Hellbound

Hellbound

ffffffffffffffffffffffffu- okay so I've talked about how I don't take tv shows too seriously cuz otherwise I'm gonna end up giving a bunch of them 1 star and I wanna keep enjoying my k-dramas/Korean shows. Hellbound is yet another example of anti-communist/anti-north Korean agitprop entertainment but not many folks are really talking about this for wtv reason 🙄 ofc you can always summarize the major theme of the story as "religious zealotry bad" tho it doesn't take long to realize that anti-communist rhetoric relies on painting the mere subscribing of revolutionary theory as an act of fanaticism or extremism and, therefore, must be evil. If you're not fully convinced yet, then consider examining these images. Much of Yoo Ah-in's characterization is based on the popular narratives of north Korean leadership shaped by south Korean mainstream media (and also Western media), all of which are profoundly influenced by the hegemonic ideology of anti-communism + anti-north Korean sentiments. It's also important to consider the fact that Western nations vigorously incorporate xenophobia and bigotry toward Asians to legitimize not only anti-communism but also Western imperialism/(neo)colonialism (it's not surprising that a lot of south Koreans want to be more "Westernized"). Not to mention the fact that anti-communism is so powerful that harmless ideas like “peace and progress” could be transformed into treasonous conspiracies. So yeah, it's exhausting to watch south Korean media that keeps insisting that communism + north Koreans are """"evil"""" but like I said I try not to take this shit seriously w/ tv shows at least since criticizing reductive/asinine politics is a redundant point to make when discussing mainstream productions under a (hyper)capitalistic organization of the economy (also it's Thanksgiving break so I wanna relax). But, like, at least make your show fun. I thought Hellbound would reach the level of absurdist spectacle that many other k-dramas/Korean shows embrace - I thought the entire show was gonna be about bodybuilding burnt marshmallow men beating the shit out of people. But even if you ignore the politics, the entire show is a fucking slog to sit through. There are only six episodes yet somehow this felt longer than a Lav Diaz movie like seriously what the absolute fuckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk ☠️ and I have friends who kept saying shit like "bro it gets good from episode 3 and onwards. that's what my sources told me you gotta trust me bro" but IT DOESN'T! The show keeps stretching everything out, and the entire thing looks like the cinematographic equivalent of oatmeal mixed with cement. And dude I'm sorry but Yeon Sang-ho can't direct for shit. I'm more forgiving towards Train to Busan because at the very least I get to watch Ma Dong-seok punch zombies with his bare fists but holy mother of god the camera keeps shaking ☠️☠️ Honestly if the show was only about demonic bodybuilders beating the shit out of random people then I would've dug this so much. But HOLY SHIT when they introduced the plot involving the newborn baby who is bound for Hell, I was super hyped up - I thought the burnt marshmallow demonic bodybuilders were gonna beat the shit out of the baby. I was willing to forgive the show for its anti-communist/anti-north Korean allEgOrY BUT NO WTF THEY DID SOMETHING ELSE THAT MADE ME LOSE MY SHIT 😭🤮

But yeah this show sucks and I don't get the hype. Instead of watching this you guys should watch something else. Don't know if you ever heard of it but there's this Korean show called Squid Game that I think you guys might enjoy. It reminds me of another hidden gem: Parasite 😌

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