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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 (as Jong-hyuk Lee)
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
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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South Korea

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Korean

Release Date:

16 January 2004 (South Korea) See more »

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very good, serious issues are addressed in a teen drama
27 January 2008 | by kasunproSee all my reviews

First i must say this movie is a very good movie for many reasons.Actually it reminds me of my high school days not so long ago(the strict disciplined boys' school,prefects,uniforms,short hair,physical punishment,fights,evening tutorial classes,uncertainty of future,deprivation of female contact ;)) The similarities are more because the story is set in the time period when south Korea was still developing as a country. I think its a universal issue because the students, as young adults are crushed by the pressure for survival, the uncertainty of their future and the cut throat competition for higher education and success.I think they are more common in developing countries.

And for action i must say that they have done a fantastic job.The last fight scene was a work of art(a realistic poem in motion plus the blood and the dirt). who said the hero must win without a scratch?(the last man standing wins)


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