Train To Busan (부산행)(2016)

dir. Yeon Sang-ho. Super inventive and genuinely surprising zombie movie. Second time watching, and just as fun. Full of zombie movie archetypes (The jock, pregnant woman, selfish businessman, senior citizens), who always end up surprising you. Much more emotional than I expected, even the second time viewing. Still violent enough to be a turn off for some people. If the violence is not too much, the movie blends suspense and comedy perfectly. I think this movie provides a better social commentary on class struggle than PARASITE (2019) does. The young actress, Kim Su-an, who plays the hedge fun manager’s daughter is brilliant, her performance is second only to the wise cracking scarf wearing Sang-hwa. The special effects are perfectly judged, and never take away focus from the actors, something that similar American could learn from.

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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