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The Tower (2012) More at IMDbPro »Ta-weo (original title)

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Release Date:
11 January 2013 (USA) See more »
Tower Sky. 108 Stories. Survive at any cost. See more »
A Christmas Eve party at a luxury residential building takes a horrific turn when a fire breaks out. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Korean version of The Towering Inferno, and nearly as fun See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order)

Kyung-gu Sol ... Captain Kang Young-ki

Ye-jin Son ... Seo Yoon-hee

Sang-kyung Kim ... Lee Dae-ho

In-kwon Kim ... Sergeant Oh Byung-Man

Sung-kee Ahn ... Yeouido Fire Station Chief
Jae-ho Song ... Mr. Yoon - Old Man
Ju-shil Lee ... Mrs. Jung - Mr. Yoon's Friend
Han-wi Lee ... Mr. Kim - Church Elder
Tae-won Kwon ... Fire Commissioner Jang
Guk-Hyang Jeon ... Ae-ja
In-gi Jeong ... Cha - Safety Section Head (as In-Ki Jung)

In-Pyo Cha ... President Jo
Bae-soo Jeon ... Young-cheol - The Cook
Jun-seo Park ... Aide
Kim Sung-oh ... In-geon

Min-Young Park ... Nam-ok - Pregnant Woman
Lee Joo-ha ... Min-jung - The Receptionist
Ji-han Do ... Lee Seon-woo
Jin Mo ... Yeouido Fireman
Sang-hong Lee ... Yeouido Fireman
Chu Min-ki ... Yeouido Fireman
Kang Poong ... Yeouido Fireman
Chang-Yong Lee ... HQ Command Specialist
Hyun-Sang Kwon ... Young-hoon
Chang-joo Lee ... Jo's private secretary

Cheol-min Park ... Head cook
Eung-soo Kim ... Jin
Jeong-hak Park ... Jung
Yong-soo Park ... Park
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Bauer ... Additional Voices (as Thomas Arciniega)
Darrel Delfin ... Additional Voices (voice)
Joe Thomas ... Fire Chief (voice)

Directed by
Ji-hoon Kim 
Writing credits
Sang-don Kim (screenplay)

Ji-hoon Kim (adaptation) &
Yeong-ah Yoo (adaptation)

Produced by
Tae-sung Jeong .... executive producer
Il-kyu Jin .... co-producer
Yang-yeon Kim .... co-producer
Han-seung Lee .... producer
Su-nam Lee .... producer
Original Music by
Tae-seong Kim 
Cinematography by
Young-Ho Kim 
Film Editing by
Jae-beom Kim 
Sang-beom Kim 
Production Design by
Il-hyun Park 
Costume Design by
Kyung-mi Kim 
Makeup Department
Sun Park .... hair stylist
Sun Park .... makeup department head
Art Department
Patrick Dunn-Baker .... set designer
Emily Kwong .... digital set designer: New Deal Studios
Sound Department
Ben Harrington .... dialogue editor: english
Ben Harrington .... recording engineer: english
Seung-cheol Lee .... sound designer
Sung-jin Lee .... sound designer
Sang-june Yi .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Dae-won Yoon .... special effects
Hwang-jik Yun .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Matthew Gratzner .... visual effects supervisor
Jeffrey Jasper .... digital effects supervisor: New Deal Studios
Seung Ryong Jeon .... compositor
Kiyoung Jung .... fx technical director
Ko Eun Koni Jung .... visual effects line producer
Sang Hyun Jung .... digital compositor (2012)
Sung-jin Jung .... visual effects supervisor
Chansoo Kim .... animation supervisor: digital idea
Jason Kolowski .... visual effects artist
Katie Linahon .... production coordinator: New Deal Studios
Il Hwan Na .... co-vfx supervisor
Ben Record .... miniature effects
David Sanger .... visual effects producer
Min Jung Shin .... digital compositor
Momo Yang .... layout supervisor
Daehwan Jang .... matchmove artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Soon-wuk Hwang .... lighting technician
Other crew
Christopher Hackney .... additional voices
Chul-soo Park .... investment executive
Bobby Thong .... additional voices

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ta-weo" - South Korea (original title)
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USA:121 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | France:U (DVD rating) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | New Zealand:M | Singapore:PG13 | South Korea:12 | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated
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Did You Know?

The production team built 26 different sets to create the various spaces in the fictional 108-story high-rise building Tower Sky such as the Chinese restaurant and the pedestrian overpass between the two blocks.See more »


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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Korean version of The Towering Inferno, and nearly as fun, 16 May 2013
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

THE TOWER is nothing more than a modern-day remake of the Irwin Allen disaster classic THE TOWERING INFERNO, updating the storyline with modern technology and modern effects but dealing with exactly the same type of logistical intrigue and scared survivors drama. It's slightly melodramatic, as is the case with a lot of Asian cinema, but it's also highly efficient with it. It may not be up there with the best of the genre, but it's better than the comparable likes of AFTERSHOCK and THE SINKING OF JAPAN.

The narrative takes on a familiar construction with the first half hour building the characters before letting rip with a major accident, then working its way through a series of alternative disaster scenarios. Survivors are fried, dropped, blown up and put into various perilous situations, and it's all handled with more than a modicum of efficiency by director Kim Ji-hoon. It's also well paced and technically efficient, with decent CGI adding to the peril and some well-placed comic relief offsetting the more dramatic moments.

Is THE TOWER original? Not a jot. Is it as good as the original? Not by a long shot. Is it entertaining? Oh yes. It may be no classic, but as modern disaster cinema goes this is one of the better ones you'll find out there.

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