Jump to content

[Movie 2019-2020] Ashfall / Baekdusan, 백두산 - No Option For Failure

Recommended Posts



A S H F A L L  2019.12.19

Mount Paektu 백두산 Baekdusan 


2019/12/19 * 450K first-day admission

12/21 * 1.6 million admission

12/26 * 4.5 million admission

12/31 * 6.2 million admission

2020/01/03 * 7.0 million admission

01/05 * Break-even point 7.3 million

01/07 * Accumulated admission at 7.6 million

01/13 * Surpassed 8.0 million admission

01/26 * Achieved 8.25 million admission




Directors: Lee Hye Jun & Kim Byung Suh 




December 19, 2019: South Korea

December 20, 2019: USA

December 24, 2019: Taiwan

January 1, 2020: Hong Kong

January 2, 2020: Singapore

January 2, 2020: Malaysia

January 2, 2020: Brunei

January 3 - Germany

January 3 - North America

January 8, 2020: Indonesia

January 9, 2020: Thailand

January 9, 2020: Australia

January 16, 2020: Vietnam (1/31)

February 4, 2020: Cambodia

February 5, 2020: The Philippines


TBA: Germany, New Zealand, Turkey.


February 20, 2020: 70th Berlinale





Paektu Mountain or Baekdu Mountain is an active volcano on the China–North Korea border. At 2,744 m (9,003 ft), it is the highest mountain of the Changbai and Baekdudaegan ranges. Koreans consider the volcano and its caldera lake to be their country's spiritual home. This mountain is called Changbai Mountain in China. It is the highest mountain on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast China.



[Photo by Kim Jin-hong Pulsenews]


The modern Korean name of the mountain, Mount Paektu (or Baekdu), was first recorded in the 13th historical record Goryeosa. It means white-head mountain. In other records from the same period, the mountain was also called Taebaek Mountain, which means great-white mountain. The modern name of the mountain in Chinese, Changbai Mountain, comes from modern Manchu name of the mountain, which is Golmin Šanggiyan Alin or Long/Ever White Mountain. Similarly, its Mongolian name is Ondor Tsagaan Aula, the Lofty White Mountain. In English, various authors have used non-standard transliterations.[Wikipedia]






Starring: Lee Byung Hun, Ha Jung Woo, Ma Dong Seok

A-list actors team up for $17 million movie 'Mount Paektu' 

By Dong Sun-hwa The Korea Times (October 24, 2018)


Three A-list actors ― Lee Byung-hun, Ha Jung-woo and Ma Dong-seok ― will make a rare team-up for the big-budget sci-fi film "Mount Paektu."  They recently gave final approval for their appearance in the movie, according to reports. Star director Kim Yong-hwa will guide shooting that begins next year with a 20 billion won ($17.7 million) budget. 


"Mount Paektu" will show covert operatives from the two Koreas struggling to prevent a volcanic eruption of Mount Paektu, a sacred 2,744-meter mountain straddling the North Korea-China border. 


Lee will play a North Korean agent struggling to prevent an eruption, while Ha is a South Korean agent on the same mission. Ma will appear as a scientist.









searchdoc.gifBox Office Updates (Source: KoBIZ)


typewriter.gif REVIEWS 

Yonhap News // The Korea Herald // JoongAng Daily 

Cinema Escapist // F*** Magazine  // HanCinema.net

Pierce Conran // South China Morning Post // The New Paper

Film Legacy // Eye For Film



note1.gif Related sites

CJEnM // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Youtube

IMDb // HanCinema // Naver // Asianwiki // Rotten Tomatoes

Lee Byunghun soompi // Ha Jung Woo soompi

Ashfall Daum Gallery

  • Like 4

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I cannot say I am looking forward to this. A volcanic eruption is not something you prevent, it is something you get away from because there is no way in hell you are going to stop it.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you @rubie for starting this thread.

I will always watch just about anything with Lee Byung Hun and Ha Jung Woo.  So I look forward to this new project.


2 hours ago, Warren Lauzon said:

I cannot say I am looking forward to this. A volcanic eruption is not something you prevent, it is something you get away from because there is no way in hell you are going to stop it.

@Warren Lauzon, of course, I agree with you.  I wonder if there is either a translation error, or else some element(s) about the movie we do not yet know.  (I want to think that is the case...)


  • Like 5

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

This latest update could be one of the backing points for the movie to be made. It's probably not to prevent the eruption from happening, as the last volcanic eruption from Mount Baekdu was in 1903. Likely more of an observation to plan better in case of another eruption happening in the near future, hopefully not. It could be like the 1996 movie Twister, which they were researching of ways to accurately predict a tornado happening in order to quickly warn people to get themselves safe from the unstoppable natural disaster.


But of course, for a 17-million budget, the movie will obviously show an eruption happening despite their planning and the heroes will have to work together to save the day.


October 26, 2018


South Korea pushes for inter-Korean joint volcano observatory at Mount Paekdu


Source: The Korea Times

South Korea is pushing to set up an inter-Korean joint volcano observatory at Mount Paekdu on the North Korean-Chinese border, officials in Seoul said Friday.


The Korea Meteorological Administration has drawn up a medium- and long-term plan to establish a facility to observe volcanic activities on the mountain, together with North Korea, according to administration officials and Rep. Sol Hoon of the ruling Democratic Party. 


The 2,744-meter-high mountain, the highest on the Korean Peninsula and considered a spiritual home of the Korean people, last erupted in 1903, historical records showed.


The plan calls for the two Koreas to establish a joint observation station equipped with devices to detect seismic movements around Paekdu and communications networks, as well as facilities to measure the magnetic field of the earth and analyze volcanic gas, the officials and Sol said.


"Discussions with North Korea have yet to begin, but the joint observatory project will be pushed if the conditions are met," an administration official said.


An eruption of Mount Paekdu is expected to cause immediate damage from pyroclastic flows that contain lava, gravel and stones before triggering secondary damage from the spread of volcanic ash, experts say. (Yonhap)


th_news2.gif A previous article on February 18, 2016


North’s nuclear test could trigger volcano eruption
Terrestrial stress could cause Mount Paektu to blow, study says


Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily


A crater lake on top of Mount Paektu, which was formed after the volcano erupted in 1903. In a study released this week, a group of scientists claimed the volcano could erupt as a result of continued nuclear activity in North Korea. [JOONGANG PHOTO]


If a North Korean underground nuclear test were to produce an earthquake over a magnitude of 7, the explosion could trigger Mount Paektu, a volcano straddling the border with China, to erupt, according to a new study. 


Scientists have grown increasingly concerned that the artificial earthquake that resulted from North Korea’s fourth nuclear test at the Punggye-ri nuclear site, located about 116 kilometers (72 miles) from Mount Paektu, could have directly or indirectly impacted volcanic activity, possibly leading to an eruption. 


Mount Paektu, which at 2,744 meters (9,000 feet) is the highest mountain on the Korean Peninsula, has not erupted since 1903.


The study is the first to find an exact link between North Korea’s nuclear test and the possibility of a volcanic eruption. The report, conducted by Hong Tae-kyung, a professor in the Department of Earth System Sciences at Yonsei University, and his colleagues, was published Wednesday in the journal Scientific Reports. 


Their research examines dynamic stress changes in Paektu’s magma chamber and how hypothetical nuclear explosions carried out by North Korea could induce an eruption. 


The research team analyzed North Korea’s first three nuclear tests, conducted in 2006, 2009, and 2013, calculating seismic ground motion and dynamic stress changes. In the study, the team set earthquake magnitudes of 5.0 to 7.6 - the result of nuclear tests conducted by the Soviet Union and the United States, respectively. 


“North Korea’s underground nuclear explosions with magnitudes of 5.0 to 7.6 may induce overpressure in the magma chamber by several tens to hundreds of kilopascals,” the study said. 


Professor Hong said a magnitude-7.0 underground nuclear explosion by North Korea may produce peak ground accelerations and peak dynamic stress changes around the volcano, indicating Mount Paektu could erupt. 




However, he added that North Korean nuclear tests lower than magnitude-7 were also dangerous. 


North Korea’s nuclear development capabilities have improved since 2006, when it conducted its first nuclear test at the Punggye-ri nuclear site, which resulted in a magnitude-3.6 earthquake. 


The second test carried out in 2009, recorded a magnitude-4.4 earthquake, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration, while the third test in 2013 had a magnitude of 4.8. 


The regime claimed its latest nuclear test on Jan. 6 was a hydrogen bomb and violated United Nations Security Council resolutions. 


Analysts from other neighboring countries including China and Japan have also warned about a possible eruption in a few years, citing that they have observed abnormal activity and that areas near the volcano have been secreting sulfur dioxide, a volcanic gas. 


Temperatures in the nearby hot springs have also continued to rise. 


BY KIM SO-HEE [kim.sohee0905@joongang.co.kr]



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

November 7, 2018


Actress Jeon Hye Jin joining MOUNT PAEKDU Cast Line-up


Source: OSEN




Actress Jeon Hye Jin has confirmed to join the upcoming 2019 movie.


The actress who had appeared in movies such as The Terror Live, The Merciless, The Throne and recently tv drama Misty will play the role of a South Korean government official who is trying to prevent the explosion of Baekdu Mountain.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Actress Suzy joining 'Mount Baekdu' confirmed.. as wife of Ha Jungwoo's character.

Source OSEN



Actress Suzy will join the casts of the movie "Mount Baekdu". She will be the wife of Ha Jungwoo's character who's trying to stop eruption of Mount Baekdu volcano.


OSEN reporters confirmed that Suzy will join the movie 'Mount Baekdu' casts. Suzy will appear as the wife of Ha Jungwoo's character.


'Mount Baekdu' is the movie about people who's trying to stop the explosion of Mount Baekdu volcano. Kim Youngwha(Along with the gods) will be in charge of production, and Lee Haejoon  and Kim Byungseo dir will be co-directors. Lee Byunghun, Ma Dongsuk, Ha Jungwoo and Jeon Hyejin confirmed to be in this movie.


Lee Byunghun will do the role of North Korean agent who's trying to stop the eruption, while Ha Jungwoo will be South Korean agent and Ma Dongsuk will be scientist.


Suzy debuted as group Miss A on 2010, starred as heroin in the movie 'Architecture 101' which brought a fame to her as an actress. After that, she did the main role in drama 'Dream High', 'Uncontrollably Fond', 'While you were sleeping', got recognition for her strong acting skills. Currently she's filming drama 'Vagabond' with Lee Seungki. After filming drama, she'll join Mount Baekdu filming and continues her career as an actress. We expect to see her doing better in this movie.


Mount Baekdu filming plans to start on early 2019.


On 10/25/2018 at 1:11 AM, irilight said:

Thank you @rubie for starting this thread.

I will always watch just about anything with Lee Byung Hun and Ha Jung Woo.  So I look forward to this new project.

@Warren Lauzon, of course, I agree with you.  I wonder if there is either a translation error, or else some element(s) about the movie we do not yet know.  (I want to think that is the case...)


I, too agree with this but, haha, who knows what will happen in the movie land. 

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

December 26, 2018


Suzy Bae: Ha Jung Woo Questions Lee Min Ho's Ex's Casting On 'Baekdu Mountain'

By Jonnalyn Cortez Business Times (Photo: Sports Chosun)




Ha Jung Woo revealed there would be no "point" if Suzy Bae joined 'Baekdu Mountain' cast.


Earlier reports revealed Suzy Bae was in talks to play the role of Ha Jung Woo's wife in the upcoming movie, "Baekdu Mountain." But while talking about the film, the 40-year-old actor revealed there would be no "point" if the former Miss A member joined the cast.


In an interview for his movie "Take Point," Ha Jung Woo talked about his current and upcoming works for 2019. As the South Korean actor is often lined up to do action films, he was asked if he is also willing to do romance genres.


Ha Jung Woo admitted that he is "extremely interested" to do romance productions, but he often finds himself doing a different genre. "The latest movies these days or the productions I choose are all just the wrong types," he said that left to laughter, per All Kpop.


He also revealed that he had been continuously filming with all men. So as there are rumors that Suzy Bae will play the role of his wife in "Baekdu Mountain," he doubts if they will have a scene. "Even if Suzy were to be cast as the role of my wife, what's the point? We won't meet in the movie," Ha Jung Woo added.


Ha Jung Woo explained all of his scenes in "Baekdu Mountain" would be with Lee Byung Hun, from the beginning until the end. Different scenes in the film will take place in different places. If ever Suzy Bae joins the cast, her role would be left behind in Seoul, and he would be part of the rescue team going to the mountain.


Business Times previously reported Suzy Bae got the offer to play the role of Ha Jung Wife's in the upcoming movie "Baekdu Mountain." However, it has yet to be known if she would accept the role.


Suzy Bae's agency, JYP Entertainment, released a statement to address the news. "Although it is true that she received the offer, it is one of the projects she is reviewing," it said.


"Baekdu Mountain" tells the story of North Korea and South Korea's rescue team members as they brave the volcano's possible eruption. The group will try their best to prevent mass destruction from happening in the two countries.


Ha Jung Woo will play the role of a South Korean agent in "Baekdu Mountain." If ever Suzy Bae accepts the role, she will portray the character of his wife. Other stars that will join the film are Lee Byung Hun as a North Korean agent, Ma Dong Seok as a scientist, and Jeon Hye Jin as a South Korean government official.

  • Like 1

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

March 26, 2019


HanCinema's News

Dexter Studios Gets Six Million Dollars to Produce VFX for "Mt. Baekdu"

By William Schwartz HanCinema.net




The special effects for "Mt. Baekdu", the latest film starring Ha Jung-woo, Suzy, and Lee Byung-hun, will be handled by Dexter Studios. The contract is for seven billion won, or about six million dollars.

Dexter Studios is best known for their work on "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" and "Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days". Their other filmwork includes "1987: When the Day Comes", "The Pirates", and "Mr. Go". They also did special effects for the dramas "Hyde, Jekyll, and I" and "Splendid Politics".


A representative for Dexter Studios expressed pleasure at their having the opportunity to work on an original intellectual property. "Mt. Baekdu" began production in February of this year, and is expected to release around the holiday season.


Written by William Schwartz

  • Like 1

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

April 3, 2019 cuppa.gif


A coffee & snack truck sent to actor Ha Jung Woo at the filming set ~


Photos: Coffee Pong


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Coffee truck from Director Kim Yong Hwa (Caper Film) for the movie crew. [Google-translate]

Photo: PD COFFEE cuppa.gif


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

April 3, 2019

Ha Jung-woo Reveals Impressive Line-up for New Movies


Source: Nate via HanCinema.net




Actor Ha Jung-woo proved his love for his fans by telling them all his plans for his next movie.

Ha Jung-woo met his fans on the 30th of March and talked about his future movie plans and the line-up that was going to be involved.


His next film is of keen interest as it is Ha Jung-woo, a box-office surety that drew 100 million viewers. He's not just an actor, but a filmmaker as well so the release of many of the next lineups, not just one, has attracted public attention as well as industry insiders.


Ha Jung-woo announced his reunion with director Yoon Jong-bin from "Nameless Gangster". He claims he'll be working on a Netflix drama with him.


He mentioned his co-stars of "Boston 1947", director Kang Je-gyu's latest movie about a marathon runner led by the legendary coach Son Ki-jung played by Ha Jung-woo himself. Additional casts to the film are Im Si-wan and Bae Sung-woo.


Ha Jung-woo is working on the film "Mount Baekdu" with Lee Byung-hun, Suzy, and Ma Dong-seok until July, and "Closet" with Kim Nam-gil has confirmed the third week of August for its release. "Kidnapped", a film by Kim Seong-hun cranks in next year in 2020 and he'll be working with Joo Ji-hoon again.


Ha Jung-woo is a multi-tasker from actor to producer and artist and his has more plans for more work in the upcoming future. The scenario for a piece he was going to direct is complete but scheduling has resulted in someone else directing the film and actor Lee Sun-kyun is in his radar for casting.


There are many variables for a film to reach its release date and Ha Jung-woo's statements may not all be 100% accurate. However, it is an interesting fact that Ha Jung-woo, the leading actor of Chungmuro, just announced his year's plans as if making a brand announcement for his fans.

  • Like 1

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

The movie in good hands.. hoping for credible effects & even more incredible result.


April 23, 2019


S. Korean studio receives best visual effects award at Beijing film fest


SEOUL, April 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korean visual effects (VFX) house Dexter Studios said Tuesday that it has received the best visual effects award for the Chinese blockbuster "The Wandering Earth" at the Beijing International Film Festival.


The company scooped the prize jointly with other VFX studios behind the Chinese sci-fi movie, including More VFX and Pixomondo, during the closing ceremony of the eight-day festival Saturday.


"We were credited with our VFX techniques in the Chinese film market," said an official from Dexter, one of two film studios that contributed to the Korean box-office smash hit "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds."


Directed by Frant Gwo, "The Wandering Earth" is a doomsday film that portrays people pulling together to save the planet.


It hit South Korean screens on Thursday last week and had accumulated an audience of 15,398 as of Monday.


This image provided by Kidari Ent shows a scene from "The Wandering Earth." (Yonhap)

This image provided by Kidari Ent shows a scene from "The Wandering Earth." (Yonhap)



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Snack truck for actor Lee Byung Hun, sent by his fan club Rubeurs at the Mount Baekdu filming setwatermelon_slice_by_le_noodle.gif

Photos: Lee Deuk Kyu


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Not one.. but two food-trucks (1 snack,  1 coffee?) sent by Rubeurs to LeeByungHun at the Baekdusan filming set..


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

May 11, 2019 


Coffee & snacks sent to the filming set by CJ ENM CEO, Huh Min Ho ~


Photos: Kim Dae Ri cuppa.gif

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...