The Korean fantasy political thriller ‘Kingdom’ has been airing on the Netflix streaming service since 2019 and has become popular with both critics and audiences. Following the conclusion of season two, Netflix announced that the character of Ashin, played by actress Jun Ji-hyun, would receive a “special stand-alone” titled ‘Kingdom: Ashin of the North’ episode that would explore her story.
“Today, we’re excited to share the expansion of one of the most beloved stories on Netflix. We’re taking the next leap in the world of Kingdom with the release of our standalone special episode, ‘Kingdom: Ashin of the North,'” Netflix said in a press release. “It’s a look into the character of Ashin, played by the incredibly talented Gianna Jun in her Netflix debut. Ashin and her father have settled within the Kingdom of Joseon when they encounter a mysterious disease that sets Ashin down a path of betrayal, prejudice, and revenge.”
Netflix Director of Content (Korea) Keo Lee expressed enthusiasm for this spin-off saying, “I’ve been lucky to be a part of Kingdom’s journey for the past five years. I remember the first time I met Kim Eun-hee, the series’ visionary creator. We were at a small cafe by her office on a balmy June afternoon when I popped the question: ‘What’s the story you’ve always wanted to tell, but never been able to?’ It’s my favorite question to ask, and as a huge fan of her shows, I’m not entirely sure if I was asking as an admirer or as a representative of Netflix.”
You can check out the subtitled trailer below:
According to the official synopsis of ‘Kingdom,’ the show is set “during Korea’s Joseon Dynasty, three years after the Imjin War, the first season of Kingdom follows the story of Crown Prince Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon) and his subordinates, who stumble across an unnatural plague that resurrects the dead amidst his investigation of a brewing political conspiracy and rumors of the King of Joseon’s death. Amidst the chaos and death that ensues, Chang meets allies who try to make a stand in the city-state of Sangju before it spreads further into the province, only to discover that the plague has already adapted.”
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