Tidal Wave (2009 film)

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Tidal Wave
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Hangul 해운대
Hanja 海雲臺
Revised Romanization Haeundae
McCune–Reischauer Haeuntae
Directed by Yoon Je-kyoon
Produced byYoon Je-kyoon
Lee Sang-yong
Gil Yeong-min
Written byYoon Je-kyoon
Kim Hwi
Starring Sol Kyung-gu
Ha Ji-won
Lee Min-ki
Kang Ye-won
Park Joong-hoon
Uhm Jung-hwa
Kim In-kwon
Song Jae-ho
Kim Ji-yeong
Music by Lee Byung-woo
CinematographyKim Yeong-ho
Edited byShin Min-kyung
Doosaboo Film
CJ Entertainment
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
Release date
  • 22 July 2009 (2009-07-22)
Running time
120 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
BudgetUS$16 million
Box officeUS$74.4 million

Tidal Wave (Korean : 해운대; RR : Haeundae) is a 2009 South Korean disaster film directed by Yoon Je-kyoon and starring Sol Kyung-gu, Ha Ji-won, Park Joong-hoon and Uhm Jung-hwa. Billed as South Korea's first disaster film, [1] the film released theatrically on 22 July 2009 and received more than 11 million admissions nationwide. [2]



Located on the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula, the Haeundae district of Busan draws one million visitors to its beaches every year. The film follows the stories of many characters who all get caught up in a terrible tsunami in which they must make life-or-death decisions.

Five years ago, Man-sik, a Haeundae local, lost Yeon-hee's father due to his mistake in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Because of this, he could not become involved with Yeon-hee, who runs an unlicensed seafood restaurant, despite her attempts to start a relationship.

Dong-choon and Seung-hyun's grandma team up with Seung-hyun and get involved with some illegal activity to earn money, but end up getting caught by the police. Man-sik finally plans to propose to Yeon-hee.

Geologist Kim Hwi runs into his divorced wife, Yoo-jin. Although Yoo-jin has a daughter named Ji-min and a new boyfriend Hae-chan, they decide not to tell their daughter that Hwi is her real father as they are worried how she might react.

A wealthy college student from Seoul, Hee-mi, accidentally falls into the sea from a yacht. Hyeong-sik, Man-sik's younger brother, is a lifeguard who rescues Hee-mi. Hee-mi becomes angered by the 'violent' rescue and annoys him by following him around and the two begin to fall in love.

Hwi notices that the Sea of Japan (East Sea) is displaying similar activity to the Indian Ocean at the time of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The Disaster Prevention Agency assures him that South Korea is at no risk, but a megatsunami soon forms near Japan and starts to travel towards Haeundae. Hwi realizes that the citizens of Haeundae have only 10 minutes to escape. There is a short earthquake (a little aftershock) at Haeundae. The sea starts receding from the shore, causing mass hysteria as people realize that a tsunami is coming. Thousands of people run for their lives, but the tsunami reaches Haeundae. Dong-choon, Seung-hyun, his grandma, and other people on the Gwangan Bridge are swept away by the sea. A telephone pole collapses, electrocuting everyone in the water, but Man-sik and Yeon-hee survive. Dong-choon awakens on the bridge, but when he tries and fails to light a cigarette, and subsequently discards the lighter out of frustration, it falls into petrol leaking from a tanker, causing an explosion that severs the bridge in half and sends shipping containers flying into buildings on the shore.

Hyeong-sik jumps down from a rescue helicopter and saves Hee-mi in the sea. When Hyeong-sik and the rest of the group are together on the rope, Hyeong-sik realizes that the rope is about to break and only one can go up to the helicopter. He cuts the rope he is connected to and falls into the violent sea. The elevator Yoo-jin is trapped in floods with water, and she talks in tears to her daughter Ji-min on her phone. Yoo-jin is saved by a worker. On the roof, she meets Ji-min and Hwi. The two help their daughter get on a crowded rescue helicopter. Before the helicopter leaves, Hwi tells his daughter that he is really her father. Yoo-jin and Hwi hug each other before they are killed.

After the tsunami, there is a funeral for the thousands of people who were killed. Among the dead is Hyeong-sik and Man-sik's uncle. Dong-choon finds out that his mother died as well and breaks into tears. Many people help reconstruct the city. Man-sik, while cleaning the ruins of Yeon-hee's restaurant, finds the red ribbon which Yeon-hee said was a 'yes' to his proposal. The movie ends with a scene of Haeundae in ruins, but in a hopeful atmosphere.



Distribution rights for Haeundae was sold to Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, France, Quebec, Brazil, United Kingdom, Australia and Turkey. [3] [4] [5] [6] The film was released in South Korea on 22 July 2009. As of 20 September 2009, Haeundae had received a total of 11,301,649 admissions in South Korean theatres. [7]

In English-speaking countries, the film was released as Tidal Wave (which is an incorrect term for its theme and should actually be "Tsunami"). In the United Kingdom, the DVD was released on October 12, 2009 from Entertainment One. [8]

Awards and nominations

Award ceremonyCategoryRecipientsResult
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best FilmTidal WaveNominated
Best DirectorYoon Je-kyoonNominated
Best Supporting ActorKim In-kwonNominated
Lee Min-kiNominated
Best New ActressKang Ye-wonNominated
Best CinematographyKim Yeong-hoNominated
Technical AwardHans Uhlig, Jang Seong-ho (CG)Won
Audience Choice Award for Most Popular FilmTidal WaveWon
18th Buil Film Awards Best DirectorYoon Je-kyoonWon
Best Supporting ActorKim In-kwonWon
12th Director's Cut Awards Best ProducerYoon Je-kyoonWon
46th Grand Bell Awards Best FilmTidal WaveNominated
Best DirectorYoon Je-kyoonNominated
Best ActorSol Kyung-guNominated
Best Supporting ActorKim In-kwonNominated
Best Supporting ActressUhm Jung-hwaNominated
Best CinematographyKim Yeong-hoNominated
Best Visual EffectsHans Uhlig, Jang Seong-hoNominated
Best Sound EffectsEun Hee-sooNominated
Best PlanningYoon Je-kyoonWon
29th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best CinematographyKim Young-hoWon
2009 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Female Movie StarHa Ji-wonWon
46th Paeksang Arts Awards Grand PrizeYoon Je-kyoonWon
Best FilmTidal WaveNominated
Best New ActorLee Min-kiWon
Best DirectorYoon Je-kyoonNominated

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