5 Things to Know about Train to Busan

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Sep 4, 2016

Train to Busan is fast becoming a favorite among moviegoers as fans continue to flock to the zombie apocalypse thriller film.

If you're wondering what the hype is all about: here's the synopsis of the film: Seok-Woo (Gong Yoo) is a fund manager in Seoul. He is separated from his wife and lives with his daughter Soo-An (Kim Soo-Ahn). Seok-Woo doesn't spend much time with his daughter or show affection to her. On the night before Soo-An's birthday, Soo-An insists on seeing her mother for her birthday. Seok-Woo has no other choice, but to take her to Busan. Early the next morning, they board the KTX train for Busan at Seoul Station.

Before the KTX train leaves Seoul Station, a zombie like girl jumps onto the train. The girl is infected with a horrific virus that is spreading like wildfire. Seok-Woo, Soo-An and the other passengers on the KTX train must now fight for their lives.

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Here are 5 things to know about this Korean film that is currently being screened in Philippine cinemas:

1. The lead star used to topbill the Kdrama The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince.

Gong Yoo will be familiar to Hallyu fans for being the star of the 2007 romantic comedy TV series Coffee Prince.

2. This Korean movie was chosen to take part in the prestigious Cannes Film Fest.

This zombie thriller had its premiere in the Midnight Screenings section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival held last May.

It earned a standing ovation and favorable reviews among critics.

3. It has bagged recognitions in international film festivals.

Train to Busan won the Cheval Noir trophy for best feature and the audience award for best Asian feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival held in Montreal, Canada.

4. The director released a prequel titled Seoul Station.

After the immense popularity of the live-action film, director Yeon Sang-ho showed the events prior to the outbreak on the train.

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5. There are plans to remake the film.

Fox, Sony and several European studios are competing for the rights to remake the movie, based on a report from The Hollywood Reporter.

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