K-Movie Review: ‘Train to Busan’ Follows The Passengers Trapped on a Train During a Zombie Outbreak

Train to Busan

Zombie Attack on a Train

Are you a fan of zombie movies? If so, this is the article for you, because we are talking about Train to Busan, a zombie-themed K-movie from South Korea! If you’d like to know more, Channel Korea will tell you all about this zombie-themed show, so stay tuned!

Train to Busan was an apocalyptic zombie thriller that was released in July, 2016, about zombies attacking the passengers of a train on its way to Busan and received a lot of attention from audiences who love all things zombie. Other than Train to Busan, there are several other great zombie-themed shows out there, such as Rampant, Zombie School, Mad Sad Bad, and many more!

In this article, Channel Korea will give you the details about Train to Busan, and everything you need to know about it!

Train to Busan: Review


Train to Busan told a story about Seok Woo (played by Gong Yoo), a father and financial manager who was on his way to meet with his ex-wife in Busan, because their daughter Soo An (Kim Su-an), wanted to see her mother as her birthday gift. Father and child were heading to Busan by Korean Train Express (KTX).

At first, the journey was going well until a girl who had been infected with the zombie virus got on the train. One of the train’s officers was trying to looking for help, but she was too late because the girl had already bitten her neck, and slowly but surely, all of the passengers on the train were becoming zombies. Seok Woo and Soo An were trying to escape from the zombie’s euphoria, and looking for a way off the train, going from one carriage to another.

Other than Seok Woo and Soo An, several other passengers were also trying to escape, and eventually they all got together. They were Sang Hwa (Ma Dong-seok) and his pregnant wife Sung Kyung (Jung Yumi), a baseball player called Young Guk (Choi Woo-shik), and his girlfriend, Jin Hee (Ahn Sohee).

The small group banded together against the zombies, while they continued to look for a way to escape the train. Their situation was complicated by the fact that some people who hadn’t yet been attacked by zombies drove them away to move to another carriage. Some passengers even accused them of already being infected by the zombie virus, which wasn’t true. The antagonist was Young Suk (Kim Eui-sung), who was trying to save himself by sacrificing other people.


Train to Busan was one of the best movies ever! Even from its first release at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, Train to Busan was already gaining a lot of attention! The movie gave viewers a lot of different feelings at the same time and the story-line was unexpected.

The show’s story-line focused on all of the characters’ struggles around how to survive in a train full of zombies and how they saved each other even though they didn’t know each other at first. It taught us to always help other people, no matter how hard the conditions were. Viewers may also enjoy trying to figure out which characters the zombies would infect, but they might find their assumptions may be wrong!

Here is the general information and official poster for Train to Busan:


Title: Train to Busan

Directed By: Yeon Sang-ho

Written By: Park Joo-suk

Starring: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi, Kim Su-an, Kim Eui-sung

Running Time: 118 minutes

Release Date: May 13th, 2016 (Cannes), July 20th, 2016 (South Korea)

Train to Busan Scenes

Let’s take a look at some memorable scenes from Train to Busan here!


The first zombie who came attacking one of the train officers!


When Seok Woo, Sang Hwa, and Young Guk were trying to escape the zombies, using emergency weapons!


Seok Woo taking care of Seo Ann when they were running from zombies, and they were avoiding the exploding train!


Zombies going crazy and trying to bite everyone on the train!


Seok Woo and his little troop of fellow passengers were struggling to find the way to escape the train. They were going from one carriage to another, armed with makeshift weapons such as newspapers, a lot of papers, and duct tape. When the train was passing through a long tunnel, it got dark on the train. The zombies couldn’t see anything, and that was when Seok Woo and the rest of passengers could sneak up on the zombies and had the best chance of escaping with their lives.

Sang Hwa was the first one in the group to be taken. He was bitten by one of the zombies, and was willing to be used as bait for the zombies so that Seok Woo and the rest of the passengers could flee to another carriage. Sang Hwa sacrificed himself, even though his wife didn’t want to let him go. Meanwhile, Jin Hee was also bitten by the zombies in front of Young Guk. Young Guk wasn’t willing to leave Jin Hee, and he ended up getting bitten by Jin Hee, who was already becoming a zombie.

One of the saddest parts from Train to Busan was when Seok Woo died. When Seok Woo was running from the zombies with Soo An and Sung Kyung, they came across Young Suk, who was already halfway to being one of the zombies. He was trying to attack Soo An, and Seok Woo protected her, but ended up being bitten by Young Suk. Eventually, Seok Woo realized that he would become one of the monsters. He refused to risk hurting Soo An and Sung Kyung, so he decided to throw himself off the train and died.

It may not be clear to some people just what caused the zombies’ appearance. In the middle of story, there was a slight clue about the cause. It was said that the cause of the zombie outbreak was a biochemical gas leak, which came from a company that Seok Woo was an investor in.


The end was a scene where Soo An and Sung Kyung were walking together, passing a tunnel where military personnel were guarding the border from the zombies. Soo An crying and singing to prove to them that she wasn’t a zombie.

Train to Busan was more than just a zombie movie, it was also a story about family and struggle. If you are looking for an exciting action thriller, make sure that Train to Busan is on your movie list! It’s highly recommended and well worth the watch.

Train to Busan: The Cast


Gong Yoo as Seok Woo, Kim Su-an as Soo An


Gong Yoo was cast as Seok Woo, a financial manager and also a father of his daughter, Soo An. Meanwhile, Kim Su-an played as Soo An. Both of them were going to Busan to meet Soo An’s mother, who was also Seok Woo’s ex-wife.

Ma Dong-seok as Sang Hwa, Jung Yumi as Sung Kyung


Ma Dong-seok was cast as Sang Hwa, and Jung Yumi played as Sung Kyung. They were a married couple who were in the same carriage as Seok Woo and Soo An. They also becoming allies with Seok Woo to find the way to get off the train.

Choi Woo-shik as Young Guk, Ahn Sohee as Jin Hee


Choi Woo-shik was cast as Young Guk, and Ahn Sohee was playing as Jin Hee. Young Guk was a baseball player who was in one of the carriages with his girlfriend, Jin Hee, and his friends. They also joined Seok Woo to escape from the zombies.

Kim Eui-sung as Young Suk


Kim Eui-sung played Young Suk, one of the passengers from the train. He was provoking the other passengers to drive away Seok Woo and his group. Young Suk ended up becoming a zombie, he ended up biting Seok Woo and died.