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Rikidozan: A Hero Extraordinary (2004)
"Yeokdosan" (original title)

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The life of Korean-born wrestler Rikidozan, who, after being barred from Japanese wrestling because of his ethnic origins, became a sensation in the United States in the 1950s.

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Rikidozan
Miki Nakatani ...
Aya
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Takeo Kanno
Masato Hagiwara ...
Yuzuru Yoshimachi
Masakatsu Funaki ...
Mashahiko Imura
Keiji Mutô ...
Harold Sakata
Cheol-min Park ...
Kim Myon-Gil
Jun-ho No ...
Kim Il - Kintaro Ohki
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Jun Akiyama ...
Kokichi Endo
Dae-Sung Choi
Denden
Delcea Mihaela Gabriela
Makoto Hashi
Shinya Hashimoto ...
Azumanami
Munenori Iwamoto ...
Kenichi Tamura
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The life of Korean-born wrestler Rikidozan, who, after being barred from Japanese wrestling because of his ethnic origins, became a sensation in the United States in the 1950s.

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Loved it for so many reasons beyond the film itself.
24 October 2005 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

I got to watch Kim Il wrestle in Korea as a little boy and then when I came to America I was hooked on all the wrestling I could get on my TV and cable through the years. I wish I was alive back in those days to see Rikdozan in the U.S.

I remember hearing about the legend of Yeokdosan from my friend's father as he told me of his divine Karate chop and how he was assassinated by jealous Yakuza men for his Korean ancestry. I just marveled like a little boy as I listened to him describe the great Legend wide eyed and impressionable. Almost two decades later I waited with anxious breath to finally see the movie based on this man and boy was I hooked. I must have watched it 10 times already. I have to admit it was more for the story of the man than for the movie itself. Props to Sol Kyung-Gu for gaining weight and jumping into Japanese language for the role of his life.

Can't say enough how I was moved by his refusal to accept defeat no matter what the powers that be would order him to do. Yeokdosan-A man who achieved greatness while having the odds stacked against him in nations other than his own back in those days? Priceless. I am humbled.

Can we get an Eddie Guerrero film as well?


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