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Victims of a viral epidemic have no where to hide in The Flu, starring Jang Hyuk, Soo Ae and Park Min-ha.
What if disaster struck with just one breath? The Flu uncovers a devastating epidemic.
VARIATIONS and mutations of the flu virus still haunt mankind to this day.
What would happen if there was a new type of virus that strikes as a common cold, then infects and kills people anywhere, rendering humans completely defenceless? This terrifying idea was the genesis of South Korean disaster flick The Flu; turning the common flu into an agent of death and fear.
The Flu uses the real-life avian influenza strain H5N1 as the focal point of the story and virologists all over the world agree that such an outbreak could be fatal to the human race.
What if its transmission method became human-to-human? Those infected with the airborne virus would exhibit symptoms such as high fever, cough and rashes. The Flu plays out this what-if scenario with believable characters reacting to situations grounded in reality.
Making his comeback film after a 10-year hiatus, South Korean auteur Kim Sung-soo (Beat, City Of The Rising Sun, Musa The Warrior) wanted to transform a city and its landmarks into places where infection and death could exist in a realistic setting.
In the movie’s production notes, the director described it as “a situation that you have no control over and cannot stop from happening. I wanted to portray the extremity of fear and the core of human nature, and also those who do not lose humanity in the face of adversity.”
The people depicted in The Flu are civilians who are faced with a disaster when they fall prey to a deadly virus.
Not only that, their government quarantines them in a massive segregation camp that could potentially infect more people by gathering them in a tightly occupied space.
The film depicts this disaster through the eyes of the people who must endure and survive the epidemic. Director Kim threw himself the million-dollar question, “How would I deal with this situation if it happened to me?” while developing the screenplay.
The Flu begins with a group of illegal immigrants who are smuggled into South Korea inside a shipping container.
By the time it is opened in Bundang, an affluent suburb of Seoul, all of the immigrants are found dead, except for one man, who is later discovered to be a carrier of a deadly strain of H5N1 (avian influenza, or bird flu). As the man escapes, he quickly spreads the virus to nearby residents.
Fatalities rise rapidly even before the government can react properly to the airborne virus. With an outbreak rate of 2,000 new cases each hour, and death occurring within 36 hours of infection, the epidemic plunges the city into total chaos.
Without a cure, the government quarantines the infected in Bundang, out of fear that the disease could spread across the country, and possibly the world.
As the city folk desperately struggle to survive within those walls, a virologist scrambles to find a vaccine for the virus. When her only daughter is infected, a rescue worker joins her race against time to find a cure and keep the girl alive. – Seto Kit Yan
The Flu will be infecting cinemas nationwide from Sept 12.
The Flu crew
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