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Tunnel
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byKim Seong-hun
Written byKim Seong-hun
Produced by
  • Billy Acumen
  • Lee Taek-dong
  • You Jeong-hun
Starring
CinematographyKim Tae-seong
Music by
  • Mok Young-jin
  • Vitek Kral
Distributed byShowbox
Release date
  • 10 August 2016 (2016-08-10) (South Korea)
Running time
127 minutes[1]
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
Box office$51.9 million[2]

Tunnel (also referred as The Tunnel; Korean터널 Teoneol) is a 2016 South Korean survival drama film written and directed by Kim Seong-hun, starring Ha Jung-woo in the lead role.[3][4] The film revolves around a car salesman who gets trapped when a poorly constructed tunnel collapses, and deals with his survival inside the tunnel with the advice of the rescue team head. It was released in South Korea on 10 August 2016.[4][5]

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Korean language

Korean language

Korean is the native language for about 80 million people, mostly of Korean descent. It is the official and national language of both North Korea and South Korea, but over the past 75 years of political division, the two Koreas have developed some noticeable vocabulary differences. Beyond Korea, the language is recognised as a minority language in parts of China, namely Jilin Province, and specifically Yanbian Prefecture and Changbai County. It is also spoken by Sakhalin Koreans in parts of Sakhalin, the Russian island just north of Japan, and by the Koryo-saramcode: kor promoted to code: ko in parts of Central Asia. The language has a few extinct relatives which—along with the Jeju language (Jejuan) of Jeju Island and Korean itself—form the compact Koreanic language family. Even so, Jejuan and Korean are not mutually intelligible with each other. The linguistic homeland of Korean is suggested to be somewhere in contemporary Northeast China. The hierarchy of the society from which the language originates deeply influences the language, leading to a system of speech levels and honorifics indicative of the formality of any given situation.

Survival film

Survival film

The survival film is a film genre in which one or more characters make an effort at physical survival. It often overlaps with other film genres. It is a subgenre of the adventure film, along with swashbuckler films, war films, and safari films. Survival films are darker than most other adventure films and usually focus their storyline on a single character, usually the protagonist. The films tend to be "located primarily in a contemporary context", so film audiences are familiar with the setting, and the characters' activities are less romanticized.

Kim Seong-hun (filmmaker)

Kim Seong-hun (filmmaker)

Kim Seong-hun is a South Korean film and television director. He directed How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men (2006), A Hard Day (2014) and Kingdom (2019–).

Ha Jung-woo

Ha Jung-woo

Kim Sung-hoon, better known as Ha Jung-woo (Korean: 하정우), is a South Korean actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer. One of the highest grossing actors in South Korea, Ha's starring films have accumulated more than 100 million tickets. Only 3 other actors have reached this milestone, with Ha being nearly a decade younger than the rest when achieving this.

Synopsis

Lee Jung-soo (Ha Jung-woo) is driving home for his daughter's birthday. While driving through a tunnel through a mountain, the tunnel collapses. When Lee Jung-Soo regains consciousness, he finds himself trapped inside his car, which is buried under tons of concrete and debris. All he has inside the car are his cellphone, two bottles of water, and his daughter's birthday cake.

South Korea is horrified by the news of the collapse of a large tunnel. The government urgently sets up an accident task force. Daekyung (Oh Dal-su), the rescue captain of the accident task force, makes various attempts to enter the tunnel, but the structure is only slow. Meanwhile, Jeong-su's wife Se-hyun (Bae Doo-na) delivers hope to her husband through the radio, which Jung-su can only hear, and does not give up hope for his safe life. The sluggish rescue operation will eventually cause a major setback in the completion of the second tunnel nearby, and public opinion begins to divide over the survival and structure of the essence.

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Production

Many audiences who watched the movie said that it was reminiscent of the Sinking of MV Sewol in 2014. However, the film was based on an original novel published before the MV Sewol incident. Director Kim Sung-hoon said in an interview, "It (sinking of MV Sewol) was such a big pain and the production team was also very sick." "Since the sadness is still valid, I couldn't help but think of the sinking of MV Sewol when I made the disaster material film, but I thought it was impossible to exclude the memory and take it." On the one hand, " one incident rather than focusing on pursuant to a huge disaster happened, and universal since the system should be run by him collapsed."and some by a man trapped in it" want to say things like dignity for the life situation."[6]

Although ‘Tunnel’ is doing a lot of box office hits, some pointed out its regret. The somewhat optimistic attitude of ‘Tunnel’ is not realistic.[7] It may be because after the disaster of Ferry Sewol, Korean audiences witnessed how the social system of disaster works. The director explained that he also saw such opinions. He said in an interview, "There were some opinions that want me to be more directly explained. However, I hoped that this movie would not be a movie that only people who are angry about such a disaster would watch. Some movies portray social evil and get angry with the system, and they can scratch people's emotions like that." He also continued to add the last sentence. "I wanted the movie to be more sympathetic to pain. I think what we are doing the most is the lack of ability to empathize with other people's pain."[8]

The director added, "I put a lot of effort into organizing the tunnel set in the movie." As the inside of the collapsed tunnel continues to appear, he wanted to devise the most realistic part of the movie. "One of the words that can describe this movie is its texture. I thought the texture should not look fake. For Jeong-su, the tunnel is like an actor. The actors and the space have to give and receive reactions from each other." he said. In the set, the real concrete part and the fake part were mixed together. He made a fake one on the close side of the actor and put a real one on the real one on the far side. Fake materials are not only concrete, but also cement-finished stones. As dust powder, grain powder, charcoal powder, and jade powder were all used. It is said that it was because the actual cement powder could be dangerous if inhaled by an actor, as the dust was scattered throughout the movie.[9]

Cast

One of the survivors of the ‘Hado’ Tunnel collapse. He works as a dealer for Kia Motors, drives a Kia Optima operated from Kia, and has a wife and a daughter who goes to kindergarten. He is known to have good business skills, good relationships, and a generous personality. He distributes water that is not enough to drink alone to other survivors, and shares little food with his dog.[10]

Jeong-su's wife. Younger than her husband. If Jeong-su represents the disaster victims, Se-hyun represents the victims' relatives, bereaved families, and secondary victims. After the accident, she volunteers at the scene and talks with the rescue team leader to maintain the hope of Jeong-su, but the rescue operation is delayed than expected and she is baptized with raw eggs by the mother of the work leader who died in the accident.

119 Rescue Team Leader. He was a rather serious figure as the "expert" of the original, but Oh Dal-soo's role in the movie added to his comic. He is the most conscientious and professional person in the work as a veteran rescue leader. Except for Jeong-su's family, this person and the work leader are the only ones who really believed in Jeong-su's survival and tried to rescue him until the end. He did not provide any direct help to Jeong-su, but he also gave him the advice he needed to survive in the early stages.

One of the victims of the ‘Hado’ Tunnel collapse with Jeong-su. She is also the owner of the dog, Taeng.

  • Kim Hae-sook as government Minister
  • Park Hyuk-kwon as government official
  • Park Jin-woo as government aide
  • Lee Sang-hee as YTN news reporter
  • Kim Jong-soo as drilling company executive (cameo)
  • Shin Jung-keun as Captain Kang
  • Cho Hyun-chul as young guy with spectacles in rescue team
  • Yoo Seung-mok as reporter Jo
  • Lee Dong-jin as radio DJ
  • Lee Cheol-min as Captain of drilling team
  • Han Sung-chun as drone technician
  • Kim Seung-hoon as public hearing moderator
  • Ye Soo-jung as old mother
  • Jin Yong-ok as construction worker A
  • Lee Dong-yong as construction worker B
  • Joo Suk-tae as employee of Korea Expressway Corporation
  • Ahn Se-ho as drilling team member
  • Seo Hyun-woo as SNC fellow reporter
  • Kang Shin-chul as agent at situation
  • Kim Soo-jin as Public hearing attendee B
  • Jin Seon-kyu as equipment manager
  • Yeo Min-gyu as voice of 119 telephone operator, helicopter agent
  • Kim Sung-kyu as Civic group member 3
  • Choi Gwi-hwa as person interested in tunnel 2 (cameo)
  • Jung Suk-yong as Team Leader Choi (cameo)
  • Hwang Byeng-gug as gas station owner (cameo)
  • Bae Yoo-ram as 119 rescue worker (cameo)

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Ha Jung-woo

Ha Jung-woo

Kim Sung-hoon, better known as Ha Jung-woo (Korean: 하정우), is a South Korean actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer. One of the highest grossing actors in South Korea, Ha's starring films have accumulated more than 100 million tickets. Only 3 other actors have reached this milestone, with Ha being nearly a decade younger than the rest when achieving this.

Kia

Kia

Kia Corporation, commonly known as Kia, is a South Korean multinational automobile manufacturer headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. It is South Korea's second largest automobile manufacturer, after its parent company, Hyundai Motor Company, with sales of over 2.8 million vehicles in 2019. As of 2015, the Kia Corporation is minority owned by Hyundai, which holds a 33.88% stake valued at just over US$6 billion. Kia in turn is a minority owner of more than twenty Hyundai subsidiaries ranging from 4.9% up to 45.37%, totaling more than US$8.3 billion.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a preschool educational approach based on playing, singing, practical activities such as drawing, and social interaction as part of the transition from home to school. Such institutions were originally made in the late 18th century in Germany, Bavaria and Alsace to serve children whose parents both worked outside home. The term was coined by German pedagogue Friedrich Fröbel, whose approach globally influenced early-years education. Today, the term is used in many countries to describe a variety of educational institutions and learning spaces for children ranging from 2 to 6 years of age, based on a variety of teaching methods.

Bae Doona

Bae Doona

Bae Doona, is a South Korean actress and photographer. She became known outside Korea for her roles as a political activist in Park Chan-wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), archer Park Nam-joo in Bong Joon-ho's The Host (2006), and as the doll in Hirokazu Kore-eda's Air Doll (2009). She has had English-speaking roles in the Wachowski films Cloud Atlas (2012) and Jupiter Ascending (2015), as well as their Netflix television series Sense8 (2015–2018). As for her Korean-speaking roles, she is well known for playing the leading female character in the Netflix period zombie thriller, Kingdom (2019–present), as well as the crime thriller Stranger (2017-2020) and sci-fi The Silent Sea.

Oh Dal-su

Oh Dal-su

Oh Dal-su is a South Korean actor.

Nam Ji-hyun

Nam Ji-hyun

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Kim Hae-sook

Kim Hae-sook

Kim Hae-sook is a South Korean actress.

Park Hyuk-kwon

Park Hyuk-kwon

Park Hyuk-kwon is a South Korean actor. Park began his acting career in 1993 as a member of the theater troupe Sanulrim. He later became a well-regarded supporting actor in films such as Chaw (2009) and Secret Reunion (2010), as well as the television series Behind the White Tower (2007), Secret Love Affair (2014) and The Producers (2015). Park also frequently stars in short films and independent films, notably in Milky Way Liberation Front (2007) and other works by Yoon Seong-ho.

Kim Jong-soo (actor)

Kim Jong-soo (actor)

Kim Jong-Soo is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his supporting role in Kingdom, The Emperor: Owner of the Mask and Snowdrop.

Kim Soo-jin (actress)

Kim Soo-jin (actress)

Kim Soo-jin is a South Korean actress. She made her big screen debut in 2001, when she appeared in Wanee & Junah. She appeared in a number of hit dramas including School 2017 (2017), Misty (2018), and Watcher (2019).

Jin Seon-kyu

Jin Seon-kyu

Jin Seon-kyu is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles on the big screen, such as The Outlaws (2017) and Extreme Job (2019). He won Best Supporting Actor award at the 38th Blue Dragon Film Awards in 2017 for his performance in the film The Outlaws.

Choi Gwi-hwa

Choi Gwi-hwa

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Reception

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 100% of 15 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.6/10.[11]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016
Best Actor Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Best Screenplay
Kim Sung-hoon
So Jae-won
Nominated
Best Editing
Kim Chang-joo
Nominated
Technical Award
Kim Nam-sik (Visual Effects)
Nominated
Popular Star Award Won
Best Actor Nominated
Best Actress Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2017
Best Actor Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Best Actor Won
Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Nominated

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37th Blue Dragon Film Awards

37th Blue Dragon Film Awards

The 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards ceremony was held on November 25, 2016 at Kyung Hee University's Peace Palace Hall in Seoul. It was live broadcast on SBS and hosted by Kim Hye-soo and Yoo Jun-sang.

Ha Jung-woo

Ha Jung-woo

Kim Sung-hoon, better known as Ha Jung-woo (Korean: 하정우), is a South Korean actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer. One of the highest grossing actors in South Korea, Ha's starring films have accumulated more than 100 million tickets. Only 3 other actors have reached this milestone, with Ha being nearly a decade younger than the rest when achieving this.

Oh Dal-su

Oh Dal-su

Oh Dal-su is a South Korean actor.

Bae Doona

Bae Doona

Bae Doona, is a South Korean actress and photographer. She became known outside Korea for her roles as a political activist in Park Chan-wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), archer Park Nam-joo in Bong Joon-ho's The Host (2006), and as the doll in Hirokazu Kore-eda's Air Doll (2009). She has had English-speaking roles in the Wachowski films Cloud Atlas (2012) and Jupiter Ascending (2015), as well as their Netflix television series Sense8 (2015–2018). As for her Korean-speaking roles, she is well known for playing the leading female character in the Netflix period zombie thriller, Kingdom (2019–present), as well as the crime thriller Stranger (2017-2020) and sci-fi The Silent Sea.

53rd Grand Bell Awards

53rd Grand Bell Awards

The 53rd Grand Bell Awards, also known as Daejong Film Awards, are determined and presented annually by The Motion Pictures Association of Korea for excellence in film in South Korea. The Grand Bell Awards were first presented in 1962 and have gained prestige as the Korean equivalent of the American Academy Awards.

53rd Baeksang Arts Awards

53rd Baeksang Arts Awards

The 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards ceremony was held on May 3, 2017, at Hall D, COEX in Seoul. It was broadcast live on JTBC and was hosted by Park Joong-hoon and Bae Suzy. Organised by Ilgan Sports and JTBC Plus, it is South Korea's only awards ceremony which recognises excellence in both film and television.

26th Buil Film Awards

26th Buil Film Awards

The 26th Buil Film Awards (Korean: 부일영화상) ceremony was hosted by the Busan-based daily newspaper Busan Ilbo. It was held on October 13, 2017.

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