Indie Trailer Sunday: Korean 'Towering Inferno' Thriller 'The Tower'

December 30, 2012
Source: AICN

The Tower Trailer

"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!

Watch the first teaser trailer (with subtitles) for Kim Ji-hoon's The Tower, from YouTube (via AICN):

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.

The Tower Poster

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

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Looks suspiciously like Kuala Lumpur.

DAVIDPD on Dec 30, 2012


Looks nothing like the petronas towers in kuala lumpur. Looks like downtown seoul, south korea.

Linkfx on Dec 30, 2012


Ahh. You are right. I am wrong.

DAVIDPD on Dec 31, 2012


It's certainly not Petronas and it's also not in Seoul. In South Korea, buildings with more than 100 floors do not exist until 2015-2016. Highest floor count yet in SK is 80 (Busan)

Nash on Dec 31, 2012


But it is Seoul. The skyline is dowtown Seoul, 100%. This building is obviously 100% fake.

Lincoln Smith on Dec 31, 2012


No doubt they shot the movie in Seoul. But I indeed was referring to the building only. It does not exist in Seoul. I would guess they composed it of scale models and CGI. Not even a bad job.

Nash on Dec 31, 2012


I'll leave my architectural comments for another post and merely point out that the trailer doesn't really look that good

Tester on Dec 31, 2012


Haha. There is truly no where to hide.

DAVIDPD on Dec 31, 2012


It is very clear that this is downtown LA.

Shawn on Dec 31, 2012


I'll definitely be looking out for this one.

Lamar on Dec 31, 2012

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