Magazine article Variety

Yeon Sang-Ho, 'Train to Busan'

Magazine article Variety

Yeon Sang-Ho, 'Train to Busan'

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For years, Yeon Sang-ho was bestknown for his dark, misanthropic indie animation, such as his first Cannes title, "The King of Pigs."

But Yeon's zombie live-action blockbuster "Train to Busan" not only surprised the entertainment industry, it also set Korean box office records in July, opening on 1,785 screens July 20 and earning $34.3 million from 4.75 million admissions over its opening five-day run, representing 75% of the total weekend box office.

"I have always had live-action filmmaking in mind" Yeon says. In fact, after the success of his second animated feature, "Fake" he had been offered a few live-action projects, which he turned down. "I found it hard to direct a film based on a script written by someone else" Yeon adds.

When Kyung Ik Jang, president of investor-distributor Next Entertainment World, saw an early cut of his Yeon's animated "Seoul Station" he was so impressed that he immediately suggested a live-action version. …

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