Doomsday Book

Doomsday Book BC Premiere

“A worthy addition….fans of Korean genre have yet another solid entry in the careers of two of its most sterling talent.” – Sound on Sight

  • South Korea • 2012 • 115 mins • Sci-fi
  • Directors: Jee-woon Kim & Pil-sung Yim
  • Production: Zio Entertainment
  • Language: Korean with English Subtitles

The brainchild of innovative genre artist Jee-woon Kim and destruction enthusiast, Pilsung Yim, Doomsday Book is the first Korean film to delve into our candidly universal fascination with apocalyptic prophecies and our inevitable descent into dystopia. Divided into three short films depicting an omen of impending doom, each short portrays the onset, progression and aftermath of each Doomsday scenario. Employing a genre-bending mixture of horror, science fiction and bittersweet comedic moments, the film raises questions about the origins of human nature and of its demise.


2013Winner of Best Visual Effects (Nomination), Asian Film Award (Hong Kong)2012Winner of Best International Film, Fant-Asia Film Festival (Canada)Winner of Best Feature Film (Jury Award), Fantasia Film Festival (Canada)


About Yim Pil-sung (Director)


YIM Pil-sung’s primal interest in human desire and the destruction it causes was evident in his early short films and debut feature. He often broke the fantasies of happiness that young hearts often have, and focused on the dark reality of growing pains and rites of passage. In The Antarctic Journal, YIM told the story of humanity chasing after the desire to reach an impossible point that no man has attained before, eventually leading to its own demise. His film Hansel and Gretel also shows how the desires of adults can change young children into monstrous creatures. In Doomsday Book, IM displays two different approaches to the topic of doom. A Brave New World shows the realistic, yet horrifying process through which man’s pursuit of desire leads to destruction. Happy Birthday is the innovative combination of destruction and comedy and shows the first ray of hope in any of IM’s films to date.

Aout Kim Jee-woon (Director)


Since making his feature debut with the comedy slasher A Quiet Family, KIM Jee-woon has never made two films in the same genre. KIM has made a name for himself by changing the known conventions in each genre of the films he creates. The bittersweet comedy in A Foul King revealed the pathos behind the average man. A Tale of Two Sisters opened up a new chapter in Korean horror films by telling the sad, yet terrifying tale of two young girls. A Bittersweet Life was the first true example of Korean film noir, The Good, the Bad, the Weird took the scale of the Western to new limits, and I Saw the Devil marked a new era in graphic gore thrillers, as well as the brand of Korean revenge films. Having introduced the joys of genre films to KOrean audiences, KIM’s knack for style and story eventually took him to Hollywood where he recently directed The Last Stand. KIM is known for transforming the language and nuances of each genre into innovative new storylines with each film he writes and directs. Doomsday Book is his first attempt in the realm of science fiction and marks an interesting twist in convention as it deals with the topic of “the end of mankind” not through a human being, but through a robot that has attained enlightenment


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