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A Christmas Eve party at a luxury residential building takes a horrific turn when a fire breaks out.

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Ji-hoon Kim

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyung-gu Sol ... Captain Kang Young-ki
Ye-jin Son ... Seo Yoon-hee
Sang-kyung Kim ... Lee Dae-ho
In-kwon Kim ... Sergeant Oh Byung-Man
Sung-Ki Ahn ... Yeouido Fire Station Chief (as Sung-kee Ahn)
Jae-ho Song ... Mr. Yoon - Old Man
Lee Joo-Shil ... Mrs. Jung - Mr. Yoon's Friend (as Ju-shil Lee)
Han-wi Lee Han-wi Lee ... Mr. Kim - Church Elder
Tae-won Kwon Tae-won Kwon ... Fire Commissioner Jang
Guk-Hyang Jeon Guk-Hyang Jeon ... Ae-ja
In-gi Jeong ... Cha - Safety Section Head (as In-Ki Jung)
In-Pyo Cha In-Pyo Cha ... President Jo
Bae-soo Jeon ... Young-cheol - The Cook
Jun-seo Park Jun-seo Park ... Aide
Seong-oh Kim ... In-geon (as Kim Sung-oh)
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On Christmas Eve at Tower Sky, an ultra-luxurious building complex, a White Christmas party is held to dazzle its equally high-end tenants and VIP guests. Dae-ho, the manager of the building and single father, is forced to cancel plans with his daughter Hana to work the event. His Christmas is saved when Yoon-hee, the food mall manager with a secret crush on Dae-ho, offers to babysit Hana during the party. Meanwhile, Young-ki the legendary fire chief of Yoido Station has finally promised his first holiday date night to his long suffering wife. The party is in full swing with the spectacular sight of two helicopters flying overhead just to spray snow on the partygoers and make everything perfect. When unthinkable disaster strikes, Dae-ho and Young-ki must summon all their strength and courage to save the lives of thousands but at what cost to themselves and their loved ones? Written by CJ Entertainment

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | French

Release Date:

11 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tower See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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CJ Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Director Ji-hoon Kim was inspired by his personal experience of seeing the 63 Building in Seoul for the first time as a middle school student and imagining how it would feel to be trapped inside of it. See more »

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Korean version of The Towering Inferno, and nearly as fun
16 May 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE TOWER is nothing more than a modern-day remake of the Irwin Allen disaster classic THE TOWERING INFERNO, updating the storyline with modern technology and modern effects but dealing with exactly the same type of logistical intrigue and scared survivors drama. It's slightly melodramatic, as is the case with a lot of Asian cinema, but it's also highly efficient with it. It may not be up there with the best of the genre, but it's better than the comparable likes of AFTERSHOCK and THE SINKING OF JAPAN.

The narrative takes on a familiar construction with the first half hour building the characters before letting rip with a major accident, then working its way through a series of alternative disaster scenarios. Survivors are fried, dropped, blown up and put into various perilous situations, and it's all handled with more than a modicum of efficiency by director Kim Ji-hoon. It's also well paced and technically efficient, with decent CGI adding to the peril and some well-placed comic relief offsetting the more dramatic moments.

Is THE TOWER original? Not a jot. Is it as good as the original? Not by a long shot. Is it entertaining? Oh yes. It may be no classic, but as modern disaster cinema goes this is one of the better ones you'll find out there.


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