The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae)
The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae) (2011)

The Yellow Sea follows Gu-nam (Ha Jung-Woo), a cab driver from this region who embarks on an assassination mission to South Korea in order to pay off his mounting debt as well as search for his missing wife. He takes on the job without… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 2, 2011
DVD Release Date: March 26, 2012
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
William Goss
MSN Movies

...does boast its fair share of gripping moments.

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David Fear
Time Out

The Yellow Sea is far less interested in character than in choreographing pursuit scenes spiced with Asia Extreme levels of violence.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Post

Although the central story is compelling, even fans of this ultra-violent genre might find The Yellow Sea (the water between China and Korea) is too long and dark, especially given the way the leading characters wear black at night.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

A breakneck mix of bone-crunching freneticism and bloody close-quarters knife-fighting with a strand of romantic melancholy.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Writer-director Na Hong-Jin achieves a vibe of urban desolation right off the bat, and deepens the mayhem with acutely observed and charged details about illegal-immigrant life.

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Urban Cinefile

Probably the year's best crime drama and might be confirmation that there is a new master of the genre, spinning tough as teak tales, ready to emerge

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

A rush of a movie from South Korea that slips and slides from horror to humor on rivers of blood and offers the haunting image of a man, primitive incarnate, beating other men with an enormous, gnawed-over meat bone.

David Jenkins
Time Out

A listless succession of brutal, consequence-free stabbings encase a pair of lengthy chase set pieces, both technically adept, both utterly ridiculous.

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Anton Bitel

a gripping existentialist thriller, where jealousy, greed and desperation lead inexorably to a chaos of carnage, and where exile and death cross their borders to merge into an emotionally-charged sequence of final images.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Beating around the bush kinda makes it feel too slow-paced & eventually leading to its failure to leave the impact the plot otherwise had the potential to.
Nicki Marie
Liked it up to half way through, then felt like a totally different movie, too many characters, couldn't follow it at all. (or maybe it's just it was… More
JY Skacto
Na Hong-jin's <i>The Yellow Sea</i> is a crafted Korean crime thriller.<p>The 2 hour 15 minute run time is lengthy, especially when the… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Unlike the highly overrated "The Chaser" the story here makes sense, and there's not a bunch of silly coincidences, or clinically stupid cops.… More
Luke Baldock
Na Hong Jin brings us his second feature after the dark and disturbing The Chaser. The Yellow Sea is a complex character piece that sees a man from Yanji City… More
Reza Mohseni
Yellow sea is one of the best action thrillers I have seen recently.everything is remarkable such as its 3D characters ,bleak atmosphere and memorable action… More