Doomsday begins with the most fun of the bunch, "A Brave New World," in which a nerdy, horny young man is upset that his family embarks on a fabulous getaway vacation without him, leaving a long list of chores. Many of them deal, unsettling enough, with food waste. He gets ill, and I'll leave the fun of further details for your discovery. Pil-sung coats his horror story with heavy doses of political, social and sexual satire, lending a fresh take to a currently in-vogue subject.
Jee-woon delivers the middle portion, "The Heavenly Creature," choosing to explore as the title tells issues of science and religion. Taking place in an age where robot assistants are in widespread use, it imagines what might happen if a robot in a monastery claimed not only to have reached Nirvana, but that he is Buddha. It's an interesting idea, yet Jee-woon's treatment grows overly philosophical, slowing the heretofore consistent pace.
Finally, Pil-sung returns with "Happy Birthday" a purposely ironic title for a tale in which a little girl "celebrates" hers on the same day as a meteor is scheduled to collide with Earth. While watching TV coverage of the impending disaster, she makes a discovery that rocks her world what little may be left, that is and infuses the film with a shot of large-scale absurdity. Rod Lott