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Korea is ground zero for an undead pandemic, as one man's rotten trash brings on a zombie apocalypse. A high-tech repairman struggles as a robot residing in a Buddhist temple finds his higher mind and challenges the idea of consciousness. And one family, one lost billiard ball, and one misguided Internet order bring on the end of the world.

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  • Actors: Kang-woo Kim, Seung-bum RYOO, Sae-byeok SONG, Doona BA
  • Directors: Jee-woon Kim, Pil-Sung Yim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Korean
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00984659Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doomsday Book [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dee J. on December 5, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Zombies, robots and asteroids out of control! Yes, you've seen similar flicks on these subjects, but not covered in the fashion of "Doomsday Book"! The three vignettes in this film are markedly different, but each seems to flow seemlessly into the next, as we wonder how the world might end in each episode.

Perhaps the most enticing and maybe frightening is the innocuously-entitled "Happy Birthday," where a little girl calls up an alien website (they exist, don't they?) and accidentally ends up ordering, perhaps, the end of our planet!

A fascinating exploration into what might just happen in the near future; I recommend "Doomsday Book" to all adult audiences.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carlos E. Velasquez on December 24, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Today, as I write this, is December 23, 2012, and we are still alive. If you recall, the end of days was supposed to have been two days ago, on December 21. Happily, that didn't happen - for now --, but the entertainment world keeps busy doing films about the destruction of life as we know it. Nothing wrong with that, I guess, but it is really good when a film with doomsday themes that make you think comes along - an intelligent and plausible one, that is. "Doomsday Book" is such a movie. It is fascinating and overpowering, with many possibilities to ponder.

"Doomsday Book" is really three films into one, helmed by two different Korean directors. The first segment, "Brave New World," directed by Yim Pil-Sung, hits you in the gut, and you should see it a couple hours after having dinner, as it deals with the effect of an epidemic a la "Mad Cow disease," when people become zombie-like creatures after eating infected beef. We meet a young man on a date with an attractive young lady, and how, after eating in an all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue, they get sicker and sicker. It follows the epidemic from the slaughterhouse all the way to the media frenzy created by it. And it is the media frenzy, I think, that steals the show, as it might remind you of the current state of the art of our media sensationalism. The second segment, "The Heavenly Creature," helmed by Kim-Ji-woon, is, in short, a masterpiece, one of the smartest films - despite its length - I have ever seen. It's about a robot that is member of a Buddhist monastery. He is the only non-human within all the humans. However, one day the repairman is contacted, because the lead monk believes that the robot is not well; apparently, it is claiming to be Buddha.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 24, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
By their very nature, anthology films are a mixed bag. They'll contain two or three or four smaller stories - essentially `shorts,' cobbled together into one complete film - usually connected by one central theme. The upside is that, if the theme is flexible enough to support multiple interpretations, the audience is treated to an insightful exploration from different (and differing) perspectives. The downside? There can be several, not the least of which is the viewer ends up stuck in a loop supportive of that main idea where nothing all that original unfolds not once but twice, or thrice, or ... well, however many installments the producers managed to cram in there!

(NOTE: the following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

Since DOOMSDAY BOOK is a collection of three short films, I'll break them down individually for clarity.

In the first chapter, "Brave New World," a brand new virus incorporated into the food supply by way of food recycling brings the city of Seoul to the brink of social collapse by turning its victims into zombies. The short is bookended with the tale of two young people who find one another on their first date - once the chaos begins, they're forced by circumstances to go their separate ways; as fate requires, true love will find a way, and our lovers are re-united in the segment's closing moments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the Citizen on March 12, 2015
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EXCELLENT FILM W/3 SHORT STORIES. MY FAVORITE WAS THE 3RD ONE REGARING THE ONLIINE ORDER OF TH E 8 BALL.
I HOPE THAT WASN'T CONSIDERD A SPOILER. I TRY REAL HARD NEVER TO MAKE WITH THE SPOILERS. I TRY REAL HARD BUT IT NEVER WORKS OUT. THERES ALWAYS SOMEONE THERI SAYING ,"WE'VE BEEN NOTICING THAT YOU'VE BEN HAVING ALOT OF PROBLEMS LATELY,AND OYU MIGHT FEEL BETTER IF YOU'D TALK ABOUT,SO WHY DON'T YOU WANNA TALK ABOUT. ISAY THAT'S OKAY YOU KNOW I'LL FIGURE IT OUT YOU KNOW, I'LL WORK ON IT MYSELF.BUT THEY JUST KEEP BUGGIN' ME AND BUILDING INSIDE.

DOESN'T MATTER I 'LL PROBABLY GET HIT BY A CAR ANYWAY! MIKE MUIR.....SUICIDAL TENDENDCIES.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shilom VINE VOICE on February 16, 2013
Format: DVD
When I rented this I thought it was one film about zombies and robots, which looked cool enough, but it is actually three short films by two directors with some amazing special effects, definitely worth the watch. It is all subtitled, something I didn't note upon renting, not that I mind, but I know some do.

In the first story, we have the beginning of a zombie outbreak shown from the point of view from one young man as he bids his family farewell for their vacation. Over the next three days, life goes on as normal, he cleans, dates, hangs out with friends; but then one unexpected bite from dinner makes him patient zero for the zombie outbreak and all hell breaks loose. We continue to watch as he inadvertently spreads his disease, and as others from the restaurant become infected as well. It is the beginning of the end, but he struggles to hold on to his humanity all the same, and that is what makes this story sweet. That along with it's ending.

Next up is the story of a humanoid robot who claims to be Buddha, so convincing is he that all the monks in the temple believe it to be true as well. A robot technician is called upon to decide if this robot is in need of repair, which his scans show he is not, or if he really has found enlightenment, which the technician refuses to believe. While his equipment shows the robot functions as it should, the technician determines he must be broken to claim it has found religion, and tells the monks in the temple he must file his report accordingly, that it is out of his hands; meaning they will surely destroy the robot. This is also a very interesting short film as it really makes you think, especially about what it is to be human, to think, to create and about religion and spirituality.
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