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Choi Bae-dal
Aya Hirayama ...
Yoko
Masaya Katô ...
Kato
Tae-woo Jeong ...
Doo-hong Jung ...
Beom-su
Seong-min Park ...
Ryoma
Sachiko Kokubu ...
Ryoma's Wife
Fuuma Kosaka ...
Tomoya
Mayu Sonoda ...
Setsu
Ji-woong Choi ...
Yakuza Boss
Ha Sang-Won ...
Yakuza
Han-garl Lee ...
Miwa
Han-sol Lee
Hisao Maki ...
Martial Arts Association Elder
Seong-hwan Koo ...
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A young Korean man arrives in Japan near the end of World War II with hopes of being a fighter pilot, but ends up on the streets battling racism, organized crime, occupying American servicemen, and his own fear of failure as a martial artist. (Korean with English subtitles)

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Korean pop singer and actor Rain (IV) was initially cast for the lead role of Choi Bae-dal, but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

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Chun-bae: Justice without power is empty and power without justice in only violence.
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Version of Kyokuskin kenka karate burai ken (1977) See more »

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Good and serious karate movie (though a bit light on actual fighting)
18 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was impressed and satisfied with Fighter In The Wind. Most martial arts movies tend not to be very serious, but in terms of grit and realism, this was one of the few martial arts movies that maintained complete seriousness throughout.

Apparently, it is biographical of a real karate master, which I didn't realize until the end. It is also apparently based on a comic book version of the story, which in hindsight is easy to see in the colorful and visually well-arranged cinematography. Many different environments, landscapes and buildings are encountered in the course of the story, and they are all beautifully presented. The director is a master at his craft.

Baedal's geisha girlfriend, played by Aya Hirayama, is absolutely stunningly beautiful, and the movie is worth watching just for her. But it is a good movie in its own right, with a good portrayal of the Korean minority in Japan just after World War II. Although parts of the story and characters lack depth, I do find the movie generally satisfying, except in one respect: As the other commentators point out, it doesn't have a great deal of fighting, and the fights it does have are brief and relatively unimpressive - all the more so because Baedal apparently doesn't use any specific style. It doesn't ring true, either, that he gets to challenge every kind of martial arts school, from karate to judo and others. Would such schools accept challenges from someone with such an unspecific fighting style? I doubt it. But, I'm no expert on this.

In any case, despite these flaws, I think the overall style of the movie is very well made, and I enjoyed it a lot. I'd definitely recommend it to any fan of martial arts and action movies.

My rating: 7 out of 10.


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