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Rampant (South Korean Film)

Film

Rampant (South Korean Film)

Rampant, promotional poster

  • Genre: Historical super fiction :), Martial Arts, Zombie Movie, Royalty, Supernatural, Fantasy, Action
  • Release Date: 2018
  • Origin: South Korean

 

Cast:

  • Hyun Bin as Lee Chung
  • Lee Dong Gun as Kim Ja-Joon
  • Lee Sun Bin as Deok Hee
  • Seo Ji-Hye as Concubine Jo
  • Kim Eui Sung as King Lee Jo
  • Jeong Man -Sik as Hak Soo
  • Jo Woo-Jin as Park Eul Ryeong
  • Jo Dal Hwan as Monk Dae Gil

Quick Precis:

Second son return to his kingdom to save it from ruins and zombie attack.

 

I really enjoyed this film, lots of action and the lead, Hyun Bin, is just gorgeous and Lee Dong Gun is charismatic.

This is a zombie movie but without the thrill and excitement of Gong Yoo’s Train To Busan.  Perhaps it has something to do with it being a costume drama and therefore it is less familiar to oneself and therefore the feeling of helplessness and hopelessness is less relevant.

Anyway, the story goes that Lee Chung is the second son of a king of the Joseon Empire who was bestowed to the Qing Empire as a political hostage for the sake of peace and diplomacy between nations.

But after hearing that his older brother, the crown prince had committed suicide it was about time to come home after 10 years of womanizing and self-indulgence.

He and his able man-servant, Hak Soo, were surprised when they came into a village, which was totally empty of people and animals.

They quickly wised up when they encounter a ferocious zombie.  They were rescued by some villagers who just suddenly appeared on rooftops.

They were taken to their hideout, where they found many people,  some are wounded.

Anyway, Lee Chung was told that the zombies usually hide in the forest or houses when it was daylight and they come out en-masse as soon as it got dark.

Each day they are multiplying in numbers.

The backstory was that a few days ago, a German ship, selling guns and ammunition docked nearby.

The person, the Crown Prince sent to negotiate with the German saw more than he meant to see.  There was another German sailor who was tethered in iron handcuffs who was behaving abnormally.  The Korean got too close and got bitten.  Before long the soldier had turned and bitten his way into the village.

The news of zombies finally reached the King, but it was too late as one of his concubine got it and bit him.

Lee Chung was very reluctant to be the king, but then again, there was a willing minister who all along wanted to topple the monarchy so that he could start his own.

He was having a secret meeting with the other ministers of his plans when they noticed that he was bitten by a zombie.

Despite knowing that it was really all over for him, he did not give up without a fight.  He killed all the ministers and then cut off his bitten hand.

He became so strong as a half zombie.

He had a prolonged fight with Lee Chung, who was trying to blow up the palace where he attracted the attention of the zombies.

He did manage to do it in the end and at last as in most movies, the cavalry arrives just after the nick of time.

He will be king.

 

 

 

 

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