The Yellow Sea (2010) ( Hwanghae ) ( The Murderer ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, Blu-Ray, Reg.B Import - United Kingdom ]
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As for this particular release, not only did Fox International skip the Blu-ray format, they made their own edits to the Director's Cut of the film by removing three minutes from it. I have seen the full cut of the film and I can assure you the violence in it is not any worse than what you'd see in a typical episode of The Walking Dead. The demographic of this movie is highly likely to be those who saw the director's first film "The Chaser" which was quite gritty and violent. This is not the kind of film Mr. Joe Sixpack would seek so why go through the trouble of watering it down?!
I just find it ironic that Fox International would partly finance the production of this film and buy the distribution rights to it then treat it and dump it like a straight-to-video 'B' movie.
There has been some confusion as to what is the director's cut of this movie since the film originally debuted as a 156 minute movie in Korea while the director's cut is 140 minutes long. The U.S. Dvd being released by Fox only has a runtime of 137 minutes. I have done my research and the shorter, tighter 140 minute version is indeed Na Hong-jin's director's cut. This review is based on this 140 minute version, and honestly, it is so hard to spot the difference between the 140 and 137 minute versions. Perhaps it is because the U.S. NTSC Dvd was converted from the U.K. PAL format? I have no idea.
In the Yanbian province of China, Gu-Nam (Ha Jung-Woo), an ethnic Korean or a Joseonjok, is a disadvantaged cab driver whose evenings are mostly consists of hanging around gambling halls and drinking. He is also neck-deep in debt as he had taken a loan from gambling sharks in order for his wife to be able to legally migrate into Korea. To make matters worst, he has not heard from her since she left and is tormented by nightmares of her extra-marital affair while being hounded by his debt collectors.Read more ›
Ha Jung-woo (who played the deceptively innocent-looking serial killer in "The Chaser") plays Gu-nam, a cab driver living in an impoverished area of Northeast China. Gu-nam is both deeply in debt (for reasons revealed as the film goes on) and tortured by not knowing what happened to his wife since she traveled oversea to South Korea months earlier, in a desperate search for paying work. Playing opposite Ha's Gu-nam is Kim Yun-seok (the disgraced cop turned pimp, and reluctant anti-hero of "The Chaser"), alternately terrifying and comedic as Myun-ga, a local gang boss who quietly dominates the trade in illegal immigrants from NE China to S. Korea, and one day, offers Gu-nam a devil's bargain: follow in his wife's footsteps and venture to S. Korea, discover what happened to her, in exchange for killing a S. Korean businessman while there (and thus wipe the slate clean of the debts they accrued in the north).
After a long, difficult journey by sea, Gu-nam painstakingly shadows his target, learning the man's routines, while hunting down clues to his wife's whereabouts. What follows is full of twists and turns, as Gu-Nam soon finds himself the quarry of the S.Read more ›
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Great actions with a surprised ending at the bank. Also be sure to wait for the end of movie credits to see the final scene of the movie.Published 10 months ago by Tony Hsu
Awesome movie! The Action Sequences are great. Lots of Twists. The main villain is a total psycho. Not a movie for someone looking for unicorns farting rainbows though.Published 12 months ago by rob brill
Still dont get why it's called the Yellow Sea, but regardless it was good. Not really deep or thought provoking, but just a good, original story, intense characters and a hole... Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by ward81
Forget the stupid plot and the dumb ending. This movie has good chase scenes (by foot or car), and excellent axe chopping scenes. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by R. Lee
The Yellow Sea is a South Korean thriller. Gu-Nam is given the opportunity to clear his debt by killing a man in South Korea; a chain of unfortunate events occur that leave Gu-Nam... Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Jonathan
Some of the reviews are completly off. This cut was made by the director because he was not satisfied with the Korean theatrical cut that was too rushed. Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by Rom Ro