After Joon Ho-Bong´s Snowpiercer (In MSFF in 2014) the genre of train horror films has been complemented by another South Korean, Yeon Sang-Ho, who is better known for his animations. His first feature fiction film Train to Busan first received fame as the after-midnight hair-raiser of Cannes´ main series and then went on to break records in South Korea with over 10 million viewers.
Train to Busan is a high-voltage suspension film about a father and daughter´s train trip to Busan that gets more and more terrible. The hard-working single father gets to test his relationship with his daughter in a wild bullet-train-chase that is turned into a nightmare by lethal virus carrying zombies, that were influenced by the Mers viral epidemic of 2012 in South Korea.
The apocalyptic film is a continuation of Yeon´s third feature animation Seoul Station (2016). Yeon has pointed out that he wanted to echo the collective hate and undemocratic sentiments in a class society in a way that is both simple and effective. The father and daughter evade the zombies together with a child-bearing couple, two older siblings, a high-school basketball team and a self-aware CEO. (TM)
YEON SANG-HO (s. 1978) received acclaim with his adult animation films that have brought him also international fame. He graduated from university with a major in western painting. In 1997 he started producing short animations, among them a trailer film to 2010 Busan film festival, one of the most important in South Korea. His first long animation – that gave him fame right away in Cannes – King of Pigs (2010) was about bullying, violence and poverty. It was based on his own experiences, as was The Widow (2012), that touched on the topic of military harassment. Yeon addresses rough, socially controversial questions, such as religion that is organized around a cult leader, in his second feature animation The Fake (2013).