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Lead cast: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong Seok, Jung Yu Mi, Kim Soo An
Seok Woo and his daughter take a high speed train to Busan. Just as the doors are about to close, a passenger infected with a mysterious virus dashes aboard and soon feeds on one of the attendants, causing a chain reaction, and quickly transforming the potential father-daughter journey time into a zombie fest on wheels. You can run to the nearby car, but how far can you really run on a moving bullet train?
When assessing Train To Busan, it's important to keep in mind that this is a zombie movie; it's meant to deliver entertainment value, not intellectual or emotional enlightenment. Once I came to that agreement with myself, I found that I actually enjoyed it a lot. Though I must admit there were a couple scenes that tugged at my feelings, and a couple unexpected deaths as well. So, while this is a fun intense action thriller kind of film, it's not an empty one.
The two lead zombie opposers are portrayed by Gong Yoo and Ma Dong Seok, both incredible, accomplished actors on small and big screen. I had the pleasure to see at least one major project from each, so this was a collaboration worth anticipating. Gong Yoo had always been a romantic hero in my mind, ever since Coffee Prince something like a decade ago; I was surprised to see that he is capable of kicking zombie butt just as well as wooing the ladies. On the other hand, there was no surprise at the action mastery of Ma Dong Seok who has been gaining recognition as one of the leads in popular recent crime dramas Bad Guys and Squad 38.
Gong Yoo and Ma Dong Seok show us a delightful duo of clashing personalities, with one important thing in common: they're both fathers struggling to protect their daughters from the ongoing undead apocalypse. This detail stands out from the snarling gnawing outrage. This is where it connects with the audience. Not college kids having too much time to kill (does anyone ever feel bad for those in horror films?) - but fathers protecting their daughters.
I recommend Train To Busan for horror movie fans, and if you have the opportunity, I recommend seeing this in theaters. I promise you won't get bored with this action and tension packed thriller. Enjoy the ride when Train To Busan opens in select theaters this Friday, courtesy of Well Go USA!
Honorary Oscar winner Jackie Chan is in Shanghai stirring a ruckus for attendees and fellow stars at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. More news on this will rollout eventually and there will be plenty to sift over amid the buzz for Chan and his upcoming titles, and the same goes for the Fall release of the new thriller, The Foreigner, which is getting an October 13 release from STX.
The film takes its cues from Stephen Leather's novel, The Chinaman and is adapted for the screen by David Marconi with Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell directing. Chan is joined by Pierce Brosnan, Liu Tao and Katie Leung for the story of a South London restaurant owner who reverts to the lethal skillset built in his dark past, paving his own way for vengeance after an IRA terrorist attack that kills his family and the justice system fails him.
The film has already made itself a share of festival appearances with a few gamey one-sheets but we now have an official first poster for its …
It's understandable that one forgets things. Amid all the film festival hype I damn near forgot that a live-action adaptation of Sakurai Gamon's hit manga, Ajin: Demi Human was on the way which makes me wonder how come it's not heading to festivals this year, unless I'm wrong.
If not, I reckon part of this is due to the amount of work being put into the spectacular action sequences and immersive visuals with Bayside Shakedown film series and Shaolin Girl helmer Motohiro Katsuyuki at the helm. There wasn't a lot of footage in the previous teaser to showcase it much but there was just enough to garner some much-deserved interest and as of Sunday, to say the least, the official trailer guarantees the promise being offered here in a much more assuring fashion.
The film opens in Japan on September 30 and much to the delight of fans of both the manga, the anime series and films, as well as Rurouni Kenshin star Satoh Takeru. He leads the cast of the film as Nagai Kei, a …
Well guys, my hiatus was a brief but fair one. It was a necessary breather to help recoup from the workload and best part about all this is that people are still creating!
So yeah, that's a nice thing to come back to. That's what The Hit List is for and I've found (and have also been sent) some GREAT stuff to share this week. It's also a lot to unpack so without further ado, the stunt reels are up first as always and we begin with Amy Sturdivant's most recent Vimeo upload. I meant to share hers before going on break but YouTube parameters were a factor and Vimeo was the only option left. So, better late than never, and with a demo reel as substantive as this being all the more reason worth sharing.
Following that is a playlist ripe with awesome stunt and action demos by Francis Limoges, Drew Reade, Gaby Rodriguez, Jennifer Badger, Gene Freeman, David Van Tassell, Domenica Rossi, Brytni Lavender, and stunt/fight coordinator reels by Airon Armstrong and Roberto Lopez…