The Himalayas (2016)

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Based on true events, renowned mountaineer Um Hong-gil set out on a mission to Everest to retrieve his late junior climber's body and faces the greatest challenge of his life. Following a grueling climb up Kanchenjunga, Hong-gil and Mu-taek become fast friends and partners in climb. The peak of their professional careers comes when they become the 14th team to scale the Himalayas. But the climb came at a price: both sustained injuries and Hong-gil was compelled to retire. Years later, Hong-gil is a renowned lecturer and Mu-taek takes up an assignment to go up Everest. When Hong-gil learns that Mu-taek has gone missing, he blames himself for encouraging the younger man's plans. Looking at a photo of Mu-taek's frozen corpse still trapped on the mountain, he decides to put together a rescue team to retrieve the body. Despite warnings, concerns over his injured leg and treacherous storms, Hong-gil leads the expedition.

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

"The Himalayas" is a broad comedy, a buddy movie, a mountain climbing adventure and a cornball weepie, not always in proportions that go well together.

Dec 31, 2015 | Full Review…

Director Lee Suk-hoon proves a capable (if uninspired) hand at meeting genre expectations; rest assured that ladders will precariously bridge crevasses, oxygen levels will drop, and grand speeches will be made as our heroes face near-certain death.

Dec 29, 2015 | Full Review…

All the buddy comedy of The Himalayas produces a release valve for a nation that is steeped in han and desperate to snatch some sort of victory from the jaws of many defeats.

Aug 5, 2016 | Full Review…

A formulaic glut of schmaltzy clichés and cheap-looking visuals packed into a predictable, witless, braindead script. If someone had pushed the film cans for The Himalayas off a mountain, we'd be all the better for it.

Jan 3, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

There's a lot of crying and wailing for a movie about hardened adventurers, and it eventually drowns out any potential excitement.

Dec 29, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

For hardy souls who like hardy film fare, this Korean mountain-climbing epic should be worth the trek.

Dec 17, 2015 | Full Review…

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