Well Go USA Buys Cannes Zombie Movie ‘Train to Busan’

Train to Busan Cannes Film Festival
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Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American rights for “Train to Busan,” a zombie apocalypse thriller that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Midnight Screenings category.

Yeon Sang-ho (“The King of Pigs,” “Fake”) directed from a script by Park Joo-suk. The story follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a countrywide viral outbreak, trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to the Safe Zone.

The film stars Gong Yoo (“The Suspect”), Jung Yu-mi (“Silenced”) and Ma Dong-seok. A theatrical release is planned for the US and Canada in late July, closely following the film’s home-country release.

Variety’s Maggie Lee said in her Cannes review, “As an allegory of class rebellion and moral polarization, it proves just as biting as Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi dystopia ‘Snowpiercer,’ while delivering even more unpretentious fun.”

“We’re thrilled to bring this film to North America because it takes the foundations of the action and thriller genres, weaves in a powerful social message, and creates something completely new,” said Doris Pfardrescher, president and CEO of Well Go USA Entertainment.

The film was produced by RedPeter Film in association with Next Entertainment World, with Kim Woo-taek as executive producer and Lee Dongha as producer. The deal was negotiated by Pfardrescher on behalf of Well Go USA Entertainment and Danny Lee of Contents Panda on behalf of the filmmakers.

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