Train To Busan

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Train To Busan
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Genre: Action
Horror
Thriller
Directed By: Yeon Sang-ho
Written By: Park Joo-suk
Starring: Gong Yoo
Ma Dong-seok
Jung Yu-mi
Kim Su-an
Kim Eui-sung
Choi Woo-shik
Ahn So-hee
Distributed By: Next Entertainment World
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Country: South Korea
Prequel: Seoul Station
Sequel: Peninsula


Train to Busan (Korean: 부산행; RR: Busanhaeng, Hanja:釜山行) is a 2016 South Korean action horror film directed by Yeon Sang-ho and starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, and Ma Dong-Seok.

Plot

Sok-woo, a father with not much time for his daughter, Su-an, is boarding the KTX, a fast train that shall bring them from Seoul to Busan. But during their journey, the apocalypse begins, and most of the earth's population becomes flesh-craving zombies. While the KTX is shooting towards Busan, the passenger's fight for their families and lives against the zombies - and each other.

Why It Rocks

  1. All of the characters are extremely sympathetic and are far from forgettable, leading the viewer to be extremely shocked at their deaths or things that happen to them. A notable example is Su-an, Sok-woo's daughter. She wants to go to Busan to see her mother but is caught up in the zombie apocalypse along with her father. She's only a little girl and is scared and doesn't know what to do to protect herself, and has to fight for her life.
  2. It's one of the saddest horror movies to be made in recent memory, due to how shocking every death is. It's a perfect mixture of thrills, danger, beauty, and emotions.
  3. There's a heavy amount of suspense throughout, and leaves the viewer not knowing what's going to happen next to the characters.
    • Along with the suspense, there's also good action, involving the passengers using whatever they can to fight the zombies, such as baseball bats, and even their own fists.
  4. The characters make smart decisions, such as when the pregnant lady sticks newspapers on a glass door to prevent the zombies from seeing the survivors.
  5. Every single actor gives off great performances, particularly Kim Su-an as Su-an, Sok-woo's daughter.
  6. The makeup on the actors playing the zombies make them look even more terrifying than they are.
  7. The cinematography is also brilliant, such as the tall buildings in Seoul, and even the bridge at the end in Busan.
  8. Lastly, it's a good allegory of class rebellion and moral polarization.

Reception

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 93% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 105 critics, and an average rating of 7.57/10. The website's critics consensus states: "Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique — and purely entertaining — take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action." Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film an average score of 72 based on 15 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."

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Comments


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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 2
The whole movie I was like "Please don't kill the pregnant lady."
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ChrisHeers2001

3 months ago
Score 0
It feels like World War Z with the way the people become zombies.

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