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The Yellow Sea (2010)

Hwanghae (original title)
When the attempt to kill a professor goes wrong, a series of violent events are triggered which force a taxi driver to run for his life.

Director:

Hong-jin Na

Writers:

Won-Chan Hong (screenplay by), Hong-jin Na (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
8 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jung-woo Ha ... Gu-nam
Yoon-seok Kim ... Myun-ga
Sung-ha Jo Sung-ha Jo ... Tae-won (as Seong-Ha Cho)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seok-jeong Hwang ... Dollar Dealer
Man-sik Jeong Man-sik Jeong ... Detective 1
Hyeon-joo Kim Hyeon-joo Kim ... Killed smuggler
Cheol-min Lee Cheol-min Lee
Yoo-Mi Lee Yoo-Mi Lee ... Tae-Won's Daughter
Gi-won Yang Gi-won Yang ... Detective 2
Dong-Heon Yeom Dong-Heon Yeom
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Storyline

In this fast paced action thriller, a taxi driver living in Yanji, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in northeast China goes to South Korea when a local gangster offers him to carry out a hit on a professor in return for repaying his debt. In the meanwhile, he also searches for his wife who had come here but had not responded since 6 months. His suspicion of her betrayal makes his tension rise, before something unexpected happens that night on which he is prepared to kill the professor. Soon, he finds himself running for his life from police and the mob, resulting in a lot of violent fights and intense car chases.

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Taglines:

The only thing he must not have crossed


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal bloody violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hong-jin Na's 2nd feature film. See more »

Quotes

Gu-nam: Who's the boss here?
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Crazy Credits

The film's story unfolds in chapters. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US R-Rated version was heavily edited but it's based on the shorter Korean Director's Cut, but apart from some minor story cuts several short cuts typical for the MPAA had to be made due to depiction of action, violence and sex. The Director's Cut runs 4 minutes and 3 seconds longer than the US R-Rated version. See more »

User Reviews

 
Another bleak offering from Na Hong-Jin
3 July 2011 | by mute99See all my reviews

featuring the same trio of director and leading men from the outstanding "The Chaser" Na Hong-Jin gives us a bleak slice of Korean life. All of the characters are unappealing and unsympathetic, but especially the violent loser Gu-Nam, who is sent on a murderous mission to Seoul by people trafficking gangster Myun-Ga. But despite Gu-Nams hopelessness you still root for him to survive and win despite the odds stacked against him. Na has crafted a flawed masterpiece from these broken elements, with plenty of his trademarks from The Chaser, like the outstanding cinematography (apart from some of the later chase scenes which seem to have been shot on a horrible video camera) and unrelenting violence. I would recommend it very highly.


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Country:

South Korea | USA | Hong Kong

Language:

Korean | Mandarin

Release Date:

2 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,170,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,789,762
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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