Notable Cast: Ha Jung-woo, Kim Yoon-seok
At this juncture in the world wide scheme of cinema, you put the word 'Korean' with the word 'thriller' and I'll be damned if you aren't going to strike gold. I'm not a fool and I understand that here in the US we are only going to see the best of the best coming across the oceans, but the consistent quality at which the Korean film market is knocking out thrillers is astonishing. This is why when I was requested to review "The Yellow Sea" I was a happy camper. I didn't really need a reason to see the film, but having one made it even better. And luckily, the end product was a delightfully intense experience. "The Yellow Sea" takes it's sweet time to build up its simple story and subtle characters...but the payoff was worth it.
Gu-nam (Ha Jung-woo) is in big trouble. He owes a lot of money to some loan sharks, he has a gambling addiction, his taxi business isn't cutting it, and his daughter has to live with grandma because of said problems. To top it all off, the reason for all of his debt was that he sent his wife to Korea to make some money to get their family out of poverty and now she has disappeared. As fate would have it, a local crime boss (Kim Yoon-seok) has given him an opportunity. He gets a free ticket to Korea with ten days to find his wife and all of his debt will be paid off...all he has to do is kill a man in Korea when he's there.
|I was tired just watching all the running he had to do in this film.|
|How do I know a villain when I see one? Caged dogs for dog fighting. That's how.|
|"Did another Korean thriller come through here? They always leave such a mess!"|
Written By Matt Reifschneider