Train To Busan

Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film directed by Yeon Sang-ho and starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, and Ma Dong-seok. The film mostly takes place on a train to Busan as a zombie apocalypse suddenly breaks out in the country and threatens the safety of the passengers.

Seok-woo, a divorced fund manager, is a workaholic and absentee father to his young daughter Su-an. For her birthday, she asks her father to take her to Busan to see her mother. The next day, they board the KTX 101 at Seoul Station. Other passengers include Sang-hwa and his pregnant wife Seong-kyeong, a high school baseball team, the rich and egotistical COO Yon-suk, elderly sisters In-gil and Jon-gil, and a traumatised homeless man. As the train departs, a convulsing young woman boards the train with a bite wound. She turns into a zombie and attacks a train attendant, who also turns. The virus quickly spreads throughout the train as newly-turned zombies continue to consume uninfected people. Baseball player Yong-guk, cheerleader Jin-hee, who has a crush on him, and others escape to another car and lock the doors.

News broadcasts report zombie outbreaks nationwide; while the South Korean military is containing several of the outbreaks, new cases are constantly emerging; the situation very quickly turns into a pandemic. After the train stops at Daejeon Station, the surviving passengers find the city overrun and hastily retreat back to the train, splitting up into different train cars in the chaos. The conductor takes the train toward Busan, where a quarantine zone has been established. Seok-woo, Sang-hwa and Yong-guk, who have become separated from their loved ones, fight their way to where Su-an and Seong-kyeong are hiding with In-gil and the homeless man. Once regrouped, they struggle through the zombie horde to the front train car, where the rest of the passengers are sheltered. At the instigation of Yon-suk, the passengers prevent the survivors from entering, fearing that they are infected. Sang-hwa sacrifices himself to give the others time to force open the door and enter the car, and In-gil turns into a zombie.

Yon-suk demands that the survivors isolate themselves in the vestibule. This turns out to save the survivors as Jong-gil deliberately opens the door to be with her zombified sister, and the zombies enter and kill the rest of the passengers, leaving Seok-woo, Su-an, Seong-kyeong, Yong-guk, Jin-hee and the homeless man safe. Yon-suk and the train attendant escape by hiding in the bathroom. A blocked track at East Daegu train station forces the survivors to stop and search for another train. Yon-suk escapes after pushing the train attendant into the zombies, then does the same with Jin-hee. Heartbroken, Yong-guk stays with Jin-hee until she turns, and is bitten by her. The train conductor is also killed whilst trying to save Yon-suk. The homeless man sacrifices himself to let Su-an and Seong-kyeong escape with Seok-woo into the train the conductor had activated. They encounter Yon-suk on the verge of turning into a zombie, having been bitten when the conductor saved him. Seok-woo fights him off, but is bitten.

He puts Su-an and Seong-kyeong inside the engine room, teaches Seong-kyeong how to operate the train, and says goodbye to his sobbing daughter before moving outside. As he zombifies, he thinks of the first time he held his daughter in his arms and throws himself off the locomotive with a smile. Su-an and Seong-kyeong get off at Busan and begin walking through a train tunnel. On the other side are soldiers stationed to defend the perimeter against zombies. The soldiers are instructed to shoot them. After hearing Su-an singing, they realize the newcomers are human. Su-an tearfully sings the song “Aloha ?Oe” that she had wanted to perform for her father at the beginning of the film.

A wonderful film that is sad and touching at the end and is pretty good as far as zombie movies go. This is better than most American/Canadian made zombie films that I have seen. 8.5 outta 10!

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