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Tidal Wave (2009)

Haeundae (original title)
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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!

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JK Youn

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JK Youn
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Cast

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

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

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Action | Drama

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

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

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 »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,283,278
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film's title is taken from Haeundae Beach, a wealthy sea-side resort area south-east of the city of Busan, South Korea. 'Haeun' translates as 'Sea and Clouds'. See more »

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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 »

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I wasn't swept away by the first hour, but the last 40 minutes or so were smashing.
29 September 2010 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

I experienced quite a range of emotions whilst watching Haeundae (AKA Tidal Wave): the first hour, which is spent introducing its various clichéd two dimensional characters, was tedious in the extreme and I found myself impatiently urging the cataclysmic forces of nature to get a move on and wreak some havoc, thus putting an end to my misery; however, when the mega-tsunami finally hit, I felt rather guilty for having been so keen to see some death and destruction, the horrific sight of the massive wave crashing down on the helpless people of Korea immediately bringing to mind the very real scenes of destruction from the tsunami disaster of Christmas 2004.

So I'm sitting there feeling morose, reflecting on the real-life horror of such a phenomenon—how terrifying it must be to be confronted by an unstoppable wall of water—when the film slips into cheesy post-tsunami mode, and I'm presented with umpteen tried-and-tested disaster movie clichés as the survivors face further danger amidst the floods. These include the obligatory 'electrical cable in the water' routine, a well executed scene with a little girl being swept out of the window of a high rise building, and an awful slapstick moment that sees the film's comedy relief dodging metal containers as they fall from an upended freight ship. I'm now feeling much better, having a blast with what I realise is cornball blockbuster material of the purest kind.

And then a second wave hits the city, killing even more people, including the little girl's parents, and it's lump-in-throat time again!

Although Haeundae doesn't qualify as an essential disaster flick in my book, the build up being overlong, the characters not all that memorable, and the formula predictable, the special effects are much better than I expected and the mayhem is spectacular enough to make this film worth a go if you get the chance.

5.5 out of 10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb.


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