Going to the Movies: Train to Busan

For those who know me know that I have an obsession with movies. I don’t care what language it is in. If I think it will be interesting, I will watch it and 9/10 buy it at the store. I have also been guilty of buying movies that I have never seen before countless of times and am not ashamed of it either.

Well, I live near two movie theaters: Megabox and Lotte Cinema. During my vacation time here, I went to go see 부산행  (Train to Busan) with my friend, So Jung. I had seen the trailer for it on my Facebook feed and promised my friend Cory that I would watch it when I got to Korea. I am usually not the kind of person who would actively want to see a zombie movie, but this one looked pretty interesting and it starred some of my favorite Korean actors (Gong Yoo and Ma Dong Seok). This isn’t the trailer I saw, but the one I could find.

This movie stressed me out so much. The last zombie movie that had stressed me out so bad that I stopped breathing was World War Z. But the thing about this movie was, unlike other zombie films, there was no known cause or reason for the phenomenon. There was no buildup to it. It just happens unexpectedly and quickly as it would in reality. The people that you think wouldn’t and shouldn’t survive, survive the longest, and the people you think would survive until the end, don’t. There were a couple of instances that I expected, mainly because of the rules that apply in all storytelling and the formula that exists and others that were a complete shock.

My Korean is at a bare minimal and that there were no subtitles to this movie, but it sucked me in and a new movie hasn’t done that for awhile for me. It took everything in me not to yell at the screen sometimes and I was having a difficult time staying still in my seat. This movie was amazing and I recommend that you watch it when you get a chance. I’m not sure if it is still playing in some theaters in the States, but if it is, go and watch it. I understand why it had done so well at the Cannes Film Festival and it is a zombie movie that anyone and everyone can appreciate.

One day I might give a full and detailed review of the movie. Maybe after a second watching with subtitles. Thanks for reading and until next time!



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