Monday, June 20, 2016

Seoul Station
Released April 5 2015 (BIFFF); June 24th 2016 (North America Premiere at NYAFF 2016)
1 hr 32 mins
Not Rated
Horror, Animation
Language: Korean w/ Eng subtitles


Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Writer: Yeon Sang-ho

Ryu Seung-ryong as dad
Shim Eun-kyung as daughter
Lee Joon as boyfriend

Review by Stephen M.

Seoul Station is the surprising animation submission for New York Asian Film Festival 2016.  It is surprising I guess more so since I haven't been following the NYAFF that long but this is the first animation that I have seen from them and I really enjoyed it.  It helps that the subject matter is zombies, with the film playing out like World War Z isolated to South Korea.  While there's no Brad Pitt, the voice actors and superb animation more than makes up for 1995 and 2000 People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

The story starts out with a homeless man infected.  His brother seeks help for his "sick" brother and when he dies and disappears, we know sh*t is about to hit the fan.  The story focuses on a few characters, running around the city avoiding the undead as they come to realize what they are up against while the city goes on a lock down.  The unique city of Seoul plays a big part of the film as much as the characters.  The scene in which the daughter passes through the subway station full of zombies is mesmerizing.  The filmmakers does an excellent job in building up suspense throughout the film.

Overall, I would recommend watching this film if you have the chance at the New York Asian Film Festival especially if you are a fan of the zombie genre.  While the film really doesn't bring anything new to the genre, and the animation could be better, there just aren't too many zombie animations out there to compare with.  As a whole, the story is a compelling one full of interesting characters you would root for and some to die.  And that in itself with some interesting zombie scenes make for a good animation.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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