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.



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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.

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Yoo Gong
as Seok-Woo
Yumi Jung
as Seong-kyeong
Ma Dong-seok
as Sang-hwa
Kim Eui-sung
as Yong-suk
Woo-sik Choi
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)

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  • 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…
  • Yeon keeps us guessing until the nervy closing seconds.

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

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • 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…
  • Really, the result is first-class throughout.

    Aug 24, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • It may not be something we've never seen before, but it's something we can benefit from seeing again.

    Aug 4, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Train to Busan (Busanhaeng)


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.
Gimly M.

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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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Take The Poseidon Adventure. Put it on a train. Add yer zombie apocalypse. Stir. Alright.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Much as I'm not a fan of zombie movies, this was freaking excellent and kept me glued to the screen. Suspense, drama, and characters with actual personalities. I have to say, I couldn't wait for that horrible business man to cop it!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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