South Korea’s most highly-acclaimed film of 2014, Haemoo (Sea Fog) gets a new promotional poster in time for a French release later this April, under the title Les Clandestins.
Hitting theaters on April 1, the Shim Song Bo-directed film stars Kim Yoon Seok (The Yellow Sea, The Thieves), JYJ’s Park Yoo Chun, Lee Hee Joon, Moon Sung Keun, Kim Sang Ho and Yoo Seung Mok. Les Clandestins first premiered at the 2014 Festival du Film Coréen à Paris (FFCP) on November 4, 2014.
Based on the true story of the 2001 incident in the south-west sea of Yeosu, Les Clandestins, written by Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host), depicts a story where six sailors transporting stowaways and gets entangled in an incident which cannot be controlled. The youngest crew member, Dong Sik falls in love with a female migrant and protects her from the chaos.
A Japanese poster of Fog Across The Sea (original title: Haemoo/Sea Fog) was released recently on an online site.
In the released Japanese poster, it shows the moment of two person gripping each other’s hands in the midst of sea fog, where nothing can be seen even an inch ahead. The Japanese title “Fog Across The Sea”, along with the tagline “Don’t tell anyone what happened above the sea”, stimulate curiosity among viewers.
The Bottom Line
Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival
A possible riveting nightmare fogged up by concessions to blockbuster conventions.
Toronto International Film Festival (Gala Presentations); also San Sebastian International Film Festival (Competition)
Kim Yoon-seok, Park Yoo-chun, Han Ye-ri, Moon Sung-keun
Bong Joon-ho produced and co-wrote first-time director Shim Sung-bo’s thriller about a fishing-boat crew’s descent into red mist after a botched human-trafficking operation
Quite a few recent Korean movies are obsessed with representing China as an external threat to security and order at home. There’s a Korean-Chinese mob wreaking havoc in Seoul in the high-octane thriller The Yellow Sea, for example, and The Thieves‘ über-villain is a Chinese underworld kingpin. With Haemoo, screenwriter-turned-director Shim Sung-bo subverts this long-running equation by revealing the possibilities of Koreans being in the wrong when people from the two cultures collide, as he adapts Kim Min-jung‘s play about the real-life incidence of a Korean fishing boat crew casting the bodies of 25 Chinese illegal immigrants aboard after a botched smuggling operation.