Beautiful Haeundae is South Korea's most
popular beach resort, but the question is: for
how much longer? Set against the backdrop
of the tragedy of December 2004, the film
plays out on the Korean coastal sprawl. While
seismic activity in the Sea of Japan is gearing
up for a cataclysmic disaster, a dysfunctional
(yet likeable) cluster of characters is facing
their own emotional turmoil. Among them
are a divorced couple, a handsome lifeguard
who rescues a vain Seoul college student, his
brother who drowns his sorrows in drink since
he blames himself for a man's death in the 2004
tsunami, and his girlfriend.

Keeping the audience off balance the film
rapidly shifts between ominous foreshadowing,
romantic drama and broad slapstick comedy
even as a tsunami forms and heads towards
the resort. The first fully fledged disaster movie
in the history of Korean cinema, HAEUNDAE
combines human drama with stunning visuals
and impressive special effects, fully living up to
the fact that the production is one of the most
expensive ever in Korea.

Haeundae poster
Title
Haeundae
Director
Je-gyun Yun
Country
South Korea
Length
120 min
Festival
2009
Section
Spotlight
Language
Korean
Subtitle
English
Production year
2009
Cast
Kyung-gu Sol, Ji-won Ha, Joong-Hoon Park, Jeong-hwa Eom
Producer
Ji-seung Lee
Script
Je-gyun Yun
Music
Byung-woo Lee

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