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Somehow, zombie Jjong-bi (Jung Ga-ram) has escaped the clutches of a
pharmaceutical company conducting illegal experiments, and now he wanders
the countryside - until he stumbles upon the run-down garage of the Park
family where he soon enough bites the head of the family Man-duk (Park
In-hwan) - who doesn't turn into a zombie himself though but
emerges a younger and healthier version of himself. This leads the Parks
to have a business idea, to have all middle aged men of the village bitten
by Jjong-bi for rejuvenation - for a price of course. And at first,
business is booming. Each of the Park family members reacts differently to
the "zombie blessing" though, Man-duk takes all the money they
immediately earn for himself and leaves his offspring for a trip to
Hawaii, business savvy son Min-gul (Kim Nam-gil) wants to steal Jjong-bi
from right under the others' noses to earn a fortune on his own, his
brother Joon-gul (Jeong Jae-yeong) has never quite lost his fear of the
zombie, his pregnant wife Nam-joo (Uhm Ji-won) thinks about nothing but
making a fortune for her unborn, and only young Hae-gul (Lee Soo-kyung)
feels something like sympathy for the zombie, something Jjong-bi even
responds to in a way. And Hae-gul soon sees Jjong-bi isn't a bad creature
at all, and he'd actually be happy enough to just eat salad all day - so
eventually, Hae-gul sets him free, much to the shock of her family. But
they're in for an even bigger shock soon, as the zombie bites they've let
Jjong-bi administer to the townfolks don't work nearly as well as on their
father, as the whole village seems to have turned into flesh-eating
zombies - and are now after our heroes who haven't got the foggiest how to
treat with a situation like this ...
First and foremost, Zombie
for Sale is pretty hilarious, a little genre-savvy film that knows how
to play with, often subvert zombie mainstays for comical effect - but
that's not to say Zombie for Sale is just a genre parody that
fishes for laughs and little else, as the film actually has lots of heart,
actually shows more of a sense for drama than many straightforward zombie
shockers, and manages to switch from comedic to tragic and back just like
that repeatedly. Plus, the film shows a solid narrative structure that
manages to surprise to the very end - which normally isn't exactly a forte
of the zombie genre. And a solid cast playing it straight despite all the
madness really ground this movie.
Tons of fun for sure.