Train to Busan (2016)
September 5, 2016 4:15 PM - Subscribe

While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.
posted by misfish (11 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Nothing to contribute other than this sounds like a great film and I will endeavour to check it out ASAP!
posted by turbid dahlia at 5:09 PM on September 5, 2016


Saw this at the Melbourne Film Festival and it was terrific!

The actors playing the zombies must have had the BEST time filming, they were going completely bonkers.

Pacing in some parts is patchy -- there are a couple of moments where it slows down for no good reason -- and the ending goes to a very soppy place. But those are such small quibbles -- this movie is a hell of a lot of fun.
posted by prettypretty at 10:33 PM on September 5, 2016


Caught this a couple of weeks ago, and, yes, it was really good. Well drawn characters, intense action. It looked to me that there was originally a bigger subplot about how the zombie apocalypse started that was edited down to exactly the wrong size, though--there was enough there to distract from the story, but not enough to be interesting or have any particular consequences. They should have probably ditched it entirely. But that's a minor quibble about what was a very strong film that managed to do something different and interesting in the increasingly threadbare zombie genre.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 11:23 AM on September 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


This movie is fucking great, even if you reflexively wrinkle your nose at fast zombies, I'm hard pressed to think of a modern zombie movie I liked better.
posted by lkc at 5:09 PM on September 10, 2016


I saw this at a film fest and loved it. The audience vibe was raucous and enthusiastic, and I got caught up in it too, even though I don't normally like zombie movies.

And the opening scene with the vehicle...OMG brilliant. It set the tone so well.

The actors were delightful, especially the little girl, who was so good!

It looked to me that there was originally a bigger subplot about how the zombie apocalypse started that was edited down to exactly the wrong size, though--there was enough there to distract from the story, but not enough to be interesting or have any particular consequences.

The same director made an animated film called Seoul Station, released a month after this movie, that serves as a prequel to the events in Train to Busan. I'm curious to see it--I'm assuming it goes into more depth about the origin of the problem.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 1:13 AM on September 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


Definitely going to make a point to see this if it comes to my area. (We've got a couple of local indie theaters that might pick it up.)
posted by tobascodagama at 5:39 PM on September 11, 2016


I'm not sure if it was intentional but I got a heavy reunification vibe from the film, particularly the middle part of the film where the protagonists are trying to get through the infected train cars to the other group of isolationist passengers and the parts with the two senior sisters.
posted by cazoo at 7:51 AM on September 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


I thought so too, cazoo--I'm pretty sure that was intentional.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 2:29 PM on September 17, 2016


This was fantastic. I suspect the loose threads relating to the larger outbreak may be setup for the animated prequel that came out around the same time, Seoul Station. Have not seen that to confirm though.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:57 AM on February 16


Seoul Station is pretty good, but totally unrelated to this film, except that it's got zombies and a train station and the same director.

I've got to say, having finally gotten through Train to Busan, that child actor really is convincing. Great flick overall and goes on way longer than I thought it would.
posted by Catblack at 8:30 PM on April 7 [1 favorite]


This is currently available on Netflix, by the way. Popped up recently, probably the beginning of the month.
posted by tobascodagama at 7:11 PM on April 8


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