39: Train to Busan: Escalator versus Horde

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Welcome to Everything Trying to Kill You, the comedy podcast that talks about horror movies! In episode 40 about Sang-ho Yeon’s film, Train to Busan, your hosts (Mary Kay, Mary, and lovely guest Emily Brooks Lewis) answer important questions like these: Who will Hollywood cast as any of these roles to destroy the movie and disinterest all of us and seeing it? Would they whitewash the shit out of it? What is in Korean skincare that makes these old ladies look like highschoolers with bad wigs? In what ways is Train to Busan a classic zombie movie? Is this movie scary? How is it scary? Did you like the writing of the scenes? Which is scarier, a zombie horde or an escalator leading you to slaughter? Is it a distinctly American observation that we don’t know how to kill this iteration of ghoul? What do you think about the baseball bat trope? Or was it a cricket bat? Did you like or notice the sensitivity to the baseball player when he sees all of his friends reanimated? Did you like the portrayal of masculinity in this film? Does nationality determine whether the zombies are fast or slow? How did ALL of the extras who turned into zombies do such compelling body work? What was the flashback scene of the father seeing Su-An as a baby before he turned? How awesome is this writing? (It’s sooo tight!) How quickly is the convention established? Why does Su-An sing Aloha ‘Oe? How come every new train car awakens a fresh hell? Do you like that construct? Did the mom leave the dad because he was complicit in this viral outbreak? Do you agree that dads do more work than they get credit for? Do you remember when that window broke? The conductor is the real MVP. How does this movie relate to Charles Dickens? What animal would me the scariest to be zombied?

Train to Busan (2015)– Directed by Sang-ho Yeon and written by Joo-Suk Park, Sang-ho Yeon. Performances by Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma.

Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Thriller, Suspense, Zombies, Action, Adventure

Where to watch: Netflix

Summary: The investment manager Seok-woo is a divorced man that lives in Seoul, with his daughter, Soo-an, and his mother. Seok-woo is a selfish man and neglects Soo-an, who misses her mother that lives in Busan. On Soo-an's birthday, she asks to visit her mother, and Seok-woo travels with her with the intention of returning after lunch. They board the fast train KTX, but a sick woman also boards another car. During the journey, the woman attacks a member of the train staff and soon all the passengers in the car are attacked, turning into zombies. Seok-woo realizes that there is a zombie outbreak in South Korea, and together with the passenger Sang-hwa, who is traveling with his pregnant wife Seong-kyeong, they isolate the safe front cars from the infected ones. Along their journey, the non-infected passengers have to fight the zombies and the selfishness of their fellow human beings. Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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