Local disaster film sweeps box offices in SKorea


June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 12, 2009 at 5:10 AM EDT

A rare South Korean-made disaster film is hitting box offices like the tsunami it depicts and pioneering a new genre in local cinema, commentators said Wednesday.

"Haeundae" depicts a tsunami sweeping Haeundae, the country's favourite beach in the southern city of Busan.

It has attracted 7.47 million viewers since its release on July 22, pushing "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" into second place.

"A gripping story, combined with familiar backgrounds, is the key to the success of this rare locally-made disaster film," critic Yu Gina told AFP.

The humour-laced movie is directed by Yoon Je-Kyoon, who demonstrated his talent for witticism in films such as "Sex is Zero" (2002) and "Miracle on First Street" (2006).

Yoon said he wanted to avoid Hollywood-style heroics in "Haeundae".

"Through the film I tried to show how important and valuable human relationships are," he told the JoongAng Daily.

But he had to turn to a Hollywood team for computer-generated special effects that cost five million dollars. They came from Hans Uhlig, who worked on blockbusters such as "The Day after Tomorrow" and the "Perfect Storm".

What are your thoughts CLICK HERE to leave us a "QUESTION OF THE DAY” comment.

© Copyright 2016, A Quincy Media broadcasting station. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.