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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
Nicole Dionne ... Yeon-Hee (voice)
Ye-won Kang ... Hee-mee
Min-ki Lee ... Hyeong-shik
Jeong-hwa Eom ... Lee Yu-jin
Joong-Hoon Park ... Kim Hwi
In-kwon Kim ... Dong-chun
Jae-ho Song ... Choi's uncle
Jason Fenton Jason Fenton ... Man-Sik (voice)
Lee Briggs ... Helicopter Pilot
Byoung-Sook Sung Byoung-Sook Sung ... Dong-chun's mother (as Byeong-sook Seong)
Sean House Sean House ... Helicopter Crew Chief
James Kneafsey James Kneafsey
Dong-heon Yeom Dong-heon Yeom ... Head of police station (as Dong-hyeon Yeom)
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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

Chang Jung Lim was offed for the role of Man-sik but passed out due to schedule conflict. See more »

Goofs

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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This is an insult to Asian (Korean) Cinema
21 December 2010 | by ele0615See all my reviews

The film Haeundae is more than a disappointment. This was just a marketing heist that tries to cover up for a very bad movie.

The crappy CGI, the shabby script (full of clichés) and retarded acting makes this the worst Korean movie in recent memory. The director of this film, J.K. Youn, has been notorious for literally copying American comedy hits of the past and 'translating' them into Korean for quick bucks movies.

Of course I didn't expect any originality or authenticity from the director J.K. Youn, but this movie just scrapes the bottom of the barrel... I mean this insults my intelligence! As a fan of Asian cinema and Korean cinema I was actually angry after watching this movie. There are great Korean filmmakers such as Bong Joon Ho (The Host) and Park Chan Wook (Oldboy). But when I see a film like this I began to wonder what kind of people make this kind stuff. I read that the production cost for this movie was more than that of The Host. Haeundae is just a waste of resources (as well as your time if you care to watch this) for copycat filmmaker with no imagination and poor visual effects.

Haeundae is not a disaster movie, it's major disaster itself!


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