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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:
"Some lines were never meant to be crossed" See more (25 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)
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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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"Some lines were never meant to be crossed", 9 September 2013
Author: Yogesh Prabhu from India

It's time to fete our Director Na Hong-jin for making a masterpiece like this. This is about his noir thriller "The Yellow Sea". His second film after a bang like The Chaser. The main success of this movie is for it's fast screenplay and some nail biting chasing scenes. Inspite of its long running time the movie tightly grips us during most of its running time.

Coming to story, The protagonist Goo-nam(Ha Jeong-woo) is a Joseon(Chinese of North Korean descent)is a taxi driver living in Yenji, China. Goo-nam's wife went to South Korea for work to lift their family. She promised that she would send money to him, but there has been no money sent by her, let alone any news from her. Goo-nam really loved her and meanwhile tortured by the possibility of her infidelity in his dream, but that is not his only problem. He has lot of debts including his wife's travel fare. He tries to solve his problem with gambling, but that makes his situation worse.The debt collector often visits and questions his pride.

After his fierce attitude in the gambling bar, Goo-nam is noticed by a local Korean mob boss/dog seller Mr. Myeon(Kim Yoon-seok). Myeon has a plan to solve his problem. If he goes to Seoul and kills somebody, his debt problem will be solved. Giving his daughter in the safe hands(his mother)he agrees to work. Under the instructions from Myeon, he illegally entered South Korea with other Korean Chinese.

He arrives at some coastal area without much problem. He goes into Seoul while not being noticed by the law enforcement. He stays in a lousy motel room. He checks out the place where his target lives. He is clever enough to devise a good plan while spying on the daily pattern of the target during the night. He also goes around Seoul for getting any clues about the whereabouts of his wife. There is not much time left, but he still cannot find her. The time is short, and he must do the job as demanded. It's a now or never situation,the night at the freezing cold Goo-nam anxiously waits for his target to arrive at the building. And then, something unexpected happens in front of his eyes. With an unexpected twist ,He is now chased by both the police and the mobs for what he does not commits. The chasing starts, even we feel sorry for the unfortunate things happening to this inglorious bastard in the merciless world.

The plot shines lightly and it turns out a mob boss in Seoul, Tae- won(Cho Seong-ha), is involved with the incident. After the involvement of police and the media far more than he has ever thought, he becomes panic. He attempts to solve his problem even before knowing what's exactly going on. This is a real critical situation, especially when Myeon comes to South Korea after the problem between him and Tae-won. Now both want Goo-nam in their hand. Reminding the chaser the good guy plays a very bad guy role here. Can't see the rage of fight with the bones. That's really a new route of violence. Thanks to the director the car chasing scene is really a nail biting high tension scene, he makes very impressive actions sequences. The camera is a little too running. And the plot changes in to unexpected twists. Overall it is really a worth watching experience. Can't wait for another movie from Na Hong Jin.

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