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  • TRAIN TO BUSAN Books Ride to North America
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jun 20, 2016
  • Well Go USA Doubles Up on Korean Cannes Pickups after THE WAILING
     

    Hot on the heels of its strong reception at the Cannes Film Festival, where it played as a Midnight Screening of the official selection and received rave reviews, YEON Sang-ho’s zombie action blockbuster TRAIN TO BUSAN has booked its ticket to North America. While a date has yet to be fixed, the film will be distributed by Well Go USA, marking the company’s second Korean pickup from Cannes this year, following NA Hong-jin’s THE WAILING, which is currently screening in US theaters.

     

    The live action debut of director YEON, who is known for his acclaimed and gritty indie animations titles, such as The King of Pigs (2011) and The Fake (2013), TRAIN TO BUSAN features GONG Yoo (The Suspect, 2013), JUNG Yu-Mi (Our Sunhi, 2013), Don LEE aka MA Dong-seok (One on One, 2014) and KIM Su-an (Sprout, 2013) as passengers fighting for their lives when their KTX express train from Seoul to Busan becomes overrun with the undead. The film acts as a sequel to YEON’s last film, the animation Seoul Station, following on directly from the events of that film but with different characters.

     

    TRAIN TO BUSAN, which is being released in Korea on July 20th by Next Entertainment World (N.E.W.) and handled internationally by their sales outfit Contents Panda, is the second of GONG’s three titles coming out in 2016, following the melodrama A Man and A Woman, in which he starred alongside JEON Do-yeon, and KIM Jee-woon’s incoming period action-thriller The Age of Shadows, with SONG Kang-ho.

     

    Well Go USA CEO Doris Pfardrescher stated: “We’re thrilled to bring this film to North America because it takes the foundations of the action and thriller genres, weaves in a powerful social message, and creates something completely new.”

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