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.
Tags: Tidal Wave, Haeundae, 2009, Korean movies, Action movies, Drama movies, asian movies
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(overall rating: 3 out of 5
based on 2 reviews)
Twitch, by Xsource:
«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.»
«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. »
«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.»
«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.»
«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.»
«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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