TRAIN TO BU­SAN

Go­ing loco

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Di­rec­tor sang-ho Yeon Cast Yoo Gong, soo-an Kim, dong-seok Ma

Sang-ho Yeon’s Korean hor­ror does for zom­bie movies what Gareth Evans’s The Raid did for mar­tial arts flicks, blend­ing in­ten­sity, imag­i­na­tion and WTF-ery to rocket the genre to un­ex­pected places.

An out­break of flesh­chom­pers has re­duced Seoul to chaos, and a bul­let train speeds to­wards the tit­u­lar city in hope of de­liv­er­ing its pas­sen­gers to sur­vival. But a strange lit­tle girl clam­bers aboard just as it pulls off, and the car­riages soon fill up with rav­en­ous hordes – just as the blurred land­scapes out­side the bloody win­dows are also clogged with gnash­ing fiends.

Blend­ing claus­tro­pho­bic sus­pense with fren­zied set­pieces and vit­ri­olic class satire (this would make an in­spired dou­ble-bill with Joo-ho Bong’s Snow­piercer), Train To Bu­san puts the loco in lo­co­mo­tive. Yeon should also be con­grat­u­lated for punc­tu­at­ing the crazed ac­tion with char­ac­ter beats, though the bond­ing be­tween a workob­sessed dad (Yoo Gong) and his young daugh­ter (Soo-an Kim) over­does the schmaltz.

Not that you’ll be com­plain­ing: the last 15 min­utes is so large-scale bonkers it’s like Yeon is mak­ing a live-ac­tion car­toon – not sur­pris­ing, per­haps, given his back­ground is in anime. Jamie Gra­ham

Cor­byn had again cho­sen the floor.

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