(Korean Movies) Haeundae, 2009

Haeundae, 2009

Haeundae, 2009
Audience over 12 years old
running time
120 minutes
cumulative audience
11324958 people
46th Baeksang Arts Awards 2010


summer 2009
A huge tsunami hits Korea

In 2004, the Indonesian tsunami caused the greatest casualties and shocks to the world. Man-sik, a native of Haeundae, who was on a deep-sea fishing boat in the Indian Ocean at the time, is swept away by an unexpected tsunami, and in a single mistake, he loses his father, Yeon-hee, whom he trusted and depended on. Because of this accident, he has no choice but to hide his heart even though he likes Yeon-hee. Then one day, Man-sik decides to convey his feelings that he has kept in his heart for a long time and prepares a wonderful proposal for Yeon-hee.

Man-sik's younger brother, Hyung-sik, a member of the Haeundae Marine Rescue Team, discovers Mi-m, who is drowning in the middle of the sea while on a marine patrol, and rescues her after twists and turns. Dim, who fell in love at first sight with the innocent young Hyung-sik who saved him. She launches a blunt attack of affection towards Hyung-sik, and I do not dislike her as well.

Hwi Kim, a geologist at the International Oceanographic Research Institute, detects unusual movements of the crust around Haeundae and visits Haeundae. There, he happens to meet his wife Eugene and daughter Jimin, who were divorced 7 years ago, but he feels complicated by the fact that Jimin is unaware of his existence. A successful career woman, Eugene often leaves young Jimin alone because of her busy work. Meanwhile, even at that moment, the situation in the sea changes every minute, and finally, as Kim Hwi predicted, the Japanese Tsunami sinks, creating a super-large tsunami. Millions of vacation season crowds cooling off from the midsummer heat, Busan citizens living peaceful lives, and people with their own stories, a super-large tsunami hits at a speed of 800 km/h…

The happiest moment of great ordeal,
Only 10 minutes left!
Their story, which was not swept away by the tsunami, begins!

[ Prologue ]

Japanese for a tsunami caused by sudden waves caused by sudden shocks that cause the ocean to sway
It is known to be mainly caused by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or meteorite impacts.
It travels at a speed of about 800 km/h, which is faster than a normal airplane.

[ About movie ]
The official break from the Hollywood disaster blockbuster!
A drama full of laughter, emotion, and 'human smell' unfolds

Haeundae is Korea's representative vacation spot and a familiar space for all Koreans, where 1 million people gather every summer. The movie <Haeundae>, which has a unique setting that a tsunami occurs in this place where various stories of many people are unfolding, is different from Hollywood disaster movies. If the existing Hollywood disaster movies did not deviate from the linear storyline at the same time as promoting the external scale and attractions, <Haeundae> creates a consensus through solid stories and fun by telling the stories of people who take place in a space called 'Haeundae'. Rather than dwelling on the subject matter of 'tsunami', which can be splendidly emphasized, we add laughter and emotion of the code favored by the Korean people to the character with strong personality, keeping our own emotions by keeping the formula of 'main = people'. it has been melted

Each character drawn in the movie <Haeundae> has a 'story'. After a long unrequited love, Man-sik is about to confess his love, Yeon-hee, who is unable to reveal her feelings due to the sudden tsunami that suddenly hit Haeundae, and Kim Hwi and Kim Hwi, who can’t even tell their father that she is a father, even though she meets her 7-year-old daughter for the first time. Eugene realizes the importance of family. And from the form of jumping into danger to protect the one they love, the fact that she falls in love with him despite the opposition of those around him, and Dong-chun, who faces a tsunami the day he decides to take the first interview in accordance with his mother’s wishes, it is easy to see around him. <Haeundae> boasts a variety of yet solid dramas with the appearance of various human groups and episodes that smell of people. In particular, the three-dimensional character composition of director Yoon Je-gyun, who directed <Miracle on 1st Street> and produced <The Most Beautiful Week of My Life>, and the humor and wit in the film are the driving forces that completed <Haeundae> into a genuine movie. became In addition, the 'tsunami' in the movie is used as a device to maximize or resolve conflicts and moments of happiness. The climax of the movie is further emphasized through the appearance of the characters who are put into extreme situations due to the tsunami, and it also provides abundant attractions. People and their stories, the tsunami that came at the climax, all these are the assets of Haeundae that will captivate the audience on July 23rd.

CG technology of Chungmuro and Hollywood shines in <Haeundae>!
<Haeundae> Visual Supervisors Hansulik and Jang Seongho meet!

Since <Haeundae> contains the stories of people facing a huge tsunami, all three elements had to be perfect, from a solid storyline and realistic acting by the actors to the realization of a vivid tsunami. As soon as the scenario was completed, director Yoon Je-gyun met with almost all CG companies in Korea and had a meeting. In the process, I met Jang Seong-ho, CEO of Mopack, a representative CG company in Korea, and learned that domestic CG technology is at a fairly high level. However, the general consensus was that it would be difficult in practice to express the large-scale water CG required for <Haeundae>. So, Seong-Ho Jang, CEO of Mopack, took the lead, and all CGs except for the large-scale water CG were carried out by Korean companies such as Powercast and Polygon Visual Works, including Mopack, but large-scale water CGs were conducted at Polygon Entertainment, which 'Hansulik' is affiliated with. decided with Hansulik, who landed in <Haeundae> to vividly portray the great majesty of the tsunami, is a CG producer who participated in Hollywood blockbuster movies such as <Star Wars> series, <Tomorrow>, and <Perfect Storm>. A person who is in charge of their CG and has unrivaled technological prowess, especially in the water CG field. He joined <Haeundae> to challenge a higher level of water CG production, and was able to complete the upgraded water CG based on years of experience, confidence, and technical know-how in Hollywood. He has poured his infinite love for movies so much that he often visits Korean film sets in the US, and he plans to show off his advanced technology through <Haeundae>. Coach Yoon Je-kyun received one important promise when he decided to sign Hans Ulric. That is to transfer the core technology of water CG to Korea. With this, the day when Korean movie fans will be able to see the cool water CG made only with domestic technology is not far off. The tsunami of <Haeundae>, which was created with the love and dazzling technology of Hollywood CG experts, is as vivid as the white sandy beach of Haeundae in front of your eyes and sweeps people away in an instant, giving the story of the whole movie and the story of each character with probability. Of course, it will also provide a new visual pleasure to the audience.

Seol Kyung-gu, Ha Ji-won, Park Joong-hoon, Uhm Jung-hwa in Haeundae!
Korea's best actors fill Haeundae with energy and synergy.

Seol Kyung-gu, Ha Ji-won, Park Joong-hoon, and Uhm Jung-hwa, who have a reputation as Korea's leading actors across screens and CRTs, met in Haeundae. <Haeundae>, which is receiving a lot of attention even before its release, is rated as the most anticipated movie of 2009 just by meeting these actors. In the film, they come to the audience in a more ordinary form than ever before. In particular, in this movie, they have been building their own characters with natural acting and unique personalities, and they are drawing attention by realistically portraying ordinary people facing the tsunami with realistic acting. The couple, Man-sik and Yeon-hee, who form the central axis of the case, took on the roles of Seol Kyung-gu, who played all the characters from "Peppermint Candy" to "Kang Cheol-jung" with her own vivid acting, and Ha Ji-won, who showed a wide spectrum of acting through various characters. In addition, national actor Park Joong-hoon will play Kim Hwi, a geologist at the Ocean Research Institute who warns of the dangers caused by a tsunami, and Uhm Jung-hwa will play his former wife Yoo-jin, a career woman in charge of international events. In addition, Lee Min-ki as Choi Man-sik's younger brother and rescue worker Hyung-sik of the Marine Rescue Team, Kang Ye-won as a three-year-old student who came to Haeundae to play for the holiday season, and Kim In-kwon as Yeon-hee's elementary school classmate and neighborhood gangster Dong-chun. is responsible for Due to the nature of the material, they not only had to act emotionally in the water all day, but also performed action performances such as running, falling, and rolling to avoid the tsunami, but they performed realistic acting by throwing their whole body like actors of an actor. <Haeundae> was able to be born with the excellent performances of these actors. Korea's representative actors who perfectly digested the human emotions of love, reconciliation, and forgiveness that had been forgotten in the extreme situation of the tsunami, will deliver a powerful emotion and a heavy resonance that penetrates the entire work to the audience.

[Production note]

Run, fall, fall and be swept away!
The acting fighting spirit of Korea's representative actors!

Due to the nature of the film about the tsunami, the actors who joined <Haeundae> had to put their whole body into an acting fighting spirit. Among them, because of the subject of tsunami, almost all the cast members were always wet with water, so they couldn't avoid the 'battle with water'. In particular, from mid-October to the end of October, when the scene after the first tsunami had passed, despite the chilly autumn weather, even a very large strong wind was mobilized, and the actors' hardships were inevitably doubled. In addition, Uhm Jung-hwa, who played the scene of being trapped in an elevator in the aftermath of the tsunami, performed tears while drowning in water as tall as her height in a set less than 1 pyeong.

Even in the scene of a large crowd running away from the tsunami, the actors performed intense filming. Seol Kyung-gu and Ha Ji-won ran around Haeundae with hundreds of extras, from Yeonhui's sushi restaurant, where they first discovered the tsunami, to Mipo Hill Road and Dalmaji Pass. After the first tsunami swept away, in the scene where he was running through the flooded Haeundae market, Seol Kyung-gu, who was immersed in the smoke, continued running without knowing that Ha Ji-won, who was holding his hand, fell, and was dragged several meters in a state of falling.

In addition, Kim In-kwon gave an impressive performance to express a scene where a container fell from a large ship hanging upside down on the Gwangan Bridge. Since the falling container is made with CG, the image of the container falling in front of your eyes and the sound of applause from the staff telling you the timing showed a body acting close to a slapstick. Kim In-kwon, running around the empty Gwangan Bridge and avoiding imaginary containers, seemed to be doing tap dancing.

The actors' efforts for <Haeundae> can be seen in the details other than the body acting. It's the Busan dialect. Director Yoon Je-gyun, a native of Haeundae, Busan, insisted that he could never give up his dialect to the actors, so the actors had to practice intensively. Seol Kyung-gu and Ha Ji-won, who were divided into Busan natives Man-sik and Yeon-hee, invited a personal dialect teacher to speak in a natural dialect, and learned the pronunciation and intonation close to a real Busan person. Among them, Seol Kyung-gu recorded the pronunciation of the actual dialect and recorded it on MP3 files and listened to it every day, learning even the slightest pitch. In addition, Lee Min-ki, who was actually from Gimhae, Gyeongnam, used the dialect he had fixed after his debut for the formal character again, but after filming <Haeundae>, he decided to confess that it became difficult to speak standard language. The actors' performances in their dialects completed in this way were not only satisfactory to the actors themselves, but also received high marks from the staff from Busan, including director Yoon Je-gyun. From the acting that threw the whole body to the details to revive the character, <Haeundae> was able to secure perfect reality because of the passion and fighting spirit of the representative actors of Korea.

The filming site was reminiscent of a battlefield!
Control of Gwangan Bridge for the first time in Korean film history
An unprecedented water tank set is born!

<Haeundae> has a special meaning just with the title of 'The First Challenge in Korean Film History'. Since everything was 'first', the filming site of <Haeundae> was just like a battlefield. A typical example is the filming of the first Korean film to control the Gwangan Bridge. Originally, Gwangan Bridge is famous for being difficult to obtain permission from the city of Busan for various reasons such as traffic congestion. However, a marathon event was held on the course where the halfway point of Gwangan Bridge was the turning point, and permission was obtained to take full control of the 8 lanes of the remaining section. As a result, the top of the Gwangan Bridge was filled with 45 cars, 50 extras, and a lot of filming equipment. Gwangan Bridge, where dozens of vehicles caused a series of collisions and people running away was filmed, has been completely transformed from a Busan landmark into a space where an unprecedented crisis takes place.

In addition, the <Haeundae> staff produced a special and quirky filming set that has not been seen in Korean movies. A simple waterway set installed on Haeundae Market Street and a running water pool set using a waste pool are just that. First, the simple waterway set, which shot the scene where Man-shik and Yeon-hee escape from the tsunami-ridden street, was created by filling muddy water over a special set widely installed on the market floor, perfectly reproducing the street after the tsunami passed. One peculiar thing was that this filming took place on the morning of Chuseok, because the market had to be scheduled when all the shops were closed as the market was the living quarters of Haeundae merchants. The actual time taken by the merchants was about 12 hours from 11 pm the night before Chuseok to 11 am on Chuseok day. However, since they are all daytime scenes, the actual shooting time was only about 3-4 hours in the morning of Chuseok. Then an unexpected thing happened. After completing the pre-set installation at dawn, I discovered the fact that the ground was inclined while filling water in the morning. In order to prevent the water from flowing to one side, the former staff airlifted sandbags, bricks, and even sand from Haeundae, and built walls in the middle of the set to allow the water to pool, avoiding the crisis.

The movie's climax is when Man-shik and Yeon-hee finally confirm each other's feelings on a street that has become a sea of water due to the tsunami. Before filming, the staff faced the problem of not having a huge set of water tanks in Korea. Accordingly, the staff remodeled the waste pool near Gwangalli and produced a special set for <Haeundae>. The lazy river set was made by building a wall on one side of the pool and filling the pool with water. In particular, the jet skis mobilized to express the waves created a powerful spray on the water surface and reproduced a realistic tsunami. <Haeundae>, completed based on such unique ideas and a spirit of challenge that is not afraid of failure, can be said to be a 'birthplace of challenge' that has changed 'impossible' to 'possible'.

The best visuals from Korea and Hollywood CG Dream Team!
Another view of Haeundae completed by about 200 CG specialists!

In the second half of the movie, in order to perfectly realize the huge tsunami that hit the Korean Peninsula, about 200 CG experts from Korea and Hollywood, including Polygon Entertainment, which Hans Ulric belongs to, and Mopack Studios, a domestic CG company, joined forces. Polygon Entertainment, led by Hans Ulric, was mainly responsible for the Tsunami CG. In the meantime, Polygon Entertainment, which has been recognized for its system and technology through works such as <Tomorrow> and <Perfect Storm>, has been commercialized through <Haeundae> in the past with the 'Mash Deformer' (based on a basic program, detailing layers We developed a new program that mixes 'level three' (a method that creates overflowing and overflowing scenes while the water of the wave itself interacts with each other). They created a tsunami that reacts violently while maintaining a huge scale through advanced technology, not a reproduction of previous works. Also, in <Haeundae>, CG scenes other than the tsunami also play a big role, such as the situation before the tsunami and the situation where the streets were flooded after the tsunami. Mopack Studio in Korea was in charge of this work. They mainly did high-level work of partially creating sets, expanding images, and synthesizing final data. In this way, the CG Dream Team, which carried out the work in Korea and the United States, checked the progress of the work and shared their opinions through videoconference for 1 to 2 hours every day from 1 am. At first, there were difficulties in communication, but as we worked together every day for several months, we gradually got along well. As such, the CG dream team from Hollywood and Korea, with a common goal for the best CG quality, will present the best visuals that surpassed previous CGs through <Haeundae>.

The 2000-day long journey connecting Haeundae, Busan and San Francisco, USA!
Capturing the realism of Haeundae and the vividness of the tsunami!

<Haeundae> depicts people living peaceful lives in a location in Busan from August to early November of last year, and in December to a location in San Francisco where people are swept away by a huge tsunami in detail. Among them, the shooting schedule in Busan was truly 'murderous'. In a short period of about 80 days, he digested the amount of tea 60 times. Even in such a forced march, <Haeundae> was able to finish filming safely with luck throughout filming. A typical example is the weather. Despite the frequent typhoons and rainy season in August, there was no rain on the filming day. It rained on days without filming, but on the day of filming, the sun was shining, and even a typhoon in midsummer eluded this place. Such 'weather cooperation' can be said to be the first contribution that made it possible to digest the murderous schedule of <Haeundae>. The luck of <Haeundae> once again showed its strength at Sajik Stadium in Busan. The scene where Man-sik and Yeon-hee visited the baseball field with the people of the shopping district was held at the Sajik Stadium, and the actual Lotte Giants vs. Samsung Lions match was held. Since this day was ahead of Lotte's 10-game winning streak, the cheering match was more intense than any other match. At the beginning of the game, when Lotte fell 5-0 and the regret of the Lotte cheering seats was increasing, Manager Yoon Je-gyun, a longtime Lotte Giants fan, and the former staff joined the cheering ranks after capturing all the heat and filming of the scene. The result of the match was a 7-5 win for Lotte. The Sajik Stadium was filled with cheers and joy due to the splendid achievement of 10 consecutive wins, and at that moment, the <Haeundae> team became one with Busan and shared a moment of joy. Filming in Busan continued to San Francisco, USA. The most important issue for filming on a special set in San Francisco was the coordination of opinions between domestic and local staffs, who had distinctly different working methods. If Chungmuro's method is a 'military style' that does not hesitate to do anything for the sake of results, Hollywood's method is a 'corporate style' that proceeds under strict rules. However, there was an advantage that there was no additional cost as the set was fully equipped with all equipment for special shooting. Thus, the filming of the Busan location and the San Francisco set was a very effective method in terms of reducing the overall production cost of <Haeundae>, and as a result, it can be said that it was a stepping stone to capture the realism of Haeundae in Busan and the vividness of the tsunami.

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