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Tidal Wave (2009) More at IMDbPro »Haeundae (original title)

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Tidal Wave -- Man-sik, a native of a popular vacation spot Haeundae beach is preparing to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Yeon-hee. In the meantime, geologist KIM Hwi discovers signs of tsunami. Eventually, a mega-tsunami is headed straight for Haeundae at 500 miles per hour.


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Release Date:
22 July 2009 (South Korea) See more »
Professor Kim, a marine geologist, recognizes the impending danger of a mega tsunami headed straight for Haeundae... See more » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
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Silly and melodramatic in equal measure See more (24 total) »



Ji-won Ha ... Gang Yeon-heui

Kyung-gu Sol ... Choi Man-shik

Jeong-hwa Eom ... Lee Yu-jin

Nicole Dionne ... Yeon-Hee (voice)
Min-ki Lee ... Hyeong-shik

Joong-Hoon Park ... Kim Hwi
In-kwon Kim ... Dong-chun
Ye-won Kang ... Hee-mee
Jae-ho Song ... Choi's uncle
Sean House ... Helicopter Crew Chief
Lauchlin O'Sullivan
Ho-min Yeo ... Jun-ha
Jason Fenton ... Man-Sik (voice)
Bo-geun Cheon ... Seung-hyeon
Si-on Lee ... Gong-ju
Myeong-hoon Park ... Emergency room intern
Yi-du Jeon ... Section chief at district office
Han-jo Kwon ... Emergency room intern
Hee-chi Ja ... Big body 1
Won-beom Kim ... Debater
Yong-hwan Kim ... Secretary
Won-yeong Kim ... Private policeman
Yu-kyeong Seong ... Child at beach
In-gyu Kim ... Guest's dad
James Kneafsey
Dong-hyeon Yeom ... Head of police station
Jae-seop Choi ... Dong-su
Jeong-gon Kim ... Master of ceremonies
Lee Briggs
Jeong-gi Yu ... Shoe store owner
Jae-won Jeong ... Helicopter driver
Hyeong-seok Kim ... Hyeong-sik's successor
Seung-jae Jeon ... Police at baseball stadium
Mark Zeeman
Jae-kyeong Kim ... Hyeong-sik's senior
Won-ik Lee ... Detective
Byeong-sook Seong ... Dong-chun's mother
Lee Briggs ... Helicopter Pilot
Ji-ho Park ... Disease prevention worker
Gerry Robertson
Oh-jin Kwon ... Elder throwing eggs
Myeong-cheol Ju ... Man at motel

Directed by
Youn Jk 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Je-gyun Yun  writer

Produced by
David S. Dranitzke .... producer
JaeWon Jung .... line producer
Doo Jin Kim .... executive producer
Ji-seung Lee .... producer
Hans Uhlig .... executive producer
Original Music by
Byung-woo Lee 
Cinematography by
Young-Ho Kim 
Film Editing by
Min-kyeong Shin 
Production Design by
In-Jun Hwang 
Art Direction by
Nanci Noblett  (as Nanci Starr)
Set Decoration by
Dean Backer 
Costume Design by
Jong-won Kim 
Makeup Department
Jihyun Kim .... makeup artist
Lisa Zomer .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Heidi Erl .... production supervisor
Kei Lee .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason Halley .... second second assistant director
Geoffrey Sawyer .... first assistant director
Hans Uhlig .... second unit director
Art Department
Dale Haugo .... lead scenic artist
Mike Helbig .... leadman
Lawrence Hornbeck .... set dresser
Andrew Lewis .... property master
Ben Nichols .... construction coordinator
James Nichols .... carpenter
Andrew Somma .... painter
David Vernali .... construction foreman
Sound Department
Tae-young Choi .... supervising sound editor
Chung Gyu Lee .... foley artist
Min Young Park .... dialogue editor
Yong Ki Park .... adr mixer
Lou Wiskes .... utility/boom operator
Special Effects by
Richard W. Clot .... special effects (as Richard Clot)
Andrew Heron .... special effects
Geoff Heron .... special effects supervisor
Geoffrey R. Heron .... special effects
Matt Heron .... special effects coordinator
Philip Heron .... special effects
Ken Mieding .... special effects
Brad Moore .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Byeongjun An .... fx artist
Diana Argos .... visual effects coordinator
Michael Catalano .... visual effects electrician
Young Choi .... visual effects producer: Mofac Studio
Yueh-Hua Chou .... technical director
Ian Chriss .... visual effects gaffer
Stephen DeLuca .... compositor: PolygonFX
Tony Hurd .... production operations manager: Polygon Entertainment
Jeong Jaehoon .... digital effects
Seongho Jang .... visual effects supervisor: Mofac Studio
Heedong Kim .... visual effects producer
Jia Kim .... technical director
Jun Young Kim .... visual effect artist: Polygon
Namsik Kim .... visual effects supervisor
Sung-tae Kim .... on set supervisor
Kenneth 'Spike' Kirkland .... visual effects key grip
Jessica Lai .... matchmove artist
Taehee Lee .... technical director
Kim Namsik .... visual effects supervisor
Maggie Oh .... technical director
Jeff Olson .... visual effects producer
Aaron Rhodes .... compositing supervisor
Frederic Schmidt .... digital artist
Dong Yeop Shin .... computer graphics supervisor
Kevin Wallace .... production manager: Kerner Optical
Kevin Larson .... stunt coordinator
Andrew Mew .... stunts
Danton Mew .... stunts
Courtney Sasse .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Best .... best boy
Phil Bowen .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Stephen Buckingham .... camera operator
Kris Butler .... assistant camera
Michael Hardwick .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Anne Lee .... second assistant camera
Darrell M. Lee .... grip
Teo Lee .... second assistant camera
Robert 'Boomer' McCann .... key grip
Fred Meyers .... digital imaging technician
Carl Miller .... director of photography: second unit
David Mong .... electrician
Orlando Orona .... crane operator
Orlando Orona .... dolly grip
Marc Wall .... dolly grip
Alex Worster .... camera intern
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathleen Giordano .... costume supervisor
Ji-yeon Yu .... costume supervisor
Other crew
James Chandler .... craft service
Robin De Lano .... dubbing voice
Colin Johnson .... production assistant
Will King .... production assistant
Su-jin Lee .... behind-the-scenes documentarian
Heather MacLean .... key set production assistant
Christopher Waters .... production accountant (as Chris Waters)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Haeundae" - South Korea (original title)
"Haeundae: The Deadly Tsunami" - Singapore (English title)
"Tsunami at Haeundae" - Philippines (English title) (imdb display title)
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Rated R for some disturbing disaster images and language
120 min | 129 min (director's cut) | 103 min (international version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-13 | France:U (DVD rating) | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:15 | Japan:G | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46037)

Did You Know?

The CGI tsunami sequences had been shot at Kerner Optical's stages using water-dump tanks left over from special effects sequences of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) in San Rafael, California in November and December 2008, months before any principal photography began in South KoreaSee more »
Movie Connections:
References The Matrix (1999)See more »


What are the differences between the International Version and the Korean Version?
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Silly and melodramatic in equal measure, 25 September 2012
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

This lacklustre disaster flick should have been so good: it features tremendously good special effects scenes of 100-metre high waves tearing through a city, laying waste to anything and everything in their path. These scenes alone are among some of the best bits I've ever watched in the whole disaster genre; destruction and mayhem on a massive scale, with carefully-crafted CGI bringing the chaos to full and authentic life.

It's a shame, then, that the surrounding movie is so poor. Tidal Wave takes an hour to get to the disaster stuff, and until that time we're treated to…Korean comedy. Now, I don't mind a bit of comedy, the quirkier the better; THE HOST had a lot of fun moments. But this comedy is something else, the comedy of ridiculous characters behaving ridiculously, almost on a sub-slapstick standard. The over-the-top acting is absolutely appalling; I avoid American comedies on principle but this is even worse than those.

Of course, disaster movies always have to build up to the disaster, and I fully understand the need to develop the characters before dropping them in the clag. But, in my mind, the film should always be about the disaster, even before it occurs: have characters making warnings that are unheeded, or build suspense and foreboding with minor events preceding it. DANTE'S PEAK is a case in point of how to achieve this. TIDAL WAVE sits in a completely different, and entirely superfluous, genre until the actual disaster occurs.

Once the chaos gets underway, things get a lot better, although there's a reliance on overwrought melodrama which will test the patience of even the most hardened viewer, I imagine. Endless scenes of characters facing death, drawn out in painful slow-motion and with maximum crying, screaming, sobbing and telling each other they love them. Such scenes are a personal pet hate of mine, and they threaten to overwhelm the film even when the going gets good. It's a real shame, as with access to those special effects TIDAL WAVE could have, and should have, been a true great.

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