Train to Busan (Busanhaeng)
Release year: 2016
Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Screenwriter: Joo-Suk park, Sang-ho Yeon
Starring: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Su-an Kim, Eui-sung Kim, Woo-sik Choi, Sohee, Gwi-hwa Choi
While Seok-woo (Yoo Gong) and his daughter Su-an (Su-an Kim) is on the train to Busan so Su-an can visit her mother a zombie apocalypse suddenly breaks out. As the zombies get on the train, the passengers must fight to stay alive and get the train to the end station.
Korean zombie movie Train to Busan has been praised as one of the best horror movies made in recent years and with good reason! After quietly introducing the two lead characters, the action starts and when the first breathing pause comes, you catch yourself thinking there’s no way it can keep this up for more than an hour yet. It can. The zombies are not your typically slow-moving brain eaters, these zombies are fast and so is the virus spreading from them. This means Train to Busan is fast and tense, leaving you gripped and anxious as hordes of zombies roll over the screen. Because Train to Busan is not just action-packed zombie fights and characters running for their lives. It has a strong emotional core and fully realized characters, who even make realistic (though not necessarily the right) decisions and it helps you get engaged and care deeply for the outcome of every single nerve-wracking situation. Not just a zombie movie, the movie also works as a human drama exploring the father/daughter bond as well as the destinies of several excellent support characters. In the center is young Su-an Kim (Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds, 2017) with a heartfelt and amazing performance as the young daughter but also Dong-seok Ma (The Outlaws, 2017) makes a strong impact as the brave and selfless Sang-hwa and Yoo gong (Silenced, 2011) as the father and the character who goes through most development during the story. While it is undoubtedly one of the best zombie movies ever made and more than works as a horror movie, the human drama rises above the flesh-eating carnage, making train to Busan a movie not to miss.
The director Sang-ho Yeon made the animated film Seoulyeok (2016) as a prequel to the movie. It takes place the day before the events in Train to Busan.
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