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Director:
Writer:
Hong-jin Na (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 December 2011 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
Grittily realistic and altogether superb 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)

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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Grittily realistic and altogether superb, 19 September 2012
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

An absolutely spectacular Korean thriller that a) does everything perfectly and b) engages and involves the viewer like few other films. South Korea is currently one of the hottest places in the world for film-makers; it was only last year that I saw the excellent MAN FROM NOWHERE for the first time, a movie that soon became a favourite. THE YELLOW SEA follows suit. Although it's a two-and-a-half-hour movie, it grips you from the outset and never lets you go.

If only Western cinema would take as many risks and gambles as this film does. It's not an easy watch; pretty much the entire cast is populated by criminals and murderers, and even the protagonist is a man who thinks nothing of taking on a contract killing job. Yet he becomes a character you root for, purely because he's less evil than the others out to get him; he appears to be a man of his word, at least as far as we can tell, and that counts for something in a dog-eat-dog world.

The film reunites the director and two stars of the excellent serial killer flick THE CHASER but THE YELLOW SEA is a different beast entirely: a wronged man-style thriller if you will. It packs a great deal of thoroughly exciting chase and action sequences into the running time; inspired by THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, each of these employs the shaky-cam to excellent effect, where you never miss out on the action. This is also an exceptionally violent film packed with knife and hatchet fights and brutal slayings that sit alongside more Hollywoodised foot and car chases.

The actors are excellent in their parts; so believable that you never question them for a second. Ha Jung-woo is particularly good because he never does anything to make you sympathise with him for a moment, and yet you end up doing so anyway; he's just a small-time guy who gets out of his depth and has to use his ingenuity to survive. His journey is one of the most gritty and realistic I've ever seen in film; it doesn't get any more engrossing than this. Kim Yun-seok, in contrast, playing people-smuggler Myun, is larger than life and his character's ability to survive against overwhelming odds is similarly profound. Beautifully shot and expertly scripted, The Yellow Sea is an example of cinema as it should be; if only more films were like this!

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