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5. Finding References

A multi-genre construction like Cloud Atlas gave the filmmakers the chance to raid their DVD shelves for handy touchpoints.

“Blade Runner was an conscious inspiration [for Neo Seoul], although we were trying not to imitate it too directly. But it was very helpful in gauging the way this city would feel. It had a similar core idea: that down in its darkest depths, the oldest parts of the city, is where the crime and social problems occur. It literally builds on top of itself as the sea levels rise. The Wachowskis love to create backstories that aren’t necessarily explained or visualized, but that help give the world a richness.”

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The film was criminally under-supported by the multiplexes who were terrified of such an unclassifiable film. it was given a very short release on the minimum number of screens and tended to be on their smaller ones too. It deserves to fly on disc, hopefully word of mouth will have time to take it to true cult status. A double bill with Code 46 at the PCC perhaps? More

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I adored this movie, such an ambitious project to under-take. Each story in the movie had me hooked and I couldn't take my eyes off it. I'm a little sad that this movie flopped so badly but if ever the words 'cult classic' were used to describe a movie, surely this will be the ultimate example in a few years to come. p.s. the above piece is very good More

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