Train to Busan (Busanhaeng)

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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.



Total Count: 106


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TRAIN TO BUSAN is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a countrywide viral outbreak while trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to Busan, a southern resort city that has managed to hold off the zombie hordes... or so everyone hopes.


Yoo Gong
as Seok-Woo
Yumi Jung
as Seong-kyeong
Ma Dong-seok
as Sang-hwa
Kim Eui-sung
as Yong-suk
Choi Woo Sik
as Young-guk
So-hee Ahn
as Jin-hee
Kim Chang-hwan
as Kim Jin-mo
Kim Yool-ho
as Suit man-2
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Critic Reviews for Train to Busan (Busanhaeng)

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (99) | Rotten (7)

  • Director Yeon Sang-ho makes smart use of the cramped quarters, and while it's true that his zombies' abilities tend to vary according to the requirements of the moment, it's easy to overlook amid the onslaught of action and emotion.

    Jan 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A zombie movie content not to aspire to any loftier subtextual readings needs little more than a skilled choreographer of action, and there's plenty of evidence that this film had one in Yeon.

    Dec 1, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The zombie movie takes the bullet train in Train to Busan, a smart horror that contrasts the hyper-cleanliness and efficiency of South Korean life with bloody, neck-biting chaos.

    Oct 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Yeon keeps us guessing until the nervy closing seconds.

    Oct 27, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • Funny, scary and with its heart in the right place.

    Oct 27, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Less effectively, the movie has some rather obvious social comeuppances in mind and you'll groan at the contrivances. Just wait a few minutes and you'll get to the next action sequence, in which Yeon is more confident.

    Oct 22, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Train to Busan (Busanhaeng)

  • Dec 02, 2018
    Very creepy, tense from start to finish.
    Super Reviewer
  • 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
  • Jun 14, 2018
    A to die for zombie picture loaded with action and emotion.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2018
    It is amazing to see what can still be done in films about the living dead taking over the world, and this is not only a tense and exhilarating movie like Snowpiercer with zombies but also - and most importantly - an intelligent social commentary in the best tradition of the kind.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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