The Hollywood Reporter Reviews ‘Haemoo’ At 2014 TIFF

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival


The Bottom Line
A possible riveting nightmare fogged up by concessions to blockbuster conventions.

Venue
Toronto International Film Festival (Gala Presentations); also San Sebastian International Film Festival (Competition)

Director
Shim Sung-bo

Cast
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.

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‘Sea Fog’ Gets A Brand New Trailer And Poster

The first trailer and character motion poster for the most-anticipated film in Korea Sea Fog make a debut.

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The poster which was revealed this time around shows six sailors acted by Kim Yoon Suk, Park Yoochun, Lee Hee Jun, Moon Sung Geun, Kim Sang Ho, Yoo Seung Mok, before their departure to the open sea. On the deck of a stow-net fishing vessel, they stand with hope of returning with a full load of fish. The tagline, “Six Sailors, Hope of Ship with Fish, and Sea Fog” stirs up curiosity on what would happen to them.

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