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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 »
User Reviews:
Well-made but too gritty to really enjoy See more (26 total) »

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)

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
Woo-jin Jo .... sound recordist
Hye Young Kang .... sound designer
Byung In Kim .... dialogue editor
Dong-Han Kim .... sound effects 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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11 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Well-made but too gritty to really enjoy, 23 October 2011
Author: (lewism200@gmail.com) from United Kingdom

The latest Korean thriller to make the international leap is quite an event. Weighing in at a respectable 140 minutes (still 17 minutes shorter than the Korean version) it is filled to the brim with as much grit as anyone could wish for. I knew from the opening voice-over that I wasn't in for a barrel of laughs. The cold monotone relating the tale of a childhood pet dog that died of rabies set the tone for the uncompromisingly grim two-and-a-bit hours to follow. The story follows Gu-Nam, a taxi-driver struggling to make ends meet in a province between Korea and China. His wife has moved away to earn money but hasn't made contact.. In an impossible hole of debt, he is offered a way out. He has to go to Korea and kill someone there. The gangster (the ruthless and unflappable Myun) offering this once-in-a- lifetime chance will, of course, kill his family if he fails. Not, you might think, a terribly original plot idea but there are a number of qualities which make it rather special. First, the setting; South Korea's major cities provide a wonderfully bleak backdrop to the action and much of this is rather beautifully showcased by director Hong-Jin Na. But more than this, the film gives an insight into aspects of Korean culture never normally seen by the Western world, particularly the discrimination against the region Gu-Nam is from (the name of which I will not attempt to type). However, the film's defining feature must be its sheer, visceral grit. Everything, including our desperate protagonist feels painful and dirty. The bloody fight scenes are utterly devoid of glamour and deliberately so. Sadly however, this also robbed them, for me at least, of much of the charm I normally find in well-choreographed fight scenes. This is a trend continued throughout the film. The story, though fairly linear, is complicated by a plethora of characters and the audience is given little to nothing in the way of tantalising hints to lead us through. Essentially, Na has gone out of his way to produce as brutal and harsh a film as he could and, in the process, sacrificed a great deal of potential enjoyment.

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