Hwasango (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Fantasy  |  5 December 2001 (South Korea)
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Violence in Korean High School, especially inside the WaSanGo (Volcano High). You won't be able to escape.


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Credited cast:
Kim, Kyeong-su
Min-a Shin ...
Yu, Chae-i
Su-ro Kim ...
Jang, Ryang
Song Hak-Rim
So, Yo-seon
Sang-hun Jeong ...
Hyeong-jong Kim ...
Shim, Ma
Shi-ah Chae ...
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
Su-Jeong Eom
So Yo-seon (MTV English Dub) (voice)
Mu-hyeon Lee


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

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


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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





Release Date:

5 December 2001 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Hwasan Highschool  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$129,641 (Hong Kong) (30 August 2002)


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

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Fun comic book action from Korea.
25 May 2006 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

With its comic-book style, eye-candy cast, spectacular visual effects and incredible martial arts wire-fu trickery, Volcano High is a disposable piece of action cinema that, if anything, never fails to be entertaining.

In a Korean high school in the near future, where gangs of students battle against each other for supremacy, the principal supposedly owns a secret manuscript which bestows upon the owner unlimited martial arts skills; naturally, there are those who wish to lay their hands upon the document.

Kim Kyung-soo is a delinquent student with incredible power and fighting skills who is transferred to Volcano High after being expelled from 8 previous schools. He is courted by the top gangs, but refuses to join them, preferring not to fight.

When the principal is poisoned, the school's top martial artist Song Hak-rim is framed for the deed. In fact, it is the Vice Principal who, along with Jang Ryang, leader of the weight-lifting club, has planned to dispose of the principal in order to get his paws on the manuscript; however, they are unable to find what they are looking for, so they call in reinforcements in the form of five leather clad teachers with supernatural powers.

Only Kim Kyung-soo has the power to stop the bad guys from completing their task, but will he join the fight and save the day? A little overlong at 122 minutes, Volcano High is nevertheless a stunning piece of cinema that possesses little in the way of emotive storytelling, but looks fantastic. Viewers are best advised to ignore the lightweight and nonsensical plot, but instead sit back and revel in the top-notch visuals: comic style transitions, lavish CGI enhanced fights, beautifully lit rain drenched settings and a good looking young cast.

*** This review is of the original uncut Korean version of the film. ***

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