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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!
EXCLUSIVE: Japanese action star, actor Tak Sakaguchi will share the floor as a guest panelist among other headliners for this year's sophomore entry of the Iron DragonTV ActionFest. Submissions are now underway for the upcoming event which will be held at the Galaxy Highland 10 Theater in Austin, Texas from August 10 through 12.
The humble Ishikawa native is a naturally well-known fan favorite credited for such films as Battlefield Baseball, Versus, Alive, Samurai School, Yakuza Weapon and Sono Sion's Why Don't You Play In Hell? to name a few. His latest action-packed starring role now sees him carving and beating armies of villains to a pulp for longtime friend and film partner Shimomura Yuji's second directing effort, Re:Born, which has since been subject to a raft of critical praise from the festival circuit since last year.
Obligatory rules for IDTV Action Fest submissions and entries therein are listed in detail for attendees and local genre fans and cinephiles a…
An exasperating wait, no less, for folks like myself who live in the U.S.. Still, it's nice to know that a Blu-Ray/Digital HD release of the new tournament martial arts thriller, Boyka: Undisputed, is well on its way with an August release, while it's even nicer to know that the film's star, actor and martial artist Scott Adkins wants to do a fifth.
He says so at around the 11:40 mark in his latest interview now online following his recent appearance at MCM Expo in London this week to discuss the role and the film as a whole - And not for nothing either as he continues to pound away at fans who enjoy his movies, but insist on stealing them online which will otherwise kill any chance of the film happening before 2030 if we're lucky (my words, not his).
Adkins also shares several new images from his latest, Accident Man, and some gems on Michael Cuesta's American Assassin, working with Tony Jaa on the recently-wrapped ensemble action thriller, Triple Threat, and muc…
There is a LOT to sift through this week with the Hit List. I almost thought I wouldn't be able to make it because of all the content and information I managed to come across but I think I accomplished a little something-something!
As always, it's another round of energizing stunt, training and performance reels by some of today's amazing creatives and up-and-coming professionals. John Soares was a terrific find for me in the last few years with the long-awaited release of feature steampunk sci-fi, The Danger Element. He starts off the week followed by cosplayer and actress Erin Haus who has certainly earned a rightful place in the Hit List a few times in recent history, and you're more than welcome to look her up online as Hausplay when you get to it.
Rounding out the playlist are Timothy Parsons, Ruben Maldonado and Romanian stunt sibs Daniel and Adrian Bondor, with Aline Mayne,Walter Dodson, John Gilbert, Kate Angus, Marques Archie, Timothy Eulich, David Miller, She…