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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 »
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Ji-won Ha ... Gang Yeon-heui

Nicole Dionne ... Yeon-Hee (voice)

Jeong-hwa Eom ... Lee Yu-jin

Kyung-gu Sol ... Choi Man-shik

Joong-Hoon Park ... Kim Hwi
Ye-won Kang ... Hee-mee
Min-ki Lee ... Hyeong-shik
Jae-ho Song ... Choi's uncle
In-kwon Kim ... Dong-chun
Lee Briggs ... Helicopter Pilot
Sean House ... Helicopter Crew Chief
Jason Fenton ... Man-Sik (voice)
Won-beom Kim ... Debater
Ho-min Yeo ... Jun-ha
Bo-geun Cheon ... Seung-hyeon
Myeong-cheol Ju ... Man at motel
Yi-du Jeon ... Section chief at district office
Han-jo Kwon ... Emergency room intern
Hee-chi Ja ... Big body 1
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
Lauchlin O'Sullivan
Lee Briggs
Jeong-gi Yu ... Shoe store owner
Jae-won Jeong ... Helicopter driver
Hyeong-seok Kim ... Hyeong-sik's successor
Myeong-hoon Park ... Emergency room intern
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
Ji-ho Park ... Disease prevention worker
Si-on Lee ... Gong-ju
Gerry Robertson
Oh-jin Kwon ... Elder throwing eggs
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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
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)

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The stars performed their own stunts (except for the high falls)See more »
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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
ANutshell Review: Haeundae: The Deadly Tsunami, 11 October 2009
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

I suppose most are now acutely aware of how increasingly devastating natural disasters have been in recent years, starting from the 2004 Asian Tsunami which swallowed thousands of unfortunate souls. Then there are the recent destruction caused by typhoons and earthquakes, the latter which we're more acquainted with given the tremors which we feel as a result of neighbouring incidents, a phenomenon not experienced until the last few years.

There are numerous accounts of heroics and tragedy following every disaster, and it's not a surprise that they have become fodder for mass entertainment. We had 252: Signal of Life as the Japanese offering to the disaster genre earlier this year, and the Koreans too have decided to match that with Haeundae: The Deadly Tsunami. With 252 it was the disaster hitting hard and fast first, followed by the shoving of human melodrama down your throat, and thankfully though Haeundae is quite the opposite, having the human drama established first without feeling forced, before the special effects extravaganza took over.

So if you belong to Camp Impatient, then you're likely to feel bored as the film sought to introduce the ensemble characters, each with their respective back-stories and selfish reasons why they go about doing what they are doing, of course with repercussions all nicely built in as well for some karmic response. There's the fisherman and the romance with the daughter of a man whom he had caused the death of, and this provided most of the emotional anchor for the film. Then there are others like the opposites attract with the coast guard and the free-spirited girl from Seoul, a seemingly scheming politician who's in some kind of en-bloc mess with the folks of the coastal village, a much maligned scientist and his estranged wife and daughter, and enough overbearing mothers.

All these provided some 60 minutes worth of dramatic run time before it's time for Nature to hit back with its tidal waves, where quick response to an actual event will save lives, which stemmed from complacency creeping in when early warning signals went uncalled for. The filmmakers here had realistically created the phenomenon of the massive tidal waves with the receding waters and such, and the effects here were nothing short of eye-popping. Fear-inducing even, though there was one quick scene which seemed lifted from Hollywood's Deep Impact upon reconciliation of 2 characters in the face of impending doom.

But of course budget dictated that the effects could only sustain the movie for a short while, and anything more than 2 wave cycles would probably either be cost-prohibitive, or just plain dragging out the misery of the characters in their preservation of lives. Some fade-to-black-at-opportune-moments also came to the rescue of the film, and cheesiness reined comical supreme needlessly as well, though no efforts were spared in others especially the one involving the little girl left in the hotel room, providing that edge-of-your-seat thrills in what would be a literal roller-coaster ride in the last half hour.

Haeundae served more as a disaster film without any preachy overtones regarding the preservation of the environment. In earnest, I thought the release of this film was more like serving up an appetizer to the bigger budgeted extravaganza come November with 2012. That, I want to see.

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