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Washington Post “Highly Recommends Typhoon”

2006/06/14 | 199 views | Permalink | Source

The U.S. Washington Post newspaper recently recommended the Korean movie "Typhoon" (Tae Poong) as a "must-see" movie.

Stephen Hunter, a Pulitzer Prize award-winning movie critic, gave favorable comments toward the movie on its release date, June 2. He suggested that it is "peculiarly Korean, but vivid enough on screen to transcend into something universal". The Washington Post, in addition to introducing 30 recently released must-see movies, also endorsed 13 movies to watch in the theater, including "Typhoon", Mission Impossible 3, and United 93. However, the popular movies, such as Breakup, X-men: the Last Battle, and Da Vinci Code did not make the recommendation list.

According to Hunter, "Others have compared this to a James Bond movie, but the movie never leaves the real world that far behind; it has a fair sense of documentary reality".

Directed by Kwak Gyeong-taek, who produced the hit blockbuster movie Friend in 2001, the genre of the movie is not action. It is a thriller, and now, one of the biggest budget films in Korea. However, the movie holds characteristics of action films in addition to that of thriller films.

The protagonist, Sin (Jang Dong-gun), is a modern-day pirate, or terrorist, who plots to destroy both North and South Korea with weapons of mass destruction, which weapons he receives from Russia by exchanging nuclear materials that he got from ship he hijacked. Lt. Gang (Lee Jung-jae), recruited by his government into the KCIA, tries to save South Korea from Sin's plan.

The movie has merited American attention, because it opens a window into the sentiments of a nation that ranks 7th among U.S'. trading partners and has the 11th largest economy in the world. Also, as North Korea has been a hot issue for Americans in recent weeks (that related to terrorism and nuclear weapons), the movie stimulates the interest of American audiences.

This year's biggest blockbuster in Korea, "Typhoon" was filmed in multiple locations: China, Russia, and South Korea. Such variety of setting provides viewers with some fresh ideas about Korea interacts with its neighboring countries, and takes its viewers from watching sheer pointless and unrealistic action films to culturally distinctive, documentary-like reality of Korean cultures.

Distributed by Paramount Classics, Typhoon is being shown nationwide in major cities throughout the United States.

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