By Goh Su Fang
If you’re reading this, chances are, you’ve been bitten by the zombie flick bug, survived Train to Busan (2016), and are hungry to find out why the South Korean horror film could break global box offices.
Yes, the movie’s premise, a zombie apocalypse, is unsettling. But what gets under your skin is how cleverly director Yeon Sang-ho paints the moral dilemmas which society and individuals face, as a story that tugs at heartstrings.
He says: “A consistent theme in my works is the fear individuals feel when they belong to a large society that is indifferent to them.
“An individual can feel very weak and insignificant, especially when up against the interests of a society or a group.”
Indeed, the concept of morality runs through Yeon’s films. They explore the myriad consequences of human action (or inaction), and the characters flesh out the complexity of human nature – the internal struggles one faces between feelings such as selfishness, greed and love.