Train to Busan (2016)

Director: Sang-ho Yeon   Writers: Joo-Suk Park & Sang-ho Yeon       Starring: Yoo Gong, Soo-an Kim, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-Seok Ma


Well, I did it…I got my tickets for the “Train to Busan.” It was crowed; families, sisters, a man and his pregnant wife, a baseball team. There was the selfish prick of a lawyer and the father taking his young daughter to see her Mom. It was Su-an’s birthday, after all. A simple train trip turned into a nightmare ride….

Asian horror isn’t for everyone. It tends to hit us wherever we happen to be most vulnerable. Personally, I love Asian horror movies. A little more graphic, tackling mostly taboo subjects. However, “Train to Busan” broke a lot of rules; not just for a zombie flick, but also for the Asian horror genre.

This South Korean horror entry tackles zombies. Not the slow, plodding zombies we Americans know, but a new breed. Being a zombie purist myself, I was surprised at how much I LOVED these. This movie wasn’t as graphic as it could have been, but you knew what was happening. For those of you wondering: YES IT HAS SUBTITLES!! Sometimes it’s a little hard to read when the white words are on a white background. Don’t let subtitles hold you back from seeing this movie.

About South Korean zombies: They are fast, resilient, falling from a high walkway on to a moving train. Then some got up and continued the chase!! I’m not going to tell you *all* about them…that would ruin the fun. Go watch it as soon as you finish reading this.

But, “Train to Busan” isn’t all about zombies and infection. It’s also about a family bond with strangers and mob mentality. How quickly would you give in to save yourself? Would you be a giver or a taker?

This movie is one to own. Go see it, then buy it….you won’t regret it. I know my horror, because horror is my natural habitat.