“Ultimately TUNNEL is a story about life. It occurred to me that human life, the most important thing that we know, is becoming too devalued in these days, and so I took up this story.”
Beginning with its enthusiastic reception in the Director’s Fortnight section of the 67th Cannes Film Festival, KIM Seong-hun’s previous film A HARD DAY (2014) garnered accolades around the world and established its director as a remarkable talent who stands tall among his peers. KIM’s sharp insight into everyday reality and his great directorial skills are now channeled into his new feature TUNNEL, which tears down the conventions of the disaster movie genre. Through a disaster which seems lifted from ordinary reality, the film reminds us all of the forgotten dignity of human life. Leavening the heavy theme with doses of laughter and tension, the director shifts smoothly between emotional extremes to create a distinctive and realistic disaster movie that brings something new to the genre. Not only that, the image of the collapsed tunnel and the lifelike recreation of its ravaged interior provide a stunning visual spectacle that has the Korean film industry buzzing in anticipation of its release.