Director: Sung-Su Kim
Original Title: Gamgi
The worst epidemic ever seen is sweeping through Bundang, the suburb of Seoul. After smuggling illegal immigrants into the country, Byung-woo dies from an unknown virus. Soon after that, the same symptoms are plaguing scores of residents in Bundang. People are helpless against the airborne disease and the number of infected increases quickly, spreading chaos. As the worst-case scenario precaution, the city of half a million people, just 19 kilometers from Seoul, is about to be sealed off. The government orders a complete shutdown. Meanwhile, infectious disease specialist In-hye and rescue worker Ji-goo go into the closed city to find the blood serum of the index case, a crucial part of developing the vaccine.
I love this movie, when it comes to virus movies I think it’s only beaten by Contagion from 2011 for me. It has a very “real” atmosphere and I actually think it would go down this way in a real life senario.
All the main characters are very likeable and especially Min-ah Park who could be the cutest child actor in cinema history. I more or less never get teary-eyed in movies but she brought me over the edge.
The movie starts out with a kind of love story, that early on feels forced and have that kind of “slip-on-a-banana-peel” humor that I usually see in Asian movies and don’t like. But the longer we get into the movie the better it gets. When the break out comes, it’s non-stop tension and I’m fully invested all the way.
Unfortunatly I don’t have much more background information than that it was filmed in South Korea between May 11, 2012 and finished October 11, 2012. Premiered in South Korea on the 15th of August 2013.
I watched this on a UK release on DVD with english subtitles. Both picture and sound are great.
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