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


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
Kong Hyo-Jin ... 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)


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 »


Action | Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Did You Know?


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

The US DVD release by FOX contains two versions of the film on a flipper DVD. One side contains the heavily altered "MTV version" and the other side has the full Korean director's cut of the film which runs two hours. See more »


Referenced in Green Chair (2005) See more »


Gangsta Nation
Performed by Westside Connection (MTV English dub)
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A Live-Action Anime Flick From Korea
21 December 2002 | by rustyangel13See all my reviews

VOLCANO HIGH SCHOOL: You'll either LOVE or HATE this movie depending on what mood you're in when you watch it. But let's see, what exactly have we got here? This movie is like playing a video game on the hardest difficulty setting. It's just like standing in line for the premiere of a blockbuster motion picture. It's a front row seat at a Korean ROB ZOMBIE concert. It's a shot of whiskey without the chaser. Rough and rowdy, it's fast (oh yes!), it's furious (oh hell yes!), it's THE X-MEN meets THE MATRIX in high school. It's WHASANGO aka VOLCANO HIGH directed by KIM TAE-GYUN and it doesn't get any better than this! Leave your brain at the ticket booth and kick back for a supernatural Martial Arts CGI assault-fest on your senses for which there may NEVER be an equal to. Yet again, the Korean Cinema kicks the door open to the boundaries of film storytelling with an epic effort that has everything going for it. There's mucho action, wacky punk rock characters, hilarious "foreign" comedy, snazzy computer animated special effects, babe-o-licious Asian teen hotties, and a smack-you-in-the-mouth fight scene finale that borderlines pure unadulterated Kung-Fu Theatre bliss. It tells the tale of the student body of the infamous Volcano High who, after the "student-teacher war" have begun to adjust to a slightly normal education process. Of course, with students running around with extraordinary superhuman powers, it's never easy for the teachers to keep order in the classroom and the fact that whoever "runs" the school becomes the inheritor of the fabled "sacred manual of fighting techinques" means there's trouble brewing all the time. Enter the major cast of characters who are in competition for this award: Kim Kyung Soo (actor JANG HYUK), our main star and newest transfer student. Hak Rim aka Elegant Crane (actor KWAN SNAG-WOO), the current number one fighting champion. Chae-Yoo aka Icy Jade (actress SHIN MIN-A), the captain of the Kendo Club and Soh Yu (actress KONG HYO-JIN), her supra-sexy second in command. Jang Ryang aka Dark Ox (actor KIM SO-ROH), leader of the Weight Lifting Club. And Shimma (actor KIM HYEONG-JONG), orange haired head of the Rugby Team. This motley crew, together with a zany supporting cast of student followers, teachers, and principals, makes this extreme viewing pleasure all that more enjoyable. There's even a little love story for the chicks. And when things really heat up, the vice-principal calls in "The School 5: Masters of Suppressing School Wrongdoing" to handle the situation. And believe you me, those five can kick some major behind. But does the whole thing make any sense, you ask. NO! Does it have to? NO! It's simply mindless "eye-candy" entertainment for those interested in such fluff and if you think too hard about the actual story or plot, I do believe that your brain just may turn to mush. Everyone will certainly walk away from this film with a different take on it but for me, the benefits of seeing this flick not only satisfied my craving for another fix from the "exaggerated cinema" but gave me the wonderful opportunity to witness the existance of probably the sexiest girl in South Korea, the sultry Soh Yu with her nappy matted hair, permanent angry face, and super "take no shit" saucy attitude. And she can "GO" too. Too bad she didn't have a bigger part (with nude scenes) though. So, with all that being said, what are you still waiting on?! Go see this movie right now! In my opinion, no Asian DVD collection can be complete without it.

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