Based on true events, renowned mountaineer UM Hong-gil sets out on a mission to Everest to retrieve his late junior climber's body and faces the greatest challenge of his life.


Seok-hoon Lee


Jieun-min Suo (screenplay), JK Youn (screenplay adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Jung-min Hwang ... Hong-Gil Um (as Jeong-min Hwang)
Woo Jung ... Moo-Taek Park (as Jung Woo)
In-kwon Kim ... Jeong-bok, Park
Mi-ran Ra ... Myeong-ae, Cho
Jo Sung-ha ... Dong-gyoo, Lee
Lee Chae Yun Lee Chae Yun ... Yeon Woo (8 years old)


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 CJ Entertainment

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This made more money in its native Korea than Star Wars did
4 January 2016 | by Zbigniew_KrycsiwikiSee all my reviews

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. 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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Release Date:

1 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Himalaja See more »

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Seoul, South Korea See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,387, 20 December 2015

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JK FILMS, JK Film See more »
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Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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