To begin, there must be a disclaimer. This is, at the time of writing, the first Bitter Lemons review to go up on Broadstew. These articles are intended primarily to inform a viewer/reader how sad the movie they are about to watch or plan to watch will be. This is a zombie movie. And I really am not sure what zombie movies you are watching if you go into zombie films with anything but a feeling of cynicism and pessimism weighing heavily on your soul.
I agree with you and I’ll take it from here Bitter Lemon. After all, it’s my face on the pain chart. But yes, zombie movies are like military movies in that the only way everybody makes it out alive is a through a “it was all a dream” segment.
Which to be honest, is worse than having everyone die.
That’s debatable, but let’s get to the movie.
Seoul Station is a 2016 South Korean animated film written and directed by Yeon Sang-ho. It is a pre-quel to the film Train to Busan, which releases a year earlier and is also written by Yeon Sang-ho. But more on Train to Busan in another article.
Anyways, Seoul Station is one of those movies that grabs you by the seed’s twists slowly but with enough pressure to make sure that you’re in agony. It does a good job of establishing pre-zombie outbreak that every character’s life is terrible, and so from the get-go, you’re not going to have anything that resembles a smile on your face.
I agree, and like you said, as the movie progresses, Yeon Sang-ho does an incredible job of keeping a consistent tone and bleakness to the film. I think it’s effective and it also works well to create a feeling of sympathy for the characters.
That’s right! I found myself really rooting for the characters and when in their moments of turmoil, I really felt well, sad. And that made what happened to and undisclosed amount of them at the end of the film hard to swallow [how’s that for spoiler free?]
I will say though, that sometimes-giving characters those moments of happiness can work to make the final result more gut-wrenching if it doesn’t pan out the way you hope it will as you watch the movie.
Also, if everything is already wrong in their lives, it kind of makes you think about how much worse off they are being zombies you know?
I get that. So, likeable characters, shitty circumstances, a bleak tone and very limited moments of happiness throughout, so much so that you almost find it hard to believe there will be a light at the end of the tunnel; how much pain do you feel after having watched this film? Show me on the pain chart.
With all of that in mind, I give this movie a 5 on the pain chart and think that most people can watch without a box of Kleenex handy.