Train to Busan

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Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique -- and purely entertaining -- take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action.

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A man (Gong Yoo), his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak in South Korea.

Cast & Crew

Gong Yoo
Seok Woo
Woo-sik Choi
Young Gook
Myung-sin Park
Jong-gil
Soo-jung Ye
Sang-ho Yeon
Screenwriter
Kim Woo-taek
Executive Producer
Hyung-deok Lee
Cinematographer
Jin-mo Yang
Film Editor
Jang Young-gyu
Original Music
Mok-won Lee
Production Design
Yoo-jin Kwon
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Critic Reviews for Train to Busan (Busanhaeng)

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Audience Reviews for Train to Busan (Busanhaeng)

  • Jun 30, 2020
    Right off the bat I'm just going to say this may be the most enjoyable modern zombie movie I've seen. Now does that mean it's the best zombie movie of all time? Probably not. Does that mean it's unique in it's vision and style? Not necessarily. It's gotten a lot of comparisons to Snowpiercer and World War Z, and yeah, if you mashed those two together you'd probably get a pretty similar film. There's the forward momentum on the train of Snowpiercer, and the zombies move in the fast piling horde fashion that we saw in World War Z. But here's the thing: I really like both of those films! And honestly, I like this one even more. What we've seen popularized a lot lately is the post-apocalyptic stories, especially with zombies, so I kind of miss these outbreak day stories. Some of the best moments are the slow escalation at the beginning, before anyone realizes what's happening. They're tense, and pretty genuine. After things hit the fan though, it really goes full tilt horror-action, with some scenes that can be outrageous but are so much fun and so pulse-pounding in their intensity they get a pass from me. It's not a perfect film by any means though, but my problems aren't dealbreakers, more nitpicks. Obviously there's a lot of death, and while this is to be expected, it can get so upsettingly depressing in some of the deaths. I don't mind a tonal shift, and we need death in a zombie film, but some of them just went a little overboard in my opinion. I also didn't like how there weren't consistent rules for these zombies, namely in infection time. Sometimes a person would get bit and turn within seconds, other times they'd have enough time to retain humanity for several minutes. You need to pick one and stick to it so we know what to expect from the threat you're presenting. However these nitpicks are not enough to keep me from loving the hell out of this movie. I love the escalation and the bonding of strangers, I love momentum in both the train and the story, and I love just how many scenes were just a joy for me to watch. I just love this movie.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2020
    Train to Busan tugs on your heartstrings whether it be from the grisly-chaotic violence and terror to the emotional drama that ensues throughout. The film blends different genres while still maintaining its horror identity and leaves you on-edge every single frame that'll sure be an experience for all who are bold to endure it. 4.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2018
    Very creepy, tense from start to finish.
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  • Oct 08, 2018
    With a couple of the zombie movies I've watched recently, I've found myself able to go so far in my reviews as to credit the films for some modicum of surprise originality, alongside a rating of four of five out of ten. But it has been years since I've been able to say that I saw a zombie movie I genuinely and wholeheartedly enjoyed. Or I should say, it had been years, right up until last night when I saw Train to Busan.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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