Tidal Wave (2009 film)

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Tidal Wave
Haeundae film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised RomanizationHaeundae
Directed byYoon Je-kyoon
Produced byYoon Je-kyoon
Lee Sang-yong
Gil Yeong-min
Written byYoon Je-kyoon
Kim Hwi
StarringSol Kyung-gu
Ha Ji-won
Lee Min-ki
Kang Ye-won
Park Joong-hoon
Uhm Jung-hwa
Kim In-kwon
Song Jae-ho
Music byLee Byung-woo
CinematographyKim Yeong-ho
Edited byShin Min-kyung
Doosaboo Film
CJ Entertainment
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
Release date
  • 22 July 2009 (2009-07-22)
Running time
120 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
BudgetUS$16 million
Box officeUS$74.4 million

Tidal Wave (Hangul해운대; RRHaeundae) is a 2009 South Korean disaster film. Billed as South Korea's first disaster film,[1] Tidal Wave is directed by Yoon Je-kyoon and stars Sol Kyung-gu, Ha Ji-won, Park Joong-hoon and Uhm Jung-hwa.

The film's English name is technically not correct since its theme refers to a tsunami rather than a tidal wave.


Located on the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula, the Haeundae district of Busan draws one million visitors to its beaches every year. The film follows the stories of many characters who all get caught up in a terrible tsunami in which they must make life-or-death decisions.

Five years ago, Man-sik, a Haeundae local, lost Yeon-hee's father due to his mistake in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Because of this, he could not become involved with Yeon-hee, who runs an unlicensed seafood restaurant, despite her attempts to start a relationship.

Dong-choon and Seung-hyun's grandma team up with Seung-hyun and get involved with some illegal activity to earn money, but end up getting caught by the police. Man-sik finally plans to propose to Yeon-hee.

Geologist Kim Hwi runs into his divorced wife, Yoo-jin. Although Yoo-jin has a daughter named Ji-min and a new boyfriend Hae-chan, they decide not to tell their daughter that Hwi is her real father.

A wealthy college student from Seoul, Hee-mi, accidentally falls into the sea from a yacht. Hyeong-sik, Man-sik's younger brother, is a lifeguard who rescues Hee-mi. Hee-mi becomes angered by the 'violent' rescue annoys him by following him around and the two begin to fall in love.

Hwi notices that the East Sea is displaying similar activity to the Indian Ocean at the time of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The Disaster Prevention Agency assures him that South Korea is at no risk, but a megatsunami soon forms near Japan and starts to travel towards Haeundae. Hwi realizes that the citizens of Haeundae have only 10 minutes to escape. There is a short earthquake (a little aftershock) at Haeundae. The sea starts receding from the shore, causing mass hysteria as people realize that a tsunami is coming. Thousands of people run for their lives, but the tsunami reaches Haeundae. Dong-choon, Seung-hyun, his grandma, and other people on the Gwangan Bridge are swept away by the sea. A powerful electric shock from a telephone pole on a street where Man-sik and Yeon-hee are electrocutes everyone in the water, but the two survive.

Dong-choon awakens on the bridge but when he tries to light a cigarette, his portable lighter falls into petrol leaking from a tanker. An explosion results that cuts the bridge in half.

Hyeong-sik jumps down from a rescue helicopter and saves Hee-mi in the sea. When Hyeong-sik and the rest of the group are together on the rope, Hyeong-sik realizes that the rope is about to break and only one can go up to the helicopter. He cuts the rope he is connected to and falls into the violent sea. The elevator Yoo-jin is trapped in floods with water, and she talks in tears to her daughter Ji-min on her phone. Yoo-jin is saved by a worker. On the roof, she meets Ji-min and Hwi. The two help their daughter get on a crowded rescue helicopter. Before the helicopter leaves, Hwi tells his daughter that he is really her father. Yoo-jin and Hwi hug each other before they are killed.

After the tsunami, there is a funeral for the thousands of lifeguards and people who were killed. Among the dead is Hyeong-sik and Man-sik's uncle. Dong-choon finds out that his mother died as well and breaks into tears. Many people help reconstruct the city. Man-sik, while cleaning the ruins of Yeon-hee's restaurant, finds the red ribbon which Yeon-hee said was a 'yes' to his proposal. The movie ends with a scene of Haeundae in ruins, but in a hopeful atmosphere.


English Cast[edit]


Distribution rights for Haeundae was sold to Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, France, Quebec, Brazil, United Kingdom, Australia and Turkey.[2][3][4][5] The film was released in South Korea on 22 July 2009. As of 20 September 2009, Haeundae had received a total of 11,301,649 admissions in South Korean theatres.[6]

In English-speaking countries, the film was released as Tidal Wave (which is an incorrect term for its theme and should actually be "Tsunami"). In the United Kingdom, the DVD was released on October 12, 2009 from Entertainment One.[7]

Deleted Scenes[edit]

  • Dong-choon and Seung-hyun earn money.
  • Dong-choon and Seung-hyun get Arrested.
  • Hyung-sik comes to dinner.
  • Joon-ha, Jin-soo, & Hyeong-cheol go to Yeon-hee's restaurant.
  • Man-sik kicks a dog.
  • Hyeong-cheol gets an extremely serious allergic reaction from the fish.
  • Yeon-hee gets sued.
  • Hyung-sik is forced to work at "Lost Children Center".
  • Joon-ha flies off the helicopter.

Korean Dub (NTSC)[edit]

  • Hyung-sik & Hi-mi go on a date.
  • Man-sik & Dong-choon have their sushi & gimbap with Yeon-hee.
  • Man-sik leans up while having his coffee.

International Dub/Korean Dub (PAL)[edit]

  • Yeon-hee, Man-sik & Dong-choon have dinner.
  • Hi-mi & Hyung-sik go to a restaurant.
  • Man-sik drinks his latte and leans down.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award ceremony Category Recipients Result
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Film Tidal Wave Nominated
Best Director Yoon Je-kyoon Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Kim In-kwon Nominated
Lee Min-ki Nominated
Best New Actress Kang Ye-won Nominated
Best Cinematography Kim Yeong-ho Nominated
Technical Award Hans Uhlig, Jang Seong-ho (CG) Won
Audience Choice Award for Most Popular Film Tidal Wave Won
18th Buil Film Awards Best Director Yoon Je-kyoon Won
Best Supporting Actor Kim In-kwon Won
12th Director's Cut Awards Best Producer Yoon Je-kyoon Won
46th Grand Bell Awards Best Film Tidal Wave Nominated
Best Director Yoon Je-kyoon Nominated
Best Actor Sol Kyung-gu Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Kim In-kwon Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Uhm Jung-hwa Nominated
Best Cinematography Kim Yeong-ho Nominated
Best Visual Effects Hans Uhlig, Jang Seong-ho Nominated
Best Sound Effects Eun Hee-soo Nominated
Best Planning Yoon Je-kyoon Won
29th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Cinematography Kim Young-ho Won
2009 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Female Movie Star Ha Ji-won Won
46th Paeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize Yoon Je-kyoon Won
Best Film Tidal Wave Nominated
Best New Actor Lee Min-ki Won
Best Director Yoon Je-kyoon Nominated


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  2. ^ "Đương đầu với trận sóng thần Haeundae". Vietbao.vn. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  3. ^ Noh, Jean. "CJ scores Singapore, Malaysia presales on Haeundae". Screendaily.com, 24 March 2009. Retrieved on 25 May 2009.
  4. ^ Noh, Jean. "CJ seals further deals on disaster movie Haeundae". Screendaily.com, 30 March 2009. Retrieved on 25 May 2009.
  5. ^ Shackleton, Liz. "Korea’s CJ closes deals on Thirst and Mother". Screendaily.com, 20 May 2009. Retrieved on 25 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Haeundae (Movie – 2009)". HanCinema. Retrieved on 27 September 2009.
  7. ^ "UK release of Haeundae". 24framespersecond. Retrieved on 8 October 2009.

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