The Terror Live

The Terror Live (Korean더 테러 라이브; RRDeo Tereo Raibeu) is a 2013 South Korean action thriller film written and directed by Kim Byung-woo.[1][2] It stars Ha Jung-woo as an ambitious news anchorman who monopolizes the live broadcast of a terrorist attack following the explosion of Mapo Bridge on the Han River, as the story unfolds within the narrow confines of a radio booth.[3][4]

The Terror Live
The Terror, LIVE poster.jpg
Hangul 테러 라이브
Hanja더 테러 라이브
Revised RomanizationDeo Tereo Raibeu
McCune–ReischauerTŏ T'lŏ Raipŭ
Directed byKim Byung-woo
Produced byLee Choon-yeon
Jeon Ryeo-kyung
Written byKim Byung-woo
StarringHa Jung-woo
Music byLee Ju-no
CinematographyByun Bong-sun
Edited byKim Chang-ju
Production
company
Cine 2000
Distributed byLotte Entertainment
Release date
  • July 28, 2013 (2013-07-28) (PiFan)
  • July 31, 2013 (2013-07-31) (South Korea)
Running time
98 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
BudgetUS$3.12 million
Box officeUS$35.7 million

PlotEdit

Yoon Young-hwa (Ha Jung-woo) was once a top news anchor, but gets demoted due to an unsavory incident. Pulled from primetime TV news and recently divorced, he is now the jaded and bitter host of a current affairs radio program. One day during his morning show, Yoon receives a peculiar phone call threatening to blow up the Mapo Bridge, a major bridge that crosses the Han River and connects Mapo District and Yeouido, Seoul's main business and investment banking district; it is also just outside Yoon's studio building. At first, Yoon takes it as a joke or prank call and tells the terrorist to proceed. He watches in shock as the caller follows through on the threat and detonates explosives that cause Mapo Bridge to collapse, killing innocent people and trapping others.

Realizing this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make his comeback as a newscaster, Yoon purposely doesn't call the police. Instead, he sets up a makeshift television studio from his radio station, and negotiates with his former boss, the profit- and ratings-obsessed news producer Cha Dae-eun (Lee Geung-young) who'll do anything to beat the other TV stations in their coverage of the bombing. Then Yoon strikes a dangerous deal with the terrorist to exclusively broadcast their phone conversations live, in real-time, as the whole nation watches.

The newsroom erupts in chaos as Yoon, Cha, the police, other broadcasters and the Blue House all exploit terrorism for their own agenda. The only exception is Yoon's ex-wife, a reporter who volunteers to report from the site of the terrorist attack. As the live show progresses, Yoon gradually realizes how little control he has over the situation. The terrorist, who claims to be a 50-something construction worker who lost three of his coworkers in a senseless industrial accident while fixing the bridge, says the families of the victims weren't compensated and demands a public apology from the president for the deaths of his colleagues. With several people remaining on the bridge as hostages, the terrorist threatens a second explosion. He also reveals to Yoon alone that he put a bomb in the anchor's earphone, and that if the president doesn't apologize, the bomb will explode in his ear, live on air.[5]

CastEdit

  • Ha Jung-woo as Yoon Young-hwa
  • Lee Geung-young as Cha Dae-eun
  • Jeon Hye-jin as Park Jeong-min
  • Lee David as Park Shin-woo
  • Kim So-jin as Reporter Lee Ji-soo
  • Im Hyun-sung as newsroom monitor engineer
  • Kim Hae-in as Noh Hyeon-jin
  • Han Sung-chun as radio PD
  • Lee Chung-hee as radio writer
  • Kang Shin-chul as newsroom audio engineer
  • Kang Jin-a as newsroom writer
  • Kim Hong-pa as police commissioner Joo Jin-chul
  • Choi Deok-moon as secretary Kim Sang-mo
  • Choi Jin-ho as anchor Lee Sang-jin
  • Kim Dae-myung as Park Shin-woo (voice)

ReleaseEdit

Partially funded by the Network of Asian Fantastic Films, The Terror Live was the closing film of the 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.[6][7][8][9] It was released in theaters on July 31, 2013.[10]

It also received a limited North American release beginning August 9, screening in 25 cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Fullerton, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Seattle, Dallas, San Diego, Houston, Vancouver, Toronto, New York City, Irvine, New Jersey, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Washington and Honolulu.[11][12][13]

Box officeEdit

Despite opening on the same day as blockbuster Snowpiercer, The Terror Live performed well at the box office, on the strength of good reviews from film critics and strong word of mouth.[14][15][16][17][18] According to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), it consistently placed second on the box office charts, reaching two million ticket sales six days after its release.[19][20][21] With a modest budget of ₩3.5 billion (US$3.12 million), the film hit its break-even point during its first week of release.[22][23][24] After 19 days of release, it has accumulated 5 million admissions to date.[25]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013
14th Busan Film Critics Awards
Best Actor Ha Jung-woo Won
Best New Director Kim Byung-woo Won
22nd Buil Film Awards
Best Actor Ha Jung-woo Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Jeon Hye-jin Nominated
Best New Director Kim Byung-woo Won
Best Screenplay Won
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best Actor Ha Jung-woo Nominated
Best New Director Kim Byung-woo Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
2014
9th Max Movie Awards
Best Actor Ha Jung-woo Nominated
19th Chunsa Film Art Awards
Technical Award Kim Si-yong Nominated
50th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Film The Terror Live Nominated
Best Director Kim Byung-woo Nominated
Best Actor Ha Jung-woo Nominated
Best Screenplay Kim Byung-woo Nominated
34th Golden Cinema Festival
Grand Prize (Daesang) in Acting Ha Jung-woo Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (8 August 2013). "KIM Byung-woo, Director of THE TERROR LIVE: How to Bring the Scene of Terror "Live" to the Audience". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  2. ^ "Novice Director Hits Ground Running with The Terror Live". The Chosun Ilbo. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  3. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (16 July 2013). "Ha back with deskbound thriller". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  4. ^ Lee, Hwa-jung (29 September 2013). "Korean Film Guide to BIFF 2013: Star HA Jung-woo Jack of All Trades". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  5. ^ Conran, Pierce (8 August 2013). "In Focus: The Terror Live". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  6. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (27 July 2013). "PiFan Closes With Local Thriller The Terror Live". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  7. ^ Lee, Eun-ah (19 June 2013). "Ha Jung-woo's Terror Flick is Closing Film of Puchon Film Fest". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  8. ^ Conran, Pierce (20 June 2013). "PiFan Announces Packed 17th Edition: HA Jung-woo Thriller THE TERROR LIVE Will Close Fest". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  9. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (21 June 2013). "Fantastic film festival revs up". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  10. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (31 May 2013). "Ha Jung-woo Terror Flick to be Released in August". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  11. ^ Conran, Pierce (16 August 2013). "THE TERROR LIVE to Terrorize North America". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  12. ^ Suh, Hye-rim (8 August 2013). "The Terror Live to get North American release". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  13. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (8 August 2013). "Ha Jung-woo's The Terror, LIVE to Hit U.S. Theaters". Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  14. ^ Lee, Claire (25 July 2013). "The Terror Live offers ample entertainment". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  15. ^ Bechervaise, Jason (28 July 2013). "The Terror Live". Screen International. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  16. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (2 August 2013). "Terror Live a one-man thrill ride". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  17. ^ Yun, Suh-young (2 August 2013). "Thriller The Terror Live puts journalist on spot". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  18. ^ Tsui, Clarence (2 August 2013). "Film Review: The Terror Live". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  19. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (1 August 2013). "SNOWPIERCER Tops the Box Office: THE TERROR LIVE Is Expected To Enjoy a Long Run". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  20. ^ Cremin, Stephen (2 August 2013). "Snowpiercer crosses one million admissions". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  21. ^ Cremin, Stephen (5 August 2013). "Snowpiercer and Terror lead weekend admissions record". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  22. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (2 August 2013). "SNOWPIERCER, THE TERROR LIVE and THE FLU: Hottest Korean Summer Pic 3". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  23. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (6 August 2013). "SNOWPIERCER Breaks Box Office Records". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  24. ^ Lee, Sun-min (13 August 2013). "Snowpiercer, Terror dominate local box office". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  25. ^ "The Terror Live Draws 5 Million Moviegoers". The Chosun Ilbo. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-21.

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