All Of Us Are Dead director clarifies the reason behind using misogynistic” scenes like childbirth and sexual abuse.
After the top Netflix series, Squid Game rose the viewership bar, now All Of Us Are Dead is on the way to sweeping the world.
All Of Us Are Dead follows a group of students who are battling with the people closest to them to survive after many of them become zombies. Without any resources, the surviving students have to find any way to stay protected because if they don’t, they will become part of the horde.
We all got to see a unique storyline and emphasis on young and upcoming actors, netizens haven’t been able to get enough of the detail and thought put into every scene. But netizens got upset with the sexual abuse scene of the character Eun Ji in the beginning, as well as the later bathroom birth scene.
Many found both scenes to be unnecessary and uncomfortable. The sexual abuse scene, which was shot in detail with much exposure of the young actress, was particularly upsetting. Many alleged that the scene could have been shot with less exposure, as well as less focus on the actress when she was undressed, and more on the bullies instead.
Netizens accused the producers of misogyny, especially when they found out that the original webtoon did not have such scenes.
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The director of the series explained why he used such scenes:
There are many upsetting situations in our society. I did not put in provocative scenes on purpose just to gain more viewers and simply just wanted to portray that. Eun Ji was afraid of her abuse being shown to others and tried to get rid of it even if she died with that resentment. I hoped that people would see and feel how cruelly she was being treated. In order to do that, I needed to create the basic set up for it.
As for the single mother Heesu, this sort of matter happens commonly in real life too. There are many single moms in high school, and this is the reality that happens to us. She threw away the child but in order to save it, an 18 year old mom ran towards her child and I thought that these were able to touch on the topics of the show. Onjo’s dad and Cheongsan’s mom were also running to save their children, and I saw that as the most basic sense of responsibility families have.
He continued to explain that life in school was no different from regular society, and so, he wanted the audience to question what kind of person they were and accept that children could be the same as well. He concluded by acknowledging that it was conveyed in an exaggerated way and ended with an apology to those that felt unsettled by the scenes.
Previously he also explaied the reason behind using green uniform in the series.