Doomsday Book is a 2012 South Korean science-fiction anthology film directed by Kim Jee-woon and Yim Pil-sung. It contains three separate and rather unique vignettes about human self-destruction in the modern high-tech era. However, the film can equally be about stories of humanity come together and coming undone simultaneously. The film’s Korean name translates to A Report on the Destruction of Mankind, which is remarkably accurate.
The Heavenly Creature is the second vignette and my personal favourite. It is about an artificially intelligent robot that works at a Buddhist temple and attempts to achieve entitlement. And in so doing becomes a messiah figure to some and dysfunctional machine to others. The film is a philosophy major’s dream come true as it discusses human consciousness and the nature of both humanity and the world in which we grow up. It is a cinematic wonder you will have to watch at least three or four times to appreciate the minutest details and how they hold such massive truths for the film.
The third and final vignette is titled Happy Birthday and it stars a dysfunctional family that accidentally order a comet to hit the earth while online shopping on an alien website. Because if we have the internet, maybe so do intelligent life forms. The story is hilariously written and acted. It is biting social commentary and scathing in its satire and wit.