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SDAFF 2023 presents ‘Concrete Utopia’: Mine! Mine! Mine! 

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After a massive earthquake in Seoul causes the destruction of the overcrowded apartment complexes, the last standing facility becomes a battleground for the beleaguered survivors. 

So, here in real life, South Korea has been experiencing a housing crisis of its own – far too many people for nowhere near enough apartments, alleged corrupt housing lottery and business practices, and a general sense of every man for himself permeating it all. This is exactly what the film explores, in the most heartbreaking ways possible. Into the worst of humanity breaking down we dive! 

We begin, of course, with a massive earthquake hitting Seoul. Natural disasters are the absolute worst things to try and deal with, there’s no enemy to try and reason with, no person or group to try and bribe, and there’s only catastrophe that strikes everyone and everything without mercy or pity. Only the strong, those who can provide some manner of valuable service, are left to try and pick up the pieces and keep the aftermath from falling into chaos! 

Literally, the only place left standing is a single building inside Hwang Gung Apartments, and of course, that’s where everyone begins flocking to. The residents of Hwang Gung, those that survived the initial disaster anyway, immediately hunker down and try to take stock, of people and necessary supplies, to wait for the rescue services they just know have to be coming. Right? They are coming, aren’t they?! 

Well. Until then, we’re just going to have to batten down the hatches and reluctantly start turning away outsiders, despite the debilitating cold, lack of appropriate shelter, and shortages of food and drinkable water. The man with the most to hide including his name, deciding to call himself Yeong-tak (Lee Byung-hun) for the time being, uses his unique set of skills to get himself nominated as the interim resident leader of the Apartments. Our hapless civil servant Min-sung (Park Seo-joon) and his nurse wife Myeong-hwa (Park Bo-young) find themselves swept along with the sudden changes to their lives, and Ming-sung, in particular, finds himself reluctantly useful to Yeong-tak, becoming his security guard and eventual assistant. Geum-ae (Kim Sun-young), president of the women’s association of the Apartments, tries her best to give some organization to the chaos, despite overwhelming numbers and sheer human nature stacked against her. 

So, what do we do when hordes of hungry, desperate people begin flocking to the only building left standing in the devastation that was Seoul? We’ve already established that there just isn’t enough of anything to go around, it’s all of the Apartment folk for themselves, and so after we’ve come together and taken a sort of census to ensure whom is really whom, we have to set up guards. And they have to be willing, and able, to deal out violence if necessary to the usurpers threatening their kingdom. Which is initially a problem for the purportedly civilized people of Hwang Gung Apartments, but breaks down rather quickly when the outsiders start dealing violence of their own. We also have to make at least one group of men willing to go outside the relative safety of Hwang Gung, to hunt for supplies and food, but also capable of defending their cache if need be. 

While the guards and hunters are generally successful and the people of Hwang Gung are relatively unscathed, the survivors outside are banding together too, and confrontation is only a matter of time. Even inside the Apartment folk coalition things are beginning to break down, as lies and deceit bubble to the surface like impossible-to-hide poison, and internal tensions are sending everyone to their breaking point, even and perhaps especially, the man using the pseudonym Yeong-tak. 

A story of both the best and the worst humanity has to offer in the face of absolute disaster, Concrete Utopia delivers a powerhouse showing that hits far too close to home! 

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Funko Fundays Returns to San Diego Comic-Con with Freddy’s Funtastic Voyage

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Funko Fundays, the ultimate celebration for fans of all things Funko, is making its grand return to San Diego Comic-Con this year, promising an extravaganza bigger and better than ever before. At the ongoing Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Funko enthusiasts were treated to an exciting glimpse into what awaits them at this year’s event: Freddy’s Funtastic Voyage.

Scheduled to unfold over two days, Freddy’s Funtastic Voyage aims to immerse attendees in a whirlwind of Funko-themed delights and surprises. The unveiling at C2E2 offered a tantalizing preview of what’s in store, showcasing the event’s vibrant atmosphere and the intriguing additions that await eager fans.

Among the highlights of the reveal were the event team mascots, each adding their unique flair to the Funko experience. From the majestic Crown Krakens to the adventurous Pop Bucklers, the mischievous Proto Pirates, and the psychedelic Blacklight Buccaneers, these mascots promise to infuse Freddy’s Funtastic Voyage with energy and excitement. Additionally, the treasure-chest-themed Box of Fun adds an extra layer of mystery and anticipation to the proceedings.

While specifics regarding the event’s scheduling remain under wraps, speculation points towards the traditional Friday night (July 26) and presumably Saturday (July 27) as the likely dates for Funko Fundays. However, official confirmation is yet to be announced, keeping fans on the edge of their seats with anticipation.

For those unable to attend the unveiling in person, a glimpse into the excitement was provided by @flippiefloppies on Twitter, offering a visual feast of what Funko aficionados can expect at Freddy’s Funtastic Voyage.

As the countdown to San Diego Comic-Con begins, the anticipation for Funko Fundays continues to mount, promising an unforgettable experience for fans old and new alike.

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