2013 Korean Pandemic Thriller FLU Scores Taiwanese Theatrical Release
Apr 14, 2020
Writerby Pierce Conran
KIM Sung-su Hit Back in the Public Eye Amid Global Health Scare
Past influenza-themed films have returned to the public eye in a big way in the midst of the Covid-19 public health crisis and Korea’s most notable addition to the subgenre, KIM Sung-soo’s 2013 summer release Flu, has also found a new lease of life online, and will finally make its way to Taiwan, almost seven years after its initial release at home in Korea.
The story of a fireman (JANG Hyuk - Empire of Lust, 2015) and a doctor (Su Ae - Sunny, 2008) who battle against a fast-spreading virus that locks down and causes havoc in the Seoul satellite city of Bundang, Flu will be made available to Taiwanese viewers on April 30, when it will be afforded a small-scale release.
As interest in pandemic thrillers has soared recently, such as in Hollywood titles Contagion and Outbreak, Flu has been gaining traction as a TV and VOD title across Southeast Asia. It has also experienced a resurgence in popularity in Korea, where it cracked the Top 20 on the IPTV chart in March and has been one of the top titles for the Watcha Play streaming service.
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