Supernatural fantasy, police procedural and social satire merge in this genre-hopping South Korean mini-series from the director of Train to Busan.
Episodes 1 to 3
Yeon Sang-ho, Choi Gyu-Seok
Yoo Ah-in, Park Jeong-min, Kim Hyun-joo
South Korea 2021. 150min
With English subtitles
South Korea is in the grip of a strange epidemic: people are receiving text messages announcing the exact date and time at which they are going to hell. And sure enough, at the allotted time, a demon shows up to claim them with gory gusto. Amid the ensuing media frenzy and social panic, detective Jin Kyung-hoon (Yang Ik-joon) tries to work out what the hell is going on. Meanwhile a fanatical religious sect is taking advantage of this new climate of fear. Adapted by director Yeon Sang-ho from his own Korean webtoon (co-authored with cartoonist Choi Gyu-Seok), the series skitters blithely across genres, but always underpinned by biting social commentary. It’s exhilarating to see one of contemporary cinema’s most thrilling directors tackling long-form storytelling with such relish.
This film contains flashing images.
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