I have mixed feelings after watching this. For most of it I felt pretty down on it, as not only is zombie fatigue big with me, but especially when it comes to the zombie post-apocalyptic variety (blame Walking Dead probably). I can say that I much preferred Train to Busan (this is a sequel to that film, taking place four years later), and I think that’s because of the train setting, which made things quite tense. I also preferred the animated prequel, Seoul Station, because I think the start of an outbreak is a more interesting story to tell, and it’s a really nicely animated film, with a neat little twist towards the end. Also, I absolutely hated the overly sentimental ending of the film, which just felt like it went on forever. But I did enjoy parts of this, and thought that the big car chase climax was especially thrilling to watch (think Mad Max Fury Road level of goodness), and that made sitting through all of this worth it for me. If you’re a fan of Seoul Station and Train to Busan, then you should probably watch this as well, but go in prepared.
This is an animated prequel to the Korean zombie flick Train to Busan (by the same director), and as I’ve been meaning to watch the sequel (Peninsula), I thought it would be fun to start with this. I wasn’t sure if I had seen it before, and as I was watching it it slowly started coming back to me, but I’m still glad I rewatched it. It’s really well animated, and looking up what else the director has done, I see he has two other animated films that I now really want to check out as well. One thing I was happy about this rewatch is that I had forgotten how it ends, and it’s a really good ending (not “good” in a happy sense, but interesting).
I remember being quite interested in watching this Korean animated film when it got announced last year (even though I’m pretty tired of seeing zombies in whatever form of media), and then had sorta forgotten about it. I watched it the other night, and wow, this is a really good movie. The animation is really fantastic — super realistic, and I love the character designs, with sort of simple line work. It’s pretty dark a movie, with an ending that’s even more horrific than you’d expect. Highly recommended.