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The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae) (AKA The Murderer) (2010) (Blu-ray)

Jung-woo Ha , Yun-seok Kim , Hong-jin Na    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jung-woo Ha, Yun-seok Kim, Seong-Ha Cho
  • Directors: Hong-jin Na
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Director's Cut, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SDDDCG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,087 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Award winning director of The Chaser NA HONG-JIN now brings us the enthralling action packed thriller THE YELLOW SEA .

SYNOPSIS: Gu-nam is a desperate gambler and debt-ridden taxi driver in Yanji City in a region that has adjoining borders to North Korea, China and Russia. His wife fled to South Korea six months earlier and he hasn t heard from her since. In order to repay his debts and find his wife this mild unassuming man accepts a contract killing from hit man Myun-ga.

Crossing the dangerous Yellow Sea to Seoul he seeks out both his target and wife, but soon finds himself in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy of lies and betrayal. Before he can fulfil the contract, he witnesses others murder his target. Fleeing the scene, he is not only being pursued by the police, but those responsible.

THE YELLOW SEA is the first Korean film to ever receive investment from a major Hollywood studio (Fox International Productions).

REVIEWS: A gripping existentialist thriller, where jealousy, greed and desperation lead inexorably to a chaos of carnage, and where exile and death cross borders to merge into an emotionally-charged sequence of final images. (4.5 stars) - Film 4

Writer-director Na Hong-Jin achieves a vibe of urban desolation right off the bat, and deepens the mayhem with acutely observed and charged details about illegal-immigrant life. (4.5 stars) Village Voice

Fast and tense with twists that keep you on the edge of your seat. (4.5 stars) Electric Sheep Magazine

EXTRAS:
  • 8 behind the scenes featurettes
  • 4 Trailers

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: Korean ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Korean ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Documentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), Uncut, SYNOPSIS: Scorsese and Schrader's iconic portrait of God's Lonely Man hangs over this thrilling intense film, an electrifying crime thriller from the director of The Chaser. Gu-nam, a debt-ridden taxi driver, follows his missing wife on the illegal immigrant trail from China to South Korea as he prepares to murder a Seoul businessman. Gu-nam spends his time drinking and gambling as he attempts to blot out the wreck his life has become. His wife has crept over the border into South Korea and lost contact with him. His gambling debts are spiraling out of control. His selfrespect is non-existent. As the pressure mounts Gu-nam's desperation escalates. Eventually he can see no way out other than to accept the offer of local crime boss Myun to follow his wife to Seoul where he must murder a businessman. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...The Yellow Sea (2010) ( Hwanghae ) ( The Murderer ) (Blu-Ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the year's best.... 20 Dec 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The new movie from the director of 'The Chaser' is as good and even more thrilling. I might point out at this point that Amazon does not advertise that this is the director's preferred and longer cut which has only been available thus far in Korea. The blu-ray is exemplary and I would suggest to anyone who loves World Cinema and Korean movies in particular to get this release while it is still available. The sub-titles have been newly translated and the main special feature is actually quite sufficient - a documentary comprising of smaller features which reveal the film-making process.

I won't go into too much detail about the film so as not to spoil it for anyone but suffice to say that if you enjoyed 'The Chaser', as well as other Korean movies such as 'Nowhere to Hide', 'Tell Me Something', 'Green Fish' and any of the great Korean thrillers between 1999 and 2005 will be well-pleased with this film. Of recent some Korean Thrillers have failed to reach the heights of the aforementioned with the exception of 'I Saw the Devil',and 'The Man from Nowhere' but 'The Yellow Sea' is very much a return to form.

The blu-ray release is from Bounty Films and distributed By Eureka. The cover and case are slightly different from the one shown on Amazon U.K. in that the case is light green and the cover has additional text.

If you buy just one film this year - this ought to be the one! Watch it back-to-back with 'A Bittersweet Life' and you will see why people like me talk about how some of the best films over the last twelve years have come from South Korea. Make it a Korean film night with 'Epitaph' and 'The Host' and you will feel like you are in film heaven!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ACTION + SUSPENSE 14 Mar 2012
By sabu
Format:DVD
This is truly a vicious tale that will totally grab your attention from beginning to end. A poor taxi driver strikes a bargain that he feels will get him out of debt once and for all. What it does is set him up for betrayal and he winds up running for his life from the cops and a vicious band of killers.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hacking Good Fun 25 Dec 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I saw this at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2011 and have been dying to finally get this on blu-ray. This is a movie that has very few guns but all the knives and meat cleavers you could ask for. And uses them all.

The violence is brutal, bloody and often up close. It is also excessive and never ending. Western films often glorify an intense moment of violence whilst The Yellow Sea follows it to its (un)natural conclusion. Remember the days when Seagal would walk into a room with a knife and kill everybody? This is the modern equivalent but done with Asian flair, outstanding production values, and a human-centred, relevant and modern tale. Like many Asian films, it's also slightly confusing if your mind switches to autopilot. So whilst you could watch this as a straight 'action' film and be happy with the violence, it's much better getting involved in the story too.

The perfect non-Western action film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the chased 19 July 2012
Format:DVD
this movie is by the same guy who made the chaser and stars the same two main protogonists in the earlier movie. but this time around, the roles are swapped and the pimp from chaser is the baddie while the psycho from chaser is the good guy.

offered a chance to clear his debts by taking up a contract killing, a north korean immigrant in china goes to seoul (south korea) to complete his mission and also find his wife who had moved there earlier.

but things aren't always what they seem and so the story veers from one twist to another to climax tragically ...

the hypnotic music, the grainy amosphere, the hardships of illegal immigration, the savegery of mob life and the varied dynamics of the human condition make this movie a very entertaining offering from south korea. you just can't beat these guys when it comes to thrillers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
This is a truly stupendous film that takes a while to sink in. It is South Korean (with sub titles) but starts its story in Yanju City in the Yanbian Province of China. This is an area next to the borders of North Korea, Russia and China, the local Koreans are referred to as Joseonjoks and Gu Nam (Ha Jung-Woo) is one such man. He has borrowed 60,000 Yuan to send his wife to a better life in Korea, but that was six months ago and he has not heard from her, most suspect that she is a bit of a flibbertigibbet and as such has dumped him and their daughter for the high life of making a living from lying down. He meanwhile has to repay the debt to some local low life's. The money he makes as a taxi driver is not a lot, so he augments this by gambling on Mah-Jong.

However, he is as adept at gambling as a high wire actor with vertigo. Thus his debts start mounting, then he gets approached by local gangster and all round nasty bloke, Myun jung-Hak (Kim Yoon-seok), who offers him a wad of cash and a bank deposit account - without the Pin. He gets that on delivery of the thumb of a Korean man he wants to be `taken out', and I don't mean to a local restaurant.

Thus he is despatched to South Korea, but things do not go as planned and whilst trying to find his wife and carry out the job, he unintentionally end up being on the wrong side of the Chinese mafia, the police and the Korean mob. What happens next is a movie so full of twists as to make your eyes water. We have some spectacular car chases, gory violence, manic man hunts and what can only be described as good old fashioned medieval butchery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful storyline and acting
Excellent if like me you like Asian Films and Dramas. Brilliant story line from the North Korea to the South.
Published 26 days ago by Seligor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Superb film.
Published 28 days ago by Marko
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Superb
Published 1 month ago by Waasley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
excelllent film
Published 2 months ago by alan strang
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and depressing
Drawn into the film as the main character is caught in a downward spiral.
Published 2 months ago by japbike1000
4.0 out of 5 stars Yellow Peril
Korean film noir thriller with a contemporary feel, whose engine is its own powerful forward momentum. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JasonArgo
4.0 out of 5 stars The Yellow Sea
A very very good action movie, get you guessing a lot :) good ending :) it's a long movie with action all the way !
Published 8 months ago by Drama
4.0 out of 5 stars The Yellow Sea, Good action crime thiller!
From the award wining director of THE CHASER brings you yet another great action crime thriller,The story of a cab driver in Yanji City, a region between North Korea, China and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Simon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
great film , very realistic look and action (axes and knifes - loved it ). hard to understand but is a very good film.
Published 15 months ago by Mr. D. T. Kenyon
4.0 out of 5 stars Generic and not always convincing but surprisingly effective
Korean thriller The Yellow Sea didn't make as much impact in the west as director Na Hong-jin's previous thriller The Chaser [DVD] did, but it's a much more satisfying film. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Trevor Willsmer
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