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The Yellow Sea (2010)

Hwanghae (original title)
The attempt to carry out a hit on a professor goes terribly awry, triggering a series of violent events which force a taxi driver to run for his life.

Director:

Hong-jin Na

Writers:

Won-Chan Hong (screenplay by), Hong-jin Na (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
6 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jung-woo Ha ... Gu-nam
Yoon-seok Kim ... Myun-ga
Sung-ha Jo Sung-ha Jo ... Tae-won (as Seong-Ha Cho)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seok-jeong Hwang ... Dollar Dealer
Man-sik Jeong Man-sik Jeong ... Detective 1
Hyeon-joo Kim Hyeon-joo Kim ... Killed smuggler
Cheol-min Lee Cheol-min Lee
Yoo-mi Lee Yoo-mi Lee ... Tae-Won's Daughter
Gi-won Yang Gi-won Yang ... Detective 2
Dong-Heon Yeom Dong-Heon Yeom
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Storyline

In this fast paced action thriller, a taxi driver living in the Yanbian Province of China goes to South Korea when a local gangster offers him to carry out a hit on a professor in return for repaying his debt. In the meanwhile, he also searches for his wife who had come here but had not responded since 6 months. His suspicion of her betrayal makes his tension rise, before something unexpected happens that night on which he is prepared to kill the professor. Soon, he finds himself running for his life from police and the mob, resulting in a lot of violent fights and intense car chases. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The only thing he must not have crossed


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal bloody violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

South Korea | USA | Hong Kong

Language:

Korean | Mandarin

Release Date:

2 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Yellow Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,170,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,760,549
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hong-jin Na's 2nd feature film. See more »

Quotes

Gu-nam: Who's the boss here?
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Crazy Credits

The film's story unfolds in chapters. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US R-Rated version was heavily edited but it's based on the shorter Korean Director's Cut, but apart from some minor story cuts several short cuts typical for the MPAA had to be made due to depiction of action, violence and sex. The Director's Cut runs 4 minutes and 3 seconds longer than the US R-Rated version. See more »

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User Reviews

shockingly good, well directed, well performed
4 January 2012 | by rightwingisevilSee all my reviews

another near perfect thriller out of south Korea. i don't know what and how most movie festivals giving out award, but all movies directed by this director and screenplays written by this specific several movies directed by this specific director, the screenplay writer(s), both should have received the highest honors of awards. based upon my forty years movie viewing experience, i've never seen anything like these kind of well written, well directed and well performed korean movies. these movies mentioned by other reviewers are just on different level, making hollwood's films in similar genre like worthless garbage. watching every one of these movies just became a psychiatric treatment, the perfect and ultimate catharsis to drain the stress caused by the financial burden and bore-to-death day in and day out urban living, because nobody could be more down and out like the main characters portrayed in these movies, and not any common person, you or me, could be less lucky like these characters faced in their lives. korean movie thrillers are just so uniquely different from other countries, in my opinion, they are definitely on a higher level, higher than where the Hollywood, bollywood, Japanese, Chinese stand. because every time when i finished a korean movie like 'the yellow sea', 'the man from nowhere', 'i saw the devil'....i felt the stress that constantly burdened on my mind and shoulders would go away temporarily, i actually felt better and more alive. no other country's movies could have such catharsis-like effect.

highly recommended to those who got the similar burden like me.


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