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A darkness looms over ancient Korea: murderous creatures known as Night Demons have overrun the country. Returning from a long imprisonment abroad, Prince Ganglim discovers that it will take the strength of his entire kingdom to stop the bloody rampage spreading across the nation in this fresh new take on zombie horror from the studios that brought you TRAIN TO BUSAN.
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Language: Korean (original)
a well-packaged display of horror/fantasy and martial arts thrills --Film Combat Syndicate
Rampant finally gives us the Korean epic-scale zombie film we never knew we needed. --Dread Central
Game of Thrones meets 28 Days Later --Houston Chronicle
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 5.92 Ounces
- Audio Description: : English, Korean
- Director : Kim Sung-hoon
- Media Format : Dolby, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 7 minutes
- Release date : February 26, 2019
- Actors : Jang Dong-Gun, Hyun Bin, Kim Joo-hyuk
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1), Korean (DTS 5.1)
- Studio : Well Go Usa
- ASIN : B07KLQF9WY
- Number of discs : 2
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In cinema, there have been zombie westerns, and zombies in World War II, zombie comedies, and even a zombie musical. RAMPANT is the first zombie flick I'd seen set in the age of martial chivalry. The Chinese's term for this genre is wuxia. Dunno what it's called in Korea, but it's the same flavor.
What a crap homecoming for an exiled royal. Years ago Lee Chung (Hyun Bin), a Josean prince, was forked over to the Qing empire as a political hostage. Except his brother had just died, having taken his own life. So, here he is now back on his native land, in the tiny village of Jemulpo, and not a soul to greet his august presence.
Come to think of it, Jemulpo seems alarmingly deserted. But maybe it's because its inhabitants can now only come out at night... to feast and ravage. Prince Lee Chung is a feckless youth. He shirks his responsibility; he prefers his revels. But you know that old saying: "Nothing like the crucible of a zombie apocalypse to test a body's resolve." Pretty sure it's an old saying. I think Aesop said it.
You can lay the blame on that foreign merchant ship selling a supply of arquebuses and on the greed of a certain minister of war. Lee Chung comes home to assassination attempts and a weak king and a demonic pandemic, and who the hell needs all that mess? Who needs honor and duty and the heavy burden of leadership? Lee Chung longs to return to the Qing empire.
3 - maybe 3.5 - out of 5 stars. RAMPANT (original title: Chang-gwol) is an obvious try at cashing in off the wild success of TRAIN TO BUSAN, which if you haven't seen, you are missing out on something tremendous. RAMPANT is nowhere near as good as TRAIN TO BUSAN. It dreamt of being a Joseon zombie romp but fell short. And it's all to do with a plot that's shallow and pace that drags and limps along more than the undead creatures in the movie, as we get embroiled in uninteresting politics and turmoil within the royal family. It has its positives, yep. Dong-Gun Jang as the ambitious minister is a credible big bad. Woo-jin Jo, who plays the righteous rebel, Park Jong-sa, embodies honor and sacrifice. But the most shining light is Hyun Bin. It's not that his acting is so very astonishing. He does okay with his lines. It's when he springs into swashbuckling action that he leaves you and me gobsmacked. It's martial arts at its most giddy as Hyun Bin leaps into the fray and conquers hordes of zombies with his flashing sword. It's exciting stuff. There's also an impressive archer girl, but she lamentably doesn't get much action.
Typically, there's a whiny servant to get on the nerve. This time, it's Hak-soo (Man-sik Jeong) who simpers and snivels and behaves like your nagging auntie. It's played for laughs, but I never did once.
How are the zombies? Uninspired. There's some of what the zombies from TRAIN TO BUSAN brought, which is this freaky contortionist element, but it's not as impressive this time. And, really, what we get here are more a zombie/vampire hybrids. These cats can't stand the sun and move around only at night, and they drink blood. And fatal blows can be delivered to the brain OR heart. Note that there are decapitations and limbs detached and parts skewered, but, disappointingly, the blood and gore spillage is restrained. The zombie make-up is on a minimal level. Having said that, the prison escape is fraught with nerve-jangling tension.
Is it just me or did the new world order minister take his sweet time turning into a full-on raging zombie?
The hero starts out as kind of a rascal but pretty soon is living up to the honor of his royal family and proving to be a really decent guy. Zombies start biting people and pretty soon the whole kingdom is at war with them. Very good film, if you don't mind reading subtitles. I don't, been doing it so long it is second nature to me now.
However, the weapon of choice is a sword, and you will see a lot of swords being put to good use.
The plot is that the second son, when his brother (the crown prince) dies, returns home to comply with his brother's request to take his wife and unborn child back with him into exile to keep them safe.
You have the father, a king who no longer cares about his people (if he ever did). You have treacherous (if not traitorous) senior nobles who try to eliminate our Hero. Lots of conflict.
And you have zombies. The country turns out to be in the midst of a Zombie Epidemic. These are the rather more aggressive zombies most modern zombie films use, rather that Romero's original rather laid-back model. They are in very large quantities, at one point occupying the Palace and so halting the working of the government.
They can also be handled with swords, so you see even more swordplay than you might expect.
If this sounds at /all/ attractive to you, I suggest you watch it. It's well done and, if it is what you want to see, it should not disappoint.
It might tire you out, though -- it's a bit grueling in the long run. But, hey, how often do you get to see swordsmen vs zombies?
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The concept seemed full proof, and by no means was or is this a bad movie, but it wasn't, isn't great either.
I saw Kingdom first. The story is paced out amongst its episodes acting as a slow burn. Creating tension and establishing the characters, ending on - what you'd expect of a cliffhanger (for a season 2). It's clear that Kingdom has a focus on its characters and builds on that, forming the necessary tension for what's coming (comparable to Game of Thrones).
Rampant, by name alone, I expected to be more fast paced, more zombie versus sword, just more, crazy, as it's a movie and not a show (the trailer for instance gives that vibe). It isn't that. While the movie is filled with zombies, they're more of a back drop to the political turmoil. (These two concepts will merge, creating an enjoyable final act with an ending that's, eh, ok).
Rampant sort of loses its magic with how much it tries to cram in in the middle between its opening and final act. If you blink or look away, you may very well miss out on a scene, not that the scene itself is important. Characters themselves don't connect as they hold little time to expand on who they are. While certain scenes in the final arc do, hit home to a degree, you aren't really all that upset because up until that point you're wondering when things are going to get - Rampant.
The later half of the film is enjoyable as things do pick up, with some good scenes paced in the middle of the movie, and for some it's enough and they'll be very happy, others such as myself will just compare this to other movies (Train to Busan) or shows (Kingdom) and see that this film doesn't do anything great.
In summary: Train to Busan is better with regards to character development, stakes and emotional tension - and the zombies are more in your face. Rampant, while enjoyable (it isn't a bad movie), fails to capitalize on the name itself and just embrace sheer sword to zombie action. It's also hurt by the release of Kingdom that shares two strong core concepts, the zombies themselves, and the political turmoil, and in my opinion, does better by having the time to expand on these.
Rampant isn't bad, it's just okay. Good enough for $16 CAD.