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Director:
Writer:
Hong-jin Na (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 December 2011 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jung-woo Ha ... Gu-nam

Yun-seok Kim ... Myun-ga
Sung Ha Jo ... Tae-won (as Seong-Ha Cho)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Man-shik Jeong ... Detective 1
Cheol-min Lee

Jae-hwa Kim ... Girlfriend of Myeon Jeong Hak (uncredited)
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Directed by
Hong-jin Na 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hong-jin Na  screenplay

Produced by
Jong-eun Byun .... executive producer
Dae-hoon Chung .... line producer
Sung-goo Han .... producer
Jung-hoon You .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Yeong-gyu Jang 
Byung-hoon Lee 
 
Cinematography by
Sung-je Lee 
 
Film Editing by
Sun-min Kim 
 
Production Design by
Hwo-Kyoung Lee 
 
Costume Design by
Kyung-hwa Chae 
 
Makeup Department
Hee Eun Lee .... key prosthetic makeup artist
Yon-young Yan .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Romain Bigorgne .... sound effects editor
Tae-young Choi .... sound re-recording mixer
Tae-young Choi .... supervising sound editor
Yong Oh Choi .... foley mixer
Kim Dong-Han .... sound effects editor
Woo-jin Jo .... sound recordist
Hye Young Kang .... sound designer
Byung In Kim .... dialogue editor
Chung Gyu Lee .... foley artist
Su Hyun Lee .... sound effects editor
Yong Ki Park .... adr mixer
Yong Ki Park .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Jai-hoon Cheong .... visual effects
Tae-hoon Kim .... vfx technical supervisor
Tae-hun Kim .... visual effects supervisor
Hyuk Lee .... cgi marketing
Eui Dong Park .... vfx technical supervisor
Jang Jin Park .... visual effects producer
Hee Jung Ryu .... visual effects executive producer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Soon-wuk Hwang .... lighting technician
Hong-yeol Park .... additional cinematography
 
Editorial Department
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer
 
Other crew
Anna Kokourina .... studio executive
Florence Larsonneur .... business affairs for Fox International Productions
Sang-seob Yoo .... choreographer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hwanghae" - South Korea (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for brutal bloody violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, and language
Runtime:
157 min | 140 min (international version) | USA:136 min
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
http://readreels.blogspot.in/ :It wants to impress you and you want to love it back.....but, 8 February 2013

The Yellow Sea directed by Hong-jin Na is a thriller full of blood thirsty and vicious villeins ,and done in a way only our Koreans friends know how to.The films starts with the main character (Jung-woo Ha) who is a taxi driver struggling to return the money he took to send his wife to work in Korea.Now his wife hasn't contacted him in months.He has no money to pay his debt as his wife's not sending him any money.He is gambling ,picking fights and enduring treats.Then he is introduced to a man (Yun-seok Kim) who can solve all his problems in return for a simple job.

The film is filled with trademark Korean type crude fights involving hacking, chopping, slashing and blood splattered on walls and floor.The movie looked in its element while dealing with violence but losses its edge when treading on other fields.Acting is great throughout but sadly its not enough to keep you hooked.The director's previous feature The Chaser kept you immersed in its tension but don't expect the same here.Similar shaky use of camera in The Bourne Ultimatum bothered some but not me.It did bothered me this time around.The overall background score and sound mixing seems choppy too.

The Yellow Sea is not a bad film but its not a good one either.It surely has its moments but promises something it never delivers.It might have been the absence of a moral thread to connect and bind the whole film together.At the end its a film that could have been so good but it's undone by its overlong affair with apathy.Disappointing.

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