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

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Tidal Wave -- Professor Kim, a marine geologist, recognizes the impending danger of a mega tsunami headed straight for Haeundae, a popular vacation spot on the south coast of Korea.  He desperately attempts to warn authorities and alert the unknowing vacationers of the 500 MPH destructive force of nature headed their direction.
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 »
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Ji-won Ha ... Gang Yeon-heui

Jeong-hwa Eom ... Lee Yu-jin

Kyung-gu Sol ... Choi Man-shik

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
Jason Fenton ... Man-Sik (voice)
Jae-ho Song ... Choi's uncle
Lee Briggs ... Helicopter Pilot
Ho-min Yeo ... Jun-ha
Sean House ... Helicopter Crew Chief
Seung-jae Jeon ... Police at baseball stadium
Bo-geun Cheon ... Seung-hyeon
Yu-kyeong Seong ... Child at beach
Jae-won Jeong ... Helicopter driver
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
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
Lauchlin O'Sullivan
Lee Briggs
Jeong-gi Yu ... Shoe store owner
Hyeong-seok Kim ... Hyeong-sik's successor
Myeong-hoon Park ... Emergency room intern
Mark Zeeman
Jae-kyeong Kim ... Hyeong-sik's senior
Won-ik Lee ... Detective
Byeong-sook Seong ... Dong-chun's mother
Ji-ho Park ... Disease prevention worker
Si-on Lee ... Gong-ju
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?

"Haeundae" has the highest budget of any Korean film to date (approx US$11 million), and is Korea's first foray into the disaster genre represented by such 1970s star-heavy titles as Airport (1970), The Towering Inferno (1974), and The Poseidon Adventure (1972).See 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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The Tsunami Effects Were Great, 28 January 2013
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Tidal Wave (2009)

** (out of 4)

This South Korean disaster picture deals with a wide range of people who at first are trying to deal with their personal lives but this all changes when a tsunami hits and they must fight for their lives. Apparently this film had the biggest budget for anything to come from South Korean and in fact I thought the special effects of the disaster looked pretty good but more on that in a bit. What really kills TIDAL WAVE is the first eighty-minutes, which is the time spent with the characters. It's clear that this film is just like so many American films in that we spend the majority of the running time getting to know the characters so that when the disaster does hit we care for them and want to see them survive. The problem here is that the majority of this is built around a bunch of comedy bits that simply aren't funny and in fact they really take you out of the movie. I'm really not sure what the purpose of these comedy scenes were but they should have been in a Laurel and Hardy movie and not something like this. Even the personal drama was pretty predictable as we are given the same stereotypes and same clichés that every disaster movie has followed since the 1970s. The film certainly does come alive once the tsunami hits and I thought the special effects were extremely good on the whole. Yes, there are some shots that are obviously fake but I enjoyed the imagination that went into them and we do get some pretty intense scenes. Still, after these scenes we fall back into the cliché routine with way too many scenes where someone is giving their live for someone else's and it just gets a bit repetitive after a while. TIDAL WAVE, on the whole, is a disappointment but fans of the genre will still want to check out the actual disaster bit.

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