Haemoo

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South Korea | 2014 | 111 minutes | Shim Sung-bo

Co-written and produced by Bong Joon-ho, the brilliant Korean filmmaker responsible for Snowpiercer and The Host, this atmospheric and extremely tense thriller begins in social realist mode, with the hardworking crew trying to keep afloat, before plunging into murkier descents of greed, cruelty, and psychosis.

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Co-written and produced by Bong Joon-ho, the brilliant Korean filmmaker responsible for Snowpiercer and The Host, this atmospheric and extremely tense thriller begins in social realist mode—with a sympathetic portrait of a rundown fishing trawler and the hard-pressed crew trying to keep their heads above water—before plunging into murkier descents of greed, cruelty and psychosis. Faced with losing his boat to bankruptcy, skipper Kang (Kim Yoon-seok) agrees to a lucrative deal to pick up a group of Korean-Chinese migrants and smuggle them into the country. This pact goes tragically awry, as everything that could go wrong on this voyage, does tenfold. First-time director Shim Sung-Bo doesn’t just ratchet up the tension, he keeps turning the ethical screws on his beleaguered characters as well, as Kang’s first fateful misjudgment leads everyone down a long, foggy tunnel of horrible consequences and mounting suffering. Inspired by a notorious true story, Haemoo is not for delicate sensibilities or faint hearts!

Director Biography
Known to be one of the most notable scriptwriters in Korea, Shim Sung-bo is most known for the famous 2003 Korean film Memories of Murder, which he co-wrote with director Bong Joon-ho, bringing them numerous awards including the Best Screenplay Award at Korea Film Awards. Haemoo is his directorial debut.

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  • Director: Shim Sung-bo
  • Principal Cast: Kim Yoon-seok, Park Yu-chun, Han Ye-ri
  • Country: South Korea
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 111 minutes
  • Producer: Bong Jun-ho, Cho Neung-yeon, Lewis Taekwan Kim
  • Screenplay: Shim Sung-bo, Bong Joon-ho
  • Cinematographers: Hong Kyeong-pyo
  • Editors: Kim Sang-bum, Kim Jae-bum
  • Music: Jung Jae-il
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2014 (Foreign Language Film), Blue Dragon Awards 2014 (Best New Actor, Art Direction), Grand Bell Awards 2014 (Best New Actor), Hawaii International Film Festival 2014 (Best Feature)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Korean
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Finecut