Doomsday Book (2012) (Blu-ray Review)
Director: Kim Jee-Woon and Yim PIl-Sung
Where to get it: Well Go USA
Two directors. Three visions of the future. One mindblowing story. Welcome to the future. What waits on the other side of technology, and the innovations of the modern world? Korea is ground zero for an undead pandemic, as one man’s rotten trash brings on a zombie apocalypse. A high-tech repairman struggles as a robot finds his higher mind and challenges the idea of consciousness. And one family, one lost billiard ball, and one misguided Internet order bring on the end of the world. From acclaimed and visionary Korean directors Yim Pil-sung (HANSEL & GRETEL) and Kim Jee-woon (A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, A BITTERSWEET LIFE) comes a harrowing and hilarious dream of society in this modern age.
This is certainly an interesting anthology film as we see three segments that all feature with world ending themes for the most part. We kick things off with a very cool zombie/infection outbreak that somewhat borrows from Ebola Syndrome as instead of Ebola in meat we have mad cow. It is done a very comedic way and when that wraps we are treated to perhaps the best of the three with a story of a robot that thinks it is Buddha. While not the most exciting in nature I did find this one to be the most interesting of the three and probably the overall strongest and is very thought provoking. From there we head into a giant meteor of sorts heading for Earth and we stay with the news cast and a small family in the world’s last moments. We learn the very strange twist that leads to this and it is all a little goofy but fun none the less.
The bottom line here is that this is a very strange movie from all points. Each tale here is very weird and as a result it won’t be for everyone. Still, I found this to be highly entertaining and a whole lot of strange and weird fun. As far as the Blu-ray goes, it comes to us in 16:9 with a very nice 1080p look. Parts of this do get a little grainy but it looks outstanding for the most part. If you like strange Asian cinema you will be right at home with this one. If you come into it looking for something along the lines of I Saw the Devil then you might end up a little let down.
The Movie: (7/10)
The Transfer: (8/10)