7 Things to Know Before Watching Train to Busan

Train to Busan is just another zombie movie. Wrong! Please insert “not” before “another”. You can actually say that it’s a zombie movie, with a heart.


Last holiday, I watched Train to Busan with my family. I was not looking forward to it actually because I am not really a fan of science fiction or zombie films, more so the nerve to watch the gore. (How unusual, knowing that I am a nurse too!)

Anyway, the rave is true. If you have been hearing so many good reviews about it, maybe it is true! And I am telling you right now, that they are! Whether you are a zombie-movie fan or not, this film will definitely tug at your heartstrings! Not in a cheesy kind of way, but something that is way much deeper than the love-sappy-whirlwhind we’ve all been fed up with.

I don’t want to spoil you, especially if you’re planning to watch it after reading this. But to make your movie watching truly nerve-wracking and satisfying, here are some reminders to make the most out of this intense zombiexperience:


  1. Watch it in the cinema. Please.

I highly recommend you watching this in the cinema. Keeping yourself surrounded with fellow thrill-chasers will double the heart-stopping experience and will make you feel as though you are in a zombie roller-coaster ride. No towering and fearful heights, or up and down slopes, just pure visual entertainment that will send your heart out of your heavy breathing chest. Screaming in chorus is just too priceless not to be subjected to. OMG. Why do I feel I suddenly sounded like a masochist? ;P


2.Do not watch it alone.

I mean, it’s still better to share a movie with another living person, apart from yourself. The jeering sound of zombie attacks, the millisecond save before that infectious bite, the looks of love between husband and wife, and the unwavering desire to keep your child safe – are just some of the highlights on why this is not your typical zombie movie. Discussing this with a known reciprocity will make you appreciate it more. It’s a lot less lonely than processing it on your own. (Sorry, this is too subjective. Haha I like discussing movies after watching. I even remember lines if they are too beautiful to forget.)


3. Do check your blood pressure.

Are you even fit to watch this? Well, not to be all health-preachy or anything, but I experienced considerable instances of tachycardia (increased heart rate). I mean in the most literal sense. Seriously, check yours. Because I am not joking when I say you have to be careful, because it will really send your heart out of that chest. Just remind yourself, it is just a movie. It is JUST a movie. And you’re not in Korea. Haha 😀 Hope that helps! Or maybe not? The movie’s palpable intensity is so devouring. I actually won’t be surprised if it becomes a game anytime soon!


4. Bring a handkerchief or tissue.

For those who are easily touched by moving lines, wonderful cinematography, and loud silence, be prepared. I actually thought there will be no crying scenes that day, because for Pete’s sake (whoever Pete is), it IS a zombie movie! Who cries in zombie movies? Haha 😀 Well, I can honestly say, it’s not me, it’s it. And yes, finding this out adds another reason on why you have to leave now and go to the nearest movie house, and buy that ticket!


5. Do not go to the washroom while the movie is on-going. Do not even blink.

Train to Busan is just too epic of a movie for you not to watch the whole 1:57:++ hours of it. The characters are all speaking in Korean, so gluing your eyes to the screen is a must for you to read the subtitles and understand. Not to mention that you might miss how the husband looked at his wife, and bid his last goodbye and still smiled, seconds away from his death. Or that sisterly and loving look towards one who was just as happy to finally realize that they are both still alive, only to be bitten moments after. I mean, there are scenes that are too distinct. Too raw. Too human. Oh my, did I just spoil? :O


  1. Give this movie a chance.

The movie may start like everything is under control, and the feel of the setting may appear too good and placid to be invaded by infected humans, but believe me, things will start to get more interesting once it hits its first ten minutes. Take note, first TEN minutes.


  1. Realize that you’re human and it’s still a fiction. For now.

Actually, I am not opting to sound like a movie critic, but if I can sum it up, with all the zombie-themed movies I have watched, this is perhaps the most realistic and the most compelling film ever. It was made beautifully, and focused not on the gore or horrendous parts, but rather on our humanistic nature. I mean, what are you going to do when a zombie apocalypse happens? I mean, that “For now.” attribute in my #7 title is just to add a little bit of a drama. But hey, the way the film Train to Busan was created felt like it is not close to impossible. There were no magical potions concocted, but just some toxic waste that apparently turns infected hosts to monsters. Oh well, I might be getting too overwhelmed, but one thing’s for sure. You cannot, in any way possible, miss this movie.

It’s bound to rivet your mystical and objective thoughts and make you question – “how can you protect yourself, from yourself.”

Train to Busan is still showing! See schedule in ClickTheCity !

Have you watched it? Or are you planning to? Lets chat about it in the comments! 😀


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