One of the more famous Korean horror movies, the zombie drama Train to Busan made international waves when it premiered in 2016, and for good reason. The action-horror was the most exciting and emotionally engaging zombie drama had been in a long time –World War Z to wish it could be this movie.
Train to Busan follows fund manager and beaten to death father Seo Seok-woo (squid game‘s Gong Yoo!) as he and his daughter try to escape the zombie apocalypse on a high-speed train bound for Busan. The city, the second-largest in Korea, has cultural significance as it was one of only two cities (along with Daegu) not captured by the North Korean military during the first three months of the Korean War. As a result, refugees fled to the city, which also served as the temporary capital of the Republic of Korea.
Train to Busan would spur a not-so-good standalone sequel, Peninsula; have fans of the original movie Hellbound, a supernatural horror series by Train to Busan writer-director Yeon Sang-ho, on Netflix in November.
The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil (2019)
An excellent choice for those of you who like your gory movies, much more action-packed movies, Lee Won-Tae’s The gangster, the cop, the devil has the skills (and the thrill) to pay the bills.
The critically acclaimed film tells the story of three men whose lives are on a collision course after two of them become obsessed with eliminating the third – a deranged serial killer who is already responsible for a handful of local murders. Gangster Jang Dong-soo (Eternals star Ma Dong-Seok) has already had a brutal run-in with the killer who has been dismissed as an attack by a rival gang, but is quickly convinced by rookie cop Jung Tae-suk (Kim Mu-Yeol) that he’s just the latest is in a long line of intended victims.
The duo agrees to team up and join their efforts to track down the killer, but their partnership continues to break down violently because they’re both so determined to cling to their own plans of attack: the mobster wants to destroy the killer with his bare hands, while the cop just wants to lock him up and get promoted.
The gangster, the cop, the devil is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat as loyalty prevails, but if there’s one thing you’re going all-in for, it’s that the vile Devil of the piece has to be stopped somehow.