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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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Yun-ho Yang
Hak-ki Bang (comic book)
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Release Date:
6 August 2004 (South Korea) See more »
A young Korean man arrives in Japan near the end of World War II with hopes of being a fighter pilot... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Good and serious karate movie (though a bit light on actual fighting) See more (28 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Baramui paiteo" - South Korea (original title)
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South Korea:120 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
BalamSee more »


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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Good and serious karate movie (though a bit light on actual fighting), 18 January 2005
Author: sarastro7

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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