10 interesting dramas about epidemics and disasters

Asian dramas about epidemics and disasters have become especially popular with viewers amid a pandemic that does not seem to be going to slow down. Cities are closing down for quarantine, businesses are moving employees online, and schoolchildren are enjoying unplanned vacations. We offer to watch interesting series that can serve as a visual aid for survival or just entertain.

Happiness (2021)

In the near future, infections have become commonplace for humanity, and a new virus is rampant in South Korea. Young special agent Yoon Sae Bum dreams of a new apartment, but she does not have enough points to get the coveted living space. The way out is a fictitious marriage with police officer Jung In-hyun, who agrees to the proposal of his old love. Happiness from finding your own square meters in a new building is overshadowed when an infection spreads in a residential complex and all residents are isolated from the outside world.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Haepiniseu

​​Genre :
Thriller, fantasy

Actors:
Han Hyo-ju, Park Hyun-shik, Cho Wu-jin …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.3


Sea of ​​Tranquility (2021)

The Korean drama about the virus is set in a dystopian future where water is the main scarcity. An ecological catastrophe leads to the drying up of the seas and oceans . The only hope is placed on the development of a scientific laboratory located on the moon. The best minds of Korea worked on the formula of a substance capable of giving water to mankind, but due to a radiation leak, the program had to be curtailed. A large corporation equips an expedition to deliver samples, hiding the true reason for the closure of the laboratory.

Original title:
Goyoui bada

Genre:
Fiction, thriller, detective

Actors:
Bae Doo-na, Kong Yu, Lee Jun …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
16+


Breath of Destiny (2021)

In the center of the plot of the Chinese series is a group of doctors who arrived on a working visit to the island of the Pacific Ocean. On the way to the hospital , doctors find themselves in the epicenter of a strong earthquake , so they rush to help the victims. The medics are doing their best to save as many people as possible, but their efforts are thwarted by a mysterious conspiracy. Doctors have to expose the traitors, without ceasing to take care of patients.

Original title:
Yi qi shen hu xi

Actors:
Stephy Qi, Tony Yang, Archie Kao…

Country:
China


With you on the day of the end of the world (2021)

The protagonist of the Japanese drama about the epidemic, Mamiya Hibiki, has been preparing a romantic proposal for his girlfriend for a long time, but in the morning everything did not go according to plan. Because of the collapsed tunnel , the guy is trapped, but the release does not bring relief. In a few days, the world managed to change dramatically, and humanity was faced with mortal danger.

Original title:
Kimi to Sekai ga Owaru Hi ni

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Ryoma Takeuchi, Ayami Nakajo, Sho Kasamatsu…

Country:
Japan

Rating:
IMDb – 7.8


Together (2020)

The Chinese series features several stories united by the theme of the coronavirus. While scientists are looking for a formula for a life-saving vaccine, doctors are fighting for the lives of people affected by a deadly infection. Residents of the country strictly comply with the instructions of the WHO, thanks to which it is possible to bring the epidemic under control. However, there are also those who do not realize the danger of the insidious virus, and expose others to infection.

Original title:
Zai yi qi

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Zhang Jingchu, Ni Ni, Sun Li…

​​Country :
China

Rating:
IMDb – 8.5


And Live (2019)

A Japanese drama about a disaster is a life story that will not leave viewers indifferent. Ikuta Toko lost her parents at an early age when the city was in ruins due to an earthquake. The uncle took custody of the baby, and years later the grown-up girl decides to move to Tokyo. Ikuta dreams of becoming an actress , but a powerful earthquake interferes with the orphan ‘s fate again .

Original title:
Soshite, Ikiru

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Kasumi Arimura, Kentaro Sakaguchi, Kang Ji-young…

Country:
Japan

Rating:
IMDb – 4.4


Parallel Tokyo (2019)

A group of TV journalists tries to be in the center of events in order to cover current news. Reporters are not driven by fear, and one day the guys have to act as rescuers. A small earthquake is the perfect plot for another reportage, but suddenly light tremors turn into a large-scale natural disaster. Journalists rush to help the victims without turning off the camera.

Original title:
Parareru Tokyo

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Atsushi Ito, Fuka Koshiba, Katsunori Takahashi …

Country:
Japan

Rating:
IMDb – 7.3


D Day (2015)

Seismologists predict an impending earthquake, but the government does not take the information seriously. On a fateful day, it turns out that the authorities and society are powerless in the face of the consequences of the elements. Every minute the amplitude of the tremors increases, rescuers and doctors work tirelessly. Services throw all their resources to eliminate destruction, and meanwhile, nature is preparing a new surprise.

Original title:
Di dei

Genre:
Drama, Action

Actors:
Kim Yong-gwan, Jung So-min, Ha Seok-chin…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7


Virus (2013)

A fire in a closed science laboratory releases a dangerous microorganism that is rapidly spreading among people. Investigation of the incident is entrusted to a virus disease prevention squad led by an experienced captain Guo. The hero of the drama suspects that the pandemic was caused on purpose, and tries to find those responsible for the monstrous tragedy.

Original title:  
Gamgi

Genre:  
Action, thriller, fantasy

Actors:  
Chan Hyuk, Sue, Park Min-ha …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:  
16+


End of the World (2013)

Rounding out the list is a mystery drama based on a best-selling Korean writer . Lee Na Hyun’s first working day started with a fragrant cup of coffee and continued with a race to the bottom . The Dangerous Virus Detection Unit is about to find a source of an unknown infection that has caused an outbreak of a deadly disease. Human lives are at stake, so the head of the team, Kang Joo Hyun, cannot delay.

Original Title :
Segyeui kkeut

Genre:
Drama, Detective

Actors:
Yoon Jae-moon, Jang Kyung-ah, Jang Hyun-song…

Country:
South Korea


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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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