The Tunnel (2016 film)

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The Tunnel
The Tunnel (2016 film) poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kim Seong-hun
Produced by
  • Billy Acumen
  • Lee Taek-dong
  • You Jeong-hun
Written by Kim Seong-hun
Music by
  • Mok Young-jin
  • Vitek Kral
Cinematography Kim Tae-sung
Distributed by Showbox
Release date
  • 10 August 2016 (2016-08-10) (South Korea)
Running time
127 minutes[1]
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office $51.9 million[2]

The Tunnel (Hangul터널) is a 2016 South Korean survival drama film written and directed by Kim Seong-hun, starring Ha Jung-woo in the lead role.[3][4] The film revolves around a car salesman who gets trapped when a poorly constructed tunnel collapses, and deals with his survival inside the tunnel with the advice of the rescue team head. It was released in South Korea on 10 August 2016.[4][5]


Lee Jung-soo (Ha Jung-woo) drives home for his daughter's birthday. While driving through a tunnel that goes through a mountain, the tunnel collapses. When Lee Jung-Soo regains consciousness, he finds himself trapped inside his car. The car itself is buried under tons of concrete and debris. All he has inside the car are his cellphone, two bottles of water and his daughter's birthday cake. He forms a kind of special bond with the head of the rescue team, Dae-kyung, who teaches him how to survive in the tunnel.


  • Ha Jung-woo as Lee Jung-soo
  • Bae Doona as Se-hyun
  • Oh Dal-su as Dae-kyung
  • Nam Ji-hyun as Mi-na
  • Kim Hae-sook as government Minister
  • Park Hyuk-kwon as government official
  • Park Jin-woo as government aide
  • Lee Sang-hee as YTN news reporter
  • Kim Jong-Soo as drilling company executive (cameo)
  • Shin Jung-keun as Captain Kang
  • Cho Hyun-chul as young guy with spectacles in rescue team
  • Yoo Seung-mok as reporter Jo
  • Lee Dong-jin as radio DJ
  • Lee Cheol-min as Captain of drilling team
  • Han Sung-chun as drone technician
  • Kim Seung-hoon as public hearing moderator
  • Ye Soo-jung as old mother
  • Jin Yong-ok as construction worker A
  • Lee Dong-yong as construction worker B
  • Joo Suk-tae as employee of Korea Expressway Corporation
  • Ahn Se-ho as drilling team member
  • Seo Hyun-woo as SNC fellow reporter
  • Kang Shin-chul as agent at situation
  • Jin Seon-kyu as equipment manager
  • Yeo Min-gyu as voice of 119 telephone operator, helicopter agent
  • Choi Gwi-hwa as person interested in tunnel 2 (cameo)
  • Jung Suk-yong as Team Leader Choi (cameo)
  • Hwang Byeng-gug as gas station owner (cameo)
  • Bae Yoo-ram as 119 rescue worker (cameo)


The film currently holds a 100% Fresh rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best Actor
Ha Jung-woo
Best Supporting Actor
Oh Dal-su
Best Supporting Actress
Bae Doona
Best Screenplay
Kim Sung-hoon
So Jae-won
Best Editing
Kim Chang-joo
Technical Award
Kim Nam-sik (Visual Effects)
Popular Star Award
Bae Doona
53rd Grand Bell Awards
Best Actor
Ha Jung-woo
Best Actress
Bae Doona
Best Supporting Actor
Oh Dal-su
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Actor
Ha Jung-woo
Best Supporting Actress
Bae Doona
22nd Chunsa Film Awards
Best Actor
Ha Jung-woo
26th Buil Film Awards
Best Supporting Actress
Bae Doona


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