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Movie about Asian tsunami shuns ‘disaster’ label

Movie about Asian tsunami shuns 'disaster' label

Eight years after the devastating 2004 tsunami.

British actors Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star in a film recounting the tragedy through the eyes of a tourist family caught up in the tidal wave.

But the Spanish director of “The Impossible” insisted that the film — which starts with a spectacular recreation of the huge wall of water crashing onto a beachfront resort — is far from a typical “disaster movie.”

“Even if the film tells the story in a very direct way, the conclusions it comes to are very complex, more complex than those usual with disaster movies,” Juan Antonio Bayona told AFP.

The earthquake-triggered tsunami on December 26, 2004 killed some 230,000 people around the Indian Ocean, including large numbers of tourists caught in the resorts of Thailand and other Southeast Asian nations.

The movie is due out in the United States on December 21 and elsewhere over the next few months. It already opened in Spain and has screened at a number of film festivals, including in Los Angeles.

In the Spanish-financed movie, based on the real story of a Spanish family and filmed in the south of the country, McGregor and Watts play a couple on holiday with their children in Thailand, and separated when the tsunami hits.