Dramacist: Miranieva Buen
Korean film director Yeon Sang-ho made his silver screen debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Yeon is famous for his work Train to Busan, and his signature of humanity, society in a dystopian setting, is magnified in Hellbound. Three episodes were featured during the festival and garnered the attention of viewers and critics, with the South China Morning Post report calling it a “dark and unforgiving affair.”
Hellbound is based on Yeon’s webcomic “The Hell,” in which he worked with famous illustrator Choi Kyu-Seok.
The series starts with the scene wherein a man sits anxiously in a coffee shop. When the time strikes 1:20, three supernatural creatures appear and come after him. The man tried to escape but ended up futile as he met an accident. Instead of a bloody corpse, his remains were charred, and the creatures after him were gone.
As the video goes viral, a religious group named “Saejinrihwe” rises and convinces people to join due to “decrees.” These “decrees” include apparitions that warn “sinners” of their doomsday, with the three creatures playing an integral part in their punishment. It deals with organizations, religion, demons, and individual interests that affect the flow of the story.
Yeon is famous for his works that show the best and worst in humanity, and Hellbound is no exception. Hellbound is a dystopian series that is part thriller, horror, mystery, and suspense that will leave its viewers breathless.
Netflix is set to release the series in mid-November.
Take a peek here and let us know what you think. Will you be watching? We will!