Directed by Kim Jee-Woon, Yim Pil-Sung
Best Film, 2012 Fantasia International Film Festival
In three short films, two star directors joke and philosophize at the ways we approach our own vitality in dire circumstances. In “Brave New World”, the zombie apocalypse we’ve all secretly feared comes with comedic tones and over-bearing moms. The second short, “A Heavenly Creature,” prepares us for a world where subservient robots are the norm and one robot in a Buddhist temple surprises and surpasses humanity by achieving Enlightenment. Finally, “Happy Birthday” serves up the end of the world via asteroid, and all we have are our weird, hysterical families.
Originally a collaboration between three directors, DOOMSDAY BOOK survived production woes and other end-of-the-world debacles with two directors intact. With “A Heavenly Creature,” Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, A Bittersweet Life, SDAFF ’06; A Tale of Two Sisters, SDAFF ‘04) departs from his recent genre stylings to deliver a film of remarkable emotion and beauty. With “Brave New World,” Yim Pil-Sung (Hansel and Gretel, Spring Showcase ’11) finds humor and love in the most hopeless places. Together, they make “Happy Birthday” an auspicious, hilarious, and awkwardly delightful beginning to the end of the world as we know it. –Erwin Mendoza
Cast: Kim Kang-Woo, Kim Gyu-Ri, Ryoo Seung-Bum, Koh Joon-Hee