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

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Tidal Wave -- 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

Min-ki Lee ... Hyeong-shik

Jeong-hwa Eom ... Lee Yu-jin

Kyung-gu Sol ... Choi Man-shik

Nicole Dionne ... Yeon-Hee (voice)

In-kwon Kim ... Dong-chun

Joong-Hoon Park ... Kim Hwi

Ye-won Kang ... Hee-mee
Jae-ho Song ... Choi's uncle
Jason Fenton ... Man-Sik (voice)
Byoung-Sook Sung ... Dong-chun's mother (as Byeong-sook Seong)

Lee Briggs ... Helicopter Pilot
Yu-kyeong Seong ... Child at beach
In-gyu Kim ... Guest's dad
Sean House ... Helicopter Crew Chief
James Kneafsey
Ho-min Yeo ... Jun-ha
Jeong-gon Kim ... Master of ceremonies
Lee Briggs
Hyeong-seok Kim ... Hyeong-sik's successor
Bo-geun Cheon ... Seung-hyeon
Jae-won Jeong ... Helicopter driver
Seung-jae Jeon ... Police at baseball stadium
Mark Zeeman
Ji-ho Park ... Disease prevention worker
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
Dong-hyeon Yeom ... Head of police station
Jae-seop Choi ... Dong-su
Lauchlin O'Sullivan
Jeong-gi Yu ... Shoe store owner
Myeong-hoon Park ... Emergency room intern
Jae-kyeong Kim ... Hyeong-sik's senior
Won-ik Lee ... Detective
Si-on Lee ... Gong-ju
Gerry Robertson
Oh-jin Kwon ... Elder throwing eggs
Myeong-cheol Ju ... Man at motel

Directed by
JK Youn 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
JK Youn  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
In-Jun Hwang 
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
Hyun-gi Jeon .... effects artist
Heedong Kim .... visual effects producer
Jia Kim .... technical director
Junyoung Kim .... visual effect artist: Polygon (as Jun Young Kim)
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 film's title is taken from Haeundae Beach, a wealthy sea-side resort area south-east of the city of Busan, South Korea. 'Haeun' translates as 'Sea and Clouds'.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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23 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Cheese overload!, 14 December 2009
Author: Siamois from Canada

Disaster movies have been fine-tuned by Hollywood into a fairly reliable and polished formula. One of the ingredient is usually a good dose of melodrama. Now, Asian cinema as well, is known to spice movies with melodramatic bits.

It therefore doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what an Asian take on disaster movies is gonna end up looking like: A melodramatic extravaganza.

The first hour of Haeundae (also known as Tidal Wave in English) consists of setting up the table by presenting the cookie-cutter characters (played by a rather weak cast which tends to overact) and their clichés relationships. The script and story is pretty standard for the genre (you've seen all of this in Twister, Armageddon, many of Emmerich's movies and so on) but the writing is just... immature. As if the script came straight from a high school play. I must still praise some of the comedy bits, which are indeed funny and make certain characters more likable. Unfortunately, the dramatic bits are as (unintentionally) funny as the comedic ones and that is a problem.

The final part of the film is where the disaster unleashes and ends up being a poor payoff. The special effects, cinematography, editing are uninspired. This film suffers from poor direction and you immediately feel like you'd rather catch an old disaster flick on cable TV. But what absolutely kills the disaster scenes are the tear-jerking attempts. It's like the director is trying to squeeze a dehydrated fruit and fill a glass with orange juice.

It still deserves a 3 because there is some heart to it and it maintains your interest with some of the quirky characters. Plus a few comedic bits are also worth it. But if you're not a fan of the genre, expect a big waste of time.

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