In this episode of Beyond The Romance, I’m joined by my friends and fellow drama fans Joycelyn and Josephine, to chat about the Korean supernatural drama Hellbound, directed by Yeon Sang-ho (Train to Busan, Peninsula), and co-written with Choi Kyu-seok.
Based on their web-comic of the same name, Hellbound is a drama that goes that explores how religion, religious fanaticism, loneliness and faith are all intertwined when people who can’t find their own direction and purpose in life, are exploited by through the use of the media by those who seek to control others. Starring Yoo A-in as Jung Jin-soo, a young charismatic leader of The New Truth, a conservative religious movement where members are admonished to repent their sins lest they fall victim to “a demonstration”, – a violent act carried out by three, tar black monsters, who brutally beat their targets before sending their souls to hell in a blaze of fire.
In the cast with Yoo Ah-in are Kim Hyun-joo, a lawyer who crosses paths with Jung Jin-soo, Park Jung-min as a PD and journalist and his wife played by Won Jin-ah who seeks the truth after receiving devastating news, and Kim Do-yoon as an unhinged social media influences who convinces his young audience to enact violence on unsuspecting victims in the name of The New Truth and God.
Hellbound is available for streaming on Netflix.
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Carolyn is a Freelance Film Critic, Journalist, and Podcaster – and avid live tweeter. Member of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), her published work can be found on But Why Tho, The Beat, Observer, and many other sites. As a critic, she believes her personal experiences and outlook on life, give readers and listeners a different perspective they can appreciate.