What's on at East Dulwich Picturehouse - Culture Shock
Director: Sang-ho Yeon.
Starring: Yoo Gong, Soo-an Kim. South Korea 2016. 118 mins. Korean with English subtitles.
Eurostar was never like this. Noted South Korean animation director Sang-ho Yeon (The King Of Pigs) switches to live action – and lots of CGI – for this flesh-eating thriller, which ramps up the claustrophobia by being set on a train.
Arrogant fat cat Seok Woo (Gong) and his neglected young daughter (Kim) are making the 270-mile HST journey from Seoul to see her mother in Busan. In the opening scenes we’re also introduced to various ancillary characters who are along for the ride, plus hints of worker unrest – which, it soon transpires, is not unconnected with a zombie virus outbreak. Yeon’s melding of digital trickery, old-school make-up and ingenious stunts keeps the tension acute and prompts gasps aplenty in this worthy successor to 2013’s World War Z.
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