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Return to ‘Train To Busan’ with ‘Peninsula’

Train To Busan: Peninsula explores the consequences of a country after a zombie outbreak.

A new trailer for Peninsula has dropped and fans worldwide are excited!

Set four years after the original, Peninsula is not a direct continuation to the original film, but rather follows a new set of characters who have to complete a mission and survive the zombie-run country.

Train To Busan was immensely popular when it came out in 2016. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and grossed over $92 million in box-office worldwide.

Train To Busan. Source: Variety

It was one of the few international films that have broken barriers into mainstream media in recent years and received positive reviews for its engagement with the horror genre. Not only that, it was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish, leaving audiences both on the edge of their seats and in tears.

Director Yeon Sang-ho has returned to share another story in the same universe, this time significantly bigger in scale.

Peninsula has a budget nearly double that of their original, and unlike the first which was largely set in train carriages or train stations, the sequel looks to feature a whole range of large action set pieces. 

“Government authority has been decimated after the zombie outbreak in Korea, and there is nothing left except the geographical traits of the location – which is why the film is called Peninsula.”

Yeon Sang-ho
Zombies as entertainment? Source: Variety

This is definitely seen in the trailer, what’s left of Korea looks to be rubble and broken-down civilisations. With the peninsula overrun with zombies, humans have built underground societies which Yeon took inspiration from other post-apocalyptic films like the Mad Max franchise.

I’m partly worried because I think the original greatly benefited from its claustrophobic setting. By placing most of the plot in enclosed train carriages, the script was able to brilliantly set up engaging and tense situations.

Obviously that doesn’t mean Peninsula will be better or worse than the original.

We can’t just judge a movie by its trailer. I just feel like it’s important to acknowledge the different directions the franchise is going. Yeon Sang-ho is still returning for this film, so at least there’s some assurance that it’ll be a consistent story told from the same director.

A new cast.

I am definitely interested to revisit this world and see how society fares post-apocalypse. As seen from the trailers, I’m sure Peninsula will be a rollercoaster from start to finish.

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