Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Neighbor Zombie: the pigeon and the Korean zombies

Title: The Neighbor Zombie
Year:  2010
Director:  Hong Young-guen, Jang Youn-jung, Oh Young-doo, Ryoo hoon
Running time: 86 min.
Country: South Korea




This movie consists of four stories. The second one begins with a lonely pigeon roaming on a street. At this time the apocalypse has arrived and the zombie infestation has spread across the city. The remaining survivors stay at home while search-and-destroy teams patrol the city in order to put down any zombie they find. Meanwhile, the pigeon wanders around a deserted street in search of some food. It doesn't care about zombies, they are quite easy to elude. It also doesn't care about the Special Forces, they are very stressed killing zombies and they don't pay attention to it. For this pigeon, it is just another joyful day.



Do you feel some repulsion looking at this zombie woman? The pigeon probably doesn't. 




Details of the pigeon starring 

  • Source: The Neighbor Zombie. Starring moment: 0:25:12
  • Pigeon activity: It is a common pigeon roaming around the streets. 
  • Symbolism: The pigeon is used to show that despite the great horrors of a zombie apocalypsie, life goes on for the rest of the animals. For instance, for this pigeon.
  • Relevance: None. It doesn't contribute to the film plot. 
  • Training level: Very good. It is difficult to distinguish between a wild urban pigeon and a well trained extra. Taking into account the film budget (not too big) it is even more difficult to make this decision. I think that it is the second option because Koreans are good with the details.
     

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