7.4/10
11,284
27 user 120 critic

The Yellow Sea (2010)

Hwanghae (original title)
The story of a cab driver in Yanji City, a region between North Korea, China and Russia. His wife goes to Korea to earn money, but he doesn't hear from her since in 6 months. He plays ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Chaser (2008)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes.

Director: Hong-jin Na
Stars: Yun-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo
New World (2013)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Story about a conflict between the police and the mob through the eyes of an undercover cop.

Director: Hoon-jung Park
Stars: Jung-jae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Jung-min Hwang
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Byung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened with a terminally ill mother and taking care of younger siblings, Byung-du is feeling ... See full summary »

Director: Ha Yoo
Stars: In-seong Jo, Ho-jin Chun, Gung-Min Nam
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders.

Director: Jee-woon Kim
Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Yu-mi Jeong, Ku Jin
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee
Stars: Bin Won, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On the verge of being fired, a corrupt customs official finds a haul of drugs and teams up with a vicious gangster to become the most powerful crime partnership in Busan.

Director: Jong-bin Yun
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo
Mother (2009)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

Director: Joon-ho Bong
Stars: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Ku Jin
The Wailing (2016)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

Director: Hong-jin Na
Stars: Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Woo-hee Chun
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim
Stars: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, In-seo Kim
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A boy with five fathers who is attached to the criminal underworld. A sinister past is about to be revealed as he is forced to join the killing spree.

Director: Joon-Hwan Jang
Stars: Yun-seok Kim, Jin-woong Jo, Hyeong-seong Jang
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After the statute of limitation expires on the murders he has committed, Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography describing all his murders in great detail. Detective Choi, who investigated ... See full summary »

Director: Byeong-gil Jeong
Stars: Won-young Choi, Gwang Jang, Jae-yeong Jeong
A Hard Day (2014)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After trying to cover up a car accident that left a man dead, a crooked homicide detective is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event.

Director: Seong-hoon Kim
Stars: Sun-kyun Lee, Jang In-sub, Man-sik Jeong
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Gu-nam
...
Myun-ga
Sung-ha Jo ...
Tae-won (as Seong-Ha Cho)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Man-sik Jeong ...
Detective 1
Cheol-min Lee
Yoo-mi Lee ...
Tae-Won's Daughter
Edit

Storyline

The story of a cab driver in Yanji City, a region between North Korea, China and Russia. His wife goes to Korea to earn money, but he doesn't hear from her since in 6 months. He plays mah-jong to make some extra cash, but this only makes his life worse; but then he meets a hitman who proposes to turn his life around by repaying his debt and reuniting with his wife, just for one hit. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal bloody violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

2 December 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Yellow Sea  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (international)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

shockingly good, well directed, well performed
4 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

another near perfect thriller out of south Korea. i don't know what and how most movie festivals giving out award, but all movies directed by this director and screenplays written by this specific several movies directed by this specific director, the screenplay writer(s), both should have received the highest honors of awards. based upon my forty years movie viewing experience, i've never seen anything like these kind of well written, well directed and well performed korean movies. these movies mentioned by other reviewers are just on different level, making hollwood's films in similar genre like worthless garbage. watching every one of these movies just became a psychiatric treatment, the perfect and ultimate catharsis to drain the stress caused by the financial burden and bore-to-death day in and day out urban living, because nobody could be more down and out like the main characters portrayed in these movies, and not any common person, you or me, could be less lucky like these characters faced in their lives. korean movie thrillers are just so uniquely different from other countries, in my opinion, they are definitely on a higher level, higher than where the Hollywood, bollywood, Japanese, Chinese stand. because every time when i finished a korean movie like 'the yellow sea', 'the man from nowhere', 'i saw the devil'....i felt the stress that constantly burdened on my mind and shoulders would go away temporarily, i actually felt better and more alive. no other country's movies could have such catharsis-like effect.

highly recommended to those who got the similar burden like me.


30 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
MANY Plot questions dcannon
Mr Myun's superpowers ladycracker4
The White Box BuryYourF_ckinDead
Major plot hole? Time inconsistency. Olerragin
Wait, didn't he have a gun? PopSnot
Yellow Sea gibbons-1
Discuss The Yellow Sea (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?