(Korean Movies) Train To Busan, 2016

Train To Busan, 2016

Train To Busan, 2016
Audience over 15
running time
118 minutes 120 minutes (Reopening)
cumulative audience
11567662 people
17th Director's Cut Awards 2017


An unprecedented disaster strikes the Republic of Korea!

Amid the spread of an unknown virus across the country and the declaration of an emergency disaster warning in the Republic of Korea, people on the train will fight fiercely to survive in Busan, the only safe city.

Distance from Seoul to Busan 442KM
The ultimate struggle of those who want to protect and have to protect!


Ticket to Festival De Cannes
Best Film at the Cannes Film Festival
Hot reaction from foreign press around the world!
The highest overseas sales in 2016 and pre-sales in 156 countries!

The unprecedented disaster blockbuster <Train to Busan> was invited to the Midnight Screening of the 69th Cannes International Film Festival in the official section of the non-competition section, and it was by far the best topic of the year. <Train to Busan>, which was first released to the world through the world premiere, received a hot spotlight from foreign media around the world. Overseas influential media praised director Yeon Sang-ho's speedy directing ability, overwhelming mise-en-scène, and the strong power of unpredictable stories as Lee Gu Dong-seong, and reported every day that a disaster blockbuster that had never been seen in Korean films was born. In the background that received such praise, the breathtaking tension, perfect visual beauty, and the actor's acting that enhances immersion form a triple act. Director Yeon Sang-ho, who showed a sense of speed that made it impossible to take our eyes off, captivated the world's attention with the intense visual beauty of a world-class visual master. In addition, the 7 actors perfectly fascinated the local Cannes by playing vividly living and breathing characters in depth. In particular, Thierry Fremo, executive director of the Cannes International Film Festival, praised the movie "Train to Busan," saying, "The best midnight screening of all Cannes International Film Festivals!" As such, Train to Busan is receiving a lot of attention from Korean audiences, proving that it is a film that will present a new vision for the domestic blockbuster.

Then, <Train to Busan> started pre-selling overseas at the last Cannes International Film Festival, and in a short period of time, it sold 2.5 million dollars in a total of 156 countries including Japan, China, India, and all over Asia, France, the United States, Canada, Germany, and South America. 3 billion or more), continuing the sold-out myth. This is not only an amount equivalent to 30% of the total sales of Korean films sold at the Cannes International Film Festival, but is also expected to be the highest sales record among Korean films at the Cannes International Film Festival. The major distributors around the world who purchased the film said, “Director Yeon Sang-ho has created a new genre with wise directing and great technique. I am very happy to be able to present an exciting and powerful film to the French audience” (ARP, France), “Train to Busan was the most ecstatic and thrilling film I saw in Cannes this year. Director Yeon Sang-ho will become a director that Asia pays attention to, and there will be more movie fans who are against Gong Yoo” (TWIN, Japan), “It was so groundbreaking that it took my breath away. It is a film that opens a new heyday for Korean cinema. It was like a thrilling roller coaster movie” (EDKO, Hong Kong), “Australian fans who want to dive into the life-threatening <Train to Busan> are waiting for the release date” (FULLBRIEF, Australia), “The movie that surprised Cannes” (Spain) A CONTRACORRIENTE FILMS), “It is an honor to be able to release in North America a great film that not only shows the essence of action and thriller, but also has a strong social message” (WELLGO USA, North America). Korea's unprecedented disaster blockbuster <Train to Busan>, which shook the world like this, is about to be released on July 20.

New Visual Master & Creativity
Director Yeon Sang-ho, the visual master who drew attention from all over the world!
severity! tension! and a strong message
A disaster movie that captures everything!

In the midst of an unprecedented disaster engulfing the Republic of Korea, the disaster blockbuster project <Train to Busan>, which depicts the fierce struggle for the survival of those who boarded the train from Seoul Station to Busan, was able to get attention at once through the Cannes International Film Festival, directed by Yeon Sang-ho. This was possible thanks to the support of Director Yeon Sang-ho has a unique and unique track record among Korean directors. His work <The King of Pigs>(2011) was invited to the Director's Week of the 65th Cannes International Film Festival, the first Korean animation. Through this work, he was well-received for his strong portrayal of humans and a sharp perspective on society, and he made his name known around the world. Then, <Pseudo>(2013) created a sensation by combining a realistic story with a strong sense of themes. <Pseudo> entered the 38th French Anci Animation Competition. Director Yeon Sang-ho, a rookie monster who has made outstanding achievements in the animation industry, is taking on a live-action film for the first time in his directorial life. The animation film <Seoul Station> was the background behind the idea of <Train to Busan>. <Seoul Station> won the Silver Crow Award at the 34th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. In addition, it became a solid background and prequel for the live-action film <Train to Busan>, as it was named in major competitions at major film festivals such as the 40th Anci International Animation Film Festival, the 20th Montreal Fantasia International Film Festival, and the 49th Spain Sitges Fantastic Film Festival.

Director Yeon Sang-ho, who has built a visual master-like world with a solid storyline and intense and delicate mise-en-scène in each work, challenged <Train to Busan> with unpredictable development, breathtaking tension, and perfect visuals. <Train to Busan> is a story that takes place across the country from Seoul to Busan, and is expected to give the domestic audience a thrill and pleasure that they cannot take their eyes off of. In particular, an unidentified virus that spreads nationwide starting with Seoul Station, the center of Korea, proceeds at a high speed like a high-speed train to Busan, delivering a sense of urgency and excitement to the viewers. In addition, the extreme emotions, selfishness, and social conflict that humans can feel in a disaster situation, and the struggle of each character to protect each other in it, makes the audience more immersed in each character. Director Yeon Sang-ho said, "I think the audience will be able to find characters with the same feeling as them through the characters in the movie. It is a much better film to introduce because it contains the stories of ordinary people who are similar to us and what happens in a familiar space." He expressed his affection for <Train to Busan>.

This summer, the disaster blockbuster <Train to Busan>, completed by director Yeon Sang-ho, a visual master recognized by the world, will once again catch the eyes of filmmakers.

The Dream Cast
A corps of super-luxurious actors representing Korea
Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok, Choi Woo-shik, Ahn So-hee, Kim Eui-seong, Kim Su-an
Check out the smoke synergy that shines!

A corps of super-luxurious actors leading the Korean film industry have come together for <Train to Busan>. Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok, Choi Woo-shik, Ahn So-hee, Kim Eui-seong, and Kim Su-an are the main characters of the topic. From actors who have been loved by the audience in various works regardless of genre, to blue chips that Chungmuro is paying attention to, they gather together for <Train to Busan> and foretell a splendid lineup.

Korea's representative actor Gong Yoo, who has mastered all genres with <Suspect> and <The Crucible>, tried a new acting transformation through the role of 'Seok-woo'. Regarding 'Seok-woo', Gong Yoo said, "He's an ordinary man in Korean society that he can come into contact with in the harsh reality. Rather than dramatized acting, I tried to act normally buried.” Actor Gong Yoo's transformation, who perfectly digested his fatherly love with his own style and restrained action in the train that became a father-in-law, will immerse the audience in his desperate feelings for survival. In addition, actress Jung Yu-mi took on the role of 'Bible', who helps people calmly and quickly in an emergency. “I thought the power of the story itself was strong,” she said. I acted so that the character of 'The Bible' naturally melted in it," he said, enhancing the film's perfection with his delicate and natural acting. In addition, actor Ma Dong-seok, who received hot applause at the Cannes Film Festival, disassembled into the role of 'Sang-hwa', who struggles to protect his beloved wife, and collaborated with Jung Yu-mi in a fantastic way. Ma Dong-seok, who said, “I acted thinking that ‘Sanghwa’ is not a special person, but an uncle, an older brother, and a husband that I can see around me.” Chungmuro Blue Chips Choi Woo-shik and Ahn So-hee take on the roles of high school baseball ace 'England' and baseball team cheerleader 'Jin-hee', adding vitality to the play. Choi Woo-shik and Ahn So-hee perfectly portrayed high school students who are confused without believing in the disaster unfolding before their eyes. Kim Eui-sung takes on the role of Yong-seok, the executive director of an express bus company. Kim Eui-seong doubles the tension of the play by perfectly portraying the nature of human beings in a crisis situation. Finally, child actor Kim Soo-an will fill the screen with emotional acting that is unbelievably mature for a 10-year-old.

The movie "Train to Busan", which shows the perfect combination of seven actors leading the Korean film industry, will be the only movie that should not be missed on July 20, with the actors' passionate performances and passion.

Top-notch Companions
The best producers in Korea who were not afraid of new challenges!
The unprecedented records they made in <Train to Busan>!
Perfect reality! Eye-catching visuals! Differentiated movement!

The movie "Train to Busan" is an unprecedented challenge that Korea's best production crew overwhelms their filmography. Under the direct direction of Yeon Sang-ho, he was not afraid of new challenges for his unique personality from filming, lighting, art, special makeup, choreographer, and even CG parts. Let them publish their achievements.

First of all, <Train to Busan> has technology that realistically captures the real world. Art director Lee Mok-won, who showed a perfect design with intense contrast in softness, enhanced the film's perfection by introducing reality-focused art through <Train to Busan>. Due to the security problem of train drawings, the art director and team members directly searched for a platform and a pentagraph that fit the movie concept such as Busan Station, Daejeon Station, and Dongdaegu Station, creating a realistic mise-en-scène of <Train to Busan>.

Second, he created an intense visual that overwhelms the eyes that have not been seen in Korean movies before. Hwang-soo Jeong, VFX Supervisor, works with artists in historical spaces including Seoul Station and Busan Station, the movement of a train running at 300km, and the appearance of an infected person in a disaster. Working with him, he completed a powerful visual that overwhelms the viewers' eyes. Director Kwak Tae-yong, who was in charge of special make-up, created a new visual unique to the Korean disaster blockbuster based on an oriental and realistic concept, unlike the appearance of an infected person usually seen in Hollywood. Cinematographer Hyeong-deok Lee, who wanted to convey the tension felt in everyday life through <Train to Busan>, introduced the LED rear projection technology for the first time in Korea to realistically express the speed and sense of realism of the limited space scene inside the train in the play, and to capture a realistic screen. focused

Lastly, we designed the movement of differentiated characters. Choreographer Jae-in Park designed the characters of each infected person in <Train to Busan> by age, gender, and space, and completed delicate movements differentiated from other films. In addition, martial arts director Huh Myung-haeng amplifies the tension by introducing a new action that develops quickly by bringing out the perfect breathing between actor Gong Yoo, who showed a perfect action with <Suspect>, and actor Dong-seok Ma, a well-known all-round action actor.

As such, the perfect collaboration between the representative visual master director of Korea and the production crew who has led the Korean film industry will establish a new paradigm for Korea's disaster film and bring great innovation to the film industry.


The first project of the unprecedented disaster blockbuster birth period!
How did you make the outside and inside of the train?

The icon of the unprecedented disaster blockbuster <Train to Busan> is the train bound for Busan. In order to perfectly implement this train to Busan, the best production crews in Korea have been working hard. It had to be identical to the real train, and it was necessary to perfectly embody the appearance of a train moving at super speed inside and out.

The production team of Train to Busan set a goal of 'to convey the realism of the space we live in and the tension that comes from that space as it is'. After contemplating for a realistic mise-en-scène of trains, we finally found a solution called LED rear projection technology for the first time in Korea.

First, the outside of the train was filled with a huge projection device and dozens of lighting channels that had not been seen in Korean movies. Veteran cinematographer Lee Hyeong-deok introduced LED rear projection technology for the first time in Korea to realistically convey the feeling of being in an urgent situation where tension cannot be put down. The projection device made by attaching more than 300 huge LED panels not only realizes a realistic screen, but also creates a vivid sense of presence so that even the actors who have acted in front of the green screen feel like they are riding a real train. At the same time, lighting director Park Jung-woo installed about 40 channels to capture the sense of speed of a train running at 300 km/h on the screen. Despite the spatial characteristics of the interior of the train with many reflectors, the lighting team members directly control the channel, realizing the movement and speed of light as if in a real train, realistically depicting the feeling of being in the train. Director of Photography Lee Hyeong-deok said, "The preparation process was complicated and it was difficult because it was not a commonly used technique, but considering the limited space and the actors' movements, I am satisfied with the result."

At the same time, the inside of the train occupies more than 1/3 of the movie <Train to Busan>, and it was perfectly produced as a set as if it were a real train. In order to create a set that looks like a real train but has no movement restrictions, art director Lee Mok-won and art team members took the KTX back and forth between Seoul and Busan dozens of times. They measured and designed the train themselves, reproducing the space, color, and even one small prop as it really is, and taking into consideration the actors' movements and the location of the camera, they made the set larger than the actual train size. In addition, an efficient set was completed in a detachable form to show different characteristics for each train car.

By creating the perfect exterior and interior of Train to Busan in this way, the audience will get the thrill of rapidly developing in a realistic space.

The second project of the unprecedented disaster blockbuster birth period!
How was the person infected with the unusual virus unique to <Train to Busan> born?

In Train to Busan, surprising characters appear in a disaster situation that has never been seen before. For the first time in Korean blockbuster history, the unique image of the infected was the motive and the most important element of this film. In order to perfectly embody the infected people who show off such unprecedented visuals, special makeup director Kwak Tae-yong and choreographer Park Jae-in worked with director Yeon Sang-ho to build a unique image for <Train to Busan> through thorough analysis and meetings. Director Yeon Sang-ho struggled to create a visual of an infected person with a completely different Korean sentiment from the infected person that can be easily encountered in Hollywood movies. Special makeup director Kwak Tae-yong and choreographer Park Jae-in designed more than 100 infected people with different visuals, and created new images that had not been seen in the Korean film industry one by one with great care.

First of all, the first mission to express the infected was to work with images that fit Korean films. Special makeup director Kwak Tae-yong focused the most on controlling the level of the infected. By expressing the degree of infection over time rather than the easily accessible image of an infected person in a Hollywood movie, he expressed the infected person with a realistic level instead of excessive image and disgust. Based on an oriental concept rather than borrowing a western one, it even melted Korean sentiment to create a new infected person that had never been seen in Korea. Even though there were close to 100 infected people at the scene, it took about 40 minutes per person to complete the important roles and did not miss the details.

Next, how to embody the body of the infected was the second part to be solved. Choreographer Jae-in Park, who has already attracted a lot of attention with <Wailing>, started classifying the actors six months ago in order to design the movements of the infected person, such as bent joints and drooping shoulders, according to each character. First, after the first classification was done by age group, gender, and speed of movement, the infected were divided again by place, such as inside, outside, and on the track. In addition, in a small space inside the carriage, the infected person's ears become sensitive instead of blind, so the action was implemented to respond sensitively to sound. In addition, the infected person outside the train took the work method of developing detailed movements from the train to the appearance of running on the gravel of the railroad between the trains and moving in groups.

<Train to Busan>, a film that perfectly recreated the abnormally infected people in Korea, which had never been seen before, in a new way, will perfectly capture the eyes of the audience throughout its running time.

Unprecedented disaster blockbuster birth plan 3rd!
A sharp look at the present and future of Korea!

<Train to Busan> received rave reviews at the Cannes International Film Festival because it vividly portrayed the living humanity and sociality in an unprecedented disaster blockbuster. Influential overseas media sent favorable reviews for the various messages of the movie Train to Busan, such as the selfishness of the crowd for survival, social conflicts, and the attitudes of countries and people in responding to disasters. In particular, director Yeon Sang-ho's sharp gaze looking at the world seen in the world-favored animation <The King of Pigs> and <Pseudo> is fully melted in this work.

Director Yeon Sang-ho, who planned the disaster blockbuster <Train to Busan>, which captures the present and future of Korea as well as the overwhelming scale and spectacular video, struggled to portray the psychology of the people who boarded <Train to Busan>. Because the intention to express a world where people become evil or good by chance and luck was the most important thing in the film. He thought that the film had realism in the image of a human being who has to protect a loved one against a sudden situation in a short period of time. I thought it would be a movie that could give a unique thrill that I had never seen before if I made the most of the chaos and added the sense of speed of the train.” Next, when Gong Yoo also selected the screenplay, he said, “I had no choice but to choose this work because I felt all the emotions of people on the train to live, to let someone go and protect someone so vividly.” The message shows a markedly different route from the existing disaster blockbuster.

Director Yeon Sang-ho delivers a strong message that penetrates <Train to Busan> through the seven main characters who are in an unprecedented disaster situation. 'Seok-woo' fighting to the extreme to protect his daughter 'Su-an', 'Sang-hwa' fighting to protect his beloved wife 'Byeong-gyeong', 'British' and 'Jin-hee' who depend on each other and do not let go of each other even in a chaotic situation ' and 'Yongseok', who fights a fierce battle to protect only himself, has completed a story that the audience can sympathize with with detailed descriptions of each character and different stories.

<Train to Busan>, which will present a new paradigm for the Korean disaster blockbuster by adding a strong social message to this disaster blockbuster, completed all preparations to burn the audience on July 20th.

[ Behind story by number ]

Create a realistic realistic model train with 5 compartments!

A sense of speed of 300 km realized with 40 lights!

Infected actors who digested over 100 professional action designs!

112 days of shooting campaign!

300 LED panels installed! Introduced rear projection technology for the first time in Korea!

CG work of 600 cuts! Overwhelming visuals created by the best VFX producers in Korea!

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