Train to Busan presents: Penin has been directed by Hong Sung-Hoon and produced by Choi Jin-Woo. The story of the movie revolves around the quiet life of a Korean family in their modern age and the comical experience that they have when their son goes to Japan to study.
There is a common misconception that a lot of high school students to visit Japan because of its luxurious and competitive culture. However, if you want to have a closer look on how Japan works and the people that lives there, you will be amazed on how difficult and chaotic it really is. It's more accurate to say that the Japanese culture is always hostile and unforgiving and something which causes animosity.
Train to Busan presents: Penin was one of the few films that deals with culture shock. And even if it has been filmed in Japan, this film still creates a perfect picture of Japan. There are some scenes of street fights that brings back all the horror stories of Japan. But I think the best thing about the film is the comedy and hope of being accepted by those who live in Japan and experience being accosted by all sorts of people who approach them and think that they are rude or like pigs.
You have the image of the Japanese people as being uptight, yet Train to Busan presents: Penin shows that even the Japanese can be very laid-back and fun. The jokes of the film are usually directed at the Koreans, but sometimes the Japanese are also caught off-guard by the responses of the Koreans. This makes for hilarious scenes as well as the relationship between the two families.
If you want to see how Japan works, this is the perfect film to watch. Even though this film is a comedy, there are some serious moments too. During the whole film, the characters are trying to make the move as friends with the Koreans. However, the end result would be a disaster, and in the end the family still have a quarrel regarding the way they were treated by the Koreans and what exactly they did wrong.
It is also interesting to note that the Korean actors and actresses did not perform for the camera so as to make the viewers know about their character. You have the odd scene where the cast are playing games that make you laugh in the midst of your horror at the ending of the film.
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Train to Busan presents: Penin is one of the first South Korean films to be viewed in English and even though it is a comedic film, the director Hong Sung-Hoon manages to find the right balance between a strange story and the humor that can make you laugh without getting offended. I really enjoyed this film and I recommend it to anyone who likes to laugh and let loose their inner jokes in between the lines.