The Yellow Sea

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South Korean director Na Hong-jin (‘The Chaser’) has raided his cooking utensil drawer for this grubby and grim revenge epic in which the kitchen knife is king (but a rusty hatchet will always suffice). Ha Jung-woo is the gambling addict cabbie who’s 60 grand in the hole after his wife went off staking claims in Seoul and never came back. So, he enters into a Faustian pact with a local crime kingpin to wipe his debts. All he has to do is head to the big city and assassinate a professor. With a kitchen knife. And while he’s there he can track down his missus. Win-win! After a ruthlessly focused, almost-Hitchcockian first hour, Na’s film fans out into a flabby, multi-stranded gang war and loses all sense of purpose. A listless succession of brutal, consequence-free stabbings encase a pair of lengthy chase set pieces, both technically adept, both utterly ridiculous.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday October 21 2011
Duration: 141 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Hong-jin Na
Cast: Jung-woo Ha
Kim Yun-seok
Cho Seong-ha

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M00nlighter

Clearly you don't know anything about Korean movies so why comment? What do you have to say about American remakes of many Asian movies pretending to be original ideas?

M00nlighter

Clearly you don't know anything about Korean movies so why comment? What do you have to say about American remakes of many Asian movies pretending to be original ideas?