“Is this another undying zombie genre movie with all the lashing of human flesh and a run- for-your-life show?”
Whether we love zombie-themed movies or not, it appears to have hundreds of it recreated in films. (e.g. Zombie Nation, Zombie Nightmare, Zombies of Mora Tau, Zombie Planet, Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!)
Last May 13th, with Yeun Sang-ho’s live-action debut, a South Korean zombie thriller film, Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) held its premiere in the Midnight Screenings section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. While we have varieties of zombie horror movies, this one has its own way of stirring the emotions, making nerve wracking scenes that made millions of theatergoers go wild!
The remarkable first scene was a checkpoint over a quarantined placed where a truck driver passed by, pissed off and consequently thwacked upon a deer that mowed out of the road. Unhappy with his damaged wheels, he moved away not noticing how the animal brought back to life with the infectious disease running through its veins.
Seok-woo (Yoo Gong), a fund manager who only cares for his wealth and power doesn’t often spare time for her daughter Su-an (Kim Soo-ahn). On her birthday, he came a cropper by buying her a wrong present after not attending his daughter’s recital, the poor child only wants to see her mom, his ex-wife, who happened to reside at Busan. Su-an ( with undeniable acting prowess at her young age), who then was plausibly forlorn, took a ride the next morning on the KTX train for Busan at Seoul Station with his father who has been convinced to grant her daughter’s wistful wish. While the whole city messed up with the rare virus spreading like a wildfire that could make a human turn into a cannibal, the train roared to life, little known to them that one of the infected hopped on board.
The transition of the scenes was immediate and the bloodshed is urgent after the infected attacked quickly the train attendant, the rest of the passengers on that particular cab were contaminated with gnashing teeth and gnawing corpse everywhere. The zombies here are not a typical living dead whose slow and dumb, they are fast and untamed, and they move by sight.
While Seok-woo depicts his businessman character, trying to save his own life and his daughter’s, disregarding the welfare of others, he bumped with Sang-Hwa (Ma Dong Seok), a cool and charming yet a responsible husband of a pregnant Sung Gyeong (Jung Yu-mi). Flipping back the morale side of kindness and humility, the two of them took the movie at the top. Aside from it, the sisterly love of the two elders, the string of friendship between Jin-hee and Kim Jin-mo (the two member of a baseball team) and the sacrifice of the homeless man added up to the sentiment as a whole. And like a villain in a heroic animation, Yong-suk (Kim-Ui-Seong) portrayed his scoundrel character effectively making him a real nasty piece of work yet the twist in the end is unexpectedly judicious.
After a month later of finishing up this first Korean superior zombie film, an animated prequel <a
href=”http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/182574/filmrise-acquires-seoul-station-animated-train-busan-prequel/”>Seoul Station has been released.
Truly, I couldn’t help to just sit back without shedding tears, and then piercing a scream or atleast I hit my friend a number of times 😀 I think it’s an enough reason to recommend Train to Busan and go experience for yourself the thrill on and off the rail!
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