Na Hong-Jin’s THE YELLOW SEA Is A Heart-Breaking, Soul-Searching Post-Mortem In Four Acts

To date, Na Hong-Jin has only ever helmed three films – his most recent being 2016 mystery thriller, The Wailing. Six years earlier, Na sat in for his second film after 2008’s The Chaser with The Yellow Sea, reuniting with actor Ha Jung-Woo two years later. Ha happens to be one of my favorite actors as of 2014 when I first saw him in Yoon Jong-Bin’s Kundo. The Yellow Sea retroactively reaffirms this in one of the rawest performances you’ll see amidst an epic crime drama that almost never lets up in its intensity or bleakness.