Intense Survival-Themed Movies And Dramas To Watch After “Squid Game”

It might seem like there are too many survival dramas out there, but you’ll never get bored of the genre once you find one that you actually enjoy. So have fun by trying some movies and dramas on the list below!

Less than a month ago, Netflix released their latest viral sensation, “Squid Game.” This drama has become one of the most-watched TV episodes in history and is already well on its way to becoming the number one series on the streaming service. Everyone loves this show, and we think that that it might take over our lives!

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For some people, this is the first Korean production they have ever watched, and naturally, they would be eager to watch more works that match the initial adrenaline rush given to them by the nine-episode drama. In addition, they want another show to which they can relate on a personal level.

If you’re looking to watch survival shows, but don’t have the time to do so, then we’ve got good news for you! The following are five survival-themed TV episodes/movies that come in at under fifty minutes. Happy viewing!

1. “Train to Busan”

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If you watched “Squid Game”, you may have seen a gentleman. He was one of those who recruited for the squads and acted as a sort of manager-like figure for those involved!

Taking on lead roles in “Train to Busan,” he played Seo Seok Woo, a workaholic and divorced absentee father accompanying his daughter Seo Su An (Kim Su An) to Busan to spend her birthday with her mother.

After a leak forced a local plant to shut down, a zombie outbreak turned thousands of people into clowns. But, when putting his daughter’s safety first, Seok Woo knows how to deal with the situation.

2. “Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds”

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Just when you think your suffering has ended with your death, the Divine has a different plan for you! For example, one firefighter lost his life in the line of duty. But this is no ordinary firefighter; he’s quickly revived by three kind-hearted angels who work to escort him to the afterlife. There’s only one catch: he needs to pass a series of trials to prove his worthiness and escape eternal damnation.

The actors are talented enough to give this script the attention it deserves. Allowing the characters brought to life onscreen to really sink in with audiences, creating believable personas watching them go through their quests.

You will genuinely forget that this is merely a fictional story and genuinely cheer for the main character, who’s trying to repay his debt by helping others—even if he has no idea what he’s doing!

3. “Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days”

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Cha Tae-Oh leads the cast of this soul buster where its narrative takes an entirely different turn where Kim Dong Wook plays Kim Soo Hong, joining actor Cha Tae Hyun as he guides his 49th soul through trials in hopes of regaining both his freedom and his memories.

This movie is an absolute joy to watch! There are so many remarkable moments in this film, the acting is touching, and the music leaves us with a sense of longing. Ma Dong Seok shows exceptional capabilities for this role, which lifts him above the rest of the cast.

4. “The Devil Judge”

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What do you do if justice has tempted the devil? Ji Sung is Kang Yo Han, a head judge of the highest court of a dystopian futuristic South Korea, who has earned himself the nickname “devil’s judge” for his ability to deal with…well, chaos. Yet, with it constantly surrounding him, he still comes up with decisions that lead people to believe in justice and bring hope to others despite all of the trouble around him!

Ji-Sung has once again impressed with the breathtaking performance in this show. His transition between genuine emotions and his role never fails to bestow to the audience an unrivalled impeccable experience. This tv drama, starring Ji Sung, is definitely a must-watch!

5. “Liar Game”

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Either you tell the truth, or you’re out. Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, “Liar Game” tells the story of two groups of people randomly coming together who quickly become involved in a game of money and survival, told through the eyes of Nam Da Jung (Kim So Eun), a naïve college student invited to participate in an economic survival reality show with the chance to win 10 billion won.

The actors expertly embody their characters’ personas to the extent that they can convey words, scopes of emotions, and passion. As a result, the level of suspense is unparalleled.

Which survival-themed movie and/or drama is your favourite? Which ones did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!

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Neha Garia is the founder and Editor at The Drama Paradise. She is a long-time K-Drama addict and K-Pop lover. Her favorite K-Pop artists are BTS, SF9, ATEEZ, and INFINITE but there are many more groups she is having a look at. Her favorite actors include Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim GoEun, and Kim TaeRi, to name a few. She hopes to share her love for Korean culture with people across the globe.

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