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Tidal Wave

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Original title: Haeundae (해운대)
Country: South Korea
Year: 2009
Genre: Action, Drama
IMDB Rating: 5.8 897 votes
Plot: Choi Man-shik lost a co-worker in tsunami during a deep-sea fishing trip four years ago and still blames himself for the accident. Choi hasn't been to sea since, drowning his sorrows in drink. He is in love with daughter of his lost friend who runs a small seaside fish eatery, and is preparing to propose her.

Klutzy coast guard Hyeong-shik rescues wealthy student from Seoul named Kim Hee-mi and bored arrogant beauty flirts with him.

Businessman Eok-jo looking to build a mega mall on the waterfront runs into protests from native coast citizens.

Geologist Kim Hwi, an expert in tsunami researches, discovers the East Sea is showing signs of activity similar to the Indian Ocean at the time of the 2004 tsunami. He notices a pattern in the undersea earthquakes that could trigger a mega-tsunami, and Haeundae would be directly in its path. But Disaster Prevention Agency doesn't take Kim Hwi seriously and refuses to evacuate the millons of peoples immediately. Then Kim Hwi tries to warn atlist his ex-wife who is in town for a cultural event along with his young daughter.

And while the vacationers and citizens of the largest beach town of South Korea are enjoying a peaceful, hot summer day, a mega-tsunami is headed straight for Haeundae at 500 miles per hour.
  • HAEUNDAE is Korea’s first full-scale disaster movie.

  • Budget: $10–13 million.

  • Visual effects was supervised by Hans Uhlig ('The Perfect Storm,' 'The Day After Tomorrow') and masterminded by Marin County's Polygon Entertainment.

  • The film has been presold to 22 countries and in a rare move is targeted for a wide release in China as early as late August as part of a revenue-sharing agreement between China Film Group and CJ Entertainment.

  • The movie was opened on July 22, 2099 and became the No. 1 movie at the Korean box office, accounting for 58.7% of all ticket sales its opening weekend (taking more than 1.1 million admissions on 869 869 screens). After 13 days, the admissions broke the 5 million mark with 5.22 million tickets sold. And on August 24 HAEUNDAE finally passed 10 million admissions, 33 days after the release date and became No. 5 at the all-time Korean box office chart.
Movie info
Language: Korean
Colormode: Color
Running time: 120

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Tags: Tidal Wave, Haeundae, 2009, Korean movies, Action movies, Drama movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

Tidal Wave
(overall rating: 3 out of 5 based on 2 reviews)
Twitch, by X source: http://twitchfilm.net/reviews/2009/10/k-film-reviews-haeundae.php
«It's technically proficient, the acting is not too bad, and it has a few inspired moments of hilarity. But it ultimately tries to be meaningful and overcome its genre trappings despite not having what it takes to do so; it tries to be more than just a summer flick, but it takes masters to achieve that, not just journeymen of dubious talent pushed to the top because of their track record at the box office. Yoon Je-Gyun might be ambitious, he might be hardworking, but a master he is definitely not.»
Variety, by DEREK ELLEY source: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117940750.html?categoryid=31&cs=1
«Special effects, utilizing some original, half-comic ideas, are generally more impressive. ... A dramatic lead with an impressive resume, Seol makes attractively light work of his loser/drunk, and is nicely balanced by the charismatic Ha -- a regular in Yun's movies -- as his smiley-eyed, practical other half. »
National Post, by Barry Hertz source: http://www.nationalpost.com/arts/movies/story.html?id=2082750
«The characters are all likable enough, in a bland archetype sort of way, but we've really come for the scenes of mass carnage, and in that realm Haeundae disappoints.»
The Hollywood Reporter, by Maggie Lee source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film-reviews/haeundae-film-review-~~~0.story
«The merging of CGI-generated waves, collapsing buildings and other dangerous objects with shots of real streets and live actors are relatively seamless. At their best, scenes have a fantasy element and gusto that renders authenticity insignificant.»
SciFi Japan source: http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2009/09/02/haeundae-strikes/
«Though a bit cliche-ridden, HAEUNDAE is a fairly enjoyable disaster movie. I consider HAEUNDAE to be a worthwhile effort, not because it is Korea’s first disaster movie, but it made the viewers really pleased.»
Gone With the Twins, by Chris Pandolfi source: http://gonewiththetwins.com/pages/2009/haeundae.php
«There are only two ways this film could have worked. One takes a more serious approach: The destruction scenes are downplayed and made to work with the characters rather than in spite of them, symbolically representing the turmoil in their lives. The other goes for pure camp: Cheap-looking special effects reign supreme as goofy stereotypes spout B-movie dialogue.»
JAM! Movies, by JIM SLOTEK - 3/5 source: http://jam.canoe.ca/Movies/Reviews/H/Haeundae/2009/10/09/11354226-sun.html
«Haeundae is a cheesily melodramatic popcorn movie that plays best if -- unlike us wei-guks (Westerners) -- you haven't seen it played out a hundred times before.»

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Persons

Filmmakers

Yun, Je-GyunYUN Je-Gyun
director/writer
LEE Byung-Woo
composer
CJ EntertainmentCJ Entertainment
studio
Persons

Cast

Sol, Kyung-GuSOL Kyung-Gu
as Choi Man-shik
Ha, Ji-WonHA Ji-Won
as Gang Yeon-heui
Park, Joong-HoonPARK Joong-Hoon
as Kim Hwi
Eom, Jeong-HwaEOM Jeong-Hwa
as Lee Yu-jin
Lee, Min-GiLEE Min-Gi
as Hyeong-shik
Kang, Ye-WonKANG Ye-Won
as Hee-mee
Kim, In-KwonKIM In-Kwon
as Dong-chun
Song, Jae-HoSONG Jae-Ho
as Choi's uncle
Kim, Ji YoungKIM Ji Young
as Geum-ryeon
Yeo, Ho MinYEO Ho Min
as Joon-ha
Ji, Dae-HanJI Dae-Han
as Sang-ryeol
Kim, Yoo-JeongKIM Yoo-Jeong
as Ji-min
Kim, Se-DongKIM Se-Dong
as Staff in charge
Kim, Hyeong-SeokKIM Hyeong-Seok
as Hyeong-sik's successor
CHEON Bo-Geun
as Seung-hyeon
JEONG Jae-Won
as Helicopter driver
KWON Han-Jo
as Emergency room intern
YU Jeong-Gi
as Shoe store owner
JEON Yi-Du
as Section chief at district office
Mun, Kyeong-MinMUN Kyeong-Min
as Director of disease prevention
PARK Myeong-Hoon
as Emergency room intern
JEON Seung-Jae
as Police at baseball stadium
KIM Jae-Kyeong
as Hyeong-sik's senior
LEE Won-Ik
as Detective
JA Hee-Chi
as Big body 1
KIM Won-Beom
as Debater
SEONG Byeong-Sook
as Dong-chun's mother
KIM Yong-Hwan
as Secretary
KIM Won-Yeong
as Private policeman
PARK Ji-Ho
as Disease prevention worker
SEONG Yu-Kyeong
as Child at beach
KIM In-Gyu
as Guest's dad
LEE Si-On
as Gong-ju
YEOM Dong-Hyeon
as Head of police station
CHOI Jae-Seop
as Dong-su
KIM Jeong-Gon
as Master of ceremonies
KWON Oh-Jin
as Elder throwing eggs
JU Myeong-Cheol
as Man at motel



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