‘Peninsula’ by Yeon Sang-ho, Kang Dong-won and Lee Jeong-hyun … 4 years after ‘Train to Busan’

[Maeil Business Star Today Yang So-young]

The post-apocalyptic film “The Peninsula,” which is the sequel film for “Train to Busan,” is set to be released in this summer. It is interested in whether the “Peninsula” will succeed in “K-Zombie” following “Train to Busan”.

In the morning of June 16, the online press conference for ’Peninsula’ took place. Along with director Yeon Sang-ho, actors Kang Dong-won, Lee Jeong-hyun, Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim Min-jae, Koo Kyo-hwan and Do-yoon, and Lee Ye-won attended.

The official invitation to the Cannes International Film Festival in 2020, “The Peninsula,” depicts the final struggle of those left on the land that has been in ruins for four years after “Train to Busan”.

Kang Dong-won commented on the invitation to the Cannes Film Festival. “Although The Cannes Film Festival was not held, but it is a great honor.  My friends abroad also knew of it and congratulated me. Lee Jung-hyun said, “I was so happy, I wanted to go to Cannes film festival once, so it’s a shame I couldn’t go. I want to thank director Yeon Sang-ho for giving me the opportunity to show good acting through this film”

Director Yeon Sang-ho said, “‘Peninsula’ starts from the escape of a family from ‘Train to Busan.’ At about the same time, focusing on Jung-suk, who became a refugee, four years later, he heard an inevitable proposal and returned to the peninsula. There were a lot of places like ruins while shooting for ‘Train to Busan’. I thought if the movie went well, I should shoot a movie in these ruins. That was the beginning.”

Kang Dong-won said, “I read the scenario interestingly.. As an actor, it can be burdensome to be the follow-up story to a project with a predecessor, and actors might not have the desire to do it. However I didn’t feel at all when I received the scenario. Since there hasn’t been a Korean film that showed a post-apocalyptic movie in Korea, so I wanted to do it”

Lee Jung-hyun said, “I like zombie movies and enjoyed the director’s “Train to Busan.” I watched 4-5 times in a theater. I was very proud. It was fascinating that Korea created a perfect zombie film, which was more interesting to see what happened on the train I boarded. I received a call and was thoroughly surprised. The scenario was interesting too.”

Director Yeon Sang-ho said that the pre-production of the Peninsula took almost about a year. In case the previous film was on the train, ‘Peninsula’ has car chasing, apocalyptic situations and horde zombies. “It was scene of car chasing where I focused the most on pre-production.”

Kang Dong-won said, “Jung-suk, a survivor who returns to Korea to fulfill a mission he can’t refuse for the first time in four years.” Director Yeon praised Kang Dong-won for his great action scenes. “He’s really good at the scene. He doesn’t need to go to action school this time.”

Director Yeon Sang-ho said about the message of ‘Peninsula’, “For large commercial movies, universal messages are important. I think we should set hope in the post-apocalyptic era.” ‘Peninsula’ is scheduled to be released in July.


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