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Episode 180, Train to Busan (2016) l The HorrorBull Podcast

‘Train to Busan’ is the kind of zombie movie we’ve been looking for. Namely, one that isn’t cringeworthy. I mean, we’re not opposed to zombies, but there’s so goddamned many of them. Movies. Not zombies. There’s always a lot of zombies.

The weird thing is, we don’t quite know why we like it so much. The movie is definitely good, but we spent most of this past episode in deep discussion about what, exactly, drew us to this Korean horror movie involving a solitary trip to, well, Busan.

What this Korean horror movie does, above all things, is make you care about the characters. The characters themselves are merely archetypes — absentee father; innocent, beleaguered child; young, pregnant couple; selfish, businessman — but somehow the plot and its execution forces you to care about whether or not they will be bitten.

Here’s some details about the movie, including a precise synopsis from Wikipedia. (Though you can basically say ‘Two people go on a trip.)

Seok-woo, a divorced fund manager, is a workaholic and absentee father to his young daughter, Soo-an. For her birthday the next day, she wishes for her father to take her to Busan to see her mother. They board the KTX in Seoul. Others on the same train include tough working-class husband Sang-hwa and his pregnant wife Seong-kyeong, a high school baseball team, rich but selfish CEO Yon-suk, elderly sisters In-gil and Jon-gil, and a homeless man who is experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder.

Here’s the cast:

Yoo Gong — Seok-woo

Soo-an Kim — Soo-an

Yu-mi Jung — Seong-keyong

Dong-seok Ma — Sang-hwa

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