10 dramas about survival in inhuman conditions

When their own lives are at stake, people show hidden abilities that amaze themselves. The harsh conditions of the wild, the post-apocalyptic world and other serious threats are successfully used by filmmakers to create exciting films and series. We present you dramas about survival in inhuman conditions, where the characters show their best, and sometimes their worst features.

Call of Hell (2021)

The Korean mini-series takes place in the near future when the Angels of Death descend on earth. People receive ominous predictions – and at the appointed hour, monsters come to each of them, brutally cracking down on the victim. News editor-in-chief Bae Yong Jae begins his own investigation to find out the causes of the monstrous phenomenon.

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Original title:
Jiok

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, thriller

Actors:
Yoo A-in, Yang Ik-chun, Kim Hyun-ju …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Squid Game (2021)

The popular drama has become the first Korean drama to top-view on Netflix thanks to its gripping storyline. The mysterious founders of the game recruit a group of participants from chronic losers who have nothing to lose. Several tens of millions of dollars are at stake, but you will have to fight for a solid win. Will the heroes be able to keep their humanity in the battle for the prize and their own lives?

Original title:  
Ojingeo geim

Genre:  
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Lee Jong-jae, Park Hae-soo, Oh Young-soo …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:  
18+


Sweet Home (2020)

Young Cha Hyun-soo is left completely alone after the death of his parents and sister, so he is forced to move into a small apartment in a seedy residential complex “Green House”. The guy prefers to lead a secluded life, but one day he has to meet the neighbors due to the attack of monsters. An infection spreads throughout the complex, turning people into evil monsters, and the surviving heroes of the drama are forced to unite.

Original title:  
Seuwiteuhom

Genre:  
Horror, action, fantasy

Actors:  
Song Gang, Lee Jin-uk, Lee Shi-young …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:  
18+


Alice in the Borderlands (2020)

Ryohei Arisu, an unemployed gamer , constantly clashes with his father, who considers his son a slacker. After another quarrel, the guy leaves home to meet friends. Suddenly, the buddies find themselves in an alternate version of Tokyo. Residents of the city have to participate in a game of survival, and the winners receive visas for several days. The losers die, as do those desperate who try to break out of virtual reality .

Original title:  
Imawa no Kuni no Arisu

Genre:  
Action, fantasy, drama, detective

Actors:  
Kento Yamazaki, Tao Tsuchiya, Nijiro Murakami…

Country:  
Japan

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:  
18+


Cut off from the world (2019)

Graduates of an elite private school, secretly from adults, go to a remote island to celebrate the completion of their studies. At the height of the party, a tsunami wave hits the land , and the surviving guys are left without contact with the outside world. There is no need to count on help, since no one knows about the location of teenagers . But the real danger to the group is the hidden secret of the island.

Original title:
The Stranded

Genre:
Detective, Romance, Fantasy

Actors:
Papangkorn Lerkchalimpot, Chayanit Chansangavey, Chutavut Phatrakampol…

Country:
Thailand

Rating:
IMDb – 6.3


Joseon Survival (2019)

Archer Jung Rok Ki showed great promise in the sport when he was forced to retire due to an injury. The hero of the drama gets a job as a courier, and fate presents a new serious test. Together with his sister and his first love , Rock Ki finds himself in the era of the Joseon Dynasty. The Trinity is trying to survive in a difficult and harsh time, leaving no hope of returning home one day.

Original Title :
Joseon saengjongi

Genre:
History, Fantasy, Detective

Actors:
Kang Ji-hwan, So Ji-suk, Kyung Soo-jin…

Country :
South Korea

Rating:
IMDb – 6.7


Sea of ​​Sand (2018)

High school student Li Tsu falls victim to a mysterious kidnapper who takes the student to a deserted desert . In the middle of the endless sands, the criminal reveals his identity and grandiose plans. Wu Xie wants to unravel the mystery of the ancient tombs, and the scars on the back of the young companion should become the key to unraveling. The partners go on dangerous adventures , because no one has ever returned from this desert alive.

Original title:
Sha hai

Genre:
Adventure, fantasy

Actors:
Wu Lei, Zhang Mingyen, Yang Rong…

Country:
China

Rating:
IMDb – 7.5


Missing Nine (2017)

Ra Bong Hee takes a job as a stylist for the popular group Dreamers, whose performer is trying to regain his former glory. Seo Joon Ho acts like a naughty child, but the girl is still happy with the job. Together with the band, Bong Hee goes on a long tour – and the trip turns into a tragedy.The plane crashes, and only the surviving stylist is found among the wreckage. Journalists and idol fans demand an explanation from the girl, but the details of the terrible event are erased from the memory of the heroine of the drama.

Original title:
Missing nain

Genre:
Detective, adventure

Actors:
Jung Kyung-ho, Baek Chin-hee, Oh Jung-se …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.9


Liar Game (2014)

High school student Nao Kanzaki’s life takes a dramatic turn after a strange discovery. On the threshold of her house, the girl discovers a box with a huge amount of money – and automatically becomes a participant in the game. It is necessary to take away the prize from other gamers by any means, but an honest schoolgirl cannot cope with such a difficult task. Nao has no choice but to seek help from an experienced fraudster who has recently been released.

Original title:
Laieo geim

Genre:
Detective, thriller

Actors:
Lee Sang-yun, Kim So-eun, Shin Sung-nok …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.5


White Christmas (2011)

Korean drama is a twisted detective story about mystical events in a private school. On Christmas Eve, schoolchildren go home, and seven people remain on the territory of the educational institution. Each of them receives an anonymous letter with threats of impending reprisals, but the teacher does not take the stranger’s words seriously. The teacher is sure that the author of the messages needs psychological help, and invites a qualified specialist to the school. However, the tension only grows, and the secrets that have tormented the students for many years emerge to the surface.

Original title:  
Hwaiteu keuriseumaseu

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Kim Sang-kyung, Baek Sung-hyun, Isom…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.2


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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