Peninsula (Korean: 반도; Hanja: 半島; RR: Bando; marketed in the United States as Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula) is a 2020 South Korean action horror film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. It is a standalone sequel to the 2016 film Train to Busan and follows a soldier who is sent along with his team to retrieve a truck full of money from the wastelands of the Korean peninsula now inhabited by zombies, rogue militia and a nice family.
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|Directed by||Yeon Sang-ho|
|Produced by||Lee Dong-ha|
|Edited by||Yang Jin-mo|
|Box office||$35.9 million|
Peninsula was selected to be shown at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was released in South Korea on 15 July 2020. It received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $35 million worldwide.
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Marine Captain Jung-seok is driving his elder sister, her husband Chul-min and his nephew Dong-hwan to a ship leaving South Korea, which is being swept by a zombie outbreak. On the way, he encounters a family with a young child who needs a hitch, but he ignores the family's pleas and drives away. In the cabin of the ship, an infected man turns into a zombie and infects numerous people, including Dong-hwan. Jung-seok then unwillingly decides to leave Dong-hwan and his mother behind and stops Chul-min, who returns after getting some supplies, from entering the cabin.
Four years later in Hong Kong, a guilt-ridden Jung-seok, with Chul-min and two other Koreans, are briefed by the Hongkongers of an operation that requires the four to return to Incheon in the quarantined peninsula and retrieve an abandoned food truck which contains bags of cash totaling US$20 million. The four arrive the following night and after some searching, they find the truck. The four escape the area unharmed with the truck, as zombies begin chasing them.
On the way back to Incheon Port, the four are ambushed by a rogue militia Unit 631, led by Sergeant first class Hwang. Jung-seok gets thrown out of the truck, while Chul-min hides inside the truck. The other two die from the ambush. Jung-seok is then rescued by two sisters: Joon, who drives the car out of the scene, and her younger sister Yu-jin. The three arrive at a hideout, where the children live with their mother Min-jung and grandfather Elder Kim. Jung-seok suddenly realises that Min-jung is the lady that had asked for a hitch four years ago.
The truck, taken by Unit 631, arrives at the militia's compound. Chul-min is then found inside and becomes a captive. Private Kim and Captain Seo subsequently discover the bags of cash in the truck, then secretly hatch a plan to get themselves out of the peninsula with the truck, keeping their escape plans a secret from the belligerent Hwang. Meanwhile, Min-jung learns from Jung-seok that there is a ship at Incheon Port waiting to extract him. She then decides to steal the truck from the compound so that the five of them (including her own family and Jung-seok) escape the peninsula together.
The following evening, near Unit 631's compound, as Joon, Yu-jin, and Elder Kim wait in the car, Jung-seok and Min-jung sneak inside, where they discover the truck and encounter Private Kim. While holding Private Kim at gunpoint, Jung-seok learns that Chul-min is alive in the compound and moves to rescue him. He briefly succeeds after shooting both multiple zombies and Unit 631 soldiers, but then Chul-min is killed by Hwang after saving Jung-seok from being murdered. Jung-seok is then saved by Min-jung and the two quickly escape the compound with the truck. Numerous Unit 631 soldiers, including Hwang, give chase; Seo also embarks on a personal pursuit after shooting Private Kim dead out of frustration towards the incident. In the ensuing chase, Jung-seok deliberately shoots and shatters the glass tunnel, freeing the horde of zombies inside, which then quickly attack Hwang's vehicle, presumably infecting Hwang and his driver.
The five reach Incheon Port, where Seo rams his vehicle into Joon's car, then holds her at gunpoint. Yu-jin manages to distract Seo that allows Joon to escape, but he then shoots Elder Kim as the latter protects Yu-jin from getting shot. Min-jung promptly attempts to shoot Seo, only for him to shoot her in the leg before fleeing with the truck. He drives the truck into the cargo hold of the ship, but is then brutally shot by the Hongkongers. As he bleeds to death, Seo reverses the truck to prevent the cargo hold's gate from closing; this causes the zombies outside to enter and kill everyone inside.
After Elder Kim dies from his gunshot wounds, the remaining four spot a United Nations CH-47 (Chinook) helicopter flown by Malaysian UN troops and direct it to land on the port. An injured Min-jung requests that Jung-seok bring Joon and Yu-jin to the helicopter, while she clears the path of zombies. Min-jung then traps herself in a truck and presses on the horn repeatedly, intending to lure the zombies to her and sacrifice herself for the three to escape. Recalling an angry claim Chul-min made in Hong Kong that Jung-seok did not do his best to save their family four years ago, Jung-seok rescues Min-jung by dispatching the zombies that have trapped her in the truck. She quickly makes the run to the helicopter, and Jung-seok covers her by shooting the zombie hordes. The pair board the helicopter with Joon and Yu-jin, which takes the four away from the desolate and zombie-ridden peninsula.
- Gang Dong-won as Jung-seok
- Lee Jung-hyun as Min-jung
- Lee Re as Jooni
- Kwon Hae-hyo as Elder Kim
- Kim Min-jae as Sergeant Hwang
- Koo Kyo-hwan as Captain Seo
- Kim Do-yoon as Chul-min
- Lee Ye-won as Yu-jin
- Jang So-yeon as Jung-seok's elder sister
- Moon Woo-jin as Dong-hwan
- Kim Kyu-baek as Private Kim
- Bella Rahim as Major Jane
Peninsula was selected to be shown at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival. The festival was eventually cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It was theatrically released in South Korea on 15 July 2020, and in the United States on 21 August 2020.
As of 25 September 2020[update], Peninsula has grossed $1.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $34.8 million in other territories (including $27.8 million from South Korea), for a worldwide total of $35.9 million.
In South Korea, the film made $2.4 million from 2,338 screens on its opening day, the best total of 2020, and $4 million through its first two days of release. It also opened in Taiwan and Singapore, making a combined $905,000 on its first day. The film went on to debut to $13.2 million over its first five days in South Korea, and a total $20.8 million (including $750,000 from 45 IMAX screens) worldwide. It was the first time since mid-March that the global box office totaled over $1 million. After ten days of release, the film had totaled $19.3 million in South Korea. In its second weekend the film also made another $265,000 from 51 IMAX screens in six countries, becoming the highest grossing local-language title ever for IMAX in Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam with $1 million. By August 7, the film had grossed nearly $27 million in South Korea. The film made around $100,000 from 47 theaters from its Canadian debut, and $213,415 from 151 theaters the following weekend from its a United States opening.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 50% with an average rating of 6.07/10, based on 82 reviews. The website's critics consensus reads: "Although a disappointing sense of familiarity threatens to derail Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula, fans of the original may find it a thrilling enough ride." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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