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Typhoon (2005)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 25

A pseudo-political thriller on the fritz, Typhoon drowns in its own heavy handedness and silly acting.


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 9

A pseudo-political thriller on the fritz, Typhoon drowns in its own heavy handedness and silly acting.



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A would-be North Korean defector still reeling over the killing of his family by the communist government when he was just a child determines to destroy the Korean peninsula in a tense, politically minded action thriller directed by Kwak Kyung-taek and starring Jang Dong-gun, Lee Jung-jae, and Lee Mi-yeon. When a vessel sailing a few hundred kilometers off the northeast port of Jt Long in Taiwan is hijacked by pirates and the National Intelligence Service learns that a nuclear guidance kit has

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Like a poor manā(TM)s Tony Scott movie.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Caught up in a triple vortex of poor scripting, unexciting action and leads you couldn't care less about, the pic boasts good production values but little else.

August 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Typhoon aims high but misses the emotional mark in most instances, resulting in some awkward melodramatics.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Director Kyung-Taek Kwak orchestrates all this with flair, but leading man Lee doesn't have much to offer beyond a steely stoicism, and Jang's histrionic villainy borders on the parodic.

June 16, 2006
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The movie delivers the same old American action-flick themes of catastrophe narrowly averted, but the Korean version alters the meaning from triumph to sorrow.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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It has a fair sense of documentary reality, and the action sequences -- from shootout to car chase to a commando takedown of a tanker on the high seas to a final knife fight -- are extremely well managed.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Typhoon is a goofy mess, plenty exhilarating in all the right spots, except for the character ones.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source:

what on paper just sounds like adrenaline-pumped nonsense turns out on screen to be a sensitive and surprisingly sombre study of the personal tragedies afflicting the divided Koreas.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source:

As mad as meth-fried badgers having shoes thrown at them... and makes about as much sense.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
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As desperately overblown as anything Hollywood has ever concocted.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Bad acting butts heads with bad-ass action.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Large chunks have been lost in translation.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Limps along like an arthritic dog.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Pure action-thriller adventure is ruined with an overly melodramatic second half.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A muscular Korean thriller that hearkens back to the monolithic Hollywood blockbusters of a decade or so ago-but not in a good way.

June 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[Jang Dong-gun] the main attraction, which almost compensates for the film's problems.

June 4, 2006

[A] jamboree of Cold War emotion and ham-on-a-spit acting.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

The action comes fast and thick, and the sentimentality reaches near-operatic proportions.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A testosterone-driven, Jerry Bruckheimer-style action film as overblown as its title suggests.

June 2, 2006

Audience Reviews for Typhoon

Big budget Korean action drama about a modern day pirate with a serious grudge against both North and South Korea who threatens to unleash a nuclear cloud above both countries. It's all quite Americanized and resembles a Jerry Bruckheimer production at times, but it has its fair share of drama too as the back story and motives of the villain are played out. It's a pretty slick film with well staged action sequences but nothing we haven't seen before from Hollywood.
May 25, 2011
Lee ?

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This Korean film is actually a melodrama cleverly disguised as an action thriller. Sure, on the surface there are plenty of gunfights and firepower, and the plot is about an impending terrorist act thrust upon South Korea. However, at its core the movie is about a North Korean family scorned and denied entry into the South, and the bitter aftermath of the surviving brother and sister. That inner story is truly touching and in the end plenty of sorrow. Typical reliable korean storytelling with fine acting especially by the villian more so than the stoic hero. Overall, definitely worth a watch!
October 26, 2009
alan jay

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A good film, but sadly, nothing special. When I heard the premise of modern day pirates, that was enough to get my hard earned bucks (a pirate movie that isn't tongue in cheek that is). But what starts as a high seas pirate adventure turns into a fairly routine cat and mouse picture after the opening credits. Plus, I love melodrama, Guy Maddin's one of my favourite directors, but some of the brother and sister relationship made me laugh out loud, it almost belonged in a comedy. Yet, I don't regret seeing it, it did have interesting, yet cliched characters, and a somewhat interesting story.
February 11, 2007

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