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Upcoming Fantasy Horror Film ‘Hellbound’ Is About Clash of Beliefs: Director

SEOUL, Nov. 16 (Yonhap) — In the dystopian world of “Hellbound,” the upcoming Netflix original series created by South Korean filmmaker Yeon Sang-ho from the zombie thriller “Train to Busan” (2016), many people witnessed strange, smoky golem-like beings appearing out of nowhere and chasing a man down the street. The creatures burn him to death and disappear with white supernatural flames left behind.

It is based on a webtoon called “Hell”, written and drawn by Yeon and which has received wide acclaim since its release in 2019.

Director Yeon said in an online press conference on Tuesday that he wanted to present a “clash of beliefs” in a society where people question divinity and create their own religions and philosophies about heaven, hell and the angels.

“All of the characters in ‘Hellbound’ are everyday people who we can easily find around us but who have different beliefs,” he said. “In this extreme setting, I try to show a variety of people who have different thoughts and beliefs.”

He said that supernatural creatures, which come from hell and cruelly kill people known to receive divine revelation to punish, symbolize the violence of a majority against an individual.

“Behind the creatures is the fear and horror of mass violence,” the director said. “I hope people will think about our society and our ideological diversity after seeing the clashes of individual beliefs.”

Star actor Yoo Ah-in said he was fascinated by the universe Yeon created in “Hellbound.”

“The word ‘hell’ was so strong that I was grabbed by it,” Yoo said at the same press conference. “I loved this story about hell that few movies or TV shows have dealt with.”

Yoo plays Jung Jin-soo, the leader of the new religion whose intense charisma attracts many passionate and radical followers who believe that supernatural phenomena are a divine revelation.

“Jin-soo is not called the leader of religion, but a seeker who deeply examines mysterious circumstances,” the actor said. “I think Jin-soo is a person who tries to bring order to the chaotic world.”

The six-part “Hellbound” has been the focus of global attention as another Korean-language Netflix original series targeting global audiences after the hit “Squid Game” released two months ago.

Ahead of its official release on the streaming platform later this week, it had its world premiere in September at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, becoming the first Korean TV series to screen at the festival.

Its first three episodes were also screened at this year’s Busan International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival in October.

“Hellbound” will be available on Netflix from Friday.