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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 historical background about this movie and more 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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104 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
Some historical background about this movie and more, 21 February 2011
Author: Jake Kong from Republic of Korea

During World War II, lots of Koreans are forced to leave their home land to avoid the brutal oppression of Japanese military empire. Some are drifted to Soviet Union, and some are moved to far eastern border between China and Korea. Named after their former nations name, Cho-Sun, the people who settled in China is called Cho-Sun-Jok (Cho-Sun tribes). As you know, after liberation from Japanese military empire at the end of World War II, north and south Korea begins terrible war and still sporadic battle is going on at their border. North Koreans build their own frantic communist-religious nation and south Koreans build a nation based on capitalism. By the geological and political environment, these Cho-Sun-Jok have close relation with north Korea but the booming economy of south Korea lures them. Also south Korean economy needs these cheap labor, today many Cho-Sun-Jok are re-immigrated to south Korea. But the huge social and economical difference between south Korea and Cho- Sun-Jok bring out many problems like organized crime, drug and prostitution.

The movie tells the story about three major characters. Gu-Nam, a desperate Cho-Sun-Jok taxi driver whose wife is moved to Korea for work and now missing, Myun-Ga (Mr. Myun), a Cho-Sun-Jok organized crime tycoon who sent Gu-Nam to Seoul to hit a wealthy south Korean with one-way ticket. And Mr. Kim who ordered hit to Myun-Ga. Abandoned and betrayed, Gu-Nam runs for life to find a way to go back to China and to his daughter, all of these is melted, surmised and finally run to a catastrophic ending.

Director Na successfully build a reputation as a director with his first mega-hit move "Chaser". In this film his cinematic power is more escalated to a new level. Actors who played lead roles in "Chaser" also did the role again. Especially the character Myun-Ga, played by Yun-Seok, Kim is the most brutal villain in the movie I've ever seen.

I think what current Korean movies differ from other nations, cultures is the depiction of blur between good and evil. In Korean movies, the really really bad guy have his own reason for his action, and good and innocent victim shows more insanity that can ruin himself and others.

Really worthy for your two hours of golden weekend. Two thumbs up.

P.S. The title "Hwanghea" means yellow(Hwang), sea(Hae). It is a strait between eastern China and western Korea peninsula.

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