Tube starts with a massive airport shoot-out, involving legions of bad guys and SWAT troops – and never pauses for breath: seemingly within seconds, a terrorist has booby-trapped a commuter train with explosives and a brash young cop is in hot pursuit. What follows is a string of set-pieces of escalating virtuosity and fiendish ingenuity. With its lean, pared-down style, relentless pacing and near-continuous score, this is one thriller that just keeps on going.
Baek Woon-hak went to university at the age of 26, driven by his passion to make film, and studied drama at Chung Ang University, making a name for himself by winning the best short film award at Shin Young Short Film Festival for his film BACKAHE. As a family man, he moved into advertising, becoming a producer at Daehong Communications in 1993. After the success of SHIRI, which he co-wrote, Baek Woon-hak made TUBE, his directorial debut.