Two architects of Cinematography. Three Prophetical Visions of Humanity’s Future
Breaking a Paradigm
Kim Ji-woon and Yim Pil-sung’s combination for the creation of an Epic Sci-Fi Anthology
Debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital December 11th
Internationally-acclaimed Directors Kim Ji-woon (I saw the Devil, The Good, The Bad, The Weird) and Yim Pil-sung (Hansel & Gretel) deliver us three visions on an apocalyptic theme in the anthology film DOOMSDAY BOOK, debuting on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital December 11th.
In the first story, Director Yim Pil opens with Brave New World, Ryoo Seung-bum (The Servant) starring as a young man fighting for survival in a world infected by biological toxins. A recurring theme in the modern Sci-Fi that dares to explore the depths of
the unconscious, exploiting humanity’s collective fear on the misuse of technologies and hazards that mortals are yet to understand completely.
The core of the film, Heavily Creature, directed by by Kim Ji-woon, stars Kim Kang-woo (A Better Tomorrow), Kim Gyu-ri (Portrait of a Beauty) and Park Hae-il (War of the Arrows) as dwellers of a transhumanist Seoul who must deal with a new existential and spiritual paradigm arising, where a religion-practicing robot achieves enlightenment and must escape his manufacturer’s desire of destroying him. Kim Ji-woon used to create debates in the viewer’s mind, recurrs to this technique once again in this work. In “I saw the Devil” we dealt with the cost of vengeance, the analysis of how a normal human can become “possesed” by the same demon he’s trying to exorcise from his life. Of how finding delight in other’s suffering is yet as diabolic as seeing such individual pay for his crimes. Thus, he indeed saw the devil.
Now here in Heavily Creature, he revives a theme that has existed since the times of Blade Runner; the machine becoming man. Kim Ji-woon goes to the point of affirming a machine not only can gain consciousness of its own exitence, but can even achieve Enlightenment.
Finally, director Yim Pil-Sung closes the film with Happy Birthday, starring debutant Song Sae-byoek, Jin Ji-hee (Hansel & Gretel) and Bae Doo-na (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance). The story of how elementary school student Park Min-seo (Jin Ji-hee) ends up ordering online by mistake a mysterious package that will not only put his own life at risk, but that of humanity and Earth itself.
DOOMSDAY BOOK is a ground breaking film that puts into question how robotic a human can be, and how human a machine can evolve into being. Giving as result a splendid collision between human versus technology.
DOOMSDAY BOOK was named “Best International Film” at the 2012 Fant-Asia Film Festival.