As corny as most natural disaster movies can be, I’m a huge fan of them! Call me quirky, but I’ve always enjoyed “B” movies (i.e. Syfy, ‘made for TV movies,’ etc.). This movie, however, blows every other disaster movie I’ve ever seen out of the water (no pun intended)! By now, I should know that K-Cinema (Korean Cinema) is in a category all their own, but I did NOT expect this.
Located on the Southeast of the Korean peninsula is the international city of Busan. A popular vacation spot on the East Sea coast, Haeundae draws one milion visitors to its beaches every year. Man-sik, a native of Haeundae, went deep-sea fishing four years before and lost a co-worker in a tsunami. He now leads a simple life running a small sushi shop and is preparing to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Yeon-hee. While these seemingly banal domestic affairs unfold, geologist, an expert on tsunami research, discovers the East Sea is showing signs of activity similar to the Indian Ocean at the time of the 2004 tsunami. Despite his warnings, the Disaster Prevention Agency affirms that Korea is in no harm of being hit. When he discovers a mega tsunami starting in Tsushima, Japan is headed stratight for the Korean peninsula, he quickly heads down to Haeundae. Eventually, Kim gets a call about a deadly oncoming wave, with only ten minutes to spare. While the vacationers and citizens of Busan are enjoying a peaceful, hot summer day, a mega-tsunami is headed straight for them.
The way each character (or set of characters) had their own story…the way they were able to interweave them together so seamlessly was absolutely phenomenal. I laughed. I cried. I cringed. But isn’t that ultimately what you want out of a movie? To feel? To be so wrapped up in the movie that you feel what they the character’s, themselves, are feeling? I highly recommend this movie to …everyone! You won’t be disappointed.
I give this movie a 4.5/5