Set in the country's medieval epoch known as the Joseon period, the show was written by Kim Eun-hee, based on her webcomic, Land of the Gods. Eun-hee, a prolific screenwriter and playwright, is also known for the critically acclaimed Korean police drama Signal. Kim Seong-hun (writer/director of The Tunnel) handled directorial duties for the first season.
Check out the trailer below:
As you can see, the show looks like an interesting combination of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Brad Pitt's World War Z, and HBO's Westworld. Of course, we realize that both Seven Samurai and Westworld deal with feudal Japan, but Korea did have its own brand of deadly, sword-wielding warriors, known as the Hwarang.
The show's cast comprises Korean A-listers like Ju Ji-hoon (Dark Figure of Crime), Bae Doona (Cloud Atlas), Ryu Seung-ryong (Miracle in Cell No. 7), Kim Sang-ho (The Witness), Heo Joon-ho (Sovereign Default), and Jeon Seok-ho (Miss Baek).
Season 1 of Kingdom premieres on Netflix Jan. 25.