Posted in *Recommended, Art & Animation, Fantasia 2016, Fantasia International Film Festival, Film Festivals, Reviews, Trailers, Video

Seoul Station – review @ Fantasia 2016 [Recommended]

Seoul-StationSeoul Station / 서울역 / Seoulyeok (2016)
Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Screenplay: Yeon Sang-ho
Cast: Ryu Seung-ryong, Shim Eun-kyung, Lee Joon

Next screening on July 27.

I’m not really a fan of the zombie genre but I’ve enjoyed this director’s previous animated works so gave this animated movie a shot. It was a pretty good time with the Fantasia audience. Lots of people die and the ending isn’t a happy one but the movie is a crowd-pleaser for sure with lots of moments which you will cheer for.

The movie centers around a few characters. It starts with a spat between a boyfriend and girlfriend who go their separate ways but when the zombie outbreak begins the boyfriend teams up with his girlfriend’s dad to try and find her. The characters are all pretty memorable and strongly defined, particularly the girlfriend’s father. They’re not nice people though and they each have their annoying tendencies but you root for them over the zombies.

The zombies are drawn really grotesquely and scary. They’re also quite fast. However, gore is not that prevalent as a lot of zombie head bashing is done outside the frame. Tension is ramped up pretty well and the characters are played mostly serious but at the same time the movie has numerous funny moments, at the expense of the characters and tropes of the zombie genre. The story has a surprise or two along the way too.

Colors and backgrounds are exceptional, perhaps a bit too clean or bright at times but there’s this sort of hazy luminescence to many scenes that really suits the movie. This is another great entry into Korean animated cinema and definitely a recommended watch.

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Former "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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