Hellbound (2021) Review


This work is directed by Yeon Sang-ho, who grabbed the megaphone of <Seoul Station>, <Train to Busan>, and <Peninsula>. The newly released first teaser trailer begins with Jeong Jin-Soo (played by Yoo Ah-in), chairman of the Saejinrihoe, preaching the existence of the angels who pronounce the date of going to hell and the angels of hell who execute them. And the messengers of hell, which he predicted, will appear in real-time, and the world is thrown into chaos when the image of a man who has been turned to black ashes by the messengers of hell.

People hear predictions about the time they will die. The moment when a dead angel appeared in front of them and killed them. Jung Jin Soo is the head of the new religion Saejinrihwe. He talked about the phenomenon when the angels of death from hell would come and said it was a revelation from God. Jung Jin-Soo has a strong charisma and looks very mysterious on the other hand.

Hellbound begins with mysterious episodes when suddenly one day, everyone receives a strange message from an anonymous character. The content of the message includes the recipient’s name, the fact that they are about to go to hell, and how long they have left to live. There was nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no way out for them. When the time is counted down to zero, it is also when supernatural beings appear and send the condemned to hell.

Hellbound takes place when Korea is gradually falling into unrest, the sect of a new religion has stood up to explain the strange events of the past time and assert that it is the intention of the gods. Therefore, no matter how chaotic society becomes, people all over the country must find a way to survive this inexplicable horror ‘curse’ on their own.

Jung Jin Soo is the head of the Saejinrihwe (New Axiom Church) religion in Hellbound, a character with strong charisma but extremely mysterious. He considers the mysterious phenomenon happening to be a revelation, a visit that has been arranged according to God’s arrangement.

Contrary to that, the lawyer Min Hye Jin (Kim Hyun Joo) is smart and confident, always standing up against the group “Hwasalchok” (“Arrowhead”), which consists of people who blindly follow Saejinrihwe.
Bae Young Jae is a program director for a radio and television station. He tries to find out the truth about the Saejinrihwe religious group.
Song So Hyun is Bae Young Jae’s wife and also a member of the Saejinrihwe religion. She is a person who is not good at dealing with pressure and encounters a lot of pain in love that cannot be resolved on her own.
Jin Kyung Hoon is a detective and tasked with investigating cases related to strange supernatural phenomena taking place in the city.

A supernatural phenomenon that cannot be known whether it is a miracle or a curse that humans suddenly face one day. Hell was created by people to cope with the unbearable reality. The drama “Hellbound” will be a masterpiece not inferior to other famous dramas before.


  • Drama: Hellbound
  • Native Title: 지옥
  • Also Known As: The Hell, Jiok
  • Screenwriter & Director: Yeon Sang Ho
  • Genres: Mystery, Horror, Drama, Supernatural
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 6
  • Airs: Nov 19, 2021
  • Airs On: Friday
  • Original Network: Netflix
  • Duration: 50 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ – Teens 15 or older