A Rant: Train To Busan & Hollywood Remake

12/22/2016

"Busan-Haeng" film poster
You might have already heard about this and maybe you've even watched it but before I start my rant, I'll give a recap for those who haven't watched the film yet. Don't worry, I won't spoil anything.

Train To Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse horror thriller film which had its premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in May this year. In August, the film set a record as the first Korean film of 2016 to break the audience record with over 10 million theatre-goers. If you want to watch the trailer with English subtitles, here it is. I won't display the video here because the thumbnail is pretty terrifying, haha. The comment section is full of spoilers though, so beware.

Screen cap of the film
I watched this film online when it came out and I loved it so much that I watched it again with my best friend and again with my sister. What struck me with this film was that it touches on social, political issues and is all about the father's sacrifice for his daughter as well as other relationships and bondings. It is action packed and keeps you on the edge of your seat and its message stays with you for a long time after having watched it.

Germany aired the film in early December for two days and I was so so happy, though I unfortunately couldn't go see it because of my schedule and it was airing rather late in the day as it is a horror film. All I know is that they had dubbed the entire film in German and I was full of pride because this film was the first South-Korean film that made it so far as to where it would be aired overseas here in Germany. At least the first one that I watched and witnessed, so don't take my word! I was also extremely proud because some of my favourite actors were getting recognition and love through this and were praised a lot.

Gong Yoo as Seok-Woo and Ma Dong-Seok as Sang-Hwa
Ahn So-Hee as Jin-Hee
Now it was announced that Hollywood will be making a remake of the film together with the original producing team. Further details aren't out yet but this news was enough for me to begin raging.
I get that going for a remake will boost South-Korea's film industry but to be honest, I am furious. I'm not even kidding, nor am I exaggerating. I loved the film and I despise Hollywood for having to make a remake for the sake of it. They have ruined quite some original films with remakes already and I cannot for the sake of me see why they can't just give credit to the original producers, writers and the cast.

Why can't you just dub the original film and air it? Train To Busan aired in Germany for two days and it was dubbed just fine. Why have to make a remake of a film that is already unbeatable? Oh right, the success is ringing. Money, money, money. Because the cast isn't American? Will you call it Train To New York then? That just doesn't seem right or justified at all and I am saddened to know that many people will probably go watch the film without knowing about the brilliant original version.

The thing is the plot wasn't even the best thing about the film. It was the cast. So needless to say, I'm sure I won't be able to enjoy the remake at all because I am very much biased as the cast was a perfect fit and I doubt that any other cast will bring out the same emotions as they did. No offence to the future cast of the remake but I mean Train To Busan with this very cast was so intense that any other cast will just seem dull to me. Yes, I know, prejudices. I know I shouldn't think this way probably but I'm just being honest with my view.

Choi Woo-Sik as Young-Gook
Film poster
I might be going over the top here because I'm biased but since I've seen and loved it, it's just kind of logical to have this opinion. I'm raging as you can read, haha. Might be amusing for some. It's just that I was so proud of the success this film had and the fact that it was a boom world wide and contained some of my favourite actors in South Korea was just mind blowing to me and filled me with so much pride. And then Hollywood came along and look, they want to do a remake. Sigh.

What do you think? Am I just being a little piece of poo? Or do you see it the same way? Have you watched the film?

Until then - I have to calm down,
Arden

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