Peninsula (film)

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Peninsula
Peninsula poster.jpg
US theatrical release poster
Directed byYeon Sang-ho
Produced byLee Dong-ha
Written by
  • Park Joo-Suk
  • Yeon Sang-ho
Starring
Music byMowg
CinematographyLee Hyung-deok
Edited byYang Jin-mo
Production
company
Distributed by
  • Next Entertainment World
    (Worldwide)
  • Well Go USA
    (United States)
Release date
  • 15 July 2020 (2020-07-15) (South Korea)
Running time
116 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
Budget$16 million[1]
Box office$28.3 million[2][3]

Peninsula (Korean반도; Hanja半島; RRBando; marketed in the United States as Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula) is a 2020 South Korean action horror film directed by Yeon Sang-ho.[4] It is a standalone sequel to the 2016 film Train to Busan. It 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.

Plot[edit]

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 needed a hitch, but he ignored 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 (Min-jung's 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. Jung-seok realises from Kim that Chul-min is alive in the compound and moves to rescue him. Inside, Jung-seok kills zombies and several Unit 631 soldiers, but Chul-min is killed by Hwang. Jung-seok is then saved by Min-jung and the two quickly escape the compound with the truck. Numerous Unit 631 soldiers, including Hwang and Seo, give chase. 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, killing Hwang and his driver.

The five reach Incheon Port, where Seo rams his vehicle into Joon's car, then holds her at gunpoint. Elder Kim is fatally shot by Seo as he protects Yu-jin. Seo shoots Min-jung in the leg and escapes with the truck. He drives the truck into the cargo hold of the ship, but is then brutally shot by the Hongkongers. Bleeding out, Seo reverses the truck to prevent the cargo hold's gate from closing, allowing zombies outside to enter and kill everyone inside.

The grieving four then spot a United Nations military transport helicopter 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 returns and kills the zombies trapping Min-jung. She quickly makes the run to the helicopter, and Jung-seok covers her by shooting the zombie hordes. The four board the helicopter and escape the peninsula.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Peninsula was selected to be shown at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival.[6][7] The festival was eventually cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[8] It was theatrically released in South Korea on 15 July 2020, and scheduled to be released in the United States on 21 August 2020.[9]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 70% with an average rating of 6.71/10, based on 10 reviews.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garth Franklin (2 April 2020). "Teaser: "Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula"". Dark Horizons. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Peninsula (2020)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Peninsula (2020)". The Numbers. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  4. ^ Noh, Jean (23 March 2020). "First Look: 'Peninsula', Yeon Sang-ho's follow-up to 'Train To Busan' (exclusive)". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  5. ^ http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200715000765
  6. ^ "Cannes Film Festival Reveals 2020 Lineup: Wes Anderson, Steve McQueen, Kate Winslet & Pixar". Deadline. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  7. ^ "The films of the Official Selection 2020". Cannes. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Cannes selects lineup for 2020 edition after 'physical' festival shelved". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  9. ^ "'Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula' United States Opening Date Delayed". The Geekiary. 28 July 2020. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  10. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (15 July 2020). "'Peninsula' Sets 2020 Opening Day High In Korea; Fleshes Out $4M+ Overseas Through Thursday – International Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  11. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (19 July 2020). "'Peninsula' Thrills To $21M In Overseas Bow; 'Train To Busan' Sequel Helps Imax Score First $1M Global Weekend Since March – International Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  12. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (26 July 2020). "'Dolittle' Tops $5M In China Bow As Market Sees Daily Increases; IMAX WW Takings Jump 30%, Boosted By Middle Kingdom & Korean 'Peninsula' – International Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 August 2020.

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