Doomsday Book is a South Korean science-fiction anthology film directed by Kim Jee-woon and Yim Pil-sung. It tells three unique stories of human. These sections all fit together to make a complete film that is long in run time, Doomsday Book strives to make you think and contemplate the. The First Chapter of The Anthology Film- In A Brave New World, a mysterious virus brings the city to ruins and zombies flood the streets of Seoul. The Chapter 2.
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Currently showing in the “cult” sidebar of the London Film Festival, Doomsday Book is uneven in both tone and quality, but has a readymade. bestthing.info: Doomsday Book: Kang-woo Kim, Seung-bum RYOO, Sae-byeok SONG, Doona BA, Sold by West Coast Film Buffs and Fulfilled by site. (11th) New York Asian Film Festival - June July 15, Asian Film Festival of Dallas - July , - Closing Film.
This represents the power of SF to drive home criticisms and discussion of the real world—the world that is of direct and crucial concern to the audience. I also think the zombie apocalypse visited upon Seoul is pretty well-done, as far as zombiepocalypses go.
And yet the director manages to tell a story—to put a human face on the destruction, to squeeze a tragic romance into the story in a way that makes dark comedic sense. Very well done.
Can a machine become a bodhisattva? The answer offered is especially interesting because of the explanation the robot gives: that, while humans must struggle against their attachments and emotions, robots are born tabula rasa, primed and ready for a bodhisattva state.
More, please! I was not a fan of the third segment in this film, in part because it seems to me to fall into some of the same traps that previous SF films in Korea have fallen into. Or something. Cute and funny plus wormholes and weirdness does not SF make.
At least, not the best stuff. Flashes of comedy from news reports and the family of the lead character are welcome, but the story wears that welcome thin before it ends.
Unbeknownst to her, the ball rolled down the street and into a small wormhole; somehow, when she places an online order for a replacement, she ends up ordering a moon-sized version, which, years later, comes hurtling through space on a collision course with Earth.
That was never shot, and the late-in-the-game replacement is Happy Birthday. Despite being the most flashy chapter in terms of effects, it also feels like a total afterthought. Some good comedy is delivered, again, by television commentators dealing with the impending destruction of human society at the hands of the giant 8-ball, but the real effect of the story is to end the film on a fully frivolous, even goofy note.
It takes place primarily in a Buddhist monastery where a robot built as a worker has evolved consciousness. While the concept is great, the execution plays like a courtroom drama — excessively talky and dynamically flat.
The closing, whimsical episode, by Yim and Kim together, reps a cosmic joke. A disarmingly light treatment of mass human extinction , the pic could find limited U.
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Certainly nothing ties these three tales together beyond their Armageddon premise, but then again, the best anthologies seldom necessarily cohere. After half the population of Korea has gorged itself on putrid barbecue, the youth hang out in discos, their hallucinations and headaches worsening under the strobe lights, leading to a frenzy of vomiting, cannibalization and general pandemonium.
When he dithers, the president of the company arrives at the monastery with an extermination team, asserting that a robot with claims to enlightenment constitutes a threat to all humanity and must be destroyed; the robot has other ideas.
When a girl orders a Magic 8-Ball from a mysterious website to replace the one she wrecked, little does she guess that a suspiciously ball-shaped object will hurtle through space on a collision course with Earth 10 years later.
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Review: Doomsday Book (South Korea, 2012)
Directed by Yim Pil-sung. And also pics from the film. Do-won and Bodhisattva Hye-joo Kim Gyu-ri then try to save the robot from its imminent demise.