Train to Busan – A National Film

The “Train to Busan” was a blockbuster success, with close to 10 million teenagers viewing it in the cinemas. For what it’s worth, it’s also a very good reflection of some values that are key to Korean society. And you expect it to be so, as it was an out-of-competition screening at the Cannes Film Festival. I aim to try to understand the film as an expression of “national” values, as the director himself had attempted to Koreanize the zombie concept itself.

“It is a genre very familiar in the West but not so much in Korea. I wondered how it would turn out if I brought the zombie concept and made it in a Korean style,” said director Yeon Sang-ho of “Train to Busan” during a press conference held Tuesday in Seoul.

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