Seoul Station ("Seoulyeok")
Sponsored by Samsung
Official Selection: Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2016, New York Asian Film Festival 2016
« Seoul Station est un grand film social tout autant qu’un excellent film de zombies » — Yannik Vanesse, EASTASIA
Every night, packs of homeless people flock to Seoul's central subway station in search of a place to sleep. One of them, however, seems in worse shape than usual tonight. Noticing nasty bite marks on his neck, his friend’s search for help yields nothing but hateful remarks. Meanwhile, young Hae-sun leaves her boyfriend Ki-woong’s place after he tries to force her into prostitution. Completely beside herself and too ashamed to contact her dad, she heads to Seoul station to spend the night. As she’s carefully exploring the station’s corridors, she’s rushed by a rabble of enraged hobos attacking anything that get in its way. With the help of an old man, Hae-sun barely manages to escape, igniting a relentless chase through this chaotic living-dead invasion, during which Ki-woong and Suk-gyu, her dad, search for her all over the infested city. Such a horrific night gives a whole new twist to the word “homeless,” and in times of crisis, a living human can prove more threatening than a horde of zombies.
Having dealt with social issues in his previous features THE KING OF PIGS (winner of the Satoshi Kon award at Fantasia 2013) and THE FAKE, two titles anchored in reality, director/screenwriter Yeon Sang-ho now ventures into the horror genre with SEOUL STATION. While this zombie flick closely follows the generic conventions established by the great George A. Romero, it remains a signature Yeon film through its concern with social inequality, its aesthetically emotional animation style and its dark view of human nature. The result is both electrifying, most notably the insane chase scene through the subway station, and touching, thanks in large part to a final act filled with heart-wrenching twists. With its magnificent composition showing the extent of the undead threat and stars Ryu Seung-ryong (THE PIPER) and Shim Eun-kyung (MISS GRANNY) lending their voices, SEOUL STATION will appeal to both zombie fanatics and lovers of animation that explores new terrain.
— Nicolas Archambault