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Train to Busan (2016) and other Korean films

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:10 pm
by LegendZilla
Hello once again ladies and gentlemen, LZ here again. As we all know, for well over a decade now, South Korean cinema is going through something of a golden age, especially whenn it comes to the monster/horror department with such classics like The Host and The Wailing. In light of this, mind if I discuss the now-classic zombie apocalypse film Train to Busan? I just finished watching it and the ending actually tug at my heartstrings a bit.

What do you think of this movie? Also, what do you think the future holds for South Korean cinema? Feel free to elaborate.

Re: Train to Busan (2016) and other Korean films

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:29 pm
by Godzilla2000Zero
Awesome movie and it's getting a sequel too this year or next I believe.

Re: Train to Busan (2016) and other Korean films

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:40 pm
by Tohosaurus
If you like the blend of Korea and zombies, try Netflix's Kingdom. It's brilliant and I believe season two was already confirmed. There's also Rampant, though I haven't seen it.

As far as overall cinema, Korea has some of the best (and consistently best) in the world these days.

Re: Train to Busan (2016) and other Korean films

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:59 pm
by LegendZilla
Here's an idea : What if South Korea did their own version of Godzilla? Yes, yes, I know it would be your first impulse to bring up Yongary, but I'm talking about if some major Korean film studio picked up the rights to the character and did a actual legitimate Godzilla movie. I know many of you would be skeptical of such and idea, understandably so, but hey Old boy started out as a japanese manga and now it's considered one of Korea's finest films in recent memory.

Re: Train to Busan (2016) and other Korean films

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:13 pm
by Tohosaurus
I believe various people have been trying to get a live action adaptation of Robot Taekwon V going.

Re: Train to Busan (2016) and other Korean films

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:06 pm
by Vandarker
LegendZilla wrote:Here's an idea : What if South Korea did their own version of Godzilla? Yes, yes, I know it would be your first impulse to bring up Yongary, but I'm talking about if some major Korean film studio picked up the rights to the character and did a actual legitimate Godzilla movie. I know many of you would be skeptical of such and idea, understandably so, but hey Old boy started out as a japanese manga and now it's considered one of Korea's finest films in recent memory.


Sadly giant monster movies do horribly here because of the widespread notion that they are immature, and because some major disappointments like D-War gave the genre a bad name.

Re: Train to Busan (2016) and other Korean films

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:25 pm
by LegendZilla
Vandarker wrote:
LegendZilla wrote:Here's an idea : What if South Korea did their own version of Godzilla? Yes, yes, I know it would be your first impulse to bring up Yongary, but I'm talking about if some major Korean film studio picked up the rights to the character and did a actual legitimate Godzilla movie. I know many of you would be skeptical of such and idea, understandably so, but hey Old boy started out as a japanese manga and now it's considered one of Korea's finest films in recent memory.


Sadly giant monster movies do horribly here because of the widespread notion that they are immature, and because some major disappointments like D-War gave the genre a bad name.


Easy now, if the Superhero genre in Hollywood can survive Batman and Robin, any honest Korean filmmaker who knows what he’s doing could get lucky and do the job right.

Re: Train to Busan (2016) and other Korean films

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:19 am
by tbeasley
I think some good entry films for folks here would be Bong Joon-ho's genre films (The Host, Snowpiercer, Okja) and Park Chan-wook's Vengeance trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance).

Re: Train to Busan (2016) and other Korean films

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:22 pm
by Tohosaurus
tbeasley wrote:I think some good entry films for folks here would be Bong Joon-ho's genre films (The Host, Snowpiercer, Okja) and Park Chan-wook's Vengeance trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance).

Building off of that:

My Way
Doomsday Book
Mother
Woochi
The Man From Nowhere
The Good, the Bad, the Weird
New World
I Saw the Devil

Re: Train to Busan (2016) and other Korean films

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:12 pm
by Vandarker
tbeasley wrote:I think some good entry films for folks here would be Bong Joon-ho's genre films (The Host, Snowpiercer, Okja) and Park Chan-wook's Vengeance trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance).

Na Hong-Jin is an awesome filmmaker as well, so far he has made only three feature-length films (Chaser, The Yellow Sea and The Wailing) so far but all three are amazing films in their own right.

Re: Train to Busan (2016) and other Korean films

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:43 pm
by JAGzilla
As of now I've only seen three Korean films. Dragon Wars, several years back; I enjoyed the action and ignored everything else, so I might should give that one a proper rewatch. The Host, more recently; I didn't really know what to make of it. And then I just finished Train to Busan, which was very good. Kind of a standard disaster film with iffy writing in places, but intense and with some likeable characters. Also, trains. Too few monster movies take place on trains.

I'll be trying Parasite (not a monster movie, but still) soon, and I'll also definitely look into some of the recommendations from this thread.

EDIT: Oh, duh, I forgot the Yongarrys. The original was okay and had some decent effects, but was forgettable. The remake was very near the pinnacle of "so bad it's good!" cinema.

Re: Train to Busan (2016) and other Korean films

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:15 pm
by GojiDog
(South) Korean films I've seen:

Yongary (original) = Its fun for what it is, but at the end of the day, its low rent Godzilla

Yongary (remake/reboot) = If the original Yongary is low rent Showa Godzilla, then this thing feels like an Asylum ripoff of the 98 Godzilla film. Yikes it is terrible.

Oldboy = Classic. What else is there to day?

The Host = Great creature feature! Loved it.

Train to Busan = One of the best zombie movies I've ever seen. I was reduced to a blubbering crying mess by the end of it.

Parasites = Not at all what I expected, but good Lord was it great!