Gu-nam is a cab driver who leads a pitiful life in Yanji City in Yanbian prefecture, a region between North Korea, China and Russia, where about 800,000 Korean-Chinese known as Joseonjok reside. His wife went to Korea to earn some money 6 months ago, but he hasn’t heard from her since. He plays mah-jong to make some extra cash, but his life only becomes more complicated and pathetic.
One day he meets a hitman named Myun-ga and receives a proposal to turn his life around by repaying his debt, and reuniting with his wife. All for a price of one hit. But everything will go wrong. —Cannes Film Festival
In 2005 director Na Hong-jin received the Best Horror/Sci-fi Short Film Award at Mise-en-Scene Film Festival with his 9-minute and 30-second short film The Perfect Fishplate and made his spectacular feature debut with The Chaser in 2008, which swept the nation with over 5 million admissions and invited to the midnight special screening of the 61st Cannes Film Festival. His feature debut accumulated countless awards from all over the world and won the hearts of 20th Century Fox. Without superfluousness in his story and with speedy cuts, Na is heralded as a powerful figure who will lead a new wave of directors in Korea. –Yellow Sea Press Kit
Drowns itself on it's own obsession with violence. It's not full of gimmicks and dumb characters like The Chaser, but it can't help to feel artificial in the way it tries to build tension. Really, the two main characters sustain a cartoonish ammount of physical damage, while taking out dozens of enemies in the final act.
An edge-of-your-seat action film from South Korea, Yellow Sea is one of those rare action movies that'll sure delight auds from start to finish. Na Hong-Jin directed a film that's a notch higher than his previous opus, "The Chaser." The convulated storyline is another area that's subject for debate, especially every impossible situations hurdled by its lead. Still, the film shows a director who's someone to watch.
The New York Asian Film Festival has announced that its tenth anniversary edition will open on July 1 with the North American premiere of Yoshimasa
High time to round up the films at this year's Cannes Film Festival that never saw entries of their own and send them on their way. Today