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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 »
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Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
Doo-hong Jung .... fight choreographer
 
Music Department
Samuel Potin .... score mixer (special edition)
 
Thanks
Mas Oyama .... dedicated to
 

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Also Known As:
"Baramui Fighter" - South Korea (original title)
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South Korea:120 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Chun-bae:Justice without power is empty and power without justice in only violence.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Karate Bear Fighter (1977)See more »
Soundtrack:
BalamSee more »

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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
fighting masterpiece Korean style, 14 October 2004

'Paramui Paito (Fighter in the Wind) is based on the events in the life of legendary Korean martial artist Choi Bae-dal. Or more precisely, the film is based on the comic book based on the martial artist's life _ a difference that can be felt throughout this entertaining but factually suspect movie.

The first of a handful of local films about famous Koreans who lived during the Japanese occupation period, ''Fighter in the Wind tells of the early part of Choi¡¯s life, how he sneaked into Japan in the late 1930s in hopes of becoming a pilot, joined the martial arts community there, and after training by himself in the mountains for 18 months, came down to become the top fighter of that country.

The film offers a seemingly sentimentalized version of the same story, especially playing up the outsider aspect of Choi's experiences, of his being a Korean in Japanese society. Given the story's xenophobic elements, which include evil yakuzas exploiting Koreans, it will be interesting to see how a Japanese audience responds to the film when it gets released there as planned.

''Fighter¡¯s best moments hint at the moral complexity of films like ''Raging Bull,¡¯¡¯ Martin Scorcese¡¯s boxing masterpiece. At first, Choi¡¯s motivation to become Japan¡¯s best seems to be connected to righting injustices felt by Koreans in Japan, but as he travels to martial arts schools enduring punishment after punishment, it becomes less clear as to what he is trying to prove.

But such insights are all too brief in the film, which is so heavy on the melodrama and action that it's difficult to take too seriously. By the end, the story resembles a kung fu film from Hong Kong, complete with a geisha girlfriend (Ara Hirayama), who tries to turn Choi into a lover not a fighter, and elder statesmen of the Japanese martial arts community who will go to any lengths to keep a Korean from becoming Japan's best. It's not the most inventive of plots, but the film keeps it entertaining throughout.

Singer and actor Bi (Rain) was initially cast for the lead role of Choi but had to pull out due to schedule conflicts. It¡¯s a good thing too, for the rail-thin pop singer wouldn¡¯t have been able to take the physical punishment the role required.

Instead, we get Yang Dong-geun, a burly actor who plays the part to near perfection. It¡¯s refreshing to see this young and talented actor take on a substantial role for a change, and he brings to ''Fighter the necessary savagery and physical presence to make it work.

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