Released back in 2016, South Korean film Train to Busan stunned the world with its uniquely melodramatic twist on the zombie horror genre, quickly leading to an animated prequel titled Seoul Station. At the time it was also announced that a sequel had been green-lit, with director Yeon Sang-ho now sharing early details regarding the follow-up, including a bit about the movie’s plot and an early look at its ravaged world.
“It takes place four years after Train to Busan, in the same universe, but it doesn’t continue the story and has different characters,” Yeon shared with Screen Daily. “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.” The movie will follow Jung-seok (played by Gang Dong-won), a former soldier who escapes the Korean Peninsula, which is now a zombie-infested wasteland that has been decimated following various nations’ attempts at culling the spread of the virus. He’s sent back to the port of Incheon in order to reach Seoul, coincidentally coming under attack as he finds non-infected survivors.
Yeon’s latest blockbuster has inevitably been a greater undertaking, seeing as it has twice the budget of the original ($16 million USD versus the $8.5 million USD). “The scale of Peninsula can’t compare to Train to Busan, it makes it look like an independent film,” Yeon notes. “Train to Busan was a high-concept film shot in narrow spaces whereas Peninsula has a much wider scope of movement.”
Take an early look at Peninsula above. The movie is set for a summer 2020 release in South Korea (distributed by NEW) and has already pre-sold to various territories including North America, France, Latin America, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the UK.
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