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Movie Review: Haemoo

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Haemoo has begun screening in theatres since 16th October
Haemoo in korean is translated to ‘Sea Fog’
I did not read the synopsis before attending the preview and hence I was genuinely surprised by the storyline… in a good way
For those who can’t take surprises, you may proceed to read the synopsis below
It’s such an amazing movie that everyone should catch it!
The plot has an alarming twist and it allows you to feel like you’re “in the same boat” with them
The sort of desperation and bizarre sense when everyone was literally fighting to stay alive
Everything about Haemoo was good except for the abrupt ending that leaves you with unanswerable questions
Nonetheless, I totally enjoyed the movie!

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Haemoo is a recount of a true event that happened at sea
revolved around an old ship, the crew, the chinese koreans who were smuggled and a love story between Park Yoo-Chun & Han Ye-Ri
The captain of the fishing vessel was trying to make ends meet
In terms of supporting the entire crew with cash to help everyone stay afloat
You can see the attachment and the utmost respect given to the captain, it’s almost impeccable

Arriving at the captain’s wits ends, he resorted to human trafficking in order to save the ship from being mortgaged and allow the crew to have better lives
Nobody would have expected the twist of fate right after receiving the ‘shipment’ of chinese koreans
Excellent acting from the cast and you can expect humour in every other scene
There wasn’t a boring minute in the movie at all

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The love story between the youngest crew member, played by Park Yoo-Chun and a chinese korean immigrant, played by Han Ye-Ri
was developed very smoothly since the moment she boarded the ship
For sailors who are frequently out in sea, they have little or no opportunities to meet with women
Hence, the sight of a young lady on board fired the testosterone of all the men
Park Yoo-Chun strived his best to keep her alive

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If you’re a K-pop fan, you would have noticed that Park Yoo-Chun is a member of the boy band – JYJ
His outstanding performance in Haemoo is totally worth watching

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K-Pop Boy Band JYJ
Middle: Park Yoo-Chun

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Synopsis

Based on true events, <HAEMOO> is the story of a group of fishermen who are driven into madness when their attempt to smuggle illegal migrants ends in a horrible tragedy.
Six crew members –led by the captain, is the kind-hearted chief engineer ‘Wan-ho’(Moon Sung-geun) who had an eventful life and lives hidden on the boat. To the naive and youngest crew member ‘Dong-shik’(Park Yoochun) who just started working aboard the ship recently– begin their dream of having their boat with a full load of fish. However on the open sea, they are transporting something, it is not meat but human beings!
To protect the ship and their livelihoods, Captain ‘Cheol-ju’(Kim Yoon-seok) suggests to his crew members the job in helping to smuggle [stowaways]. Numerous of stowaways who risks their lives and comes across the sea, and the six crew members who are on board a fated boat. Amid that, an unknown ‘sea fog’ to which they cannot see what’s in front of themselves comes down and they become swept into an uncontrollable accident…

Cast

Kim Yun-Seok, Park Yoo-Chun, Han Ye-Ri, Moon Sung-Geun, Kim Sang-Ho

Directed by Shim Sung-Bo

Watch the Trailer here:

  • Selected as the Korea entry for the 87th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film

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