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Volcano High (2001)

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

Director:

Tae-gyun Kim
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Credited cast:
Jang Hyuk ... Kim, Kyeong-su
Shin Min-a ... Yu, Chae-i
Soo-Ro Kim Soo-Ro Kim ... Jang, Ryang (as Su-ro Kim)
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
Joon-ho Huh ... Mr. Ma (as Jun-ho Heo)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
André 3000 ... Kim Kyeong-su (MTV English Dub) (voice)
Big Boi ... Shimma (voice)
Su-Jeong Eom Su-Jeong Eom
Byun Hee-Bong ... Vice Principal Jang Hak-Sa (as Hie-bong Byeon)
Lil Jon ... Jang Ryang (MTV English Dub) (voice)
Kelis ... So Yo-seon (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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Who is the best WaSanGo Martial expert? 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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Trivia

André 3000's film debut. See more »

Alternate Versions

MTV productions and infamous studio Distant Horizons produced an English dub of this movie in which all of the voices are dubbed by American rap stars (including Snoop Dogg and Method Man). This version contains heavy amounts of alterations. It contains an entirely revamped storyline that was created with completely new dialog (that bears no resemblance to the original dialog), totally reshuffled scenes, and around 40 minutes cut out. See more »

Connections

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

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Performed by Youngbloodz and Lil Jon (2003 MTV English dub)
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see it twice
20 November 2004 | by suneurthSee all my reviews

I felt kinda disappointed when I first saw this, but must admit after seeing it a second (and third) time, that it is actually relatively consistent, in the same way that a manga comic might be utterly confusing, but in the end, after thorough investigation make sense.

The argument evolves around this though, whether it is relevant to make an action fling that requires for you to see it two or three times, before grasping the basic content. Hak-rim is falsely accused of poisoning the head-master of the school, but actually it's Jang Ryang and the vice-head-master (is it called that, I haven't got a dictionary here) who conspired to put Hak-Rim and the head-master out of action in a devious and cunning stroke, because they want the scroll for them selves.

The entire story evolves around this secret scroll, that will end something by doing something which is never quite clear, but the box for the scroll is empty. Suspense! and then enters the school-fiver, five awesome guys who have real ultimate power. and their leader says: "tell a lion that has never seen a mouse, that the mouse is dangerous, and he will lie sleepless. But it will be a weak lion that scares that easily." So, what he says is that there is no scroll. But then he says that there IS a scroll, and then they all fight.

The first 4/5 of the film is great fun. Monumental scenes, for example Jang Ryang getting on his knees for icy jade, to the sound of cheesy '60 rockabilly, will stand till kingdom come, but there are major holes, and basically the storyline is to badly told, though interesting if you take your time. last 5th is too long. like this comment.


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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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$268,489
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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