Posted by: greercn | November 4, 2016

Train To Busan

A Korean zombie/horror movie that’s mostly set on a train is fun to watch. Zombie/horror has never looked like such fun, nor should it be so engrossing.

The storytelling here is masterful. Is it about a plague? Is it describing social and political change? Is there a feminist bias within the tale?

For nearly two hours, I was on the edge of my seat at the Stratford East Picturehouse.

London-based viewers will lose a few minutes being startled by how clean and shiny the trains and the stations are.

Writer and director Sang-ho Yeon has created a visually startling and original film.

All the actors are great but 10-year-old Soo-an Kim is onscreen in every shot and her energy and enthusiasm are as believable as her cries and screams. She keeps up with much older and more experienced actors. She has a great future.

Yoo Gong and Yu-mi Jeong have acted together before and they have a real chemistry. Dong-seok Ma brings martial arts skills to his scenes and is a joy to watch.

The whole cast is terrific. The cosmetic blood should get its own credit.

Very enjoyable to watch, I am not converted to the zombie/horror genre. But I will look out for anything that is put on screen by this fascinating team. Sang-ho Yeon is a director and writer to look out for.


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