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Busanhaeng (2016)

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

Director:

Sang-ho Yeon

Writers:

Joo-Suk Park, Sang-ho Yeon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoo Gong ... Seok-woo
Yu-mi Jung ... Seong-kyeong
Dong-seok Ma ... Sang-hwa
Su-an Kim ... Soo-an
Eui-sung Kim ... Yon-suk
Woo-sik Choi ... Yong-guk
Sohee ... Jin-hee (as Ahn So-hee)
Soo-jung Ye Soo-jung Ye ... In-gil
Myung-shin Park Myung-shin Park ... Jong-gil (as Myung-sin Park)
Gwi-hwa Choi ... Homeless Man
Seok-yong Jeong Seok-yong Jeong ... Captain of KTX
Hyuk-jin Jang Hyuk-jin Jang ... Ki-chul
Seong-soo Han Seong-soo Han ... Train Team Leader
Do-im Woo ... Cabin Attendant Min-ji
Hye-Yeong Moon Hye-Yeong Moon ... Cabin Attendant
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Storyline

Sok-woo, a father with not much time for his daughter, Soo-ahn, are boarding the KTX, a fast train that shall bring them from Seoul to Busan. But during their journey, the apocalypse begins, and most of the earth's population become flesh craving zombies. While the KTX is shooting towards Busan, the passenger's fight for their families and lives against the zombies - and each other. Written by Anonymus

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Life-or-death survival begins


Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

20 July 2016 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Train to Busan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

KRW 10,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$284,776, 22 July 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,129,768, 27 January 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,036,076
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film serves as a reunion for Gong Yoo and Jung Yu-mi, who both starred in the 2011 film "Silenced". See more »

Goofs

The abilities of the infected seem to change for the convenience of the plot. For example, before they claim the infected will only attack if they see you, Sang-hwa traps an infected man in the toilet and it still tries to attack him, despite not being able to see him. Also, it is clearly shown that the doors aren't automatic as the handle needs to be pulled down, but eventually they realise that the infected can't open doors, but during the initial outbreak several do so with ease. See more »

Quotes

Sang-hwa: Hey, arsehole. Felt good to see your kid thanks to me? Are you grateful or what?
Seok Woo: Why is your ringtone so tacky?
Sang-hwa: What's wrong with it?
[pause]
Sang-hwa: How do I change it?
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Referenced in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) See more »

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Goodbye World
Music by Young-gyu Jang
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An overall excellent movie
9 October 2016 | by hailander-01340See all my reviews

A friend of mine recommended this movie. In his words, it would be "a kickass Korean zombie flick", so naturally i went into this movie expecting another generic, dumb, goofy zombie splatter film. Boy, was I in for a surprise!

First of all, the acting is spot on. All the actors are doing a tremendously great job, but for me, little Soo-an Kim totally nails it in one of the best child actor performances I have ever seen. The zombie actors are also truly exceptional and they manage to spook you, without having to rely on heavy prosthetics and rotting flesh.

Secondly, the cinematography is amazing. Although the whole story is taking place during daytime, the film manages to make you feel claustrophobic and constantly nervous without having to rely on cheap tricks such as jump scares or low lighting conditions. The cuts are seamless, the colours great and, though different from Hollywood standards, it is a generally really good looking movie.

What really captured me though in this film was the drama. In this genre the characters are usually very generic and one dimensional. Though this flick is, at first, not so different in this aspect, as the story carries on we witness the shifting between the dynamics of the characters, we see their personalities evolve and change, we find out about their motives, their relationships and the depths they would go for their loved ones. I personally found myself very emotionally invested to the characters (which might be due to the great acting performances),I was actively routing for them and was really moved by the movie's finale.

Don't get me wrong though. This is not some melodramatic drama flick. It is still an awesome zombie apocalypse movie. It is fast paced, it is action-packed, it is gory, it is tense and terrifying and it will keep you at the edge of your seat. It is also original, it doesn't play around and will surely satisfy even the hardcore fans of the genre. However, it is also a film you will remember for its awesome story and characters and for being an overall great movie. 10/10


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