - A New Netflix Original Series". Netflix. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Kil, Sonia (March 5, 2016). "Netflix Hires 'Tunnel' Director for Korean Zombie Series 'Kingdom'". Variety. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Kingdom | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix". YouTube Netflix Official. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  8. ^ a b Doo, Rummy (July 5, 2017). "Song Joong-ki considering role in Netflix's 'Kingdom'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  9. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (June 3, 2017). "Netflix Sets Zombie Period Drama 'Kingdom' as Second South Korean Original". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  10. ^ Hong, Se-young (October 18, 2017). "주지훈, 김은희 신작 '킹덤' 출연확정…배두나와 호흡 [공식입장]". Sports Donga (in Korean). Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Kim, Mi-hwa (September 14, 2017). "류승룡, 넷플릭스 '킹덤' 출연할까.."제안받고 검토중"". Star News (in Korean). Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Han, Hyun-jung (October 12, 2017). "[단독] 김상호, 김은희 작가 '킹덤' 합류...주지훈 호위무사役". Star Today (in Korean). Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  13. ^ Kim, Yoon-ji (September 29, 2017). "[단독]허준호, 김은희 작가 '킹덤' 합류…긴장감 유발자". Edaily (in Korean). Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  14. ^ Hwang, So-young (September 26, 2017). "[단독] 전석호, '킹덤' 합류…주지훈X류승룡과 호흡". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  15. ^ Orion (December 25, 2017). "Chu Hun-yub Joins Netflix's "Kingdom"". Hancinema. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  16. ^ Han, Hyeon-jeong (September 13, 2017). "Song Joong-ki turns down "Kingdom", Joo Ji-hoon up for main role". Hancinema. Nate. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  17. ^ Lee, Ah-young (January 17, 2018). "영화노조 "'킹덤' 스태프 사망, 장시간 노동으로 인한 과로사" 성명 발표". Xsports News (in Korean). Retrieved February 19, 2018.

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