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 risk their lives and come 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 come 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
Selected as the Korea entry for the 87th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film
Trailer : http://youtu.be/jACU56SVHNM
I am a fan of K-drama. Naturally some of the actors in this movie were familiar faces in K-drama. Whether they are young or older actors, they acted brilliantly in this movie. Actor/Singer such as Park Yoo-Chun projected a strong and determined character.
The show started with some jovial moments. Slowly, it started to reveal the problem within this team of fishermen. Each members of the fishing boat have their selfish needs. Two of them are sex craze. The chief engineer is a kind hearted person. The right hand man of the Captain is a family man and obey the Captain. The youngest crew is innocent and will do anything to protect his love one. Captain needs to make more money and at the same time, try to protect his fishing boat. His biggest mistake was to accept the job of human smuggling.
The shocking scene came when the Captain started to do something desperate. This came as surprise for me as I am not ready for such desperate act of survival. Immediately, I felt the other side of humans, cruelty and selfishness. Survival seems to be the only thing in the mind of the Captain. Many years ago, I remember watching a famous movie where surviving members chopped and eat the remains of a dead member. In comparison with this movie, it is similar in nature with regards to the survival instinct in human being.
There is a twist at the end of the movie. The youngest crew and his protected love one (one of the smuggled humans) survived the ordeal. Will they be together? You will get your answer when you watch the movie.
In my opinion, it is a good movie. There were jovial, loving, tense and shocking moments. Storyline is great. Good acting from the casts and definitely kept my butt glued onto my seat for the whole show. I shall rate it 3.5/5 stars.