Haeundae: Disaster Movie Korean-Style

Hollywood has been finding ways to blow up, tear apart, and vaporize the globe for decades now, so it’s about time South Korea got in on the act. We’ve seen the Japanese pull their own versions of “end of the world” movies in the past, but the Koreans have been suspiciously silent on the topic. Until now, that is. Here comes the South Korean disaster pic “Haeundae”, which boasts some major A-list Korean cinema names, including Ha Ji Won, Park Joong-hoon, and Uhm Jung Hwa. The plot is entirely generic and cliche (right down do to the scientist trying to warn authorities who refuse to listen), not that you’ll notice while tidal waves are plowing through the South Korean populace. Posters, images, and trailer for the killer tidal wave movie below.

Plot synopsis via:

Located on the Southeast of the Korean peninsula is the international city of Busan. A popular vacation spot on the East Sea coast, Haeundae draws one milion visitors to its beaches every year. Man-sik, a native of Haeundae, went deep-sea fishing four years before and lost a co-workier in a tsunami; he has never returned. He now leads a simple life running a small sushi shop and is preparing to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Yeon-hee. While these seemingly banal domestic affairs unfold, geologist KIM, 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 super tsunami starting in Tsushima, Japan is headed stratight for the Korean peninsula, he quicklu heads down to Haeundae. 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 super-tsunami is headed straight for Haeundae.

Starring Ha Ji Won, Seol Kyeong Gu, Park Joong-hoon, Uhm Jung Hwa, Lee Min Ki, and Kang Ye-won. Directed by Yoon Je-gyun.

“Haeundae” opens July in South Korea. Your chances of seeing it in the States will probably be as an import DVD.

Trailer via the film’s Official Site and images via Hancinema.