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Concept art for Neo-Seoul in “Cloud Atlas”

Wow. From i09 (HT to reader):

The most dazzling aspect of Cloud Atlas is probably the vision of near-future Korea, the city of Neo-Seoul. Glittery and dystopian, Neo-Seoul sits next to the sunken ruins of the original Seoul, with slums side by side with shining ribbons and flying cars.

But if anything, the original concept art for Neo-Seoul looks even cooler. Check out an exclusive look, right here. And you should definitely click to enlarge these images, which look best at full screen. (Minor spoilers below.)

Sadly, though, I don’t really see much of Seoul in Neo-Seoul. Which, to be fair, is probably accurate—given the way they redevelop around here, I doubt there will be much of old Seoul left in 2044, let along 2144.

On a positive note, it’s nice to see LG and Daewoo are still around.

While we’re on the subject of “Cloud Atlas,” I really must ask… et tu, Doona?

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  • http://www.zenkimchi.com/FoodJournal ZenKimchi

    Enjoyed the book. I really am looking forward to the film.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Isn’t Tom Hanks in it? Then it isn’t a film, its a movie.

  • http://www.zenkimchi.com/FoodJournal ZenKimchi

    Two things I nitpickingly noticed. There’s an upside down Burger King 버거킹 sign in one of the holographic ads that looks like it has nothing to do with Burger King. Also, there’s a Korean Air logo. If I remember correctly from the book Seoul is basically the last city left in the world with technology. Where is there to fly to?

  • http://www.zenkimchi.com/FoodJournal ZenKimchi

    “Isn’t Tom Hanks in it? Then it isn’t a film, its a movie.”

    [slow clap] Score one for film school pretension.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Tom Hanks is a borderline good actor, and his CV is basically popular consumption sort of stuff. He does movies, not films. And its fair to say that Tom Hanks’ presence in a talkie disqualifies it from being a film.

  • gbnhj

    When he started screaming for that volleyball in ‘Castaway’, I just cried.

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    “Seoul is basically the last city left in the world with technology. Where is there to fly to?”

    Busan?

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • http://www.chinasmack.com/tag/funny/page/3 Jakgani

    “Seoul is basically the last city left in the world with technology. Where is there to fly to?”

    They can fly to Haiwai – in the film it still exists – although it is a primitive post-apocalyptic Hawaii.

    Saw the movie, it started off nicely set in the 1800′s then turned into the type of movie I hate – scifi similar to “blade” – never liked those movies.

    the movie ends off very sad.

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    The story set in Hawaii was rather later than the one set in Seoul — enough time for Sonmi to become deified. Or so it was in the book.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • http://vmphotography.com.au hoju_saram

    On the subject of Cloud Atlas – apparently Asian Americans are pissed that the producers cast white Western actors in “yellowface” make-up. Fair enough – why the fuck wouldn’t you just hire an Asian actor? I don’t get it.

  • Jing

    Saw the movie over the weekend. I would say a 7 out of 10. Underappreciated now but may become a cult hit later.

    Some take aways,

    Doona Bae has really small sweater puppies

    Hugo weaving in drag is… disturbing

    Tom Hanks is pretty funny

    Halle Berry is showing her age.

    Zhu Zhu is a smoking hot sex bomb, a perfect 10.

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    Hoju, the same actor portrays reincarnations of the same character across time, cultures, and races.

    Jeffery Hodges

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