Saturday, November 12, 2016

Sean Kelly

Reel Asian 2016: Seoul Station

This review was previously published as part of my coverage of Fantasia 2016

A zombie outbreak occurs in Seoul's central subway station in Seoul Station. Every night, the homeless popular of Seoul descends upon the central subway station looking for a place to sleep. One night an elderly homeless man enters the station with a mysterious wound on his neck. Before long, the man turns into a zombie, marking the start of a full on outbreak in the underground tunnels. A young woman named Hye-Sun finds herself trapped in the chaos and has to get herself to safety, while Hye-Sun's boyfriend Ki-woong and father Suk-gyu set out to search for her.

Seoul Station is an animated South Korean zombie film about an outbreak in Seoul's subway system and is also a prequel to Train to Busan. While featuring much gory zombie violence, Seoul Station is very much a social allegory, particularly when it involves the homeless in Seoul. There is one scene where a police officer reports "the homeless are on a rampage" and there is another scene where survivors are trapped in between the zombie horde and a police blockade. In what is typical about many zombie films, it turns out that humans are a bigger threat than the zombies.

The animation style of Seoul Station gives the film a graphic novel-like appearance, with the zombies having a very exaggerated vieny appearance. The outbreak is framed by the attempt of Ki-woong and Suk-gyu to save Hye-Sun, who has found herself trapped in the center of the outbreak. Seoul Station makes a sudden turn towards the end, which puts the zombies on the backburner, in exchange for a much more human threat. Altogether, Seoul Station is an OK enough animated zombie thriller.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).