Movie Review: Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula

The Film Addict
6 min readJul 21, 2020
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What happens when you get tired of running to the same restaurant for that one favorite dish of yours, over and over again? You go to another restaurant, or try out the same dish prepared by chefs from other nationalities, of course. Such is the case for Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula.

Instead of plummeting through hordes of zombie flicks from Hollywood (and inevitably come across really good ones like Overlord (2018), sometimes), why not try out the same zombie soup prepared by a chef from Koreawood?

Koreawood, as I call it, has started to dish out some unusually engaging films, after the Parasite-breakthrough which exploded last year. Director Yeon Sang-ho of Peninsula is not exactly a new face, as he himself had directed the film that gave way to the latter. Yes, Train to Busan (2016) might be the film that started it all, but oddly, Peninsula is not entirely a direct sequel.

Yeon made do with a fresh group of cast, which picks up the story thread after the incident in Train of Busan. Marine Captain Jung-seok (Gang Dong-won) returns to the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested Korean Peninsula together with brother-in-law Chul-min (Kim Do-yoon) and other survivors to execute an unfinished task. Initially perceived as a painless job, the situation becomes more…