In full disclosure, I don’t like scary movies and shows, so anything with zombies are usually out of the question (except for the Nicholas Hoult starrer, Warm Bodies, LOL). If it’s not funny or romantic, I won’t watch it. Yet I’m an Asian woman who loves Korean dramas and period films/series, especially Korean period dramas, so even if I know Netflix’s Kingdom involves zombies, I was lured into watching the first episode at the premiere in the Philippines, in partnership with LG Electronics.
I didn’t even read the invitation details properly when I confirmed for the launch event. I just saw it’s a Korean period drama, and I happened to be available at the time, so I was in. It was only when I read it a second time and saw the line that said we should be ready for “a night of terror” that I realized what I had gotten myself into. Gulp.
International online streaming platform Netflix put together two things to create a certified binge-worthy series from South Korea: a thrilling drama about the ancient Korean monarchy during the Joseon Period and the threat of an impending zombie apocalypse. The newest original Korean series Kingdom premiered last January 25. Check out the trailer below:
It follows the journey of a crown prince on a suicide mission to investigate a gruesome plague spreading inside the kingdom, only to find zombies threatening his reign and his people. I know I said I don’t like shows and films with zombies, but this has a lot more than just that: It’s a period drama set in a beautiful ancient Korean kingdom so the outfits are spectacular, the scenery breathtaking, and the story so compelling. It has politics, royalty, culture and traditions, rom-com, humor, conspiracy, and a sort of hero quest—aside from, yes, scary zombies. It’s terrifying, but even a scaredy-cat like me enjoyed it, so I can guarantee it’s for everyone—both hard-core zombie fans and easily spooked viewers alike!
I was hooked after watching the first episode, that as soon as I got home to my husband, I asked him to binge-watch Kingdom with me. We practically finished it in one sitting! Episode 6—the last of season 1—ended with one hell of a cliffhanger, so my husband and I really can’t wait for season 2, which is supposed to start filming in February 2019.
Netflix Philippines partnered with global electronics and home entertainment giant LG to make watching the first episode in HD as clear, crisp, and “real” as ever on the new LG B8 4K OLED TV, its 30th anniversary TV—complete with “zombies” that scared the sh*t out of us throughout the event right up to the shocking end of the first episode.
The screening was held at the Korean Cultural Center (KCC), which this year marks the 70th anniversary of the friendship between the Philippines and South Korea. It started in 1949, when the Philippines became the fifth country to recognize the Republic of Korea. It’s KCC’s mission to “deepen the understanding and appreciation of Korean culture among Filipinos by providing cultural programs and events.” LG Philippines donated five 55-inch UHD 4K TVs to KCC.
The LG B8 4K OLED TV (P89,991, cash) features a 55″ 4K Cinema HDR display that provides sharp contrast and vibrant colors. The B8 is created to deliver an immersive viewing experience powered by an intelligent processor to make sure all TV functions and features are working together for a seamless user experience. LG has equipped the B8 4K OLED TV with a Dolby Atmos sound system for a mind-blowing cinematic expedience in the comfort of one’s own home. Every LG B8 purchase comes with six months of free Netflix access!
Globe Telecom customers can also watch Kingdom and other electrifying Netflix titles while on the go through the official Netflix app. Globe Prepaid customers can subscribe to their favorite promos like GoSAKTO90 and GoSURF50. TM customers who subscribe to EasySurf50 and up will get an additional 2GB for free to GoWATCH their fave shows anytime, anywhere from Netflix and other streaming services. It’s never been this easy to #PlayItRight and stream the best entertainment from legitimate sources only.