21 Aug 2020 4:35 PM +00:00 UTC

Train to Busan: Peninsula Director Says Horror Film Brings Hope Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

There is little doubt that Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula is one of the most highly-anticipated horror flicks this year. After all, the sequel to the 2016 Korean zombie film promises to reveal what happened to the country after all these times. But is it possible that the movie might be too much especially during the coronavirus outbreak? Director Yeon Sang-ho insists that Peninsula could actually bring hope to everyone during the pandemic.

Yeon recently spoke to io9 where he confirmed that he was inspired by post-apocalyptic movies like Day of the Dead, Escape From New York, and Mad Max. Interestingly, the filmmaker also pointed out that an anime classic was one of his inspirations.

"It's true that I took inspiration from those movies to create the mood for the movie Peninsula. In addition, from the animation Akira, the latter half of the movie where Special Forces infiltrated post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo after Akira's second explosion, was a big motif for me," Yeon said.

But is now a bad time to release a movie that shows a country that has fallen victim to a zombie infestation? Yeon stated that the sequel might actually be a hopeful thing for audiences.

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"Peninsula is a story about how, in an isolated and frustrating world, we can invent ways to maintain hope. I think it is a topic that should be thought about in our present reality," he said.

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula hits theaters on August 21.

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