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The Tower (2012)

Ta-weo (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 11 January 2013 (USA)
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A Christmas Eve party at a luxury residential building takes a horrific turn when a fire breaks out.

Director:

Ji-hoon Kim

Writers:

Sang-don Kim (screenplay), Ji-hoon Kim (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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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
Joo-sil Lee ... 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 ... Ae-ja
In-gi Jeong ... Cha - Safety Section Head (as In-Ki Jung)
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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Survive the most disastrous fire. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Tower Inferno Korean Style
26 May 2013 | by tecnogamingSee all my reviews

Is this a copy of Tower Inferno, most definitely.

Is worse?. Actually no, it is better.

The Tower Inferno was one of my favorites disaster movies and not because of the movie itself but for the topic at hand. I always had an eerie feeling of big tower buildings as much as planes. Human made things in such an impressive scale can fail and knowing technology all to well, this is a disaster scenery i'm usually more scared of.

The Tower inferno was fun but tedious, The Tower is fun and exciting.

IT is actually quite a shock, because the movie was incredible well directed, the first act was all too happy and did a good job in presenting the characters, the incident take its time to happen and this is a very good thing because it built suspense.

But...

By the time it happens, this movie is a thrill ride, it will not stop and it will keep you guessing what else is gonna fail, the scenery was breathtaking, the effects are incredible good, this is a big production and Koreans now show they can manage to do big movies like Hollywood, and as much fun as them.

What I most like about this one is the emphasis on the fireman, I always found that profession to be the most honorable of all and this is very well displayed through the movie, they are respected, honored and put into a incredible good light through the movie.

In contrast to American movies, the hero is not saving the day to be a hero, he does not wave flags like Americans, they just do their jobs, it is amazing how good this was captured on screen.

The main leads all do their job very well and although there are some sentimental parts like in the majority of Korean movies, they are handled all too well and they just work.

This movie is amazing, it has all the ingredients of the disaster movies, the director really did a superb job and I am sure you will have lots of fun with it.

It is a copy of The Tower Inferno?, well, yes ! for the most part... SO WHAT?

Americans do tons of re-re-remakes over and over again and nobody complains, it's not fair to do this to the Koreans, they managed to do a better Tower Inferno, by a long margin.

Keep up the good work! Now I am incredible excited about the next production coming out of Korean Soil !

Love it!


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | French

Release Date:

11 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,452,524
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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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