Train to Busan

Train to Busan

DVD - 2017 | Korean
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While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.
Publisher: [Newtown, N.S.W.] :, Distributed by Icon Home Entertainment,, [2017].
Branch Call Number: FILM
Characteristics: 1 DVD (118 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.
Region 4
Notes: Anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1.
In Korean with English and Chinese subtitles.

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Ace4aDay
May 23, 2021

This is one of the more intense zombie films I've seen. I love the scary fast hoards.

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Mark7f
May 07, 2021

Takeaway, life's ok up to about ten, and then watch the world turn into psychosis. Korea makes a clean zombie film. Movements use a staggered effect. Someone has to take an honest appraisal of the zombie craze. I find it a shallow kind of fluid plot momentum which like an effluent simply flushes the plot along. What plot? That's the whole lacking in zombie stuff. It's just a mechanical take on high population psychosis and the loss of meaning in modern civilization. I guess for me that means the film is shallow. We get to see nice Korean scenery with a nice cast. That's it. I appreciate the train system.

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Ted_42
Apr 03, 2021

It's interesting watching this now in the light of current events. I particularly took note of the scene involving the panicked people on the train car trying to prevent survivors who fought their way through the infected and then forcing them to leave. Reminded me of the stupid people nowadays who easily succumb to panic porn and push measures that actually do more harm than good.

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lindy919
Feb 26, 2021

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One of the best (in a long time and overall) zombie movies.
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taferlotti
Jan 03, 2021

Really really really excellent zombie movie, quite possibly the best, and not saying that lightly!! I highly recommend to anyone who loves a good zombie flick, and anyone else who is looking for an entertaining, well acted, and emotional rollercoaster of a film.

VaughanPLAlison Oct 19, 2020

This is one of the better zombie films I've seen. Gripping, creepy, fast-paced action, good stakes, interesting characters, truly scary villains and all with great performances (including the zombie actors). But if you're looking for a fun zombie film I would not recommend this one. I found some of the scenes to be truly heartbreaking, and a lot of credit for that can be given to the cast, the editing and the music... but that wasn't what I was hoping for when I went into this. I was hoping for something fun and scary for Halloween, not something crushing. So an amazing film but proceed with caution.

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stse88
Oct 03, 2020

One of the better zombie movies out there.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 09, 2020

The 2016 zombie thriller Train to Busan is easily one of the best zombie movies I have ever seen. The movie follows workaholic businessman Seok-woo (played by actor Gong Yoo), who along with his daughter find themselves stuck on a train bound for Busan in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. What I think makes this movie great is the fact that the zombies come second to actual character building and development. The focus on the stories of each character really makes you feel invested that there are real stakes. The acting was very impactful, and the ending was truly a tear jerker. Would definitely find myself watching this movie again. 5 Stars @Ruby_Tuesday of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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richmole
Aug 19, 2020

When people watching a movie start to shout at the screen, you KNOW this movie is connecting. Lots of shouts when this one played!

I've seen a lot of zombie movies and TV series. Only one (the British hit, 28 Days Later-2002) might score higher than this South Korean entry.
Lots of suspense.
Lots of laughs.
And, for all that it's a very up-close-and personal drama, it's got its share of wide-screen action, too, near the very end.

Aside from the script's high points (the very human dramas) what sets this movie apart is the premise: almost everything that takes place is on a moving train.

Clever and very entertaining, from the country that gave us another one just like it: The Host. Watch that one, too, for more laughs and suspense.

ArapahoeElia Aug 12, 2020

Extremely well done! We're invested in the characters right from the beginning and the rest of the ride is a full-bodied visceral, nail-biting, breath-holding experience. No spoilers, but I don't think I've ever cried so much with a zombie movie.

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Jul 05, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense scenes

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Jul 05, 2018

Violence: Zombie violence and blood

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wth_this_sucks
Jul 05, 2018

Coarse Language: Minor cussing like asshole

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jimg2000
Mar 25, 2017

Aloha 'Oe in English subtitle, Song that Su-an sings in the tunnel at the end:

Proudly swept the rain by the cliffs
As it glided through the trees
Still following ever the bud
The `ahihi lehua of the vale

Chorus
Farewell to you, farewell to you
The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers
One fond embrace,
‘Ere I depart
Until we meet again

Sweet memories come back to me
Bringing fresh remembrances
Of the past
Dearest one, yes, you are mine own
From you, true love shall never depart

I have seen and watched your loveliness
The sweet rose of Maunawili
And ’tis there the birds of love dwell
And sip the honey from your lips

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jimg2000
Mar 25, 2017

Busan. I want to see mommy.
-I told you, another time, okay?
No. tomorrow. You always say next time, and lie to me.
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It's a crucial period right now.
-Sure. You know best. She was disappointed that you weren't at the recital. It's a crucial period for her too.
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Su-an, you didn't have to do that.
-Do what?
Be so good. At a time like this, only watch out for yourself.
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He's a fund manager.
-Fund manager?
Yes.
-So he's a bloodsucker. He leeches off others.
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We have to uncouple it and go to Busan.
-Uncouple?
Yes!
-We can't!
Why not?!
-It can't be done here.
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We've got to go!
-No! My friends aren't here yet!
Those on board must survive!
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I bet you never got to play with your daughter. When she gets older, she'll understand why you worked so hard. Dads get all the shxt, and no praise. But it's all about sacrifice, right?
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I practiced that song just for you. That's why I couldn't sing. Because I didn't see you.

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