Director Yeon Sang Ho’s new film Peninsula was officially invited to the 2020 Cannes International Film Festival.
Peninsula, is an action blockbuster that depicts the final struggle of those left in the ruined land four years after Train to Busan.
At 1:00 a.m. on June 4, the “Cannes Official Selection 2020” was announced at UGC Normandie in Paris. During the announcement, Peninsula was introduced as “a great sequel of ‘Train to Busan.’”
Yeon Sang Ho is the sixth director to be invited by Cannes more than three times in Korea and the only director to be invited to both animation and film category. In particular, he is the first Korean director to receive an invitation from the festival for both series.
Peninsula, which returned with a more expanded worldview, was expected to be named on the invitation list early on. Director Yeon Sang Ho said, “It’s grateful to be invited to the Cannes International Film Festival once again after ‘Train to Busan.’ I sincerely appreciate how they sympathize with the fun of the genre and timeliness.”
He then went on to say, “The overwhelming expectation of introducing ‘Peninsula’ for the first time in the world’s top film festival will be impossible under the current circumstances, but I hope that the global film industry be normalized quickly and one day, attend another thrilling festival.”
Peninsula is scheduled to be released in July simultaneously in major countries.