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Typhoon (2005)

Tae-poong (original title)
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A modern-day pirate plans a massive attack on North and South Korea.


Kyung-taek Kwak


Kyung-taek Kwak
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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At South Korea's border with the North, troops guard the coast. Each bullies those ranking beneath him; tensions are high. PFC Kang and his friend Private Kim are on patrol when drinking ... See full summary »

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Jeong-hak Kim, Ji-a Park


Credited cast:
Dong-Gun Jang ... SIn
Jung-jae Lee ... Gang Se-jong (as Jung-Jae Lee)
Mi-yeon Lee ... Choi Myeong-ju
David Lee McInnis ... Somchai (as David McInnis)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John David Dix John David Dix ... (voice)
Wook Heo Wook Heo ... Team Manager Choi
David William No ... Leather Jacket (as David No)
Chatthapong Phantana-Angkul Chatthapong Phantana-Angkul ... Toto (as Chatthapong Pantanaunkul)
Vadim Scott Vadim Scott ... President's Secret Service
Sung-il Shin ... President (as Cameo)


Myung-sin, who has become a pirate, lives with hatred in his heart and endures the hardships, seeks revenge on the two nations, North and South Korea, using nuclear waste that has the devastating power of plutonium. Se-jong, a South Korean naval officer departs with his team of elite forces to prevent Sin's master plan of Nuclear Typhoon. Born under the same skies of the same race, but of a completely different nation... Living a life so different, the two point their guns at each other's heart... Written by Anonymous

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Revenge Is A Force Of Nature!



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 December 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Typhoon See more »

Filming Locations:

Busan, South Korea See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,409, 4 June 2006

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Tragedy and Action Packed
26 July 2006 | by keymanhSee all my reviews

Many of the tearjerkers and romantic dramas by Korean film-makers have definitely been appealing to many Asian movie fans. Winter Sonata, Autumn Fairy Tale, Lovers in Paris, First Kiss, just to name a few. Koran actors and actresses appeared in those movies have enthusiastically been accepted in Japan, Hongkong, China, Singapore and in other Asian countries. Jiwoo Choi, Yongjun Bae, Hyegyo Song, Bin Won, Jeongeun Kim, Shinyang Park, Jaewook Ahn, Byunghun Lee are such celebrities, or rather, idols in those countries.

Bun it's quite a different story in the U.S., where 'a man carrying a big stick' is respected. They don't go much for some ticklish romantic episodes played by Asian performers.

Typhoon is an answer to this situation. It has daring hoopla, alertness, conspiracy, betrayal, red-blooded revenge and heartbreaking family tragedy stemming from the tragedy of divided two Koreas. For Dongkun Jang, a North Korean escapee as a child, politics has no meaning at all. His parents were killed when his family were escaping from North Korea to South Korea seeking freedom, by way of China. He and his sister survived the massacre by the North Koreans, but separated---separated for 20 years. All he wants is to find his sister and save her from the hand of North Korean and Chinese 'bandits'. Any means justifies the end for him. He would gladly steal secret weapon from South Korea and the U.S. to trade his sister with it.

His wrath and fury was well and timely expressed in his retort to his opponent: "Comrade, have you ever eaten human flesh?" Jungjae Lee, South Korean navy officer, has a mission to stop him and retrieve the weapon from his hand. Inevitably, the two has the fate to tackle with each other. But Jungjae Lee feels for him and says: "Tonight we will fight to the death, but in another life I would have liked to have been his friend." All the emotions and feelings are melted down to the electrifying scene when Dongkun Jang finally meets his sister and shouts: "(20 years ago) Didn't I tell you to just stay where you were!" Tight and tighter embraces follow.

Fast change of sequences, realistic plot, almost zero-defect photography, compact movements of actors, especially those by Dongkun Jang and Jungjae Lee. Hey, you both are great, Jang and Lee! Not many goofs could be found in this film.

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