Netflix's coming-of-age Korean zombie thriller All of Us Are Dead continues to dominate the streamer's charts, claiming the #1 spot in more than 50 countries, and it's currently #2 in the U.S. (beaten by Sweet Magnolias).
Written by Chun Sung-il and directed by Lee Jae-kyu and Kim Nam-su, the 12-episode K-drama follows a group of students trapped in Hyosan High that find themselves in desperate situations as they try to escape the zombie apocalypse of their high-school. In contrast other South Korean zombie titles, All of Us Are Dead, which is based on the digital Webtoon comic, Now at Our School by Joo Dong-geun, the cast of the show are relatively young actors, including Park ji-hoo, Yoon Chan-young, Park Solomon (a.k.a. Lomon), Cho Yi-hyun, and Yoo In-soo.
Now, Cho Yi-hyun, who plays the antisocial class president who later turns into a half-zombie, explains how the show captured Gen Z feelings of dual identity.
In the finale of All of Us Are Dead, the surviving students of the zombie apocalypse cross a wall and remember those they lost after questioning and voicing feelings of being abandoned by the government.
Nam-ra says, "You know how students are not children but not yet adults either? I’m like that. I’m neither human nor a monster.”
In an email interview with NBC Asian America, Cho explains how the show depicts dual identity: "Everyone faces an identity crisis at one point in their life. As a teenager, I also felt like an adult but not yet an adult. I went through stages like that. In those aspects, I related to Nam-ra,” the 22-year-old actress said.
In the show, Nam-ra turned into a half zombie after she was bitten by bully-turned-half-zombie Yoo Gwi-nam while defending Le Su-hyeok (played by Park Solomon, aka Lomon). Cho and Lomon also recently revealed that their kissing scene took 17 takes.