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Fighter in the Wind (2004) More at IMDbPro »Baramui paiteo (original title)

Fighter in the Wind -- Considered one of Korea's finest martial arts films, Fighter in the Wind follows the epic journey of Korean karate master, Masutatsu Oyama, as he travels across Japan owning fight after fight to become the greatest of all time.


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6 August 2004 (South Korea) See more »
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Formulaic, but fairly successful martial arts biopic See more (26 total) »


  (in credits order)
Dong-kun Yang ... Choi Bae-dal
Aya Hirayama ... Yoko
Masaya Katô ... Kato
Tae-woo Jeong ... Chun-bae

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 ... Circus Clown
Won-sik Kim ... Boy
Hyeok-jae Song ... Kendo Gosu
Myeong-haeng Heo ... Judo Gosu
Shinzo Hotta ... Kato's Father
Hiroshi Fujimaki ... Youth
Miyuki Kojima ... Manager Woman
Cheol-ho Yeom ... Flight School Instructor
Seong-oh Kim ... Flight School Instructor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Anselmo ... James' U.S. Army Friend (as David Joseph Anselmo)
Michael Frederick Arnold ... U.S. Army Military Police
Colin Ashton ... James
Jeong-tae Kim ... Yakuza
Kyeong-hee Kim ... Market Woman
Min-Young Park ... Harbor Woman in Kimono

Directed by
Yun-ho Yang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hak-ki Bang  comic book
Yun-ho Yang 

Produced by
Yong-bae Choi .... co-executive producer
Yong-il Jeong .... producer
Original Music by
Man-Sik Choi 
Cinematography by
Ok-Hyun Shin 
Film Editing by
Sun-duk Park 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sang-gi Lee .... assistant director
Sound Department
Yann Legay .... french dubbing recorder and mixer
Doo-hong Jung .... fight choreographer
Music Department
Samuel Potin .... score mixer (special edition)
Mas Oyama .... dedicated to

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Also Known As:
"Baramui paiteo" - South Korea (original title)
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South Korea:120 min
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This movie is based on the true life story of Choi Yeong-eui (who later changed his name to Masutatsu Oyama), the founder of Kyokushin Karate. Choi was born in South Korea in 1923, immigrated to Japan in 1938, and founded the Kyokushin Karate organization in 1953. Currently, Kyokushin Karate is practiced by more than 12 million practitioners in over 120 countries around the world.See more »
Chun-bae:Justice without power is empty and power without justice in only violence.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Karate Bullfighter (1977)See more »
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Formulaic, but fairly successful martial arts biopic, 23 June 2009
Author: refresh daemon from United States

Fighter in the Wind is a Corea-produced martial arts biopic about Masutatsu Oyama (born Choi Baedal), the ethnically Corean founder of Kyokushin karate. I actually went into this film bracing for the worst kind of nationalism that I often expect from Corean film when dealing with Japan, but was pleasantly surprised at how subdued it was. In addition to some limited, but kinetic fight sequences, Fighter in the Wind ends up being a mostly satisfying, if limited, portrait of a prominent figure of the martial arts world.

The fictionalized story covers the early portion of Oyama's life in Japan. While history shows that Oyama had actually trained in two schools of karate before developing his own technique, I imagine that much of the actual of events of his life were elided for both running time as well as nationalistic purposes, in re-centering Oyama as a Corean (perhaps to appeal to the Corean movie-going populace). In addition to watching Baedal/Oyama get beat up, beat people up and become a total badass, we also watch him make friends with another ethnic Corean (the vice-ridden best friend), develop a relationship with a Japanese woman, get schooled by a Zainichi karate instructor/circus troupe guard, and spend a chunk of time brutally training in solitude in the mountains.

The film follows a rather unsurprising approach that you can find in many martial arts films, following the hero's journey as he starts from a scrapping fighter, who gets beaten, learns and trains with a master and learned to use his skills for good and not selfish ambition, is forced to fight to protect someone, beats the big bad in the end. Yeah, totally formulaic since this film mostly fits the basic formula, but like many films before it, it works. You see the growth of Baedal/Oyama's character, you see his victory from rather rough beginnings and how he changes the lives of those around him. Basic biopic/hero-film stuff. But it's pretty well executed, so although it's nothing that's going to amaze you, at the same time, the character remains interesting enough to keep your attention, like any biopic. Unfortunately, most of the Japanese villains are painted with a rather broad near-mustache-twirling brush, so if you're looking for complexity in your story-telling, you won't find it here.

The fight scenes, while not plentiful, are kinetic and hard hitting, especially the montage as Oyama takes on school after school of Japan's elite fighters. It's fun to watch the different martial arts interact and it's hard not to root for Oyama's practical underdog style. Photography is pretty good, adapting to the different dramatic material well, while still seeming cohesive and the film doesn't tank in terms of sonic presentation. The acting was overall good, although sometimes I felt like Yang Donggun, who played Oyama, had a rather limited character to work with, but he still seemed to embody that rather simple determination with his posture, even if I had a hard time believing that his body was one of a brutally effective fighter.

I still have some issues with the probably nationalistically motivated fictionalizations to Oyama's life and the rather obvious bad-guy characterizations of the antagonists, but in terms of an engaging biopic, Fighter in the Wind actually manages to make it out okay--if you like martial arts. It's no visionary work of art, but a rather modestly put together biopic that tells the story of a man whose determination and courage led to greatness. These things work for a reason and Fighter didn't screw it up, even if it did nothing astounding. Good for martial arts fans and probably passable for everyone else. 7/10.

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