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Director:
Writers:
Sang-don Kim (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 January 2013 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Tower Sky. 108 Stories. Survive at any cost. See more »
Plot:
A Christmas Eve party at a luxury residential building takes a horrific turn when a fire breaks out. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Kyung-gu Sol ... Young-ki

Ye-jin Son ... Yoon-hee
Sang-kyung Kim ... Dae-ho
In-kwon Kim ... Oh Byung-Man
Sung-kee Ahn ... Chief firefighter
Jae-ho Song ... Mr. Yoon
Ju-shil Lee ... Mrs. Jung
Han-wi Lee ... Mr. Kim
Tae-won Kwon ... Jang
Guk-Hyang Jeon ... Ae-ja
In-Ki Jung ... Cha
Bae-soo Jeon ... Young-cheol
Jun-seo Park ... Aide
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Bauer ... Additional Voices (as Thomas Arciniega)
Eung-soo Kim ... Jin
Hyun-Sang Kwon ... Young-hoon
Chang-joo Lee ... Jo's private secretary
Sang-hong Lee ... Yeouido fireman
Cheol-min Park ... Head cook
Jeong-hak Park ... Jung
Yong-soo Park ... Park
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
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
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
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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Runtime:
USA:121 min
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Certification:
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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Director Ji-hoon Kim was inspired by his personal experience of seeing the 63 Building in Seoul for the first time as a middle school student and imagining how it would feel to be trapped inside of it.See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A Towering Improvement, 3 August 2014
Author: jabrbi

This film is basically a remake of The Towering Inferno post 9-11. There's a twin tower building full of people that catches fire by accident. There's no water available on the critical floors so the fire spreads. There are lots of people trapped inside the building and rescuers doing their best to save them.

Really, you know what you're going to get, there's no surprises, and it all comes down to how well executed the action sequences are and whether we care about the people involved in the tragedy. For me, this film works. Granted it's Korean and subtitles take some of the tension away as your eyes are flicking to the bottom of the screen to see what's bring said. But, this film really works as a 21st Century disaster film.

There's lots of big action sequences, big fires, explosions, burning bodies, falling bodies, tons of special effects. It's all exciting stuff in a very PG sort of way.

Taking advantage of knowledge gained in the 9-11 disaster, we see steel frameworks buckling, people tacking pleas to find their loved ones on nearby walls, burning debris falling from the top of the building; everything that happens to modern buildings when they burn.

My biggest criticism of the film is that there are too many characters. The film takes 30 minutes before the fire starts and in that time we meet the maintenance manager and his child, the restaurant manager, the head chef, the incompetent chef, the incompetent chef's girlfriend, the maintenance manager's friend, the rookie fireman, the fireman sergeant, the work obsessed fireman, the lottery winner, the Christian, the mother of a college student, the college student, the building manager, the building owner, the snooty woman and her dog, and so on and so on. Really, there are just too many. Cutting the number down and shortening the introduction would have improved this film a lot, allowing us to care more for fewer characters.

Whilst most of the film is deadly serious, there is some light relief provided to make the film more watchable - two hours of relentless disaster is just too depressing. In particular, the character of the fireman sergeant is likable, comical, but still very serious in his actions. My favourite moment comes when he prays for, and gets, a tsunami, dozens of floors up the building.

I can't imagine this film being made in America, post 9-11, and many Americans may find it too distressing to watch but, as a reboot of the disaster film genre, it's great success.

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