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  • Actors: Mina Cho, Sang-kyung Kim, Sul Kyung-gu, Ye-jin Son
  • Directors: Ji-hoon Kim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: CJ Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CAT3T8Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,948 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

It s Christmas Eve at Seoul s ultra-luxurious, 108-story, residential high-rise, Tower Sky, and the annual White Christmas gala is planned once again to dazzle the elite tenants and their VIP guests. Building manager Dae-ho, a single father, reluctantly disappoints his young daughter again, cancelling plans to work the elegant event. Kitchen manager Yoon-hee, who has a secret crush on him, offers to babysit. Respected fire chief Young-ki has finally agreed to a date night with his long-suffering wife and the extravagant gathering is the perfect venue. The holiday revelry is in full swing on a truly magical and unforgettable evening when unthinkable disaster strikes. Out of the reach of help, chaos and panic erupt. Now two strangers, Dae-ho and Young-ki, must summon the strength and courage to save thousands ... But at what cost?

Customer Reviews

Good special effects and great story line from beginning to the very end of the movie.
gonzx5
It made for a good laugh though and it was one of those "Good Guys Win" movies that made it worth it.
Darla Huddleston
I tend to like Asian films and this is the best Korean film I have ever seen bar none.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By ShowBizBuff on July 1, 2013
Format: DVD
Completely by accident, I recently ran across - online, where else? - that last year a Korean version of 'The Towering Inferno' was a big hit in theaters. I freaked out; 'The Poseidon Adventure' and 'The Towering Inferno' are two of my favorites since childhood, I own the Special Edition DVDs and could watch either one (especially 'Poseidon') over and over again. Determined to see THE TOWER, I finally tracked down a copy. Not the best subtitles (and that's an understatement), but really focusing (and backing the film up a few times) they were do-able ... and good GOD, did I love this film!

Tower Sky is a set of twin luxury highrise towers right in the heart of the big city (I'm assuming Seoul), connected by a bridge about halfway up. It's Christmas Eve, and a swanky, huge White Party has been planned for the rich residents and various VIPs in the city ... and managing it all is Dae-ho, a single dad who wanted to spend Christmas Eve with his daughter Hana but has to cancel to watch over the events of the evening. Yoon-hee, the beautiful manager of the food mall for the towers (and the woman Dae-ho has a crush on) agrees to keep an eye on Hana that evening, as her staff rushes around preparing top-quality food for the guests, and the festivities include several helicopters that fly around the building with huge snow-making machines so that the ritzy guests can experience a white Christmas. When a horrible accident (I don't want to say what happens, I wasn't expecting it and it made my jaw drop) occurs, starting a raging fire in one of the towers, Dae-ho fights to get to Hana and Yoon-hee, as well as perform his job by trying to save those caught, like him, above the fire-laden floors.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grrrr on May 20, 2013
Format: DVD
I was lucky to see this last December at a local cineplex, when I found out about it by mistake. (How many South Korean films are playing at your local cinema?) Being a disaster film junkie, I had to check this out - and boy, was it worth the effort! I had read that the director, Kim Ji-hoon, was inspired by Irwin Allen's 1974 TOWERING INFERNO, and that, as a middle school child, he wondered what it would be like to be trapped inside a blazing skyscraper. I believe Ji-hoon has made the film here, that Irwin Allen would have made, if he had access to the same technical resources back in the 1970's. All the elements are here - multiple characters, tremendous production values, incredible stunts and superb editing, all combine to place you as a guest, on Christmas Eve,in the beautiful Tower Sky - a steel and glass death trap, 120 stories above the bustling streets of Seoul, Korea! I CAN'T RECOMMEND THIS HIGHLY ENOUGH !
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Grrrr on June 2, 2013
Format: DVD
I wrote a review of this movie in conjunction with an imported all region DVD release, and I just want to say that if anyone thinks about buying this, you're in for a treat. I predict, that in the future, this will become a favorite seasonal movie, as the story takes place on Christmas Eve. Spectacular production values and effects, edge of your seat suspense, some funny moments and likable characters,all add up to give this disaster movie a cut above the rest. I saw this in a theatre back in December 2012, and I couldn't wait to tell everybody about it who, like myself, love a good disaster movie. So grab your invitation, take the elevator up to the top level in the beautiful Sky Tower, and, as Margo Channing said, "Fasten your seatbelts-it's going to be a bumpy night !"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on September 1, 2013
Format: DVD
Some film genre never dies. A 2012 Korean movie "The Tower" ("Ta-weo") is a good example that proves the popularity of the genre of so-called disaster film. Directed by Ji-hoon Kim ("Sector 7"), the film follows the genre's template, with a collection of narrative threads and effect-ridden action sequences.

The story goes like this. On Christmas Eve a terrible accident happens at a 108-story Seoul residential high rise The Tower Sky. Occupants and staff trapped inside the building struggle to survive. Fire fighters attempt to rescue them. Characters, mostly likable ones, are played by an impressive ensemble cast, including Kyung-gu Sol, Ye-jin Son, Sang-kyung Kim and a veteran star Sung-kee Ahn.

This is more like a remake of "The Towering Inferno" made in 1974, with some of the memorable scenes from the disaster film classic updated for the modern audiences. The "Tower Sky" is a twin building that has a skybridge (like Petronas Towers in Malaysia). Those who have seen "The Towering Inferno" remember the breeches buoy scene, but here the same idea is used differently.

And of course, there are an elevator shaft and huge water tanks, too. The film's concept is far from original, but with the special effects that are surprisingly effective, "The Tower" is a pretty entertaining two-hour ride.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Price on September 11, 2013
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This film appears to have the budget of a big Hollywood movie and some incredible stunts. I found it quite entertaining once the fire started and things started blowing up. It's a nice little adventure yarn about how people do and don't get out of a burning office tower with no reachable exits. The one thing that i didn't like was the overacting by the comic relief characters, including a bus boy who is trying to ask his girl friend to marry him amid all the destruction. His is a cringe worthy performance.
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