TRAIN TO BUSAN (15)
TRAIN TO BUSAN (15)
Run time: 108 mins.
Director: Yeon Sang-Ho
Cast: GONG YOO , KIM SU-AN, JUNG YU-MI, MA DONG-SEOK, AN
SO-HEE, KIM EUI-SUNG
Synopsis: A divorced man, Seok-woo is always caught up at work, leaving him no time to spare with his daughter Su-an. Su-an decides to take the KTX train to Busan by herself to see her mother; Seok-woo is pushed to accompany her to Busan. As the train departs, an abnormal virus spreads from a girl who is infected and people start to transform to zombies. Will Seok-woo and Su-an make it out alive?
Train to Busan is the debut live-action feature film of director Yeon Sang-Ho, beloved auteur of Cannes audiences for his edgy animations. Like all the best, creative zombie genre films, Train to Busan uses high-concept horror as a platform for biting satire, in this case a scathing critique of the South Korean class structure.
A mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency, just as divorced Seok-woo and his daughter catch the KTX bullet train from Seoul to Busan to see her mother, unaware of the panic consuming the nation.
Someone on the journey is revealed as having been recently infected, sending the hurtling carriages into complete chaos. As the living dead transform the voyage into a nightmare excursion, father and daughter and a small group of uninfected passengers must fight for survival.
The film has broken box office records across Asia. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival’s ‘Midnight Screening’ event, won the Fantasia Film Festival’s audience award and closed London’s Horror Channel FrightFest 2016. It will play at the London Korean Film Festival, Grimmfest Manchester, Horrorthon Dublin and many more showcases before its general release.
Described as “a genre-transcending masterpiece” by screen-writer Jane Goldman, you are guaranteed a totally exhilarating train ride – creative and inventive and very far from your average zombie-genre film. Superb ensemble acting plus the claustrophobic bullet train setting make for a nerve-jangling journey.
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