Though its moniker leaves much to be desired, Film Movement has today premiered the first US trailer for Sea Fog, Shim Sung-bo’s dark and brooding maritime thriller that first made waves at Toronto International Film Festival two years ago.
Much like all notable movies to emerge from the South Korean film industry of late, the esteemed Bong Joon-ho – The Host, Memories of Murder, Barking Dogs Don’t Bite, and Snowpiercer – holds a credit on Sea Fog, having helped pen the screenplay and produce alongside Sung-bo.
Following up on their collaboration on Memories of Murder, Sung-bo and Joon-ho’s next creative venture chronicles the story of Captain Kang, a helmer who turns to illegal smuggling in his desperation, accepting a questionable job that involves the safe passage of immigrants from China to Korea.
Tense and nail-biting from the off, the official synopsis for Sea Fog reveals a ominous thriller:
Kang, a long time captain of the Junjin, is disheartened to learn that his ship has been sold by its owner, leaving Kang’s entire crew in danger of losing their livelihood. Swallowing his pride, Kang pays a visit to Yeo, a human trafficking broker, and decides to take on the dangerous job of smuggling illegal migrants into South Korea. When the Junjin arrives at the pickup point, a violent storm forces the boat to stall in the open waters, inevitably pitting Kang’s crew against the migrants. As tension and unrest spread throughout the Junjin, a dense sea fog envelops the boat, and tragedy unfolds in the mysterious depths of the fog…
Still no word on when Sea Fog will hit these shores, but next up for Joon-Ho is Okja, a star-studded monster movie that has already enlisted Giancarlo Esposito, Lilly Collins and Walking Dead star Steven Yeun.