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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-hun Jeong Sang-hun Jeong ... Golbangi
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
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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Taglines:

Violence inside Korean schools, especially 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 American version of the film was released in late 2003 by MTV and featured the voices of: · Andre 3000 as Kim Kyung-soo. · Lil' Jon as Jang Ryang. · Mya as Yoo Chae-yi (renamed Jade). · Snoop Dogg as Song Hak-rim. · Method Man as Mr. Ma. · Pat Morita as Vice Principal Jang Hak-sa (renamed Ko). · Big Boi as Shimma. · Kelis as So Yo-seon (renamed Song). · Tracy Morgan as Woo-pin. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Noksaek uija (2005) See more »

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Salt Shaker
Performed by Ying Yang Twins (MTV English dub)
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Good fun for the fun-loving
24 June 2004 | by mike painesSee all my reviews

I can understand why this film splits viewers into those who either love it-to-death or those who despise it. To properly enjoy Volcano High, you will need to relax, loosen up and dig up some old skool memories.

Considering this is primarily a fun film, main and periphery characters are well portrayed, and there's a lots of subtle comedy and bombastic drama to keep anyone with a developed sense of humour happy.

However, if you love martial arts movies, you will be disappointed - the martial arts is spread pretty thin. Although Volcano High is Korean, it appears to have gone the way of recent Hong Kong kung fu films, in that choreography is either obscured or entirely replaced by CGI effects. However, the special effects and acting are top-notch, Hyuk Jang especially evoking both sniggers and respect.

Well made and good fun if you don't take your movie-watching too seriously. If, however, you want something a bit more substantial from Korea, try Musa or Shiri.


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