By: John M Jerva
The Korean zombie thriller Train to Busan was a sleeper hit to say the least and I apologize for not writing about it and it’s sequel which is currently in the works. I even have to admit that I haven’t seen the original and I hopefully plan to rectify that soon. I kind of got fried from zombie flicks and took a hiatus but I plan on revisiting the genre and this one is on my list.
Now we have some official first look images from Peninsula which is the follow up from director Yeon Sang-Ho. In a recent interview with Screen Daily, the filmmaker gave us a glimpse of shag his expect from he highly anticipated follow up and he says that it’s gonna be larger in scale and size than the self contained first film which saw ordinary civilians battle a zombie outbreak on a train. Take a look below!
In the interview, Yeon stayed, “The scale of Peninsula can’t compare to Train to Busan, it makes it look like an independent film. Train to Busan was a high-concept film shot in narrow spaces whereas Peninsula has a much wider scope of movement.”
Yeon added, “the idea of being able to build a post-apocalyptic world – which would be sort of savage but also in a way like ancient times, or like ruined modern times, with rules of its own – was interesting to me. There could be many stories that could keep coming out of that world. Destroyed, isolated, extreme, but with hope of escape and humanism, and the way world powers would look at this place. There could be a lot of material with a lot of greater significance.”
In the sequel which was penned by Train To Busan writer Park Joo-Suk, finds the timeline 4 years later and follows a soldier named Jung-Seok who has escaped the zombie infested Korean Peninsula only to be given a mission to go back where he comes across a host of survivors.
The film stars Kang Dong-Won (My Brilliant Life) as Jung-Seok, Lee Jung-Hyun (The Battleship Island) as Min-Jung, Lee Re (Witch’s Court) as Joon, Kwon Hae-Hyo (The Crowned Clown) as Kim Noh, Kim Min-Jae (Urban Cops), Go Kyo-Hwan, Kim Do-Yoon, and Lee Ye-Won.
Peninsula is scheduled to hit Korea this summer with international release dates to follow. Check out the first look images below!