Unless you’re well versed in the Korean film landscape – and I’m not – you probably haven’t heard of Doomsday Book. If you’re an SF fan whose tastes run more eclectic than the usual Hollywood output, however, you might want to add it to your radar. We’ve got a trailer below for the anthology film from big-name Korean directors Kim Jee-Woon (I Saw the Devil) and Yim Pil-sung (Hansel & Gretel). Check out the trailer, then we’ll talk more after the jump.
The three-part anthology was originally planned to have Kim and Yim directing the first two segments, with director Han Jae-rim helming a third. Apparently, Kim and Yim eventually took over and shot Han’s segment themselves (thus proving that George Lucas was right: Han didn’t shoot first). Here’s the official synopsis, as well as descriptions of the film’s original three segments, courtesy of Slashfilm.
Two acclaimed Korean directors unfurl three unique stories of human self-destruction in the modern high-tech era. In a hope to restore the humane compassion in the insusceptible modern age, the film displays an alternative form of genuine humanity. And thus you are stepping into the world of future, where a series of unexpected stories awaits you. All these stories originate from the earth. From the very earth you live on.
- “Heaven’s Creation,” directed by Kim Jee-woon
A story about a robot who gains consciousness and the absurdity that follows.
- “The New Generation,” directed by Yim Pil-sung
A clever action film told from the point of view of a boy who has become a zombie, this segment explores how humans lose control of planet Earth, becoming mere food for a different species.
- “The Christmas Gift,” directed by Han Jae-rim (never shot)
A musical movie that re-interprets the beautiful love story “The Christmas Gift” by O Henry, this project confronts the basic instincts of a woman and her last chance to survive after witnessing the end of the world.