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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
Junghwa Uhm ... Lee Yu-jin (as Jeong-hwa Eom)
Min-ki Lee ... Hyeong-shik
Myeong-hoon Park ... Emergency Room Intern
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
Lee Briggs ... Helicopter Pilot
Jason Fenton Jason Fenton ... Man-Sik (voice)
Ho-min Yeo Ho-min Yeo ... Jun-ha
Sean House Sean House ... Helicopter Crew Chief
Byoung-Sook Sung Byoung-Sook Sung ... Dong-chun's mother (as Byeong-sook Seong)
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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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Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Trivia

"Haeundae" has the highest budget of any Korean film to date (approx US$11 million), and is Korea's first foray into the disaster genre represented by such 1970s star-heavy titles as Airport (1970), The Towering Inferno (1974), and The Poseidon Adventure (1972). 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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Silly and melodramatic in equal measure
25 September 2012 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

This lacklustre disaster flick should have been so good: it features tremendously good special effects scenes of 100-metre high waves tearing through a city, laying waste to anything and everything in their path. These scenes alone are among some of the best bits I've ever watched in the whole disaster genre; destruction and mayhem on a massive scale, with carefully-crafted CGI bringing the chaos to full and authentic life.

It's a shame, then, that the surrounding movie is so poor. Tidal Wave takes an hour to get to the disaster stuff, and until that time we're treated to…Korean comedy. Now, I don't mind a bit of comedy, the quirkier the better; THE HOST had a lot of fun moments. But this comedy is something else, the comedy of ridiculous characters behaving ridiculously, almost on a sub-slapstick standard. The over-the-top acting is absolutely appalling; I avoid American comedies on principle but this is even worse than those.

Of course, disaster movies always have to build up to the disaster, and I fully understand the need to develop the characters before dropping them in the clag. But, in my mind, the film should always be about the disaster, even before it occurs: have characters making warnings that are unheeded, or build suspense and foreboding with minor events preceding it. DANTE'S PEAK is a case in point of how to achieve this. TIDAL WAVE sits in a completely different, and entirely superfluous, genre until the actual disaster occurs.

Once the chaos gets underway, things get a lot better, although there's a reliance on overwrought melodrama which will test the patience of even the most hardened viewer, I imagine. Endless scenes of characters facing death, drawn out in painful slow-motion and with maximum crying, screaming, sobbing and telling each other they love them. Such scenes are a personal pet hate of mine, and they threaten to overwhelm the film even when the going gets good. It's a real shame, as with access to those special effects TIDAL WAVE could have, and should have, been a true great.


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