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Arahan (2004)

Arahan jangpung daejakjeon (original title)
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As a dorky cop falls in with five Tao masters who admire his c'hi, an ancient foe comes looking for them all.

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Sang-hwan
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Wi-jin
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Ja-woon
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Heuk-woon
Ju-sang Yun ...
Mu-woon
Ji-yeong Kim ...
Banyagain
Yeong-In Kim ...
Monk Bong Su-nim
Chan-gi Baek ...
Sul-woon
Yun-bae Park ...
Police Sgt. Choi
Jae-man Kim ...
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Won Lee ...
Sun-dong
Dae-yeon Lee ...
Yoon Jeon-soo
Dong Joo Kim ...
Sang-hwan's Mom
Kyeong-ae Kim ...
Mature Lady Fruit Seller
Soon-chul Yoo ...
Heuk-woon (Elderly Man)
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When a thieving cyclist steals a purse from a pedestrian, clumsy, naive yet honest rookie policeman Sang-hwan gives chase, but it's the skilled specialist in martial arts, Wi-jin, who captures the criminal while severely injuring Sang-hwan. She brings Sang-hwan to her home, where five Masters of Tao heal him and find that he has a powerful c'hi (spiritual energy of the universe). He could be a powerful warrior. As Sang-hwan begins training to ascend to the level of a Maruchi (male Tao Master), the evil, ancient and ambitious Heuk-woon, accidentally released from his imprisonment, awakens. The powerful Heuk-woon attacks the masters, searching for a key that they protect, which would permit him to become an Arahan and dominate the world. When the masters are defeated, Sang-hwan and Wi-jin are the only and last hope of mankind. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / edited by statmanjeff

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Urban martial arts versus an ancient evil.

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Ja-woon: We have long called enlightened male masters Maruchi and women masters Arachi. Maruchi and Arachi, between mortals and the enlightened, were entrusted with the key to attain the state of Arahan. Arahan is an enlightened state when one has nothing more to learn. To be enlightened on the principles of all creation also means you have the power to rule over the world. Such power may create desire that leads to huge sacrifice, so the Seven Masters kept it a secret from anyone else.
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Kung Fu
Written (song and lyrics) by Lee Seung-bok
Performed by Kim Hyeong-gyu, Lee Seung-bok, Lee Ho-joon (f. Rec-Roc)
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Fun, Action and Special-Effects
5 July 2004 | by (Zürich - Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I had a chance to view this film during the NIFFF 2004 (Neuchatel International Fantasy Film Festival) in Switzerland. Far Eastern Films are very popular this days (at least in Europe) and offer a different way of telling stories than the big US-productions. The naive downtown policeman Sang Hwan helps the good and punishes the bad. He is discovered b a martial art master and trained to unleash the powers within him, in order to fight the ultimate evil Heung Un and save the world. This South-Korean film is combining humor, action and special effects a little bit in the tradition of Jackie Chan-films. "Arahan" is based on a Korean cartoon. 3 out of 5 *


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