Stress-ridden divorced father Seok-woo sees a video of his daughter Su-an singing “Aloha ‘Oe” at her recital but succumbing to her stage fright because he wasn’t there. He remembers her request to spend her birthday with her mother in Busan and is overwhelmed with guilt, as Seok-woo decides to take Su-an to spend her birthday with her mother. The next day they board the KTX 101 train heading towards Busan with an entourage of other passengers. Unknown to the rest of the passengers, one woman aboard the train is infected with a deadly virus. It doesn’t take very long before she succumbs to the illness and turns into a zombie, attacking a train attendant and unleashing chaos as the infection rampages through the train. And you thought your commute was hell!
While not the first film to combine the zombie horror genre with the fast pacing of an action movie this 2016 film found major success with the formula being the first Korean film to break the audience record of 10 million in the 2016. Gong Yoo offers a great performance that leaves no question why his career has rocketed into being a recognized actor worldwide. Train to Busan is one of the few movies almost unanimously loved in the zombie genre aside from Romero’s classics and Shaun of the Dead. If you find yourself craving more of the world director Yeon Sang-ho has created be sure to check out the animated prequel “Seoul Station” as well as the stand-alone sequel “Peninsula”.
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