“His majesty has passed away,” begins Netflix’s trailer for Korean original series Kingdom.
Yet the king is resurrected and an evil awakens as a mysterious zombie-like plague begins to spread. The crown prince is sent to investigate the outbreak, and must face a new breed of enemies to unveil the truth and save his people, according to the streamer.
From writer Kim Eun-hee, Kingdom is one Netflix’s first original series from South Korea.
The streamer recently revealed 17 new original productions from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, India and South Korea, and has greenlight Kingdom for a second season prior to the show’s premiere as it increases its investment in Asian storytellers.
“Asia is home to the world’s great creative centers producing some of the most compelling films and series of today,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, said in a statement. “The beauty of Netflix is that we can take never-seen before stories from South Korea, Thailand, Japan, India, Taiwan or elsewhere, and easily connect them to people all over Asia and the world. More than half of Asian content hours viewed on Netflix this year are viewed outside the region, so we have confidence that our upcoming slate of Asian productions will find fans in their home countries and abroad.”
Kingdom premieres January 25 on Netflix.