Following a grueling climb up Kanchenjunga, Hong-gil and Mu-taek become fast friends and partners in climb. The peak of their professional careers comes when they become the 14th team to scale the Himalayas. But the climb came at a price: both sustained injuries and Hong-gil was compelled to retire. Years later, Hong-gil is a renowned lecturer and Mu-taek takes up an assignment to go up Everest. When Hong-gil learns that Mu-taek has gone missing, he blames himself for encouraging the younger man's plans. Looking at a photo of Mu-taek's frozen corpse still trapped on the mountain, he decides to put together a rescue team to retrieve the body. Despite warnings, concerns over his injured leg and treacherous storms, Hong-gil leads the expedition.Written by
This made more money in its native Korea than Star Wars did
Less exploitative than 2015's Everest, this is impressively photographed, and it tells an interesting story (Sherpas searching for the body of their friend, following an accident which took his life), but it is uneven (largely a buddy movie) and it's so depressing to know that it is about a real death, and more people risking their own lives out of respect for their dead friend's remains. The filmmakers tried to counter that with humorous scenes of them bonding, unsuccessfully.
Film is not *bad*, just mediocre, and depressing. Surprisingly, this Korean release made considerably more money in Korea than the new Star Wars did.
http://m.themalaymailonline.com/showbiz/article/Himalayas-beats-star- wars-the-force-awakens-in-korean-Christmas-box-office Survival drama "The Himalayas" remained on top of the Korean box office during the three-day Christmas holiday weekend.
SEOUL, Dec 29 — The South Korean movie "Himalayas" has broken national box office records and held onto the top spot at the box office, warding off competition from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Survival movie "Himalayas" has become Korea's most successful Christmas-period movie, earning US$12.2 million (RM52.37 million) between Friday, December 25 and Sunday, December 27. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" remains in second place with US$7.01 million over the same weekend.
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