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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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Taglines:

Escape from the zombies! Get on board to stay alive! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | Hawaiian

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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Dolby Digital | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sohee, who plays the character Jin-hee, is an ex member of the famous K-POP group Wonder Girls. See more »

Goofs

Everyone seems to be able to make and receive calls with ease. In reality, a national emergency with chaos on that level would surely cause the national cellphone network to overload, and that's ignoring the many cellphone masts that would be abandoned by technicians or overrun by zombie attacks. See more »

Quotes

Jong-gil: Good riddance. Always giving to others instead of to yourself. Why did you live like that? What was the point? What a load of crap.
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Alternate Versions

The Indian version is 117 minutes long (and a minute shorter than the original version) due to a few violent zombie shots being censored. See more »

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Referenced in Taapmaan (2018) See more »

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Goodbye World
Music by Young-gyu Jang
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Adds a lot of spark to the zombie genre.
12 August 2016 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

This lively South Korean zombie flick arrives in Oz with a limited release, which is a pity as it's a riotous adventure filled to the brim with action, gore and damn interesting story beats. Like all good films within this subgenre, the narrative is rife with metaphors about modern day issues (parent-child connections, corporate greed, human interaction, etc) but it also provides a compelling survival plot when taken at face value. The core relationship between Yoo Gong's self-centred businessman and his quiet, emotionally-neglected 9-year-old daughter (Soo-an Kim – a tour de force) is riveting as it gets put through the wringer, never feeling anything less than authentic. There are spurts of melodrama, however, that induce the odd unintentional chuckle, whilst a select few from the supporting cast play up their stereotypes – love-struck school girl, despicable scaremonger, muttering homeless man – a little too much. Sang-ho Yeon directs with unabashed gusto, pumping up tension and thrills though a string of adrenaline-pumping set pieces, an amazing train-station sequence that turns from hopeful to deadly being a particular high point. The undead are suitably grotesque and enjoyably expendable, their physical movements a mix between the 28 Days Later mode of rapid flesh-eaters and the herky-jerky twitches of J-horror ghosts, although the rules for how quickly someone becomes "infected" seems to vary depending on plot requirement. It doesn't necessarily bring anything new to the zombie genre, but with a bunch of exhilarating set pieces and a willingness to kill off anyone at anytime, Train to Busan certainly adds a whole lot of spark.


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