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The First Look At Korean Zombie Sequel To 'Train To Busan' Is Here

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The First Look At Korean Zombie Sequel To 'Train To Busan' Is Here

The first-look posters for South Korean zombie movie Peninsula are her and they look just as apocalyptic as we'd hoped they would.

The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Train to Busan is once again helmed by director Yeon Sang-ho, and promises to feature just as many undead antics as the first.

This is reflected in the 'day and night' posters, with one portraying a young couple as they hide behind a vehicle while a crowd of flesh-eaters stand just metres away. The second promo depicts the silhouette of a man within an industrial estate.

Credit: Redpeter Films
Credit: Redpeter Films
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But while the themes remain similar, Yeon wants fans to know that his latest flick is not a direct sequel. Instead it makes up part of his own cinematic world, like a really dark and gory version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In a recent interview with Screen Daily, the director said: "Peninsula is not a sequel to Train To Busan because it's not a continuation of the story, but it happens in the same universe."

With a budget twice the size of Train to Busan's $8 million and an ensemble cast including Master's Gang Dong-won and Alice in Earnestland star Lee Jung-hyun, Peninsula promises to deliver the goods to zombie lovers across the globe when it drops this summer.

The synopsis for the film reads: "Peninsula takes place four years after the outbreak of zombies that were chasing protagonists on a train speeding south to Busan.

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"The Korean peninsula is devastated and Jung-seok, a former soldier who has managed to escape overseas, is given a mission to go back and unexpectedly meets up with survivors."

Credit: Redpeter Films
Credit: Redpeter Films

Train to Busan was a huge success in Korea when it was released in summer 2016, becoming the first film that year to attract more than 10 million Korean cinema-goers.

The plot centres on a group of passengers as they struggle to survive a zombie outbreak while travelling on a train from Seoul to Busan.

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It didn't take long before the film grabbed the attention of cinephiles worldwide, grossing $93.1 million at the global box office and becoming the highest grossing Korean film in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

IMDb lists it as the fourth most popular Korean movie of all time, garnering a healthy 7.5 stars and an 88% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Here's hoping the follow-up proves just as popular as its predecessor.

The film arrives just in time for a truly groundbreaking year for South Korean cinema. That includes Parasite's glory at the 2020 Oscars, which was referenced by one of the distribution companies behind Peninsula.

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"Four years ago we boarded an amazing movie we saw in Cannes and we could not have imagined our audience would have received Train to Busan so well the way they did," said Carlos Hansen, CEO of BF Distribution.

"Since then many Korean titles have been released and now we can see Parasite's amazing performance everywhere.

"Momentum is built for Korean cinema to consolidate its presence not only in Latin America but worldwide. 2020 is the perfect year to bring Peninsula to the world."

Featured Image Credit: Redpeter Films

Topics: TV and Film

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