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(aka "Haemoo" )


directed by Sung-bo Shim
South Korea 2014


In the midst of the IMF Asian financial crisis of 1997, fishing boat Captain Kang (Yun-seok Kim, CHASER) is going under financially, unable to catch enough to pay his crew - second-in-command Ho-young (Sang-ho Kim), drum winch duty man Kyung-koo (Seung-mok Yoo, MEMORIES OF MURDER), young and inexperienced Dong-sik (Yoo-chun Park), nominal engineer Chan-wook (Hee-joon Lee, HELPLESS), and the actual engineer Wan-ho (Seong-kun Mun) who is not on the crew list since he is hiding from debt collectors - afford fuel, and keep his unfaithful wife (who has already mortgaged their restaurant) happy. In a desperate move, he agrees to use his boat for a smuggling job only to discover that the freight will be Chinese immigrants looking for better jobs in South Korea. The initial deposit divided among them is enough at first to allay the crew's concerns over getting caught, but they soon find themselves in over their heads as the ship goes out in the middle of torrential weather to rendezvous with a freighter. The captain is disturbed to discover that there are two women among the immigrants, and they soon become the focus of the other men's interests, with Hong-mae (Ye-ri Han, COMMITMENT) suspicious of the special attention she receives from Dong-sik (who dove into the choppy waves to save her from drowning) and Yool-nyeo (Kyung-Sook Jo) willing to do what is needed for a little comfort. The crew discover that the rest of the passengers are just of their seeming acts of benevolence. When one man stands up to what they assumed to be reasonable treatment given the circumstances and refuses to hide in the fish hold, the Captain comes down on him hard and frightens the rest into compliance. When the danger of being caught becomes too real, it is left to the Captain's discretion what to do with the "cargo", and the tragic events that transpire turn the ship into a hellish charnel house that brings out paranoia, madness, and ruthlessness as the crew turn on the passengers and each other as an impenetrable sea fog surrounds them and blinds them to outside dangers. Directed by Sung-bo Shim - screenwriter of MEMORIES OF MURDER - and written by Joon-ho Bong (director of SNOWPIERCER).

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 13 August 2014 (South Korea)

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Film Movement

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:50:48

2.40:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.31 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Korean/Chinese Dolby Digital 5.1; Korean/Chinese Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.40:1

Edition Details:
� Bonus short film 'Sea Child' (Minha Kim, 16:9; 7:32)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: August 2nd, 2016

Chapters 12





Film Movement's dual-layer, progressive, anamorphic DVD is encoded at a relatively high bitrate given the other content on the disc and probably looks as good as it can in SD considering the hazy foggy, smokey look of much of the film. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is active throughout with the sound of crashing waves and shipboard noises and translation of the dialogue is provided as both optional English subtitles and closed-captioning which also translates the same onscreen text as the subtitles. Extras include a bonus short film and six trailers.

  - Eric Cotenas


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