Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Writer: Yeon Sang-ho
Starring: Ryu Seung-ryong, Shim Eun-Kyung, Lee Joon
Country: South Korea
Running Time: 92 minutes
BBFC Certificate: 15
An old homeless man walks through the streets, obviously ill, but everyone turns their heads. Yes there are plenty of the undead in this animated romp, but also a serious political commentary too.
Mayhem erupts at Seoul Station, as two men talk about the need for universal healthcare but they are no better than everyone else, turning their back on the haemorrhaging homeless man. Everyone looks the other way as he collapses, his brother looks for help but no-one helps, and he is even rejected by social workers and the police. With no help the man dies where he lies in the street and his distraught brother abashes the authorities for leaving him to croak. The authorities reluctantly go to see what has happened to the old man but when they arrive at the scene, he has gone.
The missing old man is spotted down a side street, but he has become a flesh eating corpse, those he bite, rise to kill again, causing a chain reaction of death in Seoul Station. In amongst the zombie chomping there’s a sub plot as a father hunts for his wayward daughter. Suk-gyu (Seung-ryong Ryu) searches for his daughter Hye-Sun (Shim Eun-kyung), but when he finds her, he discovers she is living in a slum and being manipulated by her controlling boyfriend, Ki-woong (Lee Joon).
Hye-Sun and Ki-woong are separated and Hye-Sun is caught up in a zombie frenzy in the local police station, even though surrounded by zombies, the cops still blame everything on the homeless. She ends up trapped in a jail cell surrounded by a zombie hoard, but miraculously manages to escape when police reinforcements beat back the zombie multitude in a furious hand to hand battle. Suk-gyu and Ki-woong happen upon each other and team up to search for Hye-Sun. They work their way through the city while dodging undead maniacs and discover that the city has been put under martial law and the army have taken control. The army barricade parts of the city to keep the living dead mass confined, but those who are not infected also find themselves trapped and fighting a losing battle for survival.
The fight for life builds to a crescendo and there’s plenty of tension in this animated rampage, there are some twists later on as we realise the more frightening monsters are not the zombies but us.
Studiocanal presents Seoul Station on Digital Download 27th March and Blu-ray & DVD 3rd April March. The disc I reviewed was of fine picture and sound quality, including the special feature Making of Featurette and it’s in Korean with English subtitles. So Korea down to your DVD store and grab a zombie animation with some brains.