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Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020)

Train to Busan 2 (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Horror, Thriller | 7 August 2020 (USA)
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A zombie virus has the last 4 years spread to all South Korea. 4 Koreans in HK sail thru the blockade to Incheon for USD20,000,000 on a truck.

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Sang-ho Yeon
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Credited cast:
Dong-Won Gang ... Jung Seok
Jung-hyun Lee ... Min Jung
Re Lee Re Lee ... Jooni
Hae-hyo Kwon Hae-hyo Kwon ... Old man KIM
Min-Jae Kim ... Sergeant Hwang
Gyo-hwan Koo Gyo-hwan Koo ... Captain Seo
Do-Yoon Kim ... Chul-min
Ye-Won Lee Ye-Won Lee ... Yu Jin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Joey Albright ... American Soldier McClain
Pierce Conran ... Reporter
Geoffrey Giuliano Geoffrey Giuliano ... Hong Kong Boss
Christopher Gordon Christopher Gordon ... UN Soldier
Yeon-hee Hwang Yeon-hee Hwang ... Taxi woman
So-yeon Jang ... Jung Seok's sister
Kyu-Baek Kim Kyu-Baek Kim ... Private Kim
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Peninsula takes place four years after the zombie outbreak in Train to Busan. The Korean peninsula is devastated and Jung Seok, a former soldier who has managed to escape overseas, is given a mission to go back and unexpectedly meets survivors.

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4 years later...


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The film takes place four years after the first film. See more »

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Follows Seoulyeok (2016) See more »

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Peninsula: An entertaining yet Disappointing of a Smart Sequel
15 July 2020 | by acinemalensSee all my reviews

When Train to Busan hit theaters, it became a sensational hit for the right reasons. It manages to become an enjoyable blockbuster yet with smart social commentary and emotional moments that (I need to admit) made me cry. 4 years later, Peninsula - the sequel - hit the theaters with high ambition but fail to reach the height of its predecessor as it falls into the ordinary sequel trap.

4 years after the events of Train to Busan, a former marine, Jung-Seok (Gang Dong-won) must return and retrieve something at now-abandoned Korea in order to be accepted by the society outside their homeland. I really appreciate how they took a new approach to the zombie sequels with a new setting. However, bigger doesn't always mean better as the world-building lacked in the concept details of that never reach the tension felt in its predecessor.

Perhaps the above reason can't be blame due to its small yet important component: characters. A large number of characters also resulted in less screen-time, making it hard to have in-depth sympathy with the characters. The characters also felt flat with its two-dimensional personality, making it hard for the characters to be likable even when the actors have given their best to portray them. As a result, it lacks emotional attachment and even scares to deliver.

Still, I can't deny on how much entertaining Peninsula has to offer. Yeon Sang-ho's use of camerawork and how he directs the action sequence make the film watchable. I preferably like the first chase scene with zombies and the survival game. The survival game especially, really showcases his direction with his one-take. The visual style could be deemed as unique as well, showing abandoned Korea as dirty and chaotic yet beautifully eye-catching. Although I need to say that the CG in its car scene is extremely rough that you somehow looking more of a video game than a live-action film.

Overall, Peninsula is could never reach its predecessor quality as a smart blockbuster with a high emotional level. However, its entertainment value, if almost, could still reach what it had left 4 years ago. Just don't expect too much to use your brain and have fun as you visit Peninsula.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English | Cantonese

Release Date:

7 August 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Incheon, South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,647, 9 August 2020

Gross USA:

$1,204,113

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,041,724
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2.39 : 1
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