Yeon Sang-ho’s “Train to Busan,” about a zombie outbreak in South Korea and two passengers’ struggle to survive aboard a train, premiered this year in the Midnight Screenings section at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It was released in the United States this past July to generally positive reviews, but has broken box office records in South Korea. Additionally, Yeon has made the animated prequel “Seoul Station,” which made its rounds on the festival circuit but has yet to make it over into U.S. theaters or on VOD. Watch a brief trailer, with English subtitles, for the film below.
The film follows the initial circumstances of the zombie outbreak at the titular railway station. When a bloodied old man collapses in front of the Seoul Station building, nobody is willing to help him because they assume he is homeless, but the man’s younger brother nevertheless desperately tries to gather help without any luck. Naturally, the old man turns into a zombie and causes chaos in and around the station, setting off a chain of destruction that will lead to the events in “Train to Busan.”
“Seoul Station” has screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Fantasia Film Festival in Canada. According to Variety, FilmRise has recently acquired North American rights to “Seoul Station” but has not currently set a release date.