Starring: Ha Ji Won as Kang Yeon-Hee, Sol Kyung Gu as Choi Man Sik, Uhm Jung Hwa as Lee Yoo Jin, Park Joong-Hoon as Kim Hee, Lee Min-Ki as Kim In-Kwon, and Gang Ye-Won as Hee-Mi
Running Time: 120 min
Twinkies: 3 1/2
Synopsis: The international city of Busan is a popular vacation spot on the East Sea coast, drawing one milion visitors to its beaches every year. Four years ago, Man-sik went deep-sea fishing and lost a co-worker in a tsunami. He now leads a simple life running a small sushi shop.
Kim Hee, a geologist and 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.
Yoo Jin is in charge of the Haeundae Cultural Expo who returned from America one year ago to the area with her young daughter.
Despite his warnings, the Disaster Prevention Agency affirms that Korea is in no harm of being hit. When he discovers a super tsunami starting in Tsushima, Japan is headed stratight for the Korean peninsula, he quickly heads down to the coast. While the vacationers and citizens of Busan are enjoying a peaceful, hot summer day, a super-tsunami is headed straight for Haeundae.
Musings: Ha Ji Won without makeup is still beautiful. The beginning beach scenes were of the Haeundae I’ve never seen in the dramas.Man that is a lot of people! It had some funny moments in the beginning, especially when In-Kwon rescued Hee Mi after she fell in the water.
What follows is your standard disaster movie with some seriously scary and sad moments in the film.
Overall, it’s worth watching if you like dramatic special effects and the use of screening used in most disaster movies. The power of the waves and the damage that can be witnessed is especially well portrayed in this film. The fact that in a split second, your home, family, even an entire city can be swept away is a scary sight to see. Lee Min-Ki (In-Kwon) and Gang Ye-Won(Hee-Mi) were truly the best. This was the moment that I first took notice of both actors. When they are on the screen, you will laugh and cry! The awards this film won were well earned. Enjoy.
2009 (29th) Critics Choice Awards – Best Cinematography
2009 (46th) Daejong Film Awards – Best Production
2009 (30th) Blue Dragon Film Awards – Technical Award and Most Popular Film
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