Apocalypse films seem to only be gaining cultural relevancy in recent times, and the case seems to be no different with the highly-anticipated Train To Busan sequel – Peninsula (officially titled Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula). At least based on what we’ve seen in this first trailer.
The original 2016 South Korean film released to wide acclaim from global audiences and critics alike. As for Peninsula, it appears as though director Yeon Sang-ho has only doubled down on everything that made Train To Busan a hit with a little bit more of a Mad Max flair. Hopefully, we’ll also get something in the same spirit of that kick-ass train fight sequence.
The official synopsis reads:
Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in Train to Busan – Jung-seok (Gang Dong-won) – a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best – or worst – of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances.
Although the world is currently clinging onto the label, Yeon has stated that Peninsula is technically not a Train To Busan sequel in the fullest sense – due to the fact that “… it’s not a continuation of the story, but it happens in the same universe…”. Hence the convoluted official title of Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula. That and to avoid any confusion with any other similarly named films, I suppose.
The film stars Gang Dong-won, Lee Jung-hyun, Lee Re, and Kwon Hae-hyo. Yeon has of course returned as director, as well as fulfilled his role as co-writer Park Joo-suk.
Peninsula is scheduled for international theatrical release on July 30th of this year. Although given the current circumstances, this is likely to either change or hit VOD.