A man sobbing in the shower whilst a female body strangled to death, in an apartment waiting for repossession. Naked and unflinching from the beginning, The King of Pigs (2011) tracks two friends Kyung-Min and Jong-Suk, who rendezvous after fifteen years of mutual silence. Upon reuniting, they reminisce about their middle school days over soju, with flashbacks revealing their tough ordeals.
Director Yeon Sang-ho had a terrific debut with The King of Pigs winning numerous awards at domestic and international film festivals, and his more ambitious follow-up The Fake (2013), which deals with religious cults in Korea, was even more successful garnering enormous acclaim around the globe and plenty of festival invitations.
Following The Fake, Director Yeon went into production on his zombie apocalypse animation Seoul Station, which follows a man sleeping rough in the major railway station in Seoul who begins to exhibit bizarre symptoms that sweep across the city, triggering pandemonium.
Seoul Station features impressive voices, like Ryoo Seung-Ryong (Miracle in Cell No. 7 and Masquerade), Shim Eun-Kyoung (Miss Granny and Sunny) and Lee Joon (Rough Play).
Meanwhile, his very first live-action film Train to Busan, Starring Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-Seok, Jeong Yu-Mi, Choi Woo-Shik and Ahn So-Hee, directly follows the events of Seoul Station as the zombie virus finds its way on to the KTX train bound for Busan.
Gong Yoo plays a single father raising his little girl in the film. He recently starred in hit blockbuster The Suspect (2013).
Ma Dong-Seok is best known for his supporting roles in Kundo (2014), Nameless Gangster (2012) and The Unjust (2010).
Seoul Station and Train to Busan are all set to make a splash in early summer. (According to the press, Busan-Bound will hit theaters, two weeks before its prequel, Seoul Station.)