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Gangster High (2006)

Pongryeok-sseokeul (original title)
A group of friends form a soccer team and call themselves "Tigers". The group gets into a fight seniors at their school and other students begin to view them differently. One of the friends... See full summary »

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A group of friends form a soccer team and call themselves "Tigers". The group gets into a fight seniors at their school and other students begin to view them differently. One of the friends then becomes interested in the ex-girlfriend of a gang leader at another school. The "Tigers" soon find themselves in a gang war. Written by Nicholas Pacheco

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A dark, violent film with great action
11 January 2007 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I'm not going to lie, I admit that this film is the typical "high school gangster" film. The films that come to mind when I say "typical high school film" are probably Once Upon a Time in High School and Volcano High. But I guarantee you, this film is MUCH more violent and MUCH darker than both those films.

Park Ki-Hyung made his directorial debut with one of my favorite horror films of all time, Whispering Corridors. He also went on to film horror/thriller films like Secret Tears and Acacia. Now he has jumped on the bandwagon of Korean Cinema; violence.

In a VERY simple summary, this film is about a group of friends form a "gang" called Tigers, which was originally intended for soccer. But then, they start fighting and are being recognized as "fighters". Soon, a rival gang from a rival school starts picking on them. Not only that, but the main head of each gang is in love with the same girl. Typical, ain't it? But what made this film so great was:

1. Acting. The acting in this film was remarkable. Truly brings the emotions of the characters on screen, which is rarely seen in "high school" movies these days in Korean cinema.

2. The action scenes were well-choreographed, and there is plenty of action to keep the watcher satisfied.

3. The setting and atmosphere is almost PERFECT. From the very first scene in the film, the watcher will known in a *snap* that this film is dark.

So basically, this is a typical film that's very violent and dark with plenty of action. This film shows how a typical film can turn out to be very entertaining. Recommended to fans of action, but not recommended to the softies who can't take violence.


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