Abandoned cities dominated by zombies.
This is how the movie 'Peninsula' depicts South Korea four years since its prequel 'Train to Busan.'
It begin with an unidentified virus, and the country descending into chaos, but people somehow find ways to adapt to this miserable environment.
"The character I played, Jeong-seok, is a trained soldier who manages to escape from zombies but somehow returns against his will to complete a mission he can't refuse"
Cinema-goers are eagerly anticipating the movie's release.
Out of all films currently being screened in Korea, online ticket sales for 'Peninsula' accounted for 78-percent according to the Korean Film Councilthe highest since March when the COVID-19 outbreak started to spike.
The film is also listed for this year's Cannes Film Festival.
"The concept where the whole peninsula has to fight against the same enemy, zombies, is interesting. And the fact that this year's Cannes Film Festival is delayed due to COVID-19 adds more metaphors and possible interpretations."
Since the first Korean-made zombie movie 'Train to Busan', so-called 'K-zombie' movies like 'Kingdom' are garnering attention both inside and outside the country.
"The so-called 'K-zombies' preserve the metaphors of zombies throughout the film without solely emphasizing their horrific features. And using Korean traditional palaces and a train as the settings, it makes it visually exciting."
Starring famous South Korean actors Gang Dong-won and Lee Jung-hyun, the movie is set for a July 15th release and will be available in more than one-hundred-85 countries worldwide.
Kim Sung-min, Arirang News