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Train to Busan (2016)

Busanhaeng (original title)
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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 See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film premiered in the Midnight Screenings section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival on 13 May 2016. See more »

Goofs

For a train to travel to its destination over vast distances someone, usually an operator from a remote location, needs to keep the track switches on path. From what this movie depicts it is unlikely that the switch operator will stay intact long enough to make the train travel this far and still make it to its destination. 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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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Taapmaan (2018) See more »

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Goodbye World
Music by Young-gyu Jang
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Challenge of Korean blockbuster, and it succeeded quite well
23 July 2016 | by kanyeezy-28832See all my reviews

Making zombie blockbuster movies outside of Hollywood is not an easy task. Money is the biggest problem, of course. Since it takes a lot of money, success should be guaranteed before making a movie is decided. However, because there are no other precedents, you can't tell whether it's going to succeed or not. This bad cycle kept Korean directors from making zombie blockbusters. This tells how bold movement it was to make 'Train to Busan'. This movie was destined to be 'hit' or 'flop' and it turns out to be 'hit'. Then, this gives a food for thought. What made this Korean zombie blockbuster movie which is definitely unfamiliar to Korean people successful? Ironically, the secret lies in familiarity. Let's take a look at this movie. Yes, it has zombies, but is this movie all about them? No. Unlike 28 days later or resident evil, this movie actually doesn't care about zombies that much. Zombies are not explained much. Their origin, their ability, cure for zombies…These are the things that are not being handled well in the movie. In this movie, zombies are just tools to represent 'threats'. The main theme of this movie is about how people react to threats. Selfishness, altruism, violence, love and much more are being depicted in this movie. And Korean people are quite accustomed to these elements. When directors mix these elements well, then the movie becomes a hit, just like this one. However, this movie still has some downsides too. Acting of Jin-hee is quite unbearably bad and the character Yong-suk (who keeps trying to sacrifice others to save himself) had gone way too far. Yes, I can get mad at bad guys but I don't want to get annoyed at them. Also, getting annoyed gets worse when it is not properly resolved as this movie does. Overall, this is a quite well-made movie, though it still has some bad moments. I believe this movie will be a new beginning for Korean blockbusters. And I recommend you to watch this movie to stay alert for rise of Korean movies.


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