Seoul Station is available in: Korean on Netflix Southkorea
Suk-gyu is desperately looking for his runaway daughter. He spares neither money nor effort and after a while his search leads to results. One of his contacts claims to have found the girl. But joy is replaced by shock when he finds out that she works as a prostitute in the center of Seoul. Suk-gyu decides to pose as a client to get close to his daughter. But just before the long awaited and dreaded reunion, panic breaks out at nearby Seoul Station. The place is very popular with the homeless of the Korean capital. And one of them, who had died during the day, comes alive again and start attacking and eating another misfortunate. The undead cannibal epidemic spreads like wildfire. The authorities hermetically close off the city center and decide to wait out the end of the outbreak, until there’s no one left…
I have mentioned in my review for ‘Train to Busan’ that it has a prequel, but an anime. This is it, this is the one from the same director. Releasing them in a short time apart has advantages, as well as disadvantages. Like comparison is unavoidable, yet being different format is a big excuse. But both the films going have its fans backing.
This is not a high standard anime, but acceptable due to the quality of the narration. Yes the story was good. Like the live-action film, there are many unexpected thing happens. Particularly, you cannot trust anyone in this kind of survival game. It was a slow opening, followed by picking up the pace once the chaos was unleashed and then ended with a nice twist.
Once you watch this, you might say it could have made a decent live- action. I thought the same. Prequel or sequel, not bad at all, though it can’t be compared to the original. Everything was a one night event, but not entire film takes place at Seoul Station. It all begins there, yet this film as well fail to detail on the source. Like from where it all started. Apart from that, quite an enjoyable anime with a few great tense moments.
Like any ordinary day, the Seoul Station was calmly shutting down for the day at near midnight. But for the homeless people, it is a roof over their head. One of them discovers that his brother got injured badly, so he seeks help from the authorities nearby. On the other side of the tale, a father who finally discovered his runaway daughter staying with a young man. So the two rides together to find her who went out. Soon they all come to know the people are behaving weirdly. And after realising the serious threat of it, its now running for life. But would they successfully track down what they’re looking for is revealed in the final segment.
> “If I had a place to go, I would not have stayed at Seoul Station.”
After watching a very satisfying live-action zombie film, and after learning about this one, I was looking forward to this day. A well made film, particularly after an average initiation, how it developed and ended was excellent. Most of you would enjoy the second half better. Overall, it has a good runtime and the interesting characters.
The voice-over looked fine. Since I didn’t understand the language, it was not a big deal. Though the visual, I mean the sketches should have been a little better. In some parts, you will know that they used digital backgrounds, perhaps from 3D to 2D, particularly in the running scenes where you won’t notice enough. So there should be some negatives and for me it was the connection between these two titles. The two films’ timeline overlaps. I mean the final section of this and the opening parts of the other film.
Since it took place in the night time, most of the people were not aware of what’s going on in the streets. As a daybreak follows, more people on the street, big chaos and we know what happened afterwards, especially from the train passengers’ perspective. Like I mentioned earlier, not knowing the origins of this sudden outbreak is the disappointment after watching both the films.
You might have heard that ‘Train to Busan’ is set to remake in Hollywood. If you haven’t watched that, you should do now and following, this one too. Because of the connection, yet not compulsory as these films do not share much detail. It was just like ‘Cloverfield’ and ’10 Cloverfield Lane’. Keeping update is worth suppose in the future any follow-up film are made. I liked this one, but a little lesser than the original. The other major difference is, watching the zombies (attack) in anime version is a different experience. Maybe you can say less frightening, those who are easy prey for such film. Anyway, worthy film. I would particularly suggest it to those who saw the previous film.
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|Seoul Station (2016)|
|Rating: 6.1/10 (2,349 votes)
Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Writer: Sang-ho Yeon
Stars: Seung-ryong Ryu Franciska Friede Joon Lee Sang-hee Lee
Runtime: 92 min
Genre: Animation Horror
Released: 17 Aug 2016
|Plot: Several groups of people try to survive a zombie pandemic that unleashes itself in downtown Seoul.|