Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Release: 18th of August, 2016
Original Title: 서울역
Romanised Title: Seoulyeok (Seoul Sation)
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Seoul Station is the action packed, animated prequel for the infamous Train to Busan, which was also directed by Yeon Sang-ho.
Since Train to Busan was so incredibly frightening yet beautiful to watch, all who sat down for Seoul Station this year were prepared for similar content. But what we didn’t anticipate was how much the plot would twist, turn and, by the end, leave us in a state of satisfied shock!
The film, as the name implies, takes place in and around Seoul Station. It begins with a homeless man limping and staggering around the station with a bloody neck wound, which eventually escalates to (you guessed it!) a zombie apocalypse!
The story follows a young woman named Hye-sun (Shim Eun-kyung), a runaway who unwillingly makes a living as a sex worker, as she tries to survive the sudden zombie outbreak.
The story also includes her selfish but caring boyfriend Ki-woong (Lee Joon from MBLAQ) and her father Suk-gyu (Ryu Seung-ryong) as the pair work together to find Hye-sun amidst the chaos and flesh-eating citizens of Seoul.
Despite all the obvious marks and cliches of a typical zombie movie, Seoul Station addresses many themes and social issues throughout the film – the big one being the way ‘lowlife’ and ‘scum’ citizens (the homeless, unemployed etc.) are mistreated by other ‘higher’ members of society to the point where they might as well not exist.
This theme is shown especially in the very beginning of the film, where passersby see the injured man and want to help him until they realise that he is homeless, it’s then they decide that he is ‘not worth saving’.
Seoul Station fits all the criteria for a really awesome zombie flick, it has intense action, terrifying visuals and a solid but surprising plot. But it’s biggest surprise is how it finds a way to send messages about the society we live in today – how some people’s lack of empathy leads to a bigger and more dangerous problem.
We all went into Seoul Station assuming, rather naively, what would happen. And we left with blank faces and shaken hearts – not because of the many plots twists and endless jump-scares, but because it all could have been easily avoided if only people were just a bit kinder.
If all this serious talk about social injustices has put you off don’t stress! It’s easy to just watch Seoul Station like you would any other zombie movie and leave without having too much of an existential crisis~!
We saw this movie as a part of the 8th Korean Film Festival In Australia (which also had many other fantastic films that you might like to check out~!)
Feature Image Source: ©seoul-station1, 03.09.2017, www.imdb.com