The Yellow Sea (film)

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The Yellow Sea
The Yellow Sea-p3.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Na Hong-jin
Screenplay by Na Hong-jin
Starring Ha Jung-woo
Kim Yoon-seok
Music by Youngkyu Jang
Byung-hoon Lee
Cinematography Lee Sung-jae
Fox International Productions
Popcorn Films
Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex
20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 22, 2010 (2010-12-22)
Running time
140 minutes[1]
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$15.8 million[2]

The Yellow Sea (Hangul황해; RRHwanghae) is a 2010 South Korean action[3][4] thriller film directed by Na Hong-jin and starring Ha Jung-woo and Kim Yoon-seok in the lead roles. The film revolves around a man who travels from his home in Yanji City in China to South Korea in search of his missing wife. Because of his gambling debts, he agrees perform an assassination for a local gangster but when this goes wrong he finds himself on the run.

The Yellow Sea was released in South Korea on 22 December 2010.


In northeastern Chinese city of Yanji in Yanbian Prefecture, Gu-nam (Ha Jung-woo), an ethnic Korean, or Joseonjok, toils away as a taxi driver. When not working, he is often found at gambling halls. Gu-nam is now in serious debt. His wife left to work in South Korea and promised to send money back. He has yet to hear from her and is tormented by nightmares of her having an extra-marital affair. To make matters worse, Gu-nam is fired from his job and debt collectors take most of his severance pay.

Local gangster, Myun Jung-hak (Kim Yoon-seok), offers him a deal: if Gu-nam goes to South Korea to kill a businessman, he will get CN¥57,000 (US$10,000). Gu-nam accepts and leaves for South Korea by train and a rickety fishing boat, with US$500 for expenses.

When Gu-nam arrives in South Korea, he carefully scopes out his target for days, while also searching for his wife. When the time arrives for Gu-nam to take out his target, a string of unexpected events occurs, leaving him desperately looking for a way out. Meanwhile, the police, the South Korean mob, as well as the ethnic Korean Chinese mafia all frantically search for Gu-nam.


  • Ha Jung-woo as Gu-nam
  • Kim Yoon-seok as Myun Jung-hak
  • Jo Sung-ha as Tae-won
  • Lee Chul-min as Choi Sung-nam
  • Kwak Do-won as Prof. Kim Seung-hyun
  • Lim Ye-won as Prof. Kim's wife
  • Tak Sung-eun as Gu-nam's wife
  • Kim Ki-hwan as Prof. Kim's driver
  • Ki Se-hyung as Tae-won's subordinate
  • Lee El as Joo-young, Tae-won's mistress
  • Oh Yoon-hong as Tae-won's wife
  • Jung Man-sik as Detective
  • Jung Min-sung as Detective
  • Kim Dong-hyun as Detective
  • Park Byeong-eun as bank employee
  • Jang So-yeon as employee at Do-man Hotel
  • Yang Ki-won as detective
  • Sung Byoung-sook as Gu-nam's mother
  • Kong Jung-hwan as Jeon Pil-kyoo
  • Baek Won-gil as Korean-Chinese kidnapper 1
  • Kang Hyun-joong as Busan port sailor
  • Yoo Ha-bok as Yanbian taxi boss
  • Lee Hee-joon as policeman
  • Lee Jun-hyeok as dog seller 2
  • Kim Jae-hwa as Jung-hak's girlfriend (uncredited)


The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival,[5] as well as the 2011 Filmfest München.

The Australian and UK films rights were sold to Bounty Films. The UK release of the film was on October 21, 2011.


The film opened on December 22, 2010 in South Korea and was top of the box office, selling 1.05 million tickets in its first five days of release, according to the Korean Film Council.[6] The film sold a total of 2,142,742 tickets nationwide.[7]


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