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WaSanGo (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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Cast

Credited cast:
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Kim, Kyeong-su
Min-a Shin ...
Yu, Chae-i
Su-ro Kim ...
Jang, Ryang
Sang-Woo Kwon ...
Song Hak-Rim
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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:
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Kim Kyeong-su (MTV English Dub) (voice) (as André 3000)
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Shimma (voice)
Hie-bong Byeon ...
Vice Principal Jang Hak-Sa
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Song Hak-lim (MTV English Dub) (voice)
Su-Jeong Eom
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So Yo-seon (MTV English Dub) (voice)
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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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Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence, some partial nudity and language | See all certifications »
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5 December 2001 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Hwasan Highschool  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$182,401 (Japan) (20 December 2002)
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Not too bad, but could do better
18 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

The main problem with Volcano High is that it is half an hour too long. I felt that the first half of the film worked pretty well. The plot was incoherent, but there was a sense of movement, and the tension was building well. But when the evil teachers turned up, and that naughty kid Ryang got beaten up (repeatedly), the film suddenly stopped moving.

For the first part of Volcano High's the action sequences were amiably ludicrous, but also fairly understated. People flew around but no one really cut loose. At the final confrontation, we were ready for a bit of visual hyperbole, and I was expecting something as mind-blowing as the finales to Storm Riders, or Swordsman II, but instead the film closed with a protracted and very dull punch-up.

Visually, though, Volcano High is tremendous. While the action was derivative of the Matrix, it struck me that the camerawork and choreography had more life and grace than in that film. The comedy was amiably goofy, and the actors were charismatic.

So, not a bad film, but I think that any other persons wishing to make wu xia high school comedies can improve the formula by applying more care and attention.


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