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Sang-don Kim (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 January 2013 (USA) See more »
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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)
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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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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 | Singapore:PG13 | South Korea:12 | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Best Disaster Movie In Years, 7 July 2013
Author: cadillac20 from Culver City, California

While The Tower may come off as a Korean remake of The Towering Inferno, but even so, this is a thrill ride that doesn't skimp on emotion either. A moving, effective, and thrilling disaster piece, once it gets going, it rarely lets up.

At the center of the film is Dae-ho, a single father who helps manage the safety of Sky Tower, a fictional super-high rise in Korea. Home to many luxurious apartments and amenities, including a restaurant. Taking place on Christmas Eve, a massive party turns into a massive disaster as an accident sets the building ablaze. Dae-ho's daughter, who joined him for the party, becomes stranded and Dae-ho attempts to rescue her. Helping him are the nearest firefighters, who make a heroic attempt to save the people trapped inside and put out the blaze.

The film has a number of secondary characters and side stories, all of whom we're introduced to within the first 30 minutes. The film does a good job setting up our characters and giving us reasons to care about them, from the cleaning woman and her college age son whose tuition she supports, to the elderly couple, of whom the man in the relationship is trying to be more supportive and caring towards his wife. Each of these side characters has great moments and you care enough about them to want to see them all survive. When the time comes that not all of them make it, it's truly tragic. It helps that the acting, even if a bit melodramatic, is effective. Dae-ho, in particular, is an effective father who never comes off as less than heroic.

However, the heart of the film is the disaster itself, and more so than any film in the past couple years, the disaster here is truly epic and effective. While the film isn't terribly gruesome, it doesn't shy away from showing us the tragedy or effects of the disaster in the film. There is a bit of blood here and there, but most of what is effective is due to the scale of the disaster or the intimacy that we have with the people effected by the chaos. One great example comes from an elevator full of people who become trapped amidst a floor with a raging fire. The film doesn't shy away from giving us a glimpse inside the elevator for effect.

And once the disaster does hit, the film rarely slows down. Obstacle after obstacle is thrown in the path of our characters. Not everyone makes it, giving the film an edge of suspense that leaves you wondering who will make it out alive and who won't. Disaster films are at their best when they display two things: the tragedy these disasters bring and the suspense of never really knowing what is going to happen next. The Tower brings tons of both. All in all, this is a great film with a wonderful heart.

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Actually pretty good LaneyMcF
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