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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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I wasn't swept away by the first hour, but the last 40 minutes or so were smashing. See more (25 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

Ye-won Kang ... Hee-mee

In-kwon Kim ... Dong-chun

Joong-Hoon Park ... Kim Hwi
Jae-ho Song ... Choi's uncle
Ho-min Yeo ... Jun-ha

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

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)
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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 »
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References The Matrix (1999)See more »


What are the differences between the International Version and the Korean Version?
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
I wasn't swept away by the first hour, but the last 40 minutes or so were smashing., 29 September 2010
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

I experienced quite a range of emotions whilst watching Haeundae (AKA Tidal Wave): the first hour, which is spent introducing its various clichéd two dimensional characters, was tedious in the extreme and I found myself impatiently urging the cataclysmic forces of nature to get a move on and wreak some havoc, thus putting an end to my misery; however, when the mega-tsunami finally hit, I felt rather guilty for having been so keen to see some death and destruction, the horrific sight of the massive wave crashing down on the helpless people of Korea immediately bringing to mind the very real scenes of destruction from the tsunami disaster of Christmas 2004.

So I'm sitting there feeling morose, reflecting on the real-life horror of such a phenomenon—how terrifying it must be to be confronted by an unstoppable wall of water—when the film slips into cheesy post-tsunami mode, and I'm presented with umpteen tried-and-tested disaster movie clichés as the survivors face further danger amidst the floods. These include the obligatory 'electrical cable in the water' routine, a well executed scene with a little girl being swept out of the window of a high rise building, and an awful slapstick moment that sees the film's comedy relief dodging metal containers as they fall from an upended freight ship. I'm now feeling much better, having a blast with what I realise is cornball blockbuster material of the purest kind.

And then a second wave hits the city, killing even more people, including the little girl's parents, and it's lump-in-throat time again!

Although Haeundae doesn't qualify as an essential disaster flick in my book, the build up being overlong, the characters not all that memorable, and the formula predictable, the special effects are much better than I expected and the mayhem is spectacular enough to make this film worth a go if you get the chance.

5.5 out of 10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb.

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