(Korean Movies) The Yellow Sea, 2010

The Yellow Sea, 2010
Youth not allowed
running time
156 minutes
cumulative audience
2260512 people
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards 2011
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The man who crossed the Yellow Sea, everyone is chasing him!
Goo-nam drives a taxi in Yanbian and lives a miserable life. The wife, who went to Korea to earn money, has not heard from her for six months, and she goes to the mahjong board to make money, but she always loses. Then one day, Goo-nam, who receives an offer from the hitman Myeon-ga to go to Korea and kill someone, crosses the Yellow Sea to pay off debts and to meet his wife…

Goo-nam, who crosses the bitter sea and arrives in Seoul, seeks a murder opportunity while at the same time asking the whereabouts of his wife. However, the target is killed in front of Goo-nam, who escapes from the scene, but is framed as a murderer and pursued by the police. Taewon, who commissioned the murder, tries to get rid of Goonam to destroy evidence, and Myeonga in Yanbian also crosses the Yellow Sea and starts chasing Goonam…

A desperate struggle to get out of the damn bastards begins!


<The Yellow Sea> is a film that is extremely cinematic and at the same time follows hyper-realism.
It will be a movie you have never seen in Korea.
Through the process of chasing a person
You will feel the powerful drama hidden in the action thriller clothes.
– Ha Jung-woo

<The Yellow Sea> is not just an action thriller.
There is a deep drama that flows gracefully in it.
It is a vast drama that contains the fate and life of one person.
– Kim Yun-seok


“In every element that completes the film,
I came with the idea of preparing ten things and using only the best of them!”
– Na Hong-jin

Na.Hong.Jin, who had a fierce declaration ceremony with <The Chaser>!
Return to the more terrifying <Yellow Sea>!

Director Na Hong-jin, who was acclaimed as 'opened a new chapter in Korean thriller films' by captivating 5 million viewers nationwide with his feature-length debut <The Chaser>. He shows the essence of hyper-realism with excellent mise-en-scène and living details. In 2008, he won the Best Director and Best Picture at the Korea Film Awards, Best Director and Best New Director, Best Screenplay, and Daejong Film Festival, and the Best New Director and Best Film at the Baeksang Arts Awards. It swept the Korean film industry by surprise. In addition, <The Chaser>, which was invited to the Midnight Screening section of the 61st Cannes Film Festival, received a standing ovation after the movie was screened, and the distribution rights were acquired not only in the United States, but also in Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Greece, Benelux, and Hong Kong at the Cannes Film Market. was also sold. Director Na Hong-jin, who is receiving much anticipation from the film industry around the world as his debut film more intense than anyone else, is presenting his second film, The Yellow Sea. <The Yellow Sea> is a movie depicting a desperate struggle in which a man who has crossed the Yellow Sea to pay off his debts is being chased by a man who is framed as a murderer. Is expected.

Director Na Hong-jin, who has released his second film after a long filming period of nearly a year, completed <The Yellow Sea> with his own reasoned persistence. With a fierce passion for reality and detail, a strong trust with Ha Jung-woo and Kim Yun-seok, and new challenges such as a large-scale vehicle overthrow that no one has ever tried, <The Yellow Sea> is an ambitious work armed with director Na Hong-jin's reasoned persistence once again as an ambitious film in Korea. will cause a sensation in

“Excellent scenario, trust in each other made me choose <Yellow Sea>!”
– Ha Jung-woo, Kim Yun-seok

Ha Jung-woo, Kim Yun-seok! see you again!
Another acting showdown created by a strong trust in each other!

Actor Ha Jung-woo, who acts with instinct, and Kim Yun-seok, the explosive charisma that overwhelms the screen. The two met again in <The Yellow Sea> after having a blood-drying performance battle between the pursued and the pursued through <The Chaser>. Ha Jung-woo, who showed various transformations with animalistic acting through <The Chaser> <Beastie Boys> <A Wonderful Day> and <National Representative> It densely depicts the change of the character who is moving towards In particular, going beyond the image of <The Chaser> that the audience has about the actor Ha Jung-woo, this film will arouse compassion with a dreadful desperation, confirming his deeper acting skills.

In addition, Kim Yun-seok swept the 2008 Korean Film Awards, Blue Dragon Film Awards, and Best Actor Award at the Daejong Film Festival for his outstanding performance in <The Chaser>, throwing off the image of a 'maw' in <Tazza>. Kim Yun-seok, who rose to the ranks of the best actors in both name and reality through <The Turtle Runs> and <Jeon Woo-chi>, is expected to fill the screen with mad eyes as he plays the role of 'Myeonga', a brutal contract murderer who is driven solely by money, not by the values of good and evil. The two people, who lived as 'goonam' and 'myeonga' perfectly during the filming period of nearly a year, not only changing the appearance according to the character, but also learning the mahjong and Yanbian dialect, and adding depth to the character with embodied acting, exceeded the expectations of the audience. This year will be decorated with the best performance.

“After <The Chaser>, I started chasing Na Hong-jin!”
– San Ford, CEO of 20th Century Fox

Hollywood capital is chasing the <Yellow Sea>!
The new pride of Korean cinema, <Yellow Sea>!

The US 20th Century Fox, which presented masterpieces that captivated the world such as <Avatar>, <The Chronicles of Narnia> and <X-Men>, chose <The Yellow Sea>. That is, Fox International Productions (hereafter FIP) within 20th Century Fox invested 20% of the production cost of <Yellow Sea> in advance. FIP, who was fascinated by <The Chaser> to the extent that the representative of FIP, who watched <The Chaser> at the Cannes Film Festival, contacted director Na Hong-jin directly, can make an investment decision only with a firm belief in the combination of director Na Hong-jin, Ha Jung-woo, and Kim Yun-seok and an attractive synopsis. emphasized that there was In particular, FIP, who has expressed a desire to work with director Na Hong-jin in Hollywood in the future, has already decided to participate in the production of a sequel and remake of <The Yellow Sea>, clarifying the possibility of <The Yellow Sea> in the global market.

With the support of FIP, <Yellow Sea> is receiving a lot of attention in Asia, including Japan, and in Europe. <The Yellow Sea>, which drew the attention of stakeholders at the Cannes Film Market with the name 'Na Hong-jin' alone, has already been sold to Wildside Films in France before filming. is receiving great attention. Amid the unprecedented interest pouring in from all over the world, <The Yellow Sea> will show the power of Korean cinema in the world by capturing the hearts of people around the world with its perfection and popularity that surpasses <The Chaser>.

“It will be a work full of urgency, with no time to be bored for a moment.”

Production period of 300 days, shooting 170 times, a total of 5,000 cuts!
<Yellow Sea>, the essence of a well-made commercial film with the blood and sweat of Korea's best staff!

<The Yellow Sea> presents a bigger scale, more intense action, and a deeper drama to the audience through the struggle of a 'goo-nam' who crosses the Yellow Sea because of debt and gets caught up in a complicated case and is chased by terrifying men. The desperate life of a 'goo-nam' who had no choice but to accept the contract murder proposal, the ironic situation in which he became a murderer before he even killed himself, and the deal between the contract murderer 'Myeonga' and the client 'Taewon', and the pursuit of the chase. <The Yellow Sea> will deliver extreme tension and explosive catharsis to the audience by capturing raw action and brutal drama in a vast location spanning China and Korea. In particular, over 250 dynamic scenes were created with 170 shots, twice the number of existing movies, by the best staff in Korea, who proved synergy through <The Chaser>, including director Na Hong-jin, cinematographer Lee Seong-je and editor Kim Seon-min. And the 5,000 cuts will be spread out quickly on the screen, giving you a lot of fun that you can't take your eyes off of for even a single moment. “I prepared 10 things and filmed with the intention of using only the best of them. As director Na Hong-jin explained, “The Yellow Sea” is the best entertainment movie that provides ultimate fun and thrill with fast-paced, tense action and drama. will captivate


For reality, there are no borders!
From a desolate wasteland to a large-scale opening, from Mungyeongsaejae to Busan Port!

<The Yellow Sea> depicts the desperate situation of 'Gunam' and the true 'evil' of 'Myeonga' through a vivid local location in China before crossing the Yellow Sea. The image of 'Gu-Nam', who is making a living by driving a taxi, unfolds on the stage in Harbin, Qi-Har, and Yan-Gil, while his hometown, located in a desolate space like a wasteland, makes the situation of 'Gu-Nam' more real. Among them, the shooting scene at the large-scale 369 market, where breeds worth at least 10 million won are traded, was an important scene where 'Goonam' and 'Myeonga' met for the first time. At the time of filming, the production team had to sweat a lot to control the 200 or so local auxiliary performers in a crowded situation with constant barking of dogs. I was able to put it in. In addition, the amount of filming in China, from the scene at the Domun Hotel that shows the real life of 'Myeonga', forms a sense of weight at the beginning of the play and serves as a basis for further immersion into the character. Ha Jung-woo and Kim Yun-seok, who were reborn as 'goonam' and 'myeonga' in this movie, perfectly melted into the background due to the costumes and hair makeup that reflect the local atmosphere, so it was sometimes difficult to find them in the crowd.

The endless escape after 'Gunam' crossed the Yellow Sea through a deal with 'Myeonga' was filmed in downtown Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Boeun, Cheongju, Yeonggwang, Suncheon, Mungyeong, and Ulsan. Director Na Hong-jin's passion for reality and detail forced Ha Jung-woo to actually cross Mungyeong Saejae and swim in the seas of Busan and Ulsan. In particular, along with a long journey filmed from the seas of Myeonhwa Island in China to the west seas of Incheon, the east seas of Ulsan, and the southern seas of Busan, <Yellow Sea> is ‘Gunam’, who struggles with himself and the wretched men in an ever-changing space. It will make the audience unable to take their eyes off of it.

There has never been such an action in the history of Korean movies!
150 participants, 13 cameras, 50 Dongwon vehicles, 20 vehicles!
Enjoy the greatest car chasing ever!

One of the highlights of <The Yellow Sea> is the large-scale car chasing and trailer overturning scene filmed in downtown Busan. In the process of depicting the fierce escape of 'Gunam', who is being chased by 'Myeonga' in the play, <The Yellow Sea> controls a 3km section of downtown Busan with the support of the Busan Film Commission and mobilizes 50 vehicles to fight a huge-scale chase that has never been seen before. completed Only 150 staff were put in for this scene, and 20 of the 50 vehicles mobilized were destroyed. In addition, the scene in which the large trailer of 'Goo Nam', who was fleeing, overturns, is a scene that confirms the scale of the movie at a glance, and 13 cameras were mobilized to complete it. In particular, since this scene was an important scene where you had to get the desired scene at once, not a single mistake was tolerated. However, the actual shooting situation was different. One of the 13 cameras was turned off when the martial arts director put on a helmet and drove the trailer so far away that the crew could not see it to accelerate. Even the other staff, who found out that there was something wrong with the camera, turned off the camera in anticipation that the shooting would be stopped, and the trailer was running at full speed with two or three cameras already turned off. The back door that all the staff blocked the running trailer and saved the scene in a desperate situation where if the trailer collides with the iron bars, it is impossible to film again. Thanks to this, the trailer overturned filming, which started again under the perfect setting, was ok at once due to the martial arts director's passionate performance, and was able to realistically capture 13 cameras.

Ha Jung-woo, 300 days of fighting loneliness! Yunseok Kim, weight gain and even foil perm!
From external transformation to mahjong & dialect hard training, a terrible transformation!

Ha Jung-woo and Kim Yun-seok split into the terribly desperate man 'Goo-nam' and the terribly cruel man 'Myeon-ga'. They cast off their appearance in the movie and were completely reborn as characters in the movie through <The Yellow Sea>. Ha Jung-woo, who has a charismatic appearance, lost weight, cut his hair short, maintained a beard for 300 days, and transformed into a completely new character that stimulates the compassion of the audience by portraying a man's terrible drama through his desperate eyes. did. In particular, since the character 'Goo Nam' appears in almost every scene in the movie, Ha Jung-woo had to fight alone for many times. Ha Jung-woo, who lived 300 days as a desperate man in a difficult situation, had to fight loneliness as well as difficult filming until the end of filming. received praise from In addition, Kim Yun-seok increased his weight by 8 kg to express a hitman driven by money, leaving good and evil, and added a strong impression with a foil perm. In particular, the styling of 'Myeonga' was born at the suggestion of Kim Yun-seok, who went through a perfect analysis of the character. He reinterpreted the character 'Myeonga' with the skills he had accumulated in various fields, adding depth to his character who chooses evil for survival due to the continental and living environment.

After completing their external transformation, they lived with two Korean-Chinese mahjong trainers to learn mahjong and the Korean-Chinese dialect, which Chinese people enjoy, three months before the full-scale filming began. They learned the dialect naturally while learning mahjong, and in the second half, Ha Jung-woo and Kim Yun-seok won their money in a betting game. In addition, since the Korean-Chinese dialect is difficult to understand, by modifying it in a way that emphasizes the accent directly, they have completed the distinctive Korean-Chinese dialect of 'Gunam' and 'Myeonga'.

Crankup on the ship!
Behind the scenes of a hyper-realistic smuggling scene reminiscent of reality!

The smuggling scene, which marked the end of the 300-day long journey, was filmed in the dark Ulsan Ijin-ri sea in the cold that is comparable to winter weather. For this scene in which 'Goonam' crosses the sea of death and comes to Korea, the production team prepared two ships. The production team, who had difficulties in recruiting due to the problem of the time when the number of fishing boats departing, was able to mobilize Chinese fishing vessels from Jangsaengpo, Pohang and Korean vessels from Byeonhang, Busan.

In addition to Ha Jung-woo, 20 auxiliary performers, 4 martial arts teams, and 4 water lifeguards participated in this shoot, which involved two ships and several boats. In addition, 100 tons of water was poured out using the rain to create a scene where people came to Korea through strong winds and heavy rain. The actors worked with passion while repeatedly falling into the ice-cold sea dozens of times and getting on the boat. In the water, lifeguards equipped with scuba equipment, and outside the camera, thorough thermal insulation measures using tents, stoves and hot fans were carried out. had been prepared The filming of the smuggling scene, which went through such a long preparation and painstaking process, continued until sunrise in the morning, and the staff met the final crank-up moment on the ship. In particular, the production team, who captured the scene where the sun rises over the horizon on camera, shed tears as they hugged each other with complex emotions, such as the joy of getting the best cut with the feeling of the Yellow Sea alone and the relief that the filming was completed safely. Thanks to the staff who overcame the 300-day long journey through thorough preparation and preparation for the burial surface, <The Yellow Sea> was able to be born with over 5,000 scenes that show the essence of reality.