Following the incredible success of zombie juggernaut Train to Busan , Korean studio NEW hopes to recapture the box office magic with Rampant by unleashing undead hordes on Korean cinema’s other great love: the Joseon dynasty (1392 – 1987). Rampant plunders similar territory to Huh Jong-ho’s recently released Monstrum , which also mixes period politics with supernatural elements. Director Kim Sung-hoon (Confidential Assignment) strikes a better balance between the two contrasting genres in Rampant, but only by presenting the encroaching army of “night demons” as a thinly veiled metaphor for the endemic corruption that ravages King Lee’s (Kim Eui-sung) court.
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