In just a day after its release, All Of Us Are Dead has already climbed the number one spot on Netflix's Top 10 in the Philippines! It has also trended on social media. This only means that a lot of webtoon (ICYDK, it's adapted from the digital comics of the same name) and K-drama fans have been waiting for this—us included! Each episode had us on the edge of our seats and at the same time, we kept wondering where we saw the actors in other dramas. The casting team really said, "Let's put all the familiar K-drama faces in one show and call it a masterpiece." LOL! Ready to know who they are and which shows they've appeared in?
1. Park Ji Hu as Nam On Jo
Did anyone say top-tier survival skills? On Jo has that thanks to her dad who's a firefighter! She may not excel in exams but rest assured that you can count on her when there's a zombie outbreak. On Jo helped the group not only in surviving but also in realizing what's important in the most extreme situations.
Did you know that Park Ji Hu was a high school student—similar to her character—when she filmed All Of Us Are Dead? At a young age, she has already shown that she's born to be a star! Prior to the zombie drama, Ji Hu appeared in a number of films like House Of Hummingbird and The Witness, and the K-dramas Beautiful World and Sweet Revenge 2. What's next for her, you ask? The tvN series Little Women starring Kim Go Eun, Nam Ji Hyun, and Wi Ha Joon!
2. Yoon Chan Young as Lee Cheong San
Cheong San is On Jo's childhood friend and neighbor who secretly has feelings for her. Apart from On Jo, he also has a barkada in school whom he's loyal to (IYKYK. *winks*). Cheong San's mom owns a chicken restaurant named after him and although he's a bit embarrassed about it, he loves her very much.
Yoon Chan Young is only 20 years old but he already has 19 K-dramas and eight movies under his belt! This includes Dr. Romantic (where he played the younger version of Yoo Yeon Seok) and Doctor John (as high school student Lee Gi Seok). He was cast in the rom-com drama Still 17, too!
3. Cho Yi Hyun as Choi Nam Ra
Nam Ra is not only a top student in Hyosan High School but is also the class president (they all call her Pres). She may be cold and distant in the first few episodes (you will often see her studying with her earphones on) but we've witnessed her genuine concern for others later on in the show.
We still can't get over Cho Yi Hyun's ~transformation~ from the bubbly intern in Hospital Playlist to the badass class president in All Of Us Are Dead! If you can remember, she plays Jang Yun Bok in the medical drama who has a twin brother named Jang Hong Do. Yi Hyun was also cast in School 2021 (her first project where she's the lead actress!) as Park Ye Rin and like Yun Bok, she also has a sunny personality. Other Yi Hyun dramas that you should watch: Sweet Revenge, Bad Papa, and How To Buy A Friend.
4. Park Solomon as Lee Su Hyeok
Su Hyeok is often called Baresu by his friends because he doesn't like wearing socks, LOL! He's a fearless athlete who's up for anything, that's why he didn't think twice when they're about to *confront* the zombies. This guy is always ready to throw a punch and save his friends! Su Hyeok has feelings for Nam Ra but he's shy to admit this since they're quite the opposite in class.
Welcome back to the small screen, Park Solomon! The last time we've seen him is in the 2017 drama Sweet Revenge where Cho Yi Hyun was also a cast member. Solomon, or Lomon, also appeared in Lookout, Shopping King Louis, and Doctors.
5. Yoo In Soo as Yoon Gwi Nam
A notorious bully in Hyosan High School, Gwi Nam is the last person you'd trust during a zombie outbreak. Whether you're close to him or not, you can be never too sure of his intentions! But behind his evil exterior, Gwi Nam is just an errand boy of the school's *main* bullies.
This is not the first time we've seen Yoo In Soo as a bad guy in a K-drama! Although he mostly gets *evil* roles, we can't deny that he's so good at portraying them. In Soo has starred in a long list of popular series including Love Alarm, Moments At Eighteen, My ID Is Gangnam Beauty, and Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.
6. Lee Yoo Mi as Lee Na Yeon
Another All Of Us Are Dead character who gave us a headache and made our blood boil is Na Yeon. She's a well-off student who's selfish, fussy, and judgemental, that's why she's disliked in class. Her words are not only like knives—her actions are as vile, too.
After making us cry in Squid Game as Player 240, Lee Yoo Mi played with our ~feelings~ when she turned into a totally different character in All Of Us Are Dead! This only means that she's an amazing actress who can nail any role. If you want to see more of her versatility, go watch 365: Repeat The Year, Doctor John, and Hwayi: A Monster Boy.
7. Son Sang Yeon as Jang Woo Jin
Don't mind the fact that he doesn't want to volunteer as a leader—Woo Jin is still someone we'd like to be a part of our team since he gets along with everyone. He's pretty good at fighting zombies, too!
Hello, Bang! Son Sang Yeon's most recent K-drama is the coming-of-age sports series, Racket Boys. Here, he plays the selfie-loving badminton club captain Bang Yoon Dam. Fun fact: His friends call him Bang in the drama because his parents sell bread, which translates to bbang in Korean! Apart from Racket Boys, Sang Yeon was also featured in Suspicious Partner, Two Cops, and Chicago Typewriter.
8. Ahn Seung Gyun as Oh Joon Young
The genius who built the drone that helped them locate Cheong San, Joon Young is good at making things from scratch. In their batch, he ranks second next to Nam Ra.
Friendship goals: Ahn Seung Gyun is close with Hallyu superstar IU after filming My Mister and they would often support each other as seen on Instagram! He played Son Ki Bum, her only friend in the drama. Seung Gyun has also worked with Lee Yoo Mi in 365: Repeat The Year, and with Kim Seon Ho in Catch The Ghost.
9. Ham Sung Min as Han Gyeong Su
If we only have one friend left, we want it to be Gyeong Su simply because he's willing to do anything for his besties. He came from a poor family and he wants to work as a part-timer at the chicken restaurant owned by Cheong San's mom.
Ham Sung Min has been acting since 2005 and with his looooong list of K-dramas and movies, we're pretty sure you've spotted him in some of your fave shows! The actor has starred in Sweet Home, Love Alarm, Tunnel, and Goblin to name a few.
10. Jung Yi Seo as Kim Hyeon Ju
Remember the bully who got bitten by the lab rat and immediately became a zombie? Her name is Kim Hyeon Ju!
Booked and busy star Jung Yi Seo appeared in two K-dramas that aired at the same time, namely All Of Us Are Dead and Snowdrop! She was also in the chaebol drama Mine and the fantasy series Tale Of The Nine-Tailed.
11. Ha Seung Ri as Jang Ha RI
Cool and collected Ha Ri is the noona (older sister) of Woo Jin. She's a senior student who's an ace at archery. When she found out about the zombie outbreak, the first thing she did was to look for her younger brother.
Ha Seung Ri started as a child actress and we're happy to see her play various roles on the small screen! On Seung Ri's K-drama portfolio: The King: Eternal Monarch, School 2017, The Producers, and Happy Ending.
12. Lee Eun Saem as Park Mi Jin
Another senior student in the drama is Mi Jin. You'll remember her in the scene where she stayed in the comfort room during the outbreak until the archers came. She's talkative and would often engage in fights, but she's also good at finding weapons to kill the zombies.
In the hit saeguk drama The Red Sleeve, Lee Eun Saem portrayed the character of Son Young Hee and donned a different hairstyle. Like some of her All Of Us Are Dead cast members, she also appeared in Sweet Revenge and Bad Papa.
13. Kim Byung Chul as Lee Byeong Chan
Hyosan High School's science teacher is good at what he does but he struggles deep inside because of his son who's bullied in class.
Sky Castle fans can recall actor Kim Byung Chul as the law school professor who needs to enroll in anger management classes! He's super strict with his children especially when it comes to their studies. In Sisyphus: The Myth, Byung Chul also annoyed the hell out of us.
14. Jeon Bae Soo as Nam So Ju
On Jo's doting appa is willing to sacrifice anything just for her. He's a dedicated firefighter who knows survival like the back of his hand.
Veteran actor Jeon Bae Soo has played the role of a father many, many times such as in the movie On Your Wedding Day and the K-drama Revolutionary Love. He was also in Mr. Queen, The King: Eternal Monarch, and When The Camellia Blooms.
15. Lee Kyu Hyung as Song Jae Ik
As the first one who discovered the cause of the zombie outbreak, police detective Jae Ik's goal is to inform the higher-ups about it. In the process, he meets people from all walks of life including a vlogger (portrayed by Lee Si Hoon from Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha) and a child (played by Ahn Sae Bin from Racket Boys).
Cameo king coming through! Lee Kyu Hyung is probably the familiar face in All Of Us Are Dead whom you can easily come up with a drama he has starred in. Our fave would be Prison Playbook where he was cast as Looney, a Seoul National University graduate who ended up in prison after taking illegal drugs. Kyu Hyung is one versatile star and he can be both a bida (Hi Bye, Mama!) and kontrabida (Voice)! Prior to All Of Us Are Dead, he appeared in the other zombie drama, Happiness.
16. Bae Hae Sun as Park Eun Hee
When she went to Hyosan, assemblywoman Eun Hee got stranded. She's not used to this and so she demands special treatment for her and her staff members.
Actress Bae Hae Sun really went from Happiness to All Of Us Are Dead real quick! In the zombie drama which also stars Lee Kyu Hyung, she plays Oh Yeon Ok whom *everyone* detests. Bae Hae Sun is also known for her roles in Start-Up, It's Okay To Not Be Okay, and Hotel Del Luna.
17. Eom Hyo Seop as Hyosan High School's Principal
The principal only appeared in a few scenes in the drama but we'd like to conclude that he's the type who only thinks about himself when something bad happens.
Can you still remember actor Eom Hyo Seop in Start-Up? He was Won In Jae (Kang Han Na)'s stepdad who, like his character in All Of Us Are Dead, is pretty selfish!
You have also seen him in Jirisan, Youth Of May, Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol, and Tale Of The Nine-Tailed.
Before we end this article, we'd also like to mention that actor Yoon Kyung Ho from My Name (aka Ji Woo's father) and Yoon Byung Hee from Vincenzo (aka Mr. Nam) made a special appearance in All Of Us Are Dead. Grabe, sobrang dami ng familiar faces!
You can watch all 12 episodes of All Of Us Are Dead on Netflix.
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