The Towering Inferno was a mega-hit back in 1974 as an all-star cast faced hell atop a 135-story skyscraper engulfed in flames. It took awhile, but Korean filmmaker Ji-hoon Kim has successfully pulled off a quasi-remake — at least with the same elements of people trapped on the upper floors of a skyscraper in flames — with his international box office hit, The Tower.
CJ Entertainment has a DVD edition of this life-and-death action drama planned for a domestic launch on July 2.
Kim hits all the right notes with personal stories (and rivalries) that bring the action down the human level combined with a series of well-staged action set-pieces revolving around first the origins of the fire (a helicopter stunt) and then the ever-growing menace itself. In Korean with English subtitles.
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