Sea Fog (Korean해무; Haemoo) is a 2014 South Korean film directed by Shim Sung-bo. The film is adapted from the 2007 stage play Haemoo,[2] which in turn was based on the true story of 25 Korean-Chinese illegal immigrants who suffocated to death in the storage tank of the fishing vessel Taechangho; their bodies were dumped by the ship's crew into the sea southwest of Yeosu on October 7, 2001.[3][4]

Sea Fog
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Promotional poster
Hangul해무
Hanja海霧
Revised RomanizationHaemu
Directed byShim Sung-bo
Produced byBong Joon-ho
Lewis Taewan Kim
Jo Neung-yeon
Written byShim Sung-bo
Bong Joon-ho
Based onHaemoo (play)
by Kim Min-jung
StarringKim Yoon-seok
Park Yoo-chun
Music byJeong Jae-il
CinematographyHong Kyung-pyo
Edited byKim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Distributed byNext Entertainment World
Release date
  • August 13, 2014 (2014-08-13)
Running time
110 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
BudgetUS$10 million
Box officeUS$11.4 million[1]

It was selected as the South Korean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards and the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, but was not nominated.[5][6][7]

PlotEdit

The 69-ton fishing vessel Jeonjinho fails to catch as much fish as its crew had hoped. To make more money, the crew decides to smuggle thirty illegal immigrants into Korea. But things don't go according to plan when the Jeonjinho encounters heavy fog, rain and waves on its return journey, while also being chased by a ship from the South Korean Maritime Police. On orders from the captain, several crew members hide the illegal immigrants inside the fishing tank, where they are in danger of suffocating to death. Amid the chaos, the youngest crew member Dong-sik tries to protect a young female migrant with whom he'd fallen in love.[8]

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Sea Fog is the first feature film directed by Shim Sung-bo, who co-wrote the screenplay of Memories of Murder with director Bong Joon-ho. Bong is this film's producer.[9]

Kim Yoon-seok was first cast in the role of the ship's captain in June 2013. Song Joong-ki was originally offered to star opposite Kim,[10] but had to turn down the role when he received his enlistment papers for mandatory military service. K-pop singer and actor Park Yoochun was cast instead in August 2013, in his big screen debut.[11][12][13][14][15][16] Filming began on October 6, 2013, with locations in Masan, Goyang, Busan and Ulsan,[17] and ended on March 6, 2014.

Budgeted at US$10 million,[18] the film was pitched for pre-sales at the American Film Market in November 2013.[19][20][21] The first official press conference was held on July 1, 2014.[22][23][24][25]

Box officeEdit

Sea Fog was released in South Korea on August 13, 2014. It reached 1,084,375 admissions after one week.[26]

Critical receptionEdit

The Hollywood Reporter described the film as "A possible riveting nightmare fogged up by concessions to blockbuster conventions."[27] It praised Hong Kyung-pyo's cinematography and Lee Ha-joon's production design as "effective in highlighting the differences between the lands of vast, cold port and the unforgiving environments of the sea and cramped insides of the fishing boat," but criticized director Shim Sung-bo's lack of subtlety and reflection, "with Haemoo subscribing to many of the conventions of both disaster epics and revenge drama, and the over-dependence of a central seaborne romance."[27]

Variety wrote, "Turning a real-life human trafficking tragedy into a comment on social inequality and the cost of survival, Haemoo dramatizes a stark nautical ordeal fraught with tension. Produced and co-written by internationally recognized Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) this directing debut by helmer-scribe Shim Sung-bo echoes Bong's trademark cynical vision of human nature, but the characters lack dimensionality and psychological depth."[28]

International releaseEdit

Sea Fog made its international premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[29][30] It was also invited to the following:

The film's rights were also pre-sold at the Cannes Film Market to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and France. Its Japanese release was scheduled for early 2015 while Taiwan and Singapore released the movie at the end of 2014.[18]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014
34th Hawaii International Film Festival[31]
Golden Orchid for Best Narrative Feature Sea Fog Won
34th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[32][33]
Best New Actor Park Yoochun Won
51st Grand Bell Awards[34][35]
Best Supporting Actress Han Ye-ri Nominated
Best New Director Shim Sung-bo Nominated
Best New Actor Park Yoochun Won
Best Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo Nominated
Best Lighting Kim Chang-ho Nominated
15th Busan Film Critics Awards
Best New Director Shim Sung-bo Won
Best New Actor Park Yoochun Won
4th SACF Beautiful Artists Awards
Best New Actor Park Yoochun Won
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards[36]
Best Supporting Actress Han Ye-ri Nominated
Best New Director Shim Sung-bo Nominated
Best New Actor Park Yoochun Won
Best Screenplay Shim Sung-bo, Bong Joon-ho Nominated
Best Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo Nominated
Best Lighting Kim Chang-ho Nominated
Best Art Direction Lee Ha-jun Won
Star Night Showbiz Awards
(Korea Film Actor's Association)
Popular Star Award Park Yoochun Won
1st Korean Film Producers Association Awards
Best Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo Won
2015
6th KOFRA Film Awards
Best New Actor Park Yoochun Won
10th Max Movie Awards
Best Actor Park Yoochun Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Han Ye-ri Nominated
Best New Actor Park Yoochun Won
Best Trailer Sea Fog Won
Best Poster Sea Fog Nominated
20th Chunsa Film Art Awards[37]
Best Supporting Actress Han Ye-ri Nominated
Technical Award Nominated
9th Asian Film Awards[38]
Best Supporting Actress Han Ye-ri Nominated
51st Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Supporting Actress Han Ye-ri Nominated
Best New Actor Park Yoochun Won
Best Screenplay Shim Sung-bo, Bong Joon-ho Nominated
24th Buil Film Awards
Best Supporting Actress Han Ye-ri Nominated
Best New Actor Park Yoochun Nominated
Best Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo Won
Best Art Direction Lee Ha-jun Nominated

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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