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Violence in Korean High School, especially inside the WaSanGo (Volcano High). You won't be able to escape.

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Tae-gyun Kim
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hyuk Jang ... Kim, Kyeong-su
Min-a Shin ... Yu, Chae-i
Su-ro Kim Su-ro Kim ... Jang, Ryang
Sang-Woo Kwon ... Song Hak-Rim
Hyo-Jin Kong ... So, Yo-seon (as Hyo-jin Kong)
Sang-Hoon Jung Sang-Hoon Jung ... Golbangi (as Sang-hun Jeong)
Hyeong-jong Kim Hyeong-jong Kim ... Shim, Ma
Shi-ah Chae Shi-ah Chae ... Yo-mi
Jun-ho Heo ... Mr. Ma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
André Benjamin ... Kim Kyeong-su (MTV English Dub) (voice) (as André 3000)
Big Boi ... Shimma (voice)
Hee-Bong Byun Hee-Bong Byun ... Vice Principal Jang Hak-Sa (as Hie-bong Byeon)
Su-Jeong Eom Su-Jeong Eom
Sung-ha Jo Sung-ha Jo ... Korean Language Teacher
Lil Jon ... Jang Ryang (MTV English Dub) (voice)
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Storyline

This year is the 108th anniversary of the Korean high School "WaSanGo" (Volcano High). Principal hides himself with "Secret Manuscript" which every WaSanGo student wants to take from principal... Kyang-Soo Kim (Jang Hyuk) fell asleep in physics lessons when teacher writes X and turn to Kyang-Soo. Teacher threw chalk to Kyang-Soo but Kyang-Soo stop the chalk and push the chalk to trap teacher at blackboard, and was being expelled from his 8th high school. Kyang-Soo farewell with his friends and reach WaSanGo, his 9th high school. Kyang-Soo was shocked by the brilliant martial skills of the WSG students. Kyang-Soo first met "Dark Oxen" Jang-Rhang. Kyang-Soo also met the prettiest girl "Yoo Chae-I", "Icy Jade", in WaSanGo. Kyang-Soo get inside the school corridor and met "Tea Expert" Hak-Rim(Sang-Woo Kwone). Hak-Rim finish tea bottle and handed to vice-principal (principal is absent) to let principal to taste his made tea leaves. Lunch time, a WSG student was eating "Fujian ToFu". ... Written by Despoina

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Taglines:

Take your breath away - visit WaSanGo See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence, some partial nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

5 December 2001 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Hwasan Highschool See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Korean, Japanese and US versions have different soundtracks. First two have rock music, the US edition done by MTV has hip hop artists. See more »

Alternate Versions

International version runs ca. 20 min. shorter compared to the original South Korean release which runs two hours. This version was used for release in territories such as England and Hong Kong. See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #31.10 (2004) See more »

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Gangsta Nation
Performed by Westside Connection (MTV English dub)
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It Sure Beats The High School I Went To!
11 February 2003 | by Jordan-MSee all my reviews

"Volcano High" takes every Anime high school cliche ever made and slaps them all together in a two hour extravaganza of amazing special effects, side-splitting humor, and an intentionally overacting cast. The result is cinematic perfection.

The main story is about Kim Kyeong-Su, a young man who seems to get into fights no matter where he goes - causing him to be kicked out of 8 schools previous to Volcano High. This is his ninth and final chance at success, so he can't afford to mess up. Unfortunately for Kim, Volcano High is a school that thrives on fighting - and Kim, being the new guy, is prime choice. Because of this, he spends a lot of the time getting his hindside handed to him. Once a conspiracy to overthrow the principal and introduce capital punishment to the student body comes into play, Kim realizes he can no longer stand by and let things unravel this way. Therefore, he decides to join the other students in a battle against the newly hired teachers designed to wipe out all of the fighters at Volcano High...

Which is where we, the unwitting audience, bear witness to some of the most insane battles ever displayed on film. The final battle has to be seen to be believed - but that's all I'm going to say! I leave it up to you to watch the movie for yourself. Trust me, it's hard to find, but worth the effort... Especially Hyo-jin Kong as So Yo-Seon!

"Volcano High" ranks up quite high in my list of favorites. See it for yourself, and discover if you feel the same way!


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