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- Movie: The Yellow Sea (English title)
- Revised romanization: Hwang Hae
- Hangul: 황해
- Director: Na Hong-Jin
- Writer: Na Hong-Jin, Hong Won-Chan
- Producer: Han Sung-Goo, Kim Kyung-Hwan, Jung Dae-Hoon, Kim Ui-Suk
- Cinematographer: Lee Sung-Jae
- Release Date: December 22, 2010
- Runtime: 156 min.
- Genre: Thriller
- Production Company: Popcorn Film, 20th Century Fox
- Distributor: Showbox
- Language: Korean
- Country: South Korea
On the Chinese side of the China-Russia-North Korea border, in the Yanbian, Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Ku-Nam (Ha Jung-Woo) toils his days away as a taxi driver. When he's not working he's often found in the gambling halls. Ku-Nam is now in serious debt. His wife left to work in South Korea and promised to send money back. He has yet to hear from her and he is tormented by nightmares of her having an extra-marital affair. Making matters worse, Ku-Nam is fired from his job and debt-collectors take most of his severence pay.
Dog seller and underworld crime boss Myung-Ga (Kim Yun-Seok) offers him a deal. If Ku-Nam goes to South Korea and successfully carries out a hit he will get paid ¥57,000 ($10,000 USD). Ku-Nam accepts the deal and leaves for Korea on a rickety fishing boat with $500 dollars for his expenses.
When Ku-Nam arrives in South Korea he carefully scopes out his target for days, while also searching for his wife. When the time arrives for Ku-Nam to take out his target, a string of unexpected events occurs leaving Ku-Nam desperately looking for a way out. Meanwhile, the cops, Korean mafia, and the Chinese mafia all frantically search for Ku-Nam ...
- Filming begins early December, 2009 and sometime in March, 2010 shooting location will move to Yanbian, China.
- According to distributor Showbox, Twentieth Century Fox has also invested in the "The Yellow Sea" and also signed a contract to invest in a potential sequel of "The Yellow Sea" as well as a potential U.S. remake of "The Yellow Sea". If the U.S. remake of "The Yellow Sea" happens, original director Hong-jin Na will also direct the U.S. remake.
- Filming location in Korea took place largely in Pusan, South Korea & received grant rebates from the Busan Film Commission (BFC).
- "The Yellow Sea" opened #1 at the South Korean box office during its opening Dec. 24-26, 2010 weekend. The movie sold 815,177 tickets over 726 screens and took in 25.2% of all tickets sold during its opening weekend.
Additional Cast Members:
- 2011 (64th) Cannes Film Festival - May 11 - May 22, 2011 - Un Certain Regard *International Premiere
- 2011 (10th) New York Asian Film Festival - July 1-14, 2011 - Sea of Revenge: New Korean Thrillers *New York Premiere
- 2011 (15th) Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival - July 14-24, 2011 - Puchon Choice: Feature
- 2011 (24th) Singapore International Film Festival - September 15-25, 2011 - Wham! Bam! Pow!
- 2011 (7th) Fantastic Fest - September 22-29, 2011 *Regional Premiere
- 2011 (44th) Sitges Film Festival - October 6-16, 2011 - Official Fantastic in Compettition
- 2011 (47th) Chicago International Film Festival - October 6-20, 2011 - After Dark Competition
- 2011 (27th) Warsaw Film Festival - October 7-16, 2011 - Special Screenings
- 2011 (13th) Mumbai Film Festival - October 13-20, 2011 - World Cinema
- 2011 (8th) Hong Kong Asian Film Festival - October 18-November 18, 2011 - Midnight Craze
- 2011 (20th) Philadelphia Film Festival - October 20-November 3, 2011 - The Graveyard Shift
- 2011 (24th) Tokyo International Film Festival - October 22 - 30, 2011 - Film Panorama of Asia-Middle East
- 2011 (6th) The London Korean Film Festival - November 4-10, 2011 - Contemporary Korean Cinema
- 2011 (26th) Mar del Plata Film Festival - November 5-13, 2011 - Panorama - Midnight Screamings
- 2011 (22nd) Stockholm International Film Festival - November 9-20, 2011 - Asian Images *Swedish Premiere
- 2012 (4th) Beppu Hot Spring Japan Korea Next Generation Film Festival - March 2-4, 2012
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