Photos: Golden Village Pictures
Directed by Shim Sung-bo, who co-wrote Memories of Murder, this South Korean thriller based on true events is adapted from a play of the same name.
Telling the story of a group of fishermen of the fishing vessel Junjin, the captain of the boat, Captain Kang (played by Kim Yoon-seok) is forced to a corner when he finds out his entire crew is in danger of losing their livelihood after the owner of the ship chooses to sell it.
He decided to take on a dangerous job of smuggling illegal immigrants into South Korea without letting his crew – comprising of ship engineer Wan-Ho (Moon Sung-keun), his loyal right-hand man Ho-young (Kim Sang-ho), money-minded Kyung-koo (You Seung-mok), dimwit Chang-wook (Lee-Hee-jun), and newbie Dong-sik (JYJ’s Park Yu-chun) know.
When the ship arrived at the pre-arranged location in the middle of a thunderstorm, a Chinese vessel appeared and began unloading Korean-Chinese migrants. A young woman, Hong Mae (Han Ye-ri), hesitated and when she finally jumped, she fell short of Junjin and plunged into the sea.
Dong-sik ignored Captain Kang’s orders and jumped in to save Hong Mae, falling in love with her slowly. The boat was told to stall in the open waters for a day, sparking off concerns among the migrants. When Captain Kang could not take the unrest and started violently beating them, Hong Mae asks Dong-sik to save the migrants and tragedy started to unfold.
Calling it “a story that is completely unpredictable from beginning to end”, Sung-bo wanted to study how humans react and reveal their true nature under those circumstances. Producer Bong Joon-ho was so deeply captivated by the story that “it was impossible not to make HAEMOO into a movie.”
HAEMOO opens in cinemas on Oct 16.
Preview Screening details
Date: 14 Oct 2014 (Tuesday)
Venue: GV Plaza, Plaza Singapura Hall 8
Rating: at least M18
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