One of the memorable pandemic-themed movies set in Asia is South Korea’s Flu. Written and directed by Kim Sung-su, the disaster film is about an outbreak of a deadly strain of the airborne virus H5N1 that kills its victims within 36 hours. The quick spread of the virus throws the district of Bundang in Seongnam, which has a population of nearly half a million people, into chaos.
Despite its familiar story, Flu effectively works on a visceral level. Though there are criticisms over its poor CGI and superficial plot lines, the film remains a decent, edge-of-seat action thriller.