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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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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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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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Trivia

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 »

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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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My kind of martial arts movie
2 October 2002 | by Shiva-11See all my reviews

Volcano High

By Greg Ursic

Being the best at something is great (or so I hear): you get to bathe in the limelight, be adored by legions, and quite possibly get loads of cash. But whether you're the heavyweight boxing champ or king of the tiddly-winks set, there's one annoying downside - someone is always trying to knock you off your throne. Throw superpowers into the mix and things get even more complicated.

Expelled yet again for fighting, Kyeong-su Kim is transferred to Volcano High, a cross between Hogwarts and Xavier's school for gifted children: the students possess a stunning range of martial and mental skills. Unfortunately for Kyu, who has sworn off fighting, he finds himself caught between warring sports clubs vying for control of the school and a secret book of magic. And as the powerful new kid everyone wants Kyeong-Su on their team or out of the way. And you thought your high school was tough.

From the opening sequence with its pounding score and action teaser you know that this film is going to be a lot of fun. Boasting a retinue of strutting characters with pompous sounding names, hilarious slapstick, physical humor, strong female roles, leather clad villains, intricate, over-the-top Matrix-style wire work and great CGI, this film offers the martial arts aficionado everything they could want. There's even a fleshed out subplot that addresses the rote style learning and nonconformist obedience typical of old-style Asian schooling. But I digress. The fight sequences are carefully parsed out, leaving the viewer wanting for more, but the payoff is well worth the wait - the final showdown has the best combination of choreography/visual effects/mood/scoring that I've seen in a film in this genre.

My only concern was that the subtitles were very dim and placed low on the screen making them difficult to read. Unless you're trying to make notes like I was, this won't be a big problem.

If you like your martial arts films loud and flashy (and who doesn't?), this is one you definitely want to see on the big screen. I'm already waiting for the sequel.

P.S. I hear that Resurrection of the Little Match Girl is even better!


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