September 30, 2023 (NYC)– Gangnam Zombie is a Unique Taekwondo Zombie Flik. A Look at Gangnam Zombie, a martial arts film of South Korean origin-available on Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD now! Here is a synopsis and review of this Well Go USA Entertainment release.
Soon after previously normal people begin viciously attacking other citizens in Seoul’s wealthy Gangnam district, the zombie population grows exponentially and spreads throughout the region. Now, long after injuries forced him to quit the national taekwondo team, an elite former athlete is given one more opportunity to use his talent on behalf of his country as he takes on one final match—this time, against terrifying hordes of the undead.
Gangnam Zombie is a low budget horror film with a unique twist. Well Go USA has done it again by releasing this small film that sets it aside from the mainstream pack. The movie features a young, runner up to the prestigious Korean National Taekwondo Team, who is in midst of trying to build a better life for himself in Seoul, Korea when he face the most formidable opponent of his Taekwondo career.
Directed by Lee Su-seong, this low budget film delivers on what you might expect from a modern Urban Zombie movie. Its story takes you from Zombie origin to the spread of a Zombie plague, starting in Seoul, Korea. The difference between this and other Zombie film’s is the intersection of the only thing Korean filmgoers like more than Zombies, and that is martial arts. Ji Il-ju stars as the lead character in this Urban thriller. He is fun to watch, perhaps, because a state of confusion seems a natural comfort zone for him.
The film is a low budget film. It is smartly shot in a single location, with few characters. This is a plus. The filmmakers understand that less is more here. Any attempt to be Train to Busan would have failed, miserably. That doesn’t mean the filmmakers don’t trade off of the success of that, and other films and television shows in the Zombie/Horror genre.
The characters are all animated and fun to watch. Some of the characters, like the building owner, are smartly, and knowingly, played to be more disgusting than the ensuing Zombies.
The film also has a tone of humor that makes it a fun watch. For me, the humor is properly tempered with the action. The humor here, clearly, knows its place.
The film contains English subtitles.
Run Time: 82 Minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Country of Origin: South Korea