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R| 2 hr. 19 min.

Plot Summary
A taxi driver (Ha Jung-woo) goes on the run after an attempt to carry out a hit on a professor (Kwak Do-won) goes terribly awry.

Cast: Ha Jung-woo , Kim Yun-seok , Cho Seong-ha , Lee Chul-min , Kwak Do-won , Tak Sung-eun ,

Director: Na Hong-jin

Genres: Crime drama, Thriller

The Yellow Sea (2010)

Release Date: December 2nd, 2011|2 hr. 19 min.

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  • More startling than an unexpected punch in the noggin, Na Hong-Jin's unusual thriller could have the highest knife count this side of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. A violent thrill-ride to a dark new corner of Asian cinema. show more

  • Like fellow countryman Park Chan-wook's vengeful epics, this man-on-the-run thriller knows how to deliver a rush; unlike those superior tales of lives on the edge, that's the only trick up its sleeve. show more

  • Na captures at once the fragility of the human body and the deep-rooted darkness of the human soul. The Yellow Sea is easily one of the films of the year for underserved action-heads. show more

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  • September 16, 2012 er00000000129482
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    Yanji is a place which exists somewhere near the border between North Korea, China and Russia, a mild-mannered cab driver Gu-nam (Ha Jung-Woo) is given an offer to clear his debts by traveling to Seoul to kill a businessman. Gu-nam is one of three central characters to this film. The second character is the man who has given Gu-nam this task, small-time racketeer Myun-Ga (Kim Yun-Seok). The third main character is Mr Kim (Seong-Ha Cho), an organised crime boss in Seoul who gets caught up in Gu-nams activities. Whilst making preparations for the killing, Gu-nam also looks for his wife, who has left him. Gu-nam is clearly out of his depth, and things start to go from bad to worse to the completely incomprehensible! There’s double-crosses, triple-crosses, human trafficking, international gangland violence, bone-crunching action and spectacularly choreographed chase sequences that defy belief. Enough to fill 3 action films! Typical of Korean films of this ilk, everything is raw, visceral, and bloody realistic. The kill-rate is off the chart, and most were caused by some epic knife-fighting. The killing sprees were relentless, none more so than by the brutal Myun-Ga who seemed to revel in dispelling more and more bloody mayhem. Myun-Ga was so watchable that you didn’t want him to stop, much the same as Min-sik Choi’s Kyung-chul stole the show in the equally demented ‘I Saw the Devil’. ‘The Yellow Sea’ is by no means a perfect film, the last third of the film was let down by some dizzyingly poor camerawork. It could be half an hour shorter, the film only really gets going near the first hour mark. Witnessing Gu-nam’s transformation from a hapless taxi driver into a Houdini clone and one-man killing machine was probably a step too far. For such a simplistic plot, director Na Hong-jin ekes out an incredible amount of drama. Though by the end the plot is thick with confusion, to be honest i actually didn’t know whether I understood it all or not! But there is a lot to admire in the ‘Yellow Sea’, just park your brain and suspend all disbelief and enjoy the type of action that the Koreans have become

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