Thursday, August 18, 2016

Train to Busan (부산행)
Released July 20th 2016 (South Korea), July 22nd 2016 (USA - Limited)
1 hr 58 mins
Not Rated
Action, Horror, Thriller


Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Writer: Park Joo-suk

Gong Yoo as Seok-woo
Kim Su-an as Su-an
Jung Yu-mi as Seong-kyeong
Ma Dong-seok as Sang-hwa
Choi Woo-shik as Young-guk
Ahn So-hee as Jin-hee
Kim Eui-sung as Yong-suk
Choi Gwi-hwa as Homeless
Jung Suk-yong as Captain of KTX
Ye Soo-jung as In-gil
Park Myung-sin as Jong-gil
Jang Hyuk-jin as Ki-chul
Kim Chang-hwan as Kim Jin-mo
Shim Eun-kyung as runaway girl
Kim Yool-ho as Suit-man2

While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

Review by Stephen M.

Train to Busan follows a father and her young daughter on a high speed train to Busan during a zombie outbreak in South Korea.  Currently playing in New York City at IFC Center and AMC Empire 25, it is the best zombie film you will see released in 2016 thus far.  The film compares favorably to World War Z, and in my mind would have made a great companion piece to World War Z.  Besides the fast moving zombies, they share incredible character development stories, frantic paced action and at the edge of your feet suspense.

The father Seok-woo played by Gong Yoo along with the rest of the cast does an excellent job showing a range of emotions from bravery to fear.  The zombie cast with their awkward movements are just incredible to watch when they transform.  The CGI was good, not overly taxed and noticeable as it was in World War Z.  The only complaint is some of the campiness, what the heck moments that has seem to come from the zombie genre, despite who is tackling the subject.  Such as when the male leads go on a slug fest from train car to train car with zombies to get to a certain train car.  The writer and director must be a big fan of the film Old Boy.  Another interesting aspect of the film is how the filmmakers have woven the issue of different social classes at odds with each other from the elderly to the homeless to the fund manager and corporate leader all while trying to survive a zombie apocalypse!

Overall, I would highly recommend this film.  Rare is it that an Asian film is playing in a theater in New York City for more than a week let along, almost two months.  Only when the seats are filled and my screening was, does this happen.  If you're a fan of this genre (zombie, thriller, not so much horror with dashes of comedy), this is a must see film for you.  This film is like Flight 462 to Fear the Walking Dead, is to World War Z.  Watch it on the big screen while you can, you won't be disappointed.  

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

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