2014 - below

The Flu (2013)

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The FLU is a 2013 Korean disaster film that made successful runs in the Hollywood box office despite a very modest ratings of movie reviews compared with Train to Busan.┬áThe FLU is a terrifying disaster film about a flu brought about by birds and transmitted to humans. Infection will get through you respiratory system and will kill you in the next 3 days. The premise itself is disturbing as it can happen in real life. What I loved about this movie is that it is fast-paced. The plot was organized well from the beginning, transmission of the virus and the outbreak itself. It is the “Contagion” and “Outbreak” Feels of Asia. It makes me prouder as well as the production value can somehow be at par with that Hollywood. Minor improvements on CGI effects are forgivable. The chaotic scenes were well executed as well. Loved the backroom scenes of the Government and Internal relations team that made it a little bit of nationalistic and realistic as well. The mixture of drama and romance are downplayed and blended well with the suspense and thrills of the film. Watch out for a lead supporting role from a Filipino citizen in the film. (yes, he is speaking Filipino here). Overall, I was impressed with the film. Just don’t compare it with Train to Busan as this is another cup of tea. 5/5 stars.

2016

Train to Busan

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Train to Busan is a film that make me proud as an Asian. Truly, this is the best Asian Film ever made and perhaps one of the best also in terms of Hollywood for the Zombie genre. Everything in the movie is impressive. From its Cinematography, Visuals, Production design, Sound Effects and even the plot itself. I loved the way the story was presented. Action scenes are also superb. Loved also those thrills that made it more exciting. What I loved the most is the Asian feel – this is Drama of course. The mix of drama in the film is heartwarming and blended well with the whole storyline. A zombie movie with a HEART. Aside from decent screams, the movie got me some bucket of tears too. Highly-recommended. 5/5 stars