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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:

Yoo Chae-i - Prettiest WaSanGo female student. 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 »

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 »

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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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Sheer brilliance from start to finish
22 October 2004 | by himboy32See all my reviews

Volcano High tells the story of Kim Kyung Soo, a high school student who has super natural powers, after he is expelled from his last school he is sent to 'Volcano High' a place where he thinks he'll be able to control his abilities with other students who have similar powers such as he.

Soon he locks horns with the school bully Jang Ryang while he tries to win the affections of the most beautiful girl in school. the gorgeous but deadly Jade, but another problem for Kim presents itself in the form of the five lords of discipline, five teachers who travel from school to school controlling the most unruly of students oh and they all have super natural powers also.

I LOVED this movie, I got such a kick out of watching it. Everything about this movie is great the acting,the action and sometimes even the script.

Watching this you'd think it was based on a Japanese manga comic but it isn't, the director Kim Tae-Gyun was heavily influenced by these comics and animated movies and set out to do a live action japanime movie and he was successful in every aspect.

Jang Hyuk who plays Kim does such a wonderful job in this role he is able to be a serious hard-ass one moment then straight away making himself look like a total goof.

A great highlight in the movie are the fight scenes, in my opinion they make good use of wire work and visual effects which is very reminiscent of movies such as 'The Storm Riders' or 'The Avenging Fist' The humour is some times lost in the translation which is to be expected if you don't speak Korean. This movie is one of the few which has been making Korean cinema more and more prolific over the past few years its up there with such other Korean gems as 'Friend' 'Bichunmoo' 'Musa' and 'Guns n Talks' I recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of Andrew Lau f/x laden fantasy epics or Japanime, you will not be disappointed.

I also recommend you try and pick up the Region 2 Premiere Asia DVD as it contains the best version(The 95 minute one) and also contains the cut footage and the second disc full of great extras.


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