MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 17,160 this week

WaSanGo (2001)

6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 2,911 users  
Reviews: 54 user | 29 critic

Violence in Korean High School, especially inside the WaSanGo (Volcano High). You won't be able to escape.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


Related News

Crows Episode 0
| The Hollywood Reporter

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 10 Oct 2010
 
a list of 33 titles
created 25 Oct 2011
 
a list of 767 titles
created 08 May 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 10 Jan 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "WaSanGo" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: WaSanGo (2001)

WaSanGo (2001) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of WaSanGo.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Tha Eastsidaz (2000)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Snap, Crackle, and Pop are top dogs in the Eastsidaz gang in Long Beach. Pop, also known as Killa, is the alpha dog. He has Crackle and Snap set up a big drug deal that's going to put him ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Martin
Stars: Snoop Dogg, Darryl Brunson, Tray Deee
Boss'n Up (2005)
Musical | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

When Corde Christopher gets a visit from legendary pimp, he's delighted as he just happens to be broke. He gets sucked into a dangerous game of prostitution, money and murder and ends up ... See full summary »

Director: Dylan C. Brown
Stars: Snoop Dogg, Hawthorne James, Larry McCoy
Kiltro (2006)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Chilean brawler and stuntman Marko Zaror marks his emergence onto the international action scene with this fast-paced martial arts film about the leader of a small Chilean street gang who ... See full summary »

Director: Ernesto Díaz Espinoza
Stars: Marko Zaror, Caterina Jadresic, Miguel Angel De Luca
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Director: J. Jesses Smith
Stars: Tyrin Turner, John 'B.J.' Bryant, Clifton Powell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The film depicts the hollow lives of affluent thirty-something young urban professionals in Seoul. The protagonists are three childhood friends, each struggling with a compulsion: ... See full summary »

Director: S.K. Jhung
Stars: Dong-Hyuk Cho, Jong-min Baek, Myeong-hee Go
Maybe (2009)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This film is a story of May and En-seol. May returns to Seoul looking for her birth mother after 23 years of life as a Korean-American adoptee. En-seol is a taxi driver suffering from a ... See full summary »

Director: Jihong Ju
Stars: Seo-Hyeon Ahn, Hyeon-ik Baek, Tae-hyun Cha
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

By "Fist of Fury", Kim Hyun-Soo (Sang-Woo Kwone) addicted to Bruce Lee. Year 1978. Hyun-Soo moved to KangNam, Seoul. Hyun-Soo transferred to JungMoon High, Maljuk Street, Kangnam, Seoul. He... See full summary »

Director: Ha Yoo
Stars: Sang-Woo Kwon, Jung-Jin Lee, Ga-in Han
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A high school student develops a crush on her gym teacher.

Director: Tae-gyun Kim
Stars: Lee Do-Ah, Hyuk Jang, Bo Ah Jo
Gangster High (2006)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The film opens with Sang Ho being interrogated by a man, informing him that he is arrested for murder.To the man surprise Sang Ho says he belongs to a soccer club called the 'Tigers'.  The ... See full synopsis »

Director: Ki-hyeong Park
Stars: Kyung Ho Jung, Hie-jin Jang, Jin-woong Jo
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Tae-gyun Kim
Stars: Han-seon Jo, Dong-won Kang, Cheong-a Lee
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Ji-young Boo
Stars: Hyo-jin Kong, Min-a Shin, Se-eun Ahn
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Having taken the blame for an accident beyond his control, pilot Mike Hogan has been on administrative leave indefinitely; however when the airline is desperately short of staff, he is ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Cassar
Stars: Eric Roberts, Alexandra Paul, Anne Openshaw
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Kim, Kyeong-su
Min-a Shin ...
Yu, Chae-i
Su-ro Kim ...
Jang, Ryang
Sang-Woo Kwon ...
Song Hak-Rim
...
So, Yo-seon
Sang-hun Jeong ...
Golbangi
Hyeong-jong Kim ...
Shim, Ma
Shi-ah Chae ...
Yo-mi
Jun-ho Heo ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Kim Kyeong-su (MTV English Dub) (voice) (as André 3000)
...
Shimma (voice)
Hie-bong Byeon ...
Vice Principal Jang Hak-Sa
...
Song Hak-lim (MTV English Dub) (voice)
Su-Jeong Eom
...
So Yo-seon (MTV English Dub) (voice)
Edit

Storyline

This year is the 108th anniversary of the Korean high School "WaSanGo" (Volcano High). Principal hides himself with "Secret Manuscript" which every WaSanGo student wants to take from principal... Kyang-Soo Kim (Jang Hyuk) fell asleep in physics lessons when teacher writes X and turn to Kyang-Soo. Teacher threw chalk to Kyang-Soo but Kyang-Soo stop the chalk and push the chalk to trap teacher at blackboard, and was being expelled from his 8th high school. Kyang-Soo farewell with his friends and reach WaSanGo, his 9th high school. Kyang-Soo was shocked by the brilliant martial skills of the WSG students. Kyang-Soo first met "Dark Oxen" Jang-Rhang. Kyang-Soo also met the prettiest girl "Yoo Chae-I", "Icy Jade", in WaSanGo. Kyang-Soo get inside the school corridor and met "Tea Expert" Hak-Rim(Sang-Woo Kwone). Hak-Rim finish tea bottle and handed to vice-principal (principal is absent) to let principal to taste his made tea leaves. Lunch time, a WSG student was eating "Fujian ToFu". ... Written by Despoina

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Who is the final WaSanGo student to get principal's Secret Manuscript? See more »

Genres:

Action | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence, some partial nudity and language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

5 December 2001 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Hwasan Highschool  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$56,837 (Japan) (20 December 2002)

Gross:

$182,401 (Japan) (20 December 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

André Benjamin's film debut. See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #31.10 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Salt Shaker
by Ying Yang Twins (MTV English dub)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
School Of Hard Knocks ... and Harder Fights!
9 June 2004 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

VOLCANO HIGH is cool in a way that surpasses cool.

Kyeong-su Kim (Hyuk Jang) is a bad student, one who's been shuffled from school to school eight times before as his rebellious nature has forced him to shun any attempt at conformity. However, his ninth school -- Volcano High -- presents a curious dilemma: the teachers have conspired in a pursuit against the principal and the students to acquire the school's Great Manuscript, a document which promises to give its owner the ultimate power in the universe. A scheming vice-principal manages to overpower the principal, but the secrets of the manuscript still elude him. Now, in order to glean the secrets from the pupils -- all of them equipped with their own special gifts -- who know it best, the man brings in a virtual hit squad of teachers: black-leather-trench-coating wearing thugs who'll stop at nothing to instill discipline even at the cost of death.

Yes ... Kyeong-su Kim is a bad student, but he's finally found the right school to call 'home.'

VOLCANO HIGH owes much to traditional anime as much as it owes to trend-setting films like THE MATRIX. While not completely derivative, it also functions like a kung-fu version of the X-MEN films, assuming that the story focused more on the academy and its students. The special effects -- Kim's unique ability to harness wave energy and manipulate water -- are absolutely top notch, and, arguably, are even better than what comes out of Hollywood for the average science fiction film.

Movies like VOLCANO HIGH -- martial arts, action, coming-of-age, supernatural -- are never really about the script. Rather, the story only serves as a vehicle to deliver some reasonably well-founded (or, at least, acceptable) characterizations along with dazzling visual effects. The wire-fu featured in the film (from the opening fight between Kyeong-su and other students all the way until the climactic showdown between right and wrong) is absolutely spectacular, often times encompassing an entire 360-degree effect. Mr. Ma (the most evil teacher) manipulates wave energy, utilizing it to hurl people and objects out of his way, in an entirely convincing fashion. Also, the aforementioned ability of Kyeong-su to capture and control water is nothing short of exceptional.

Also, VOLCANO HIGH is the type of motion picture that requires, to a certain extent, leaving your brain at the door. Suspend your disbelief throughout the film, and it's pure visceral fun ... harmless cotton-candy pictures for the young-at-heart. There isn't a deep, meaningful message to the script: this is a battle of good versus evil, and it's fought on terms that the average movie-goer (18 - 35 years old) should revel in.

Besides all of that, the last twenty minutes -- a spectacular showdown between Kyeong-su and Mr. Ma hurling energy balls from their fingertips at one another -- will blow your mind.


10 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
American Version Vaizard
Hakrim REFMan14
kim's name xris2001
A Prelude to Volcano High! wildcat5680
To be shown on MTV? Rising_Zan
Chinese text on documents? Rising_Zan
Discuss WaSanGo (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?