A woman named Yeon-hee (Ha Ji-won) lives in Busan with her boyfriend Man-sik (Sol Kyung-gu) near Haeundae Beach. But, when they find out a tsunami will hit the city, They realize they only have 10 minutes to escape!


JK Youn


JK Youn
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Credited cast:
Ha Ji-Won ... Gang Yeon-heui
Kim Yoo-Jeong ... Ji-Min
Myeong-hoon Park ... Emergency Room Intern (as Park Myeong-hoon)
Lee Min-ki ... Hyeong-shik
Uhm Junghwa ... Lee Yu-jin (as Jeong-hwa Eom)
Kyung-gu Sol ... Choi Man-shik
Ye-won Kang ... Hee-mee
Nicole Dionne ... Yeon-Hee (voice)
Joong-Hoon Park ... Kim Hwi
In-kwon Kim ... Dong-chun
Jae-ho Song ... Choi's uncle
Sean House Sean House ... Helicopter Crew Chief
Byoung-Sook Sung Byoung-Sook Sung ... Dong-chun's mother (as Byeong-sook Seong)
Lee Briggs ... Helicopter Pilot
Jason Fenton Jason Fenton ... Man-Sik (voice)


Professor Kim, a marine geologist, recognizes the impending danger of a mega tsunami headed straight for Haeundae, a popular vacation spot on the south coast of Korea. He desperately attempts to warn authorities and alert the unknowing vacationers of the 500 MPH destructive force of nature headed their direction. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There is No Escape from Nature's Wrath


Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing disaster images and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The CGI tsunami sequences had been shot at Kerner Optical's stages using water-dump tanks left over from special effects sequences of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) in San Rafael, California in November and December 2008, months before any principal photography began in South Korea See more »


When the grandmother is watching the wave come in on the bridge, an aerial point-of-view shot shows the wave yet the height of the water around the footings remains constant. See more »


Helicopter Pilot: We need to adjust those settings, this doesn't look right.
Emergency Room Intern: James, James! James! We need to look at this. Something strange.
[He shows the man the paper]
Helicopter Pilot: Oh my god!
Emergency Room Intern: Why am I jumping to this? Just listen up! Move the people somewhere higher okay! It's the Tsunami!
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References The Matrix (1999) See more »

User Reviews

Best disaster movie I've ever seen
8 September 2011 | by gulthawSee all my reviews

Usually the disaster movies take a few minutes to explain what's happening and the rest of the movie is how they face the disaster.

After seeing Haenduae I think that is the way a disaster movie should be. First, let me know the characters. Love them, hate them, laugh with them. Then, only then, show me what is happening so I can tremble when they run, cry if they die and laugh with joy if they survive.

It was the first time I saw a korean film and I enjoyed every single piece of it. Brilliant.

I don't understand the reviews saying that is bad... for me this is how all disaster movies should be.

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Korean | English

Release Date:

22 July 2009 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Tsunami See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »


Box Office


KRW10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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