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Korean movie Haeundae hit Korea this year! Haeundae (해운대) is a 2009 South Korean movie about a tsunami heading straight for the popular beach in Busan. Haeundae was billed as “Korea’s first big-budget disaster movie” – Haeundae Beach and the surrounding district will be utterly destroyed by a tsunami. Haeundae is directed by 윤제균 (Yun Je-gyun) and stars Sul Kyung-gu, Ha Ji-won, Park Joong-hoon and Uhm Jung-hwa.




Title : 해운대 (Haeundae)
Also known as : Tsunami At Haeundae/South Korea’s first disaster film
Chinese Name : 海雲台
Country : South Korea
Language : Korean
Release date : 22 July 2009 (South Korea)
Run Time : 100mins
Distributed by : CJ Entertainment
Budget : ₩16 Billion (US$16 million)
Korea Theatrical Run : 2009. Summer


Sol Kyung-gu (설경구) as Choi Man-sik
Ha Ji-won (하지원) as Kang Yeon-hee
Park Joong-hoon (박중훈) as Kim Hwi
Uhm Jung-hwa (엄정화) as Lee Yoo-jin

Haeundae (해운대) is a disaster movie about a tsunami heading straight for the popular beach in Busan produced by Doosaboo Film and distributors CJ Entertainment. On 18 August 2008, Doosaboo Film, Inc. began principal photography on the motion picture Haeundae at the beaches of Busan, South Korea.

Haeundae headed by director 윤제균 (Yun Je-gyun) is set in the southern tip of South Korea in the city of Pusan. The city which is the name sake of Asia’s largest international film festival also boasts the seaside resort of Haeundae a beach which can attract a million people a day at the height of summer. This sets the scene for gigantic tidal wave that is about to engulf the city at just this time – Summer, as it is in Korea now. Ironically the film, which was filmed partly in California, is a more human story focusing on Man-sik, a local who runs a small seafood restaurant. After losing a friend to the sea a year before he can never go back. Later, while running into a stream of complications he is forced to confront his fear in the shape of a 500 mph wall of water.

Haeundae has been released in 20 other countries before it opened in South Korea. Distribution rights for Haeundae have been sold to the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and the United Kingdom. This Korean movie was released in South Korea on 22 July 2009. As of 17 August 2009, Haeundae had received a total of 9,128,716 admissions in South Korean theaters. Not only does it boast some of Korea’s finest actors in its cast, it is also said that the CGI for the film was done by a Hollywood CGI team. So you can be sure to expect state of the art CGI affects. Think huge realistic tidal waves. This is a must watch Korean movie!

Synopsis of Haeundae

Located on the southeast tip of the Korean peninsula is the international city of Busan. A popular vacation spot on the East Sea coast, Haeundae draws one million visitors to its beaches every year. Man-sik, a native of Haeundae, lost a co-worker to a tsunami on a deep-sea fishing trip four years ago. He has never returned to sea ever since. He now leads a simple life running a small seafood restaurant and is preparing to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Yeon-hee. One day, a geologist Kim-hwi, who is an expert on tsunami research, discovers the East Sea is showing signs of activity similar to the Indian Ocean at the time of the 2004 tsunami.

Despite his warnings, the Disaster Prevention Agency affirms that Korea is in no harm of being hit. When he discovers a mega-tsunami is starting in Tsushima, Japan is headed straight for the Korean peninsula, he quickly heads down to Haeundae. There he meets up with his ex-wife, who is organizing a cultural event, for the first time in seven years. He also sees his young daughter who is unaware that he is her father. Eventually, Kim gets a call about a deadly oncoming wave, with only ten minutes to spare! While the vacationers and citizens of Busan are enjoying a peaceful, hot summer day, a mega-tsunami is headed straight for Haeundae at 500 miles per hour.

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