Kingdom Series

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Kingdom, one of Netflix’s original South Korean dramas, couldn’t be streaming at a more apt time. 

The drama is, on the surface, a zombie show. It’s intriguing in how it puts the classic zombie trope into a historical drama format—the zombie outbreak has occurred during the Joseon Dynasty. But despite its classic zombie horror trappings and lush historical sets and costumes, Kingdom is a story about how a disordered society—one focused more on greed and status rather than the good of all people—can cause a pandemic to quickly grow out of control. 

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best foreign movies and tv streaming

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

With the coronavirus pandemic growing and social distancing in full effect, there’s no better time to dip your toes into some foreign-language movies and TV shows that you’ve been meaning to get around to. Whether that be arthouse classics like the German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the second seasons of Netflix’s Kingdom or HBO’s My Brilliant Friend, or that weird furry anime on Netflix, Pop Culture Imports is here for all your streaming needs. And goodness knows we’ll be doing a lot of streaming while we’re in self-quarantine.

Let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.

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kingdom season 2 trailer

An army of the undead may not be the greatest evil that the characters of Kingdom have to face. The medieval South Korean zombie series has a new trailer for its second season, teasing the zombie uprising as well as a new evil queen who wishes to harness the undead army for her own purposes. Watch the Kingdom season 2 trailer below.

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kingdom season 2 trailer

Kingdom is coming back from the dead….of hiatus. The medieval Korean zombie series was never gone, but it has been a year since Kingdom debuted its first season on Netflix to critical acclaim. Now it returns for its second season, which follows Ju Ji-Hoon and Bae Doona as they continue their battle with the undead in Joseon Korea. Watch the Kingdom season 2 trailer below.

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best foreign movies and tv streaming february 8

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

With the Lunar New Year recently passing, it’s fitting that a lot of our picks for the best foreign movies and TV streaming this week are Asian properties. Whether it’s an enthralling zombie series set in medieval Korea, a kooky family comedy mixed with an LGBT romance, or an anthology series showcasing Asian folklore, we’re ringing the Year of the Pig in right. But not everything in this week’s Pop Culture Imports hails from the Asian continent — we also have the Oscar-nominated Alejandro González Iñárritu Spanish drama starring Javier Bardem and the fantastically absurd Asterix & Obelix live-action film featuring Gerard Depardieu in giant balloon pants.

But it’s no question that we lucked out with this week’s selection of foreign movies and TV streaming across digital platforms. So let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.

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kingdom trailer

The last few trailers for Netflix’s buzzy zombie K-drama Kingdom have built up a grim, moody atmosphere fitting for the genre. But this is about zombies after all, and a it is a series coming from the country that produced the most high-octane zombie film from this century. So the newest Kingdom trailer amps up the action and bloodshed, depicting the outbreak of zombies that threaten to take over Joseon Korea.

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kingdom trailer

We finally get a glimpse of more Bae Doona in the latest Kingdom trailer for the Netflix original K-drama. The horror series combines two of the things that Korean cinema and TV excel at lately: zombies and medieval period dramas. In other words, this series looks awesome.

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kingdom trailer

South Korea has already reached the pinnacle of the zombie genre with the horror masterpiece Train to Busan, but the new Korean Netflix original series will do you one better. Zombies…in medieval Korea.

Kingdom is the streaming service’s second Korean original series, and it brings the zombie genre to Korea’s Joseon period in a historical drama penned by the writer of the hit K-drama Signal and starring Bae Doona. Watch the first Kingdom trailer below.

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the raid remake

On Sunday, August 9, Grillo was giving interviews for the Television Critics Association on behalf of his DirecTV original series Kingdom, in which he plays the owner of a MMA gym and trainer to a fighter. During a one on one, I had a chance to ask him if he’s just in Captain America: Civil War to fight, or if he gets to do some drama too.

I also asked if The Raid remake had been delayed to allow him to film the role in Civil War, but it turns out that wasn’t the case. Grillo said the studio never found a lead with whom they were happy, and suggests the film has been stalled as other projects intervene. Read More »

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directv kingdom trailer

DirecTV has released the first trailer for their newest exclusive television series Kingdom. The series is a gritty family drama set in the Mixed Martial Arts world. Frank Grillo (Prison Break), who was also in Gavin O’Connor’s 2011 MMA-set feature film Warrior, stars as Alvey Kulina, an MMA legend and owner of a Venice California-based Mixed Martial Arts gym. Watch the Kingdom trailer now embedded after the jump.

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