In an inundated post-oil world, a young Japanese woman reaches the coastal city of Busan on the shores of New China. While digging for the truth about her home country, the mysteriously isolated Empire of Japan, she realizes that she has been long since the centerpiece of a ghoulish plot to obliterate humanity.
The Matrix is not digital. It will be made from flesh.
Genre: dystopian science fiction
Material: synopsis (2.p), treatment (15 p.) and script (105 p.)
Writer: Reginald Grünenberg
Places: China, South Korea, Japan
Languages: English, Japanese, Korean
Poster: Contrast of an Arcadian Kyoto in the Golden Age and the smoldering urban canyons of Busan
"This is an excellent exercise in vivid, well crafted world building. Through Chieko, we learn so many sordid secrets about this society and its history, and the writer does a really fantastic job sprinkling every setting with memorable details (like, for example, the makeshift movie theater in which Chieko and Simon are treated to a screening of an antique print of "The Fast and the Furious"). The moment Chieko sees Nippon Park for what it truly is and has the veil pulled from her eyes is a really exciting story beat. There are so many great clues dropped throughout the script about her true heritage, like when she learns that she might not actually be Japanese thanks to the color of her eyes. This is such a chilling premise for a story of genetic experimentation gone awry, set in a vivid, memorable post-apocalyptic landscape that tests the limits of our imaginations."
PAGE International Screenwriting Contest
“Nippon Park showcases characters in an intriguing dystopian world that’s very cinematic. The narrative introduces intriguing scifi premises, such as genetic experimentation and global tsunamis, as well as dramatic scenarios involving infertility and secretive cults. The lead characters have dramatic value and the descriptive prose provides visual details that create atmosphere to enhance the storytelling. With more development, the premise could appeal to fans of scifi films like Cloud Atlas and The Road […] The script introduces quite a few concepts that are all strongly cinematic. These include the “ignorance is bliss” premise regarding the hidden truth about Japan, the genetic experimentation premise, the ‘Monkey Man’ cult premise, the infertility premise, and the premise about China’s control over South Korean […] The script’s dramatic tone stays consistent throughout. The descriptions are strongly visual to create atmosphere […] Nippon Park has commercial story elements and several concepts that could appeal to scifi fans.”
PAGE International, July 2015
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