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Popular South Korean zombie movie ‘Train to Busan’ gets American remake

Train to Busan, one of the most popular South Korean movies ever, is getting an American remake soon. It is not yet known when the film would be released. Nothing is known yet about the actors who would play in the film.

Fans of the zombie genre will soon have something to look forward to. Because the South Korean top film Train to Busan gets an American version. According to Deadline, it will be directed by Indonesian director Timo Tjahjanto. He is known for his action and horror films and has already made together with Kimo Stamboel in the past Headshot.

Train to Busan

Anyone who thinks of South Korean films nowadays will probably soon realize Parasite Hatch. With that film, director Bong Joon-ho received several prestigious awards, including the first Oscar for Best Picture for a non-English-language film.

But the South Korean film industry is also known for its horror films and that is Train to Busan a wonderful example. Director Yeon Sang-ho’s zombie film became a huge success in his own country. When the film subsequently appeared on Netflix in various countries (not in Belgium), it was also popular there. Recently appeared Peninsula, The sequel to Train to Busan.


Train to Busan is about Su-an (Ma Dong-seok) who takes the train with her father Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) from Seoul to – you can guess – Busan. Just before leaving, a girl jumps on the train. She has a bite wound and quickly turns into a zombie. The zombie girl then attacks a conductress and the zombie infection soon starts to spread throughout the train.

When the film was released in South Korea in 2016 it became a huge success. Train to Busan attracted more than 11 million people to the cinema. This made it the most successful film of that year. But critics are also fans of the film. So has Train to Busan a score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes based on 117 reviews.


The fact that there will be a remake of the film is not warmly received by everyone. There are many fans of the original film who wonder why there should be an American remake of a film that was already perfect in Korean.

Many people refer to the statement by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho when he received several awards for his film at the 2020 Oscars. Parasite. He then said that “if you look beyond the several centimeter barrier of subtitles you will discover so many great movies”. With that statement he was referring to the lack of international films in the major categories of the Oscars, but it is therefore also applicable to the urge to give films in a foreign language an English version.

People also wonder how they will bring the film to the United States. The film takes place during a train ride of several hours. There are no such trains in the United States.


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