Train to Bu­san

The Sun (Malaysia) - - THE BIG PICTURE -

WHEN young Su-an ( Kim) asks to travel to Bu­san to see her mother, her di­vorced fa­ther Seok-woo (Gong) re­luc­tantly takes a half day off from work to take her there.

Stressed out by his job and the di­vorce, he falls asleep on the train, leav­ing a cu­ri­ous Su-an to dis­cover a com­mo­tion on the train in­volv­ing flesheat­ing zom­bies.

All it takes is a bite, and soon all the pas­sen­gers are in­fected, leav­ing be­hind only a hand­ful of sur­vivors who are wait­ing for the train to reach the safe zone, and who must fight for their lives. Seok-woo must work to­gether with them to save his daugh­ter.

The trailer for Train to Bu­san fea­tures straight-up, no beat­ing- around- the- bush ac­tion, which makes me want to watch the film. I ad­mit that I’m not a fan of west­ern zombie films be­cause I find they tend to overuse jump Di­rec­tor: Yeon Sangho Cast: Gong Ji-chul, Kim Su-an and Ma Dongseok E-Value: 8 Act­ing: 8 Plot: 8


Train to Bu­san lacked that, which is why I per­son­ally en­joyed it. It still had the zombie scare fac­tor and thrills, but it also had room to con­vey a deeper mes­sage of greed and self­ish­ness that ex­ists in our so­ci­ety in desperate times.

The high­light for me was the chem­istry be­tween Gong and Ma – who plays fel­low sur­vivor Sang-Hwa – which I be­lieve was ex­cel­lently ex­e­cuted. They started out as two strangers who rubbed each other the wrong way, but had to put aside their dif­fer­ences to work to­gether to keep their loved ones alive.

Di­rec­tor Yeon also did a great job at lever­ag­ing the Korean film tra­di­tion of evok­ing emo­tions in movies.

So, apart from all that highly-en­gag­ing zom­biefight­ing ac­tion, there’s also space to explore the emo­tional as­pects of the film and to place au­di­ences into the shoes of the main char­ac­ter.

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