South Korean horror flick Train To Busan continues to blaze through the box office in Asia. The film opened in Malaysia on Sept 8 and has since become the “No. 1 South Korean movie” in Malaysia collecting RM4.8mil just through its sneak shows at selected cinemas nationwide.
Train To Busan already broke all kinds of records in South Korea and Hong Kong. On the first five days of its release in South Korea back in July, it made RM158mil, which is a record for the country’s box office.
In Hong Kong, within just four days of its Aug 25 release, it took more than HK$16mil (RM8.3mil) making the thriller the highest Korean film in Hong Kong box office history. The zombie apocalypse actioner is also the top Korean movie in Singapore.
Train To Busan, which made its international premiere at the Cannes film festival back in May, is South Korea’s first zombie horror flick. Directed by Yeon Sang-ho, it stars Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Kim Soo-ahn, Jung Yu-mi, Sohee, Kim Ui-seong and Choi Woo-sik.
The story centres on passengers on board the fast train from Seoul to Busan, when a zombie outbreak is starting. Unfortunately for the passengers, one infected person has boarded the train ….
According to a press release by the film distributor, GSC Movies, audiences in Malaysia have also started a trend on many social media, drawing comparisons between the recent LRT breakdown in the Klang Valley and the zombie apocalpyse in the movie. Photos of frustrated commuters with the captions “Train To Masjid Jamek” and “Train To Pudu” have popped up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.