Indie Trailer Sunday: Korean 'Towering Inferno' Thriller 'The Tower'
"Survive at any cost." Some over-the-top fun from South Korea to end the year of Indie Trailer Sundays. This is a film called The Tower, a South Korean thriller directed by Kim Ji-hoon (of the films Mokpo the Harbor, May 18, Sector 7), another new high-rise fire disaster thriller in the vein of Towering Inferno, or as AICN points out, Clark Gable's San Francisco. But this looks extremely action packed with firemen action scenes, exploding sky bridges, tons of destructive photography of two very tall buildings on fire. It's actually kind of tragic to watch, but I suppose it passes for cinematic entertainment in the end, right? Take a look!
A Christmas Eve party at a luxury residential high-rise building takes a horrific turn when a fire breaks out. Korean director Kim Ji-hoon (who previously helmed Sector 7 and May 18) was inspired by the 1974 Hollywood film The Towering Inferno, and his personal experience seeing the 63 Building in Seoul for the first time as a middle school student and imagining how it would feel to be trapped inside. The film stars Sol Kyung-gu, Kim Sang-kyung and Son Ye-jin. This was made on a budget of 10 million won. It was just released on Christmas Day in Korea, earning the second biggest opening day record in Korean history.
CJ Entertainment is releasing Kim Ji-hoon's The Tower in US theaters and currently has a limited release date set for January 11th, 2013 in a few weeks. Stay tuned. Visit the website thetowermovie2013.com.