Fans have been patiently awaiting a return to the world of Train to Busan since the first Korean zombie film by director Yeon Sang-ho took the world by storm in 2016, and now we finally have our first look at Peninsula in action. Apparently being marketed as Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula in the U.S., the film picks up four years after the initial zombie outbreak seen in the first film, with a new cast of characters. This time around, we’re not witnessing society as it collapses. Rather, we’re being dropped into a world that thoroughly belongs to the zombies, with only tiny pockets of survivors. To quote the official premise:
“Four years after the events of Train to Busan, there is nothing left of Korea except its geography. A crew on a retrieval mission comes under attack, and in the process discovers more survivors.”
The first trailer below, meanwhile, looks absolutely bonkers, filled from bottom to top with what looks like crazy action spectacle. Although there is certainly some of that in the original Train to Busan, especially in the train yard finale, the Peninsula trailer looks so much like an action movie in the vein of Mad Max: Fury Road that we’re slightly worried that Sang-ho might have taken things a bit too far. Hopefully, he manages to hold on to the strong character building that made the first film stand out in a particularly crowded market for zombie horror movies.
Peninsula doesn’t yet have an exact release date, but it’s still expected at some point in 2020. In the meantime, check out the intensity on display in the trailer below.