Screened as part of NZIFF 2011

The Yellow Sea 2010


Directed by Na Hong-jin

A would-be assassin becomes a desperate man on the run in this latest from Korean genre ace Na Hong-jin (The Chaser). “One of the smartest and most inventive action films this year.” — The Playlist

South Korea In Korean and Mandarin with English subtitles
140 minutes CinemaScope / DCP

Director, Screenplay


Han Sung-goo


Lee Sung-je


Kim Sun-min

Production designer

Lee Hwo-kyoung

Costume designer

Chae Kyung-hwa


Jang Young-gyu
Lee Byung-hoon


Ha Jung-woo (Gu-nam)
Kim Yun-seok (Myun)
Cho Seong-ha (Kim Tae-won)
Lee Chul-min (Choi Sung-nam)
Kwak Byoung-kyu (Prof Kim Seung-hyun)
Lim Ye-won (Prof Kim’s wife)
Tak Sung-eun (Gu-nam’s wife)
Lee El (Joo-young)


Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2011


Director Na Hong-jin reunites with the stars of his cult hit The Chaser (NZIFF09) for another ferocious white-knuckle thrill ride.

“A desperate would-be assassin from a little-known Korean-Chinese community becomes the unlikely moral center of The Yellow Sea, a breathtakingly brutal man-on-the-run thriller with a trenchant basis in gutter-level reality. Gushing more blood and possessing more stamina than any number of Hollywood hack-’em-ups, Na Hong-jin’s pulse-pounding, mordantly funny genre piece is… full-bodied enough to achieve a genuinely tragic dimension.” — Justin Chang, Variety

“An electric, epic crime thriller that should launch the director into top tier of South Korean film directors alongside Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook… One of the smartest and most inventive action films this year… with a darkly funny, demented and memorable baddie, crackling tension and exciting, unpredictable action.” — Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist