The first segment A Brave New World is a zombie piece of sorts. Initially, Yim Pil-sung focuses on images designed to evoke disgust food being eaten in closeup, food being processed, cattle being slaughtered, overflowing sinks and garbage bins. This is interspersed with the story of hard-done by Ryoo Seung-bum, who would appear to be the Korean equivalent of an otaku, and images on tv that are intended as a parody of the bloviating pundits you usually get on cable talkshows. The piece then segues into a zombie outbreak after infected meat enters the food chain. The zombie scenes are average and the rest of the segment seems more haphazard than making a point. There is the mildly satiric end scene when Ryoos family return from their holiday to be attacked as they enter the apartment and as they lie dying on the floor the father goes on about how his collection of prize alcohols has been spilt and his mother about how Ryoo has not tried on the pair of pants she bought back for him.
Kim Jee-wons The Heavenly Creature is the best episode of the collection. This could easily be one of Isaac Asimovs Robot stories indeed, the design of the robot seems to have been taken directly from I, Robot (2004) although perhaps even more so the source might have been the Robert Silverberg story Good News from the Vatican (1971) wherein a robot becomes pope. The piece is a play on what would happen if a robot logically determined that it was the culmination of the Buddhist aspiration for enlightenment. The story holds some fascinating debates about the nature of Artificial Intelligence and religion, before reaching a saddening but perfectly logical conclusion.
The final episode Happy Birthday, also from Yim Pil-sung, is a head-scratcher. A young girl loses her fathers prize billiard ball and orders another from a website. Soon after, a giant astral body is discovered in the sky heading towards Earth. In the end, the rogue planetoid is revealed to be a giant billiard ball from the online order, which turns out to have been an alien package delivery outfit. Like A Brave New World, this seems all over the place. There are also more images that set out to parody tv talkshow pundits and news anchors. The epilogue of the film where the family finally emerge from the fallout shelter does feature the only recognisable face Doona Bae, who later found fame as a regular for the Wachowskis in Cloud Atlas (2012), Jupiter Ascending (2015) and Sense8 (2015-8), as the grown-up version of the young girl.