The ragtag crew of a fishing boat takes on a dangerous commission to smuggle a group of illegal immigrants from China to Korea, in this tense high-seas adventure co-scripted by South Korean genre-movie guru Bong Joon-ho. Starring Kim Yoon-seok and Park Yoo- chun.
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Might be the preeminent example as to why the Chinese will never be able to win the war over populist cinema in Asia. The Koreans continue their entrenched, all-bets-are-off campaign to make the best mass-entertainment in the world. This is maybe the best peril at sea spectacle ever. A little bit of Steamboat Bill Jr., some of that Greengrass pirate-movie shtick, and, of course, specters of Ahab and William Bligh.
"Sea Fog" is one of those 'based on a true story' films that loses the thread the farther it deviates from the factual account of what was already a grim and riveting series of events. The final act descends into cliche thriller territory, but the first hour is an absolutely stellar portrayal of a group of hard-luck men forced into an increasingly dire situation by economic circumstances and their own moral failings.