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

Maljukgeori janhoksa (original title)
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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... 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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Cast

Credited cast:
Sang-Woo Kwon ... Hyeon-su
Jung-Jin Lee ... 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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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

16 January 2004 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spirit of Jeet Kune Do See more »

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brilliant, emotional, thought provoking piece of cinema
7 June 2013 | by Jqn_HgarSee all my reviews

Once Upon a time in high school is a very good film despite the horrible title, it takes place in Seoul 1978, Hyeon-Su a Bruce lee fan whose father is a Tae Kwon Do coach moves to a new military school where he meets Hamburger a classmate who sells pornography in order to make a buck and Woo-Shik a trouble maker who is also a Bruce lee fan. along the way our protagonist is faced with bullying, but thanks to Woo-Shick he manages to avoid trouble because the latter is a nut case who roots for violence, and the tyranny of the high school regime. this may make the movie look sad but it's not, well it's not exactly funny but the characters had great fun together for instance in one scene the three friends were partying in a disco and hamburger was hitting on a girl and he was being rude unfortunately for him she was a Tae Kwon Do champ so i don't need to tell you what happened to him. on top of all that this movie has a great love story between the Shy Hyeon-Su and the very beautiful Eun-Ju, but she becomes Woo-Shik's girlfriend which will complicate their friendship, i personally think(IMHO) that this is one of the best love stories i have ever seen in film history, it felt realistic(maybe because i met my first love just like Hyeon-Su did). The writing was very clever it manages to keep you entertained and at the same time emotionally moved with well developed characters and the relationship between them, the actors did a great job not even a single one of them failed to deliver his character besides they had a good chemistry together that they make you feel like you are living near them. Overall this is a movie not to be missed,it can be described as a movie for all tastes, there's enough fights to call this film an action film but don't expect something like Takashi Miike's underrated high school fight club flick Crows Zero (1+2).


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