A new U.S. trailer has arrived for Peninsula, the follow-up to the hit 2016 South Korean zombie film Train to Busan.
The film, with Train to Busan director Yeon Sang-ho back at the helm, is set four years after the events of the first film and finds South Korea in a post-apocalyptic state after being ravaged by the zombie outbreak. We follow a soldier (played by Gang Dongwon) who is sent back into the red zone on a mission to retrieve cash, and in the process discovers an f’d up society that’s developed and survivors that could use some help.
Perhaps it’s the tone and the specific moments put together for this U.S.-aimed trailer, but Peninsula is looking mighty different from its predecessor. There’s plenty of CGI-action on display with Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome stylings, some Fast & Furious vehicular mayhem, and even an overused Terminator nod (“Hop in if you want to live”). If this weren’t a sequel to the fantastic first film (seriously, see it NOW if you still haven’t), I’d be looking at this trailer with less caution. Still, it could be a fun outing in its own right and I’m keen to see what’s in store.
Peninsula still doesn’t have a locked-in release date, seeing as most major markets are still in the air when it comes to the easing of restrictions for cinemas. The film will have its premiere at the upcoming virtual Cannes Film Festival.
Official synopsis for Peninsula:
Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in TRAIN TO BUSAN, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us PENINSULA, the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances.