Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Yellow Sea (2010)

INTRODUCTION:

The movie tells the story about three major characters. Gu-Nam, a desperate Cho-Sun-Jok taxi driver whose wife is moved to Korea for work and now missing, Myun-Ga (Mr. Myun), a Cho-Sun-Jok organized crime tycoon who sent Gu-Nam to Seoul to hit a wealthy south Korean with one-way ticket. And Mr. Kim who ordered hit to Myun-Ga. Abandoned and betrayed, Gu-Nam runs for life to find a way to go back to China and to his daughter, all of these is melted, surmised and finally run to a catastrophic ending.

I think what current Korean movies differ from other nations, cultures is the depiction of blur between good and evil. In Korean movies, the really really bad guy have his own reason for his action, and good and innocent victim shows more insanity that can ruin himself and others.


Most surprising, is the murdered man's (The Professor's) wife. We find out at the end of the film that a "banker" hired the Chinese Mafia to kill the Professor. The Chinese mafia then coerced Ga-num into performing the hit. In the last scene we see the professor's wife paying/speaking with The Banker who ordered the hit. Presumably, the Professor's wife also found out about the affair with the Mistress and ordered a hit of her own on her husband, not knowing that a simultaneous hit had been ordered as well. She, then, is the originator of the hit that ends up in Ga-num's lap. There are many more nuances in the plot, but these are the bare bones of why and should help you piece together the rest of the story.


Really worthy for your two hours of golden weekend. Two thumbs up.

P.S. The title "Hwanghea" means yellow(Hwang), sea(Hae). It is a strait between eastern China and western Korea peninsula.

The Yellow Sea (2010) Korean Movie

PROFILE:


§  Movie: The Yellow Sea (English title)
§  Revised romanization: Hwang Hae
§  Hangul: 황해
§  Director: Na Hong-Jin
§  Starring: Ha Jung-woo, Kim Yoon-seok, Cho Seong-Ha
§  Release Date: December 22, 2010
§  Runtime: 156 min.
§  Genre: Thriller
§  Production Company: Popcorn Film, 20th Century Fox
§  Distributor: Showbox/Mediaplex
§  Language: Korean
§  Country: South Korea
§  IMD Rating: 7.4/10

PLOT:

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 ...

PICTURE:

The Yellow Sea (2010) Korean Movie

The Yellow Sea (2010) Korean Movie



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REFERENCE:
Asianwiki, Wikipedia, IMDb, Asiantorrents

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  2. Thanks for this explainer. I couldn't differentiate between the female actors, so this tied the story together: (1) the Professor was cheating on his wife (I'm guessing with Tae-Won's wife, among others); (2) the simultaneous hit on the Professor was due to his wife finding out and engaging the banker; (3) Tae-Won and Myun teamed up to find Gu-nam but then Tae-won backstabbed Myun.
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