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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
Ye-won Kang ... Hee-mee
Min-ki Lee ... Hyeong-shik
Jeong-hwa Eom ... Lee Yu-jin
Nicole Dionne ... Yeon-Hee (voice)
Joong-Hoon Park ... Kim Hwi
Jae-ho Song ... Choi's uncle
In-kwon Kim ... Dong-chun
Lee Briggs ... Helicopter Pilot
Ho-min Yeo Ho-min Yeo ... Jun-ha
Jason Fenton Jason Fenton ... Man-Sik (voice)
Sean House Sean House ... Helicopter Crew Chief
Yu-kyeong Seong Yu-kyeong Seong ... Child at beach
James Kneafsey James Kneafsey
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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:

Tidal Wave See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,283,278
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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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Cheese overload!
14 December 2009 | by SiamoisSee all my reviews

Disaster movies have been fine-tuned by Hollywood into a fairly reliable and polished formula. One of the ingredient is usually a good dose of melodrama. Now, Asian cinema as well, is known to spice movies with melodramatic bits.

It therefore doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what an Asian take on disaster movies is gonna end up looking like: A melodramatic extravaganza.

The first hour of Haeundae (also known as Tidal Wave in English) consists of setting up the table by presenting the cookie-cutter characters (played by a rather weak cast which tends to overact) and their clichés relationships. The script and story is pretty standard for the genre (you've seen all of this in Twister, Armageddon, many of Emmerich's movies and so on) but the writing is just... immature. As if the script came straight from a high school play. I must still praise some of the comedy bits, which are indeed funny and make certain characters more likable. Unfortunately, the dramatic bits are as (unintentionally) funny as the comedic ones and that is a problem.

The final part of the film is where the disaster unleashes and ends up being a poor payoff. The special effects, cinematography, editing are uninspired. This film suffers from poor direction and you immediately feel like you'd rather catch an old disaster flick on cable TV. But what absolutely kills the disaster scenes are the tear-jerking attempts. It's like the director is trying to squeeze a dehydrated fruit and fill a glass with orange juice.

It still deserves a 3 because there is some heart to it and it maintains your interest with some of the quirky characters. Plus a few comedic bits are also worth it. But if you're not a fan of the genre, expect a big waste of time.


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