Hwasango (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Fantasy  |  5 December 2001 (South Korea)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 2,987 users  
Reviews: 54 user | 27 critic

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


Watch Trailer
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

Related News

Crows Episode 0
| The Hollywood Reporter

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 25 Oct 2011
list image
a list of 22 titles
created 10 May 2012
a list of 28 titles
created 15 Jul 2012
a list of 45 titles
created 12 Apr 2014
a list of 21 titles
created 1 month ago

Related Items

Search for "Hwasango" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Hwasango (2001)

Hwasango (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 Hwasango.



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of how Eun-jin (Eun-kyung Shin) became a legend in the South Korean underworld by defeating an army of gangsters.

Director: Jin-gyu Cho
Stars: Eun-Kyung Shin, Sang-Myeon Park, Jae-mo Ahn
Zu Warriors (2001)
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Between the heaven and the Earth exist the Zu's mountain range, where live the immortals of Omei, the highest mountain of Zu, but the kingdom is in danger by Amnesia, a renegade immortal ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Ekin Cheng, Louis Koo, Ziyi Zhang
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tae-su, a detective fighting organized crime, returns to his hometown for his high school friend Wang-jae's funeral. At the funeral, he meets his old friends Pil-ho, Dong-hwan and Seok-hwan... See full summary »

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
Stars: Jae-mo Ahn, Kil-kang Ahn, Richard Epcar
Arahan (2004)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a thief driving a motorcycle steals a purse of a pedestrian, the clumsy, naive and honest rookie policeman Sang-hwan runs after him, but the skilled specialist in martial arts Wi-jin ... See full summary »

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
Stars: Seung-beom Ryu, So-yi Yoon, Sung-kee Ahn
Woochi (2009)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jeon Woo-chi, an undisciplined womanizing Taoist from the Joseon era, ends up in present day Korea causing mayhem with his knack for magic.

Director: Dong-hoon Choi
Stars: Yun-seok Kim, Dong-won Kang, Jung-ah Yum
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

It's a high-kicking battle on the dark side when an ace vampire slayer and his beautiful sidekicks wage the ultimate martial-arts showdown with one of the most dangerous of the undead.

Directors: Dante Lam, Donnie Yen
Stars: Gillian Chung, Charlene Choi, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In-gu is a full-time gangster aspiring to be a full-time husband and dad. Shunned by his daughter and wife, his only goal is to live a quiet life with his family out in the country. But ... See full summary »

Director: Jae-rim Han
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Dal-su Oh, Il-hwa Choi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

During a turbulent time when political upheaval, rebellion, and invasion are coming to a head two swordsmen are caught up in a violent and bloody struggle to seize control of the country ... See full summary »

Director: Joon-ik Lee
Stars: Jeong-min Hwang, Seung-won Cha, Ji-hye Han
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Episodic saga from the first half of the 20th century follows Hero Hua from an ill-omened June day in his youth to a showdown 17 years later with a disaffected member of his martial-arts ... See full summary »

Director: Wai-Keung Lau
Stars: Ekin Cheng, Qi Shu, Kristy Yang
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

So-ha, a deadly female warrior, is sent to find a exiled prince after the Killer Blade Army killed the royal family.

Director: Young-jun Kim
Stars: Hyeon-jun Shin, So-yi Yoon, Seo-jin Lee
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After his students are killed by the One Armed Boxer, a vengeful and blind Kung Fu expert travels to a village where a martial arts contest is being held and vows to behead every one armed man he comes across.

Director: Yu Wang
Stars: Yu Wang, Tien Wu Chu, Kang Chin
The Warrior (2001)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops.

Director: Sung-su Kim
Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Sung-kee Ahn, Jin-mo Ju


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The first film of Sang-Woo Kwon, every KSW fans can't even miss it See more »


Action | Fantasy

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)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


André Benjamin's film debut. See more »


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


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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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. ***

4 of 4 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 Hwasango (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: