“The Last Train to New York,” the English-language adaptation of 2016’s South Korean zombie movie “Train to Busan,” has finally been assigned a specific release date. The film, which was released in South Korean theaters in July 2016, was an enormous success for filmmaker Yeon Sang-ho, who was willing to stretch the narrative even further with the animated prequel “Seoul Station” and the solo sequel “Peninsula.” Kim Su-an, Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-Seok, Ahn So-hee, Choi Woo-Shik, Choi Gwi-Hwa, Kim Eui-Sung, and Jang Hyuk-jin are among the film’s renowned cast.
Train to Busan is the story of a group of passengers aboard a high-speed train heading to Busan; meanwhile, the zombie virus spreads out in South Korea, unleashing a zombie attack and endangering the lives of everyone on board. While most of the survivors are explored in-depth, the film focuses on Seok-Woo and his estranged daughter as they go to meet his spouse on their daughter’s birthday. The film’s critical and commercial success made it popular in South Korea and around the world; consequently, an English-language version was promised four years after the show’s premiere.
According to Screenrant, the adaptation has now been given a confirmed release window, hopefully limiting to movie theaters. This date has been established as of April 21, 2023, indicating a springtime release that may be around the time of the pandemic’s end.
With a release date now set for the remake, fans can be confident that work on the film will pick up speed in order to reach the deadline. Furthermore, since the picture is in the hands of such horror legends, it is safe to believe that it will not dishearten and will succeed alongside the original. Train to Busan is presently available on streaming sites such as YouTube Movies, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV and Vudu in anticipation of the future adaptation.
Reactions of Fans to the American Remake
Many horror fans were clearly worried when the news of a remake of such a beloved film was announced, considering the terrible track record of reboots of great titles in the past. “Halloween,” “Friday the 13th,” “Child’s Play,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” have all had remakes, with the majority of them receiving negative reviews and being deemed inferior to the originals. Moreover, English-language revivals have been held to the same standard, with films like “The Uninvited” and “Dark Water” being seen as much inferior to the originals.
Korean dramas and films seldom create decent remakes. The final outcome of “Last Train To New York” is both contentious and intriguing.
Last Train To New York’s Creators
Since Timo Tjahjanto will be directing the remake, fans are hoping that it will promote humanity in the same way that the original did. Despite the name revealing the train’s end destination, it leaves viewers wondering about the film’s genesis. According to the four-hour journey shown in the original film, Countess fans believe the train will arrive in Boston or Washington. New Line Cinema would produce the remake.
James Wan And Gary Dauberman will also contribute the last Train to New York’s production and script. When Gary Dauberman and New Lines Cinema collaborate, they always deliver blockbusters. “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle” are two of them. Train to Busan was the highest-grossing film in 2016, and a remake has been considered since then.
The storyline of Train to Busan
The plot begins when a truck carrying commodities is permitted to drive through an area where a biotech factory has triggered a leak. The truck driver failed to see a deer crossing the road in the middle of the night, resulting in the deer’s death and transformation into a zombie.
Seok-woo and his daughter boarded KTX 101 to meet her mother on the occasion of her birthday. A young lady with a bite mark on her leg boards the train with them. She transforms into a zombie and assaults a train driver who has been infected and has also become a zombie. As they assault other passengers, the infection swiftly spreads all throughout the train.
Yong-Duk, a baseball star, and several other passengers flee to another car and shut the doors. Nationwide zombie breakouts are being reported on news programs. The remaining passengers discover the city and station are overcrowded once the train arrives at Daejeon station, and they rush back to the train, dividing up into separate train cars amid the chaos. Thereafter, the conductor directs the train to Busan, where a quarantine barrier has been formed.
Su-an, In-gil, and Seong-kyeong are hiding, while Seok-woo, Sang-Hwa, and Yong-guk battle their way to them. They fight against the throng of zombies in the front train car, where the other travelers are safe.
The survivors are forced to halt and look for another train due to a jammed track at East Daegu railway station. Seong-kyeong, Seok-woo, Su-an, and the homeless person are separated from Jin-hee and Yong-guk throughout this operation. After using the train conductor as a diversion, Yon-suk flees. Yong-guk, who is heartbroken, remains with Jin-hee and is soon attacked.
While attempting to help Yon-suk, the train operator starts a locomotive on a different track and is murdered by zombies. Seong-kyeong and Su-an flee with Seok-woo inside the train that the conductor had triggered due to the homeless man’s generosity. They come across Yon-suk in the motorman’s cabin, who is on the verge of becoming a zombie after being bitten by the railway conductor. Seok-woo manages to repel him, but he gets bitten in the meantime. Before heading outdoors, he places Seong-kyeong and Su-an within the engine compartment and bids his daughter farewell.
Seong-kyeong and Su-an disembark at Busan and walk through a railway tunnel. Soldiers are positioned on the opposite side of the tunnel to guard the perimeter against zombies. Because the troops at the checkpoint cannot see the newcomers clearly, they are told to shoot them. On the other hand, the troops hear singing, which alerts them that the visitors are human. At the opening of the film, Su-an tearfully performs the song “Aloha Oe,” which she had hoped to play for her father during her performance.