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Seoul Station (2016) is an animated Prequel to the Train to Busan, which act as both a predecessor and a perspective switch on the Zombie Apocalypse in the movie. It is written and directed by the same director, Yeon Sang-ho.

The main plot deals with Suk-gyu looking for his daughter, Hye-Sun, who has run away from her mother before turning to prostitution. At the same time, a Zombie Apocalypse has occurred within the city, caused by a infected homeless person, kicking off the plot of Train to Busan.


Seoul Station provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Armies Are Evil: The South Koreans with Marines are portrayed as this, gunning down both infected and uninfected civilians after the quarantine fails.
  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: Justified Trope, the holding cell is easily open only because the people have netter mental fortitude to open the door than zombies.
    • The improvised barricade made up of home appliances, trashcans, barrels, and wood held with some civilians fending off the infected with bats and pipes. It did fall once the zombies became too numerous to fend off that they simply climbed on top of each other and jumped over it.
    • The buses used by the police to quarantine the civilians. Any attempt by civilians to climb over or crawl over is met with a non-lethal force that pushes them back. Once the zombies breach the area, they form a Human Ladder over the buses and proceed to butcher the military.
  • Apathetic Citizens: The homeless man being bitten and neglected would later bite them back as he became the instigator of the Zombie Apocalypse.
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  • Anyone Can Die: All the main characters die in the film. The homeless man gets killed by Patient Zero and the old man who we all thought would survive gets shot in the head by a soldier. Ki-Woong gets his throat slit by Suk-gyu, who in turn is killed by a zombiefied Hye-Sun who hid a scratch wound while she was raped by the latter.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Hye-sun succumbed to the zombie scratch and turned into one when she killed Suk-gyu during his rape of her.
  • Asshole Victim: Suk-gyu in the end of the movie.
  • Badass Bystander: The homeless old man with Hye-Sun manages to kill two infected in the police station cell. Sadly, he is the first one to be killed by the South Korean military when he climbs the buses serving as a barricade.
  • Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend: Ki-Woong is a downplayed trope. Well he wasn't as ruthless as the people at the brothel where Hye-Sun worked, he did pimp her out on the internet. Though that is what enabled Suk-gyu to find her. There's also the part where Ki-Woong attempts to protect Hye-Sun upon realizing Suk-gyu isn't her father.
  • Black and Gray Morality: The main cast consists of an unemployed former prostitute who could only rent an apartment by borrowing money, her slacker boyfriend who wastes his whole day at the cyber cafe and tries to pimp her out, and her boss who is pursuing her for loan repayments.
  • Boom, Headshot!: The old man was able to kill an infected police officer and an infected vagrant by using the last two shots to the head.
    • Ironically said old man dies when a soldier shoots him in the head.
  • Bourgeois Bohemian: A well-dressed youth talked about a more proactive role by the government in healthcare while disgusted at a homeless infectee.
  • Disposable Vagrant: Deconstructed Trope. The neglect and abuse of a homeless man led to the Zombie Apocalypse after he succumbs to a bite and starts mauling people at a terminal and other vagrants before creating a horde large enough to cause police action in the city.
  • Downer Ending: Every main character dies, the quarantine fails, and Seoul will be overrun sooner or later.
  • Dramatic Irony: The movie starts out by emphasizing the homeless situation in South Korea... and the final confrontation takes place in one of those mockup apartment showrooms. It may look like the perfect home but REALLY isn't.
  • For Want of a Nail: See entry on Disposable Vagrant.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Seoul would get overrun by zombies as stated in Train to Busan.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The young athletic man who manages to monkeybar to safety risks everything to take Hye-Sun to higher ground and pays it dearly with his life.
  • Hold the Line: Riot-police and soldiers attempted to quarantine areas of Seoul festering with zombies using riot shields, police buses, water cannons, and armed battalions. It fails though.
  • Human Ladder: Rather, infected ladder similar to World War Z.
  • Improvised Weapon: Naturally, since most people in South Korea are not armed with guns. Toilet covers, pipes, bats, and metallic bars are used as weapons to kill the infected.
  • Jerkass: Several of them, enough for the place to count as Crapsaccharine World even before the chaos.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Suk-gyu gets one when Hye-Sun turns into a zombie and mauls him alive after he rapes her.
  • Le Parkour: Many characters in the film utilize this to escape from the infected. Some of the zombies are capable of this but only because of their drive to infect more humans, hence it is less coordinated.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: The riot police with shields managed to hold the zombies back long enough for Hye-Sun and another person to escape from the cell.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Some scenes of the film are set in an eerily-quiet alleyway or street with no humans or zombies before things turn out for the worse.
  • Papa Wolf: Suk-gyu tries to find his daughter even in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse. He isn't Hye-Sun's father but merely her boss.
  • Police are Useless: Many of the South Korean citizens see them as this. Justified since the first responders did not know how to deal with zombies. Riot shield officers were able to keep some zombies at bay but as the infection worsened, control was transferred to the ROK military.
  • Product Placement: Strangely, the characters here are using iPhone 6/6s rather than the locally-made Samsung or LG.
  • Rape as Drama: Suk-gyu rapes Hye-Sun without knowing that she was infected. It ends badly for him.
  • The Reveal: Suk-gyu isn't Hye-Sun's father but in fact the pimp she was fleeing. This is where he became a Jerkass and performed a Face–Heel Turn
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: Implied to be the quickest way to kill the infected.
  • Room Full of Zombies: The hospital and one of the subway stations Hye-Sun and the old man pass.
  • Sex Slave: Hye-Sun resorted to prostitution to survive.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Suk-gyu finds Hye-Sun but they and Ki-Woong are shot by the police and military during the fall of Seoul.
  • Wham Line:
    Suk-gyu: I almost died trying to find you, you fucking bitch!!
    Hye-Sun: ...That's not my father.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Once Ki-Woong and Suk-gyu find the crashed ambulance where Hye-Sun last reported her location, the paramedics are nowhere to be found. They were last seen clutching their wounds from the accident. No sign of zombie struggle was found. Still a case of Nothing Is Scarier though.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The beginning stages of one.
  • Zombie Infectee:
    • The old man seen in the beginning covered in multiple bites and wounds.
    • Hye-Sun herself when she gets scratched by a zombie that tried to pull her down from an improvised monkeybar. The effects are not known until the end of the film, but fans of the zombie genre already had their suspicions.

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