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Once Upon a Time in High School: The Spirit of Jeet Kune Do (2004)

Maljukgeori janhoksa (original title)
By "Fist of Fury", Kim Hyun-Soo (Sang-Woo Kwone) addicted to Bruce Lee. Year 1978. Hyun-Soo moved to KangNam, Seoul. Hyun-Soo transferred to JungMoon High, Maljuk Street, Kangnam, Seoul. He... See full summary »

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Ha Yoo (as Ha Yu)

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Ha Yoo (as Ha Yu)
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Credited cast:
Sang-Woo Kwon ... Hyeon-su
Lee Jung-Jin ... Woo-shik (as Jeong-jin Lee)
Ga-in Han ... Eun-ju
Hyo-jun Park Hyo-jun Park ... Hamburger
In-kwon Kim ... Jiksae (as Won-kwon Kim)
Jong-Hyuk Lee Jong-Hyuk Lee ... Jong-hun
Dong-won Seo ... Seong-hun
Byeong-chun Kim Byeong-chun Kim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ho-jin Chun ... Hyeon-su's Father (Cameo)
Bu-seon Kim
Yeong-im Kim Yeong-im Kim
Soo-Young Park Soo-Young Park ... Politics & Economics teacher
Han-seok Yang Han-seok Yang
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By "Fist of Fury", Kim Hyun-Soo (Sang-Woo Kwone) addicted to Bruce Lee. Year 1978. Hyun-Soo moved to KangNam, Seoul. Hyun-Soo transferred to JungMoon High, Maljuk Street, Kangnam, Seoul. He goes schooling by No.78 Bus. First day a senior male took Hyun-Soo's collar and made Hyun-Soo being punished inside JungMoon playground because of forgetting collar Hyun-Soo made friends with Kim Woo-Sik (Bruce Lee fan) and Hamburger. Hamburger always bring adult magazines to school and was always being found by the school soldiers. Hyun-Soo father had his own TaeKwonDo Dojo - his wish is to see Hyun-Soo being the top 5 in his JungMoon High class, and got himself promoted to University. One day inside #78 bus, Hamburger and Hyun-Soo met Kang Eun-Ju (EunYang Female High), a female Bruce Lee fan who looks like "Olivia Hussey", whose music favorites are Agaetha (ABBA) and Celsia Chan, Hyun-Soo began to fall in love with Eun-Ju. Hyun-Soo and Woo-Sik became rivals of Cha Jung-Hoon (Triad Head, JungMoon ... Written by darkfaceR

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Action | Drama | History

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Ga-In Han's movie debut. See more »

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Surprisingly good 'coming of age' movie
7 December 2005 | by davidstone28See all my reviews

Surprisingly good coming of age movie about a young adult / teenager in military school in South Korea, and the bullying, unrequited love, parental pressures etc that has to deal with. The movie gradually hooks you in - the characters are endearing and believable - and its surprisingly touching. There are some Blue Lee elements in it but isn't a "kung fu" movie. Although the film is set in Korea, its crosses cultures very easily - this could easily be a school in the US for example. If you want an intelligent, touching, coming of age movie with characters that you can relate to, and well as some occasional action to crank up the tension, this is well worth watching. 8/10


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

16 January 2004 (South Korea) See more »

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$5,271
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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