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Tidal Wave (2009)

Haeundae (original title)
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A woman named Yeon-hee (Ha Ji-won) lives in Busan with her boyfriend Man-sik (Sol Kyung-gu) near Haeundae Beach. But, when they find out a tsunami will hit the city, They realize they only have 10 minutes to escape!

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JK Youn

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JK Youn
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ji-won Ha ... Gang Yeon-heui
Myeong-hoon Park ... Emergency Room Intern
Min-ki Lee ... Hyeong-shik
Kyung-gu Sol ... Choi Man-shik
Joong-Hoon Park ... Kim Hwi
Nicole Dionne ... Yeon-Hee (voice)
Uhm Junghwa ... Lee Yu-jin (as Jeong-hwa Eom)
Ye-won Kang ... Hee-mee
In-kwon Kim ... Dong-chun
Jae-ho Song ... Choi's uncle
Jason Fenton Jason Fenton ... Man-Sik (voice)
Sean House Sean House ... Helicopter Crew Chief
Ho-min Yeo Ho-min Yeo ... Jun-ha
Byoung-Sook Sung Byoung-Sook Sung ... Dong-chun's mother (as Byeong-sook Seong)
Lee Briggs ... Helicopter Pilot
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Storyline

Professor Kim, a marine geologist, recognizes the impending danger of a mega tsunami headed straight for Haeundae, a popular vacation spot on the south coast of Korea. He desperately attempts to warn authorities and alert the unknowing vacationers of the 500 MPH destructive force of nature headed their direction. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Drama

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Rated R for some disturbing disaster images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

22 July 2009 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Tsunami See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,283,278
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The stars performed their own stunts (except for the high falls) See more »

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When the grandmother is watching the wave come in on the bridge, an aerial point-of-view shot shows the wave yet the height of the water around the footings remains constant. See more »

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References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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The Tsunami Effects Were Great
28 January 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Tidal Wave (2009)

** (out of 4)

This South Korean disaster picture deals with a wide range of people who at first are trying to deal with their personal lives but this all changes when a tsunami hits and they must fight for their lives. Apparently this film had the biggest budget for anything to come from South Korean and in fact I thought the special effects of the disaster looked pretty good but more on that in a bit. What really kills TIDAL WAVE is the first eighty-minutes, which is the time spent with the characters. It's clear that this film is just like so many American films in that we spend the majority of the running time getting to know the characters so that when the disaster does hit we care for them and want to see them survive. The problem here is that the majority of this is built around a bunch of comedy bits that simply aren't funny and in fact they really take you out of the movie. I'm really not sure what the purpose of these comedy scenes were but they should have been in a Laurel and Hardy movie and not something like this. Even the personal drama was pretty predictable as we are given the same stereotypes and same clichés that every disaster movie has followed since the 1970s. The film certainly does come alive once the tsunami hits and I thought the special effects were extremely good on the whole. Yes, there are some shots that are obviously fake but I enjoyed the imagination that went into them and we do get some pretty intense scenes. Still, after these scenes we fall back into the cliché routine with way too many scenes where someone is giving their live for someone else's and it just gets a bit repetitive after a while. TIDAL WAVE, on the whole, is a disappointment but fans of the genre will still want to check out the actual disaster bit.


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