Zombie for Sale aka The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale is a 2019 South Korean comedy horror feature film about a strange family who seek to profit from a zombie they find only to cause a zombie apocalypse.
Directed by Lee Min-jae from a screenplay written by Lee Min-jae and Jung Seo-in and produced by Jang Jin-seung and Eum Zoo-young, the Cinezoo movie stars Jung Jae-young, Kim Nam-gil, Uhm Ji-won, Lee Soo-kyung, Jung Ga-ram and Park In-hwan.
The film’s original title is 기묘한 가족 or Gimyohan Gajok [“Strange Family”].
When a pharmaceutical company’s illegal experiments inadvertently create a zombie, the entrepreneurial-minded Park family finds it and tries to profit from their unique discovery. Unfortunately, their world is thrown into chaos after the elderly father is bitten by the zombie…
Streaming on The Arrow Video Channel in the UK and US from July 1st 2020. Released on Blu-ray and Digital HD on July 6th 2020.
High-Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed Stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD MA options
Newly-translated English subtitles
Brand new audio commentary with filmmakers and critics Sam Ashurst and Dan Martin
Q & A with director Lee Min-jae from a 2019 screening at Asian Pop-Up Cinema in Chicago, moderated by film critic and author Darcy Paquet
Eat Together, Kill Together: The Family-in-Peril Comedy – brand new video essay by critic and producer Pierce Conran exploring Korea’s unique social satires
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Mike Lee-Graham
“I was quite taken with the look of it, with its lush green expanses outdoors and its convincingly old-fashioned, cluttered interiors. I also thought the film was put together and paced in a very coherent way […] The ensemble cast worked well together…” thersites-92454
“There’s just so much love in this movie, and you find yourself so invested in the Park family that when situations lead them down dangerous paths, you fear for their lives because you want so badly for them to survive this zombie outbreak. Zombie for Sale is just as competent as Train to Busan, which is a remarkable thing considering how it is director Lee Min-jae’s first feature film.” Cultured Vultures
“Sure, in true Korean style some of the comedy is quite broad, but a lot of the fun is found in the interactions of the Park family, whether coping with the undead or each other. They’re a reprehensible bunch […] but as with all such cinematic families, the more time you spend with them the more you get to like them.” Dark Eyes of London
” …it does have some of the weirder element of Asian humor with excessive sound effects. You’ll hear an odd “doink” or “pling” sound when a punchline is showed. This is definitely not my kind of thing, but fortunately it’s not used in any excessive way. Also, the ending of The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale was seriously good in both a funny, fair and heartfelt way!” Heaven of Horror
“What is perhaps the most original element of the film is the way it toys with the idea of the male obsession with virility, marrying it to the zombie genre […] What really makes this film work is its superb cast and perfect comedic timing, and unlike so many Korean movies, the film does not run out of steam towards the end…” View of the Arts
” …The Odd Family is a charmingly surreal ode to family values in which one family’s money-grubbing entrepreneurship almost leads to the end of the world only to paradoxically become its salvation as they prove that there’s nothing so potent as togetherness in combatting existential threat.” Windows on Worlds
Cast and characters:
- Jung Jae-young … Joon-gul
- Kim Nam-gil … Min-gul
- Uhm Ji-won … Nam-joo
- Lee Soo-kyung … Hae-gul
- Jung Ga-ram … Jjong-bi
- Park In-hwan … Man-deok
- Shin Jung-geun … Chief Oh
- Oh Eui-sik … Constable Choi
- Jeon Bae-su … Constable Park
- Kim Ki-cheon … Elderly man
- Goo Bon-woong … Choon-sam
Image credits: View of the Arts