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My Boss, My Hero (2001)

Doosaboo ilchae (original title)
When a young gang leader seems to be just a bit too stupid to effectively carry out his daily tasks--embarrassing his gang members and himself frequently--his superiors order him to go back... See full summary »

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When a young gang leader seems to be just a bit too stupid to effectively carry out his daily tasks--embarrassing his gang members and himself frequently--his superiors order him to go back to school for his high school diploma. Once situated in the school, posing as a 19-year-old, he soon learns that the school is even more corrupt and vicious a place to spend his days than in his gang. After he can't stand it any longer, he decides to stop playing "the innocent student" and unleashes his wrath on the place. Written by Leo Urbina

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'Volcano High' with added emotion
5 June 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Version: Korean audio, English subtitles.

I enjoy watching random Korean movies. I don't do it very often, but when I do, I come across such awesome movies like 'Volcano High'. Did I say 'Volcano High'? I meant 'My Boss, My Hero'.

Young gang leader Gye Do-shik (Jun-ho Jeong) finds that other Korean mob leaders don't take him seriously because he did not complete high school. Do-shik is then ordered by his boss to pose as a student and complete high school. He finds his new school rife with corruption, and he has the power to save his new friends but he won't stop in for fear of not finishing high school again.

'My Boss My Hero' is part action movie, part comedy, and part 'Volcano High' with a serious tone and more emotion. I watched this with some friends and they didn't agree with me comparing it to 'Volcano High' but there are elements of 'My Boss My Hero' that remind me of 'Volcano High'. Both have a similar story - although 'Volcano High' is much more outlandish - and both are spoofs on the action genre, even if 'My Boss, My Hero' frequently switches between fun and serious.

I can't really comment on the current state of the Korean education system, but considering 'My Boss, My Hero' and 'Volcano High', there must be a message in there between all the martial arts. When 'My Boss, My Hero' wants to be funny, it is very funny. As a spoof on action movies, it is entertaining, and the serious action scenes were compelling enough to keep me watching.

'My Boss, My Hero' is an entertaining action / comedy. It should appeal to fans of 'Volcano High' and maybe even 'Arahan', or Korean movie fans in general - 7/10


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