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‘Train to Busan’ DVD Review

Stars: Yoo Gong, Soo-an Kim, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Woo-sik Choi, Ahn Sohee, Eui-sung Kim | Written by Sang-ho Yeon, Joo-Suk Park | Directed by Sang-ho Yeon

While this review of Train to Busan come after the initial hype of its release, it is one of those movies that just has to be raved about. In a horror industry that sometimes feels a little drowned in zombie movies, Train to Busan proves there is still some life left in the rotting corpses of the dead.

When overworked Seok-woo (Yoo Gong) decides to take his daughter Soo-an (Soo-an Kim) back to her mother’s to celebrate her birthday, they take the train from Seoul to Busan. With outbursts of violence and riots breaking out though, it seems that the train trip may not be as peaceful as he would have hoped.

While there are many familiar tropes in Train to Busan, the main
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DVD Review – Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan, 2016.

Directed by Sang-ho Yeon.

Starring Yoo Gong, Soo-an Kim, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, and Eui-sung Kim.


A selfish businessman reconnects with his young daughter on a train journey across South Korea, albeit against a backdrop of marauding zombies.

You would have thought that the zombie genre had all but dried up given that movies concerning the undead coming back to life had long ago resigned themselves to the direct-to-dvd bargain bin and the seemingly immortal The Walking Dead TV show had claimed the mantle of being the standard-bearer for all things zombie related. However, all is not lost for those still hungry for a bloodthirsty gut-cruncher with a socio-political message as j offers up all of those old-school George A. Romero-style commentaries amongst several flurries of new-school zombie action in a way that won’t offend hardcore fans of either style.

The masterstroke that seems
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Movie Review – Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan, 2016.

Directed by Sang-ho Yeon

Starring Yoo Gong, Soo-an Kim, Ma Dong-seok, Yu-mi Jeong, Woo-sik Choi, Sohee, Eui-sung Kim


In a viral outbreak afflicted South Korea, a group of passengers attempt to stay alive on the train from Seoul to Busan…

Long distance train journeys are pretty frustrating at the best of times. Crap wi-fi coverage, uncomfortable seats if you can find one, undrinkable coffee; the list goes on and on. Let’s face it, adding a horde of marauding zombies could almost be seen as something of a relief from the unremitting tedium of staying awake for the last stretch…

Thankfully, Sang-ho Yeon’s Train to Busan shares none of the failings of regular cross country rail services. Serving up a classic horror concoction of non-stop action alongside socio-political allegory, the film manages to inject some fresh new life into a horror sub-genre that has recently become over-exposed and under-developed.
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Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 Review – Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan, 2016

Written and directed by Sang-ho Yeon

Starring Yoo Gong, Dong-seok Ma, Yu-mi Jeong, Eui-sung Kim, Soo-an Kim, Sohee


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

George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead was released in 1968, which means zombies have been a part of cinema history for nearly 50 years and we’ve seen them go through a lot of changes. We’ve seen them go from shuffling lumps to flesh to sprinting terrors. We’ve seen them used in comedies, action and drama, and we’ve even seen them used as romantic leads. So it’s amazing to think that in 2016 – considering the amount of zombie movies that come out each and every year – that someone can bring something new and fresh to the genre without relying on a story gimmick.
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Nyff 2014: ‘Hill of Freedom’ hysterical and wickedly intelligent in its depiction of everyday stupidity

Hill of Freedom

Written and directed by Sang-soo Hong

South Korea, 2014

For those unfamiliar with the work of South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo, his movies typically go something like this: some demotic people get together and drink a lot, and they talk about their menial lives and discuss the profundities of nothing in particular, and in between those moments nothing happens. Sometimes there’s a dog. And it’s hysterical.

Hill of Freedom (which is not, as its title might suggest, a war film, should you make that false assumption) offers a 66-minute distillation of the essence of Sang-soo. It prominently features his masterfully static, unshowy shots of people talking, and his frequent, (purportedly) arbitrary zoom interruptions to capture the malaise and euphoria of everyday relationships. Here, he’s flensed the fat (not that there’s ever much fat in his films) and left us a dauntless display of virtuoso banality.
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