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The Tower (2012)

Ta-weo (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 11 January 2013 (USA)
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A Christmas Eve party at a luxury residential building takes a horrific turn when a fire breaks out.

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Ji-hoon Kim

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Sang-don Kim (screenplay), Ji-hoon Kim (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyung-gu Sol ... Captain Kang Young-ki
Ye-jin Son ... Seo Yoon-hee
Sang-kyung Kim ... Lee Dae-ho
In-kwon Kim ... Sergeant Oh Byung-Man
Sung-Ki Ahn ... Yeouido Fire Station Chief (as Sung-kee Ahn)
Jae-ho Song ... Mr. Yoon - Old Man
Lee Joo-Shil ... Mrs. Jung - Mr. Yoon's Friend (as Ju-shil Lee)
Han-wi Lee Han-wi Lee ... Mr. Kim - Church Elder
Tae-won Kwon Tae-won Kwon ... Fire Commissioner Jang
Guk-Hyang Jeon Guk-Hyang Jeon ... Ae-ja
In-gi Jeong ... Cha - Safety Section Head (as In-Ki Jung)
In-Pyo Cha In-Pyo Cha ... President Jo
Bae-soo Jeon ... Young-cheol - The Cook
Jun-seo Park Jun-seo Park ... Aide
Seong-oh Kim ... In-geon (as Kim Sung-oh)
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On Christmas Eve at Tower Sky, an ultra-luxurious building complex, a White Christmas party is held to dazzle its equally high-end tenants and VIP guests. Dae-ho, the manager of the building and single father, is forced to cancel plans with his daughter Hana to work the event. His Christmas is saved when Yoon-hee, the food mall manager with a secret crush on Dae-ho, offers to babysit Hana during the party. Meanwhile, Young-ki the legendary fire chief of Yoido Station has finally promised his first holiday date night to his long suffering wife. The party is in full swing with the spectacular sight of two helicopters flying overhead just to spray snow on the partygoers and make everything perfect. When unthinkable disaster strikes, Dae-ho and Young-ki must summon all their strength and courage to save the lives of thousands but at what cost to themselves and their loved ones? Written by CJ Entertainment

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Action | Drama

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | French

Release Date:

11 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tower See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,874,400
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The production team built 26 different sets to create the various spaces in the fictional 108-story high-rise building Tower Sky such as the Chinese restaurant and the pedestrian overpass between the two blocks. See more »

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A modern day Towering Inferno, Korean style.
10 March 2013 | by cremeaSee all my reviews

The Tower: A 2012 Korean disaster movie.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Story Summary: It's a Korean movie about a high rise tower going up in flames. What more do you really need to know?

This movie hearkens back to the days when Hollywood made self contained disaster flicks on a regular basis; i.e. "Poseidon Adventure", the "Airport" (not "Airplane") movies, and the like, and, of course, the obvious comparison being "Towering Inferno". There's not a whole lot of variances afforded when you make a film like this. After all, it's a disaster film in a ship, building, plane, or what have you, so, it's basically just try to mitigate the damage, save as many people as you can, and see who (if anybody) makes it out alive. What you can do though, is try to have the viewers invest in some of the characters, provide an engrossing film with a decent enough story, some nice pacing & action, and, not make your stunts & effects look like crap. Does this film succeed on those fronts?...Yeah, pretty much.

Everything centers around the buildup to the Christmas celebration at the fabulous Sky Towers buildings. The first 30 minutes of the film or so are devoted to introducing the people who'll be the integral players in the disaster to come, they include; various hotel & building employees, some guests and love interests, the firemen who show up on the scene, some side groups, and the kid (gotta have a kid involved; this is a mandatory disaster movie rule). There's some ominous foreshadowing about high winds and a busted sprinkler system along the way, but screw it; let's send in the helicopters to drop fake snow on the buildings to appease our VIP guests as planned. What could possibly go wrong here?

OK, it's holiday party time! Where are those snow dropping helicopters?...Oh, here comes one now! Uh-oh!...What was that about the strong winds and a bad sprinkler system again?...From there, this is Disaster Movie 101, and, it's pretty entertaining for the most part.

This movie is what it is, meaning it's basically a popcorn action flick with little room for much else. The entire cast does a fine enough job, but there's not much for them to do past the ¼ mark other than run for their lives. There are some decent action set pieces where the characters have to escape the flames while traversing various floors & elevator shafts, navigate sky walks & scaffolding before they collapse, etc...This is all done with a fairly solid mix of live action, stunt work, and CGI. You also get your standard dose of Korean melodrama along the way (of course), but, it's not really any more melodramatic than those old American disaster flicks mentioned above; this movie really does play just like those films, except it's more modern and from a different country.

Bottom Line: It works well enough overall!...If you're looking for a fantastic story & dialogue driven Korean film, then, this ain't for you!...But, if you want to just chill and watch a decent action/disaster flick from Korea, then, this will probably fit the bill!

I think it's in the 6-7 out of a 10 star range!...Ehhhh! I'll give it 7 stars!


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