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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, Hong-jin Na (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »

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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
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

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,170,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,800,000, 31 December 2010
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Company Credits

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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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Trivia

The film opened on December 22, 2010 in South Korea and was top of the box office, selling 1.05 million tickets in its first five days of release, according to the Korean Film Council. 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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The S. Koreans Make Another Great Gangster Movie
18 April 2015 | by Scott-BredemannSee all my reviews

If it's one thing the S. Koreans know how to do it is make a Triad/Yakuza/Mafia movie. They once again topped themselves with this action packed flick.

It starts out slightly slow following the life of a lowly taxi driver just trying to make ends meet and provide for his child (who lives with his mom), all the while trying to pay off a debt that is owed to some low level scum that got his wife a passport to move to China, so she can make money for them. Not surprising to some of the other characters, the taxi drivers wife has appeared to have disappeared with newly bought freedom.

Owing so much money, he takes to gambling, only to lose again and again. It seems his luck has run out when a higher level Mafiso sends for him and makes him an offer that will change his life forever.

This is a can't miss for fans of this genre and very enjoyable for those new to it.


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