It has been a long time coming, really.
Ever since the release of Train to Busan in 2016, fans have thirsted for a sequel, and why not? The film had everything: haunting visuals, avid cinematography, gripping scenes, great acting. Throw in zombies, positive reviews and box office success, and you’ve got a single word to describe it:
To be fair, the animated film Seoul Station did come out in the same year, and it did serve to satiate our thirst by a fair amount with its riveting blend of crisp animation and intriguing plotline.
But it was ultimately a prequel; what we want is a sequel. The aftermath of Train to Busan…
That’s what we’re genuinely after.
And so, you can only imagine the glee and happiness on our faces when it was announced that there’ll be a sequel to the hit original…
Though the recent movie posters did leave little to the imagination.
Train to Busan 2 Posters Out & People Are Relating It to Real-Life COVID-19 Scenes
It’s official; Train to Busan 2 will be out in theatres this August 2020. And according to director Yeon Sang-ho, the plotline’s no less riveting than the original blockbuster, which opened in more than 150 nations worldwide.
The film, titled Peninsula, will reportedly take place four years after the events of the first film. It will feature a different story and characters, though several cast members from the first film are set to return.
Gang Do-won will feature as former soldier Jung-seok, who goes back to a now zombie-infested South Korea on a mission to collect an unspecified item.
“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 explained.
Interestingly enough, movie posters have drawn comparisons with certain real-life scenarios, and the similarity was not lost on Yeon.
“Of course I never dreamt of anything like the new coronavirus,” he said. “But recently I have been learning news about the collective selfishness that you do see facets of in Train To Busan and in Peninsula, that brings about tragedy.”
Lest you’ve forgotten, Train to Busan featured Kim Eui-sung as selfish COO Yon-suk, who directly/indirectly caused dozens of deaths while trying to save his own life.
Hello, Patient 31.
At the time, the character sparked major backlash for his aggravating acts when the movie was released in theaters. But now that the world is in a state of disarray, Yon-suk’s actions have become ‘relatable’ as the world responses to Covid-19:
- Panic buying and storing excessive goods, causing those who genuinely need it to face a shortage supply
- Hoarding masks in an attempt at profit
- Sabotage attempts by the infected
How ironic, indeed.
Peninsula is slated to be released this August 2020. Kang Dong Won, Lee Jung Jyun, Kwon Hae Hyo, Kim Min Jae, Go Kyo Hwan, Kim Do Yoon, Lee Re, and Lee Ye Won are expected to return for the sequel.
And well, by then, cinemas would have reopened. If not you and I would have lost our jobs.