Here you will find reviews of Korean science-fiction films (공상 과학 영화). While the genre is not immensely popular in Korea, there have been several noteworthy science-fiction films produced. Please click on the picture, and you will be taken to the review.
“A compelling and highly entertaining science-fiction/horror blend, Deranged (연가시) is a success due to the emphasis on characterisation and a fear that is much more based in reality than imagination. While plot holes appear, the directing, editing and musical score combine to produce a great thriller underpinned by a keen socio-cultural message, making Deranged (연가시) one of the better disaster films to emerge from the Korean film industry.”
“The Host (괴물) is an incredible film, and highlights the sheer talent and innovation of all involved. While it is unashamedly mainstream, the film never falls into cliche or parody as is often the case in the genre. Instead, The Host (괴물) employs layers upon layers of political and socio-cultural subtext that adds phenomenal depth to an already highly entertaining premise, and cannot be recommended highly enough.“
“Sector 7 (7광구) is not a complete disaster, as director Kim Ji-hoon competently composes scenes and keeps the action moving at a swift pace. Apart from the awful CGI it’s clear that Sector 7 (7광구) has a large budget which has been well spent on creating the mise-en-scene of an oil rig. It’s a shame that so many negative features outweigh the few scant positives, rendering a potential blockbuster into a substandard film well below the talents of all involved.”
“The Tower (타워) is an extremely visually impressive disaster film, and a return to form for director Kim Ji-hoon. The special effects and stunt work are some of the best ever produced within a Korean film, and certainly on par with Hollywood films of a similar ilk. Seol Kyeong-gu enters the fray as Captain Kang Yeong-ri, who single-handedly lifts the film into a compelling and emotional story, making The Tower (타워) an enjoyable entry into the genre.”