​S. Korean zombie film 'Peninsula' to hit cinemas in IMAX format

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : June 25, 2020, 15:46 | Updated : June 25, 2020, 15:46

[Courtesy of NEW]

SEOUL -- "Peninsula," a sequel to the 2016 zombie action horror film "Train to Busan," directed by Yeon Sang-ho, will hit black screens next month in IMAX, the special cinema projection standard that provides a wider image width.

NEW, the film's distributor, said Thursday that the zombie horror film will be released in the format of both IMAX and normal cinema on July 15. IMAX films are screened at special theaters with wider screens.

Train to Busan, the original film starring popular actors Gong-yoo and Ma Dong-seok, garnered unexpected popularity at home for its horrific depiction of zombie-infested Seoul and people going to the southern port city of Busan in a desperate attempt to take refuge. It was the first zombie film to gain such attention as the horror film genre has been recognized as B-grade.

The sequel film depicts a story about a group of people striving to survive in South Korea, four years after the zombie outbreak depicted in Train to Busan. Peninsula will star Kang Dong-won, Lee Jung-hyun and Kwan Hae-hyo.

The much-awaited zombie blockbuster sequel joined the lineup of 56 films selected by the annual Cannes Film Festival in early June. Having a film included in the list of Official Selection announced by the prestigious international film festival is seen as receiving a badge of honor. This year's prestigious annual film festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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