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Director:
Writers:
Sang-don Kim (screenplay)
Ji-hoon Kim (adaptation) ...
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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 »
User Reviews:
Korean version of The Towering Inferno, and nearly as fun See more (22 total) »

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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Trivia:
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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8 out of 12 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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