On the sofa: Natural City

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Natural City is an interesting science fiction film from the prolific and talented Korean film industry. The story has hints of Bladerunner as deviant cyborgs run amok and are combated by teams of military police reminiscent of of a SWAT unit. The film is also a police procedural with a tangled plot; an area that Koreans have exceled in producing over the past view years like the Public Enemy series.

There is a recursive nature to this film’s relationship with Bladerunner. Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner played at being Asian with its Japanese soundtrack and synthesis of a Kowloon night market.

It is interesting to see how the Koreans reinvented these concepts for Natural City. One thing I really like is the way they merge the old and the new in the film, giving an amazingly rich experience for a film that couldn’t have been made on a Hollywood budget.