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Arahan (2004)

Arahan jangpung daejakjeon (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy | 30 April 2004 (South Korea)
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As a dorky cop falls in with five Tao masters who admire his c'hi, an ancient foe comes looking for them all.

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Seung-wan Ryoo

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Ji-hie Eun, Hae-Young Lee (as Hae-yeong Lee) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Seung-bum Ryoo ... Sang-hwan (as Seung-beom Ryu)
So-yi Yoon ... Wi-jin
Sung-Ki Ahn ... Ja-woon (as Sung-kee Ahn)
Doo-hong Jung Doo-hong Jung ... Heuk-woon
Ju-sang Yun Ju-sang Yun ... Mu-woon
Kim Jee-Young Kim Jee-Young ... Banyagain (as Ji-yeong Kim)
Yeong-In Kim Yeong-In Kim ... Monk Bong Su-nim
Chan-gi Baek Chan-gi Baek ... Sul-woon
Yun-bae Park Yun-bae Park ... Police Sgt. Choi
Jae-man Kim Jae-man Kim ... Gang Member
Won Lee Won Lee ... Sun-dong
Dae-yeon Lee Dae-yeon Lee ... Yoon Jeon-soo
Dong Joo Kim Dong Joo Kim ... Sang-hwan's Mom
Kyeong-ae Kim Kyeong-ae Kim ... Mature Lady Fruit Seller
Soon-cheol Yoo Soon-cheol Yoo ... Heuk-woon (Elderly Man) (as Soon-chul Yoo)
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When a thieving cyclist steals a purse from a pedestrian, clumsy, naive yet honest rookie policeman Sang-hwan gives chase, but it's the skilled specialist in martial arts, Wi-jin, who captures the criminal while severely injuring Sang-hwan. She brings Sang-hwan to her home, where five Masters of Tao heal him and find that he has a powerful c'hi (spiritual energy of the universe). He could be a powerful warrior. As Sang-hwan begins training to ascend to the level of a Maruchi (male Tao Master), the evil, ancient and ambitious Heuk-woon, accidentally released from his imprisonment, awakens. The powerful Heuk-woon attacks the masters, searching for a key that they protect, which would permit him to become an Arahan and dominate the world. When the masters are defeated, Sang-hwan and Wi-jin are the only and last hope of mankind. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Urban martial arts versus an ancient evil.

Genres:

Action | Comedy

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Official Sites:

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

30 April 2004 (South Korea) See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,707
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Banyagain: All confrontations begin and end with the eyes, like in The Art of War. It's the best way to win a confrontation without fighting. It's winning mastery with the eyes.
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Written (song and lyrics) by Lee Seung-bok
Performed by Kim Hyeong-gyu, Lee Seung-bok, Lee Ho-joon (f. Rec-Roc)
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A Clumsy Anti-Hero Is Born
26 May 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When a thief driving a motorcycle steals a purse of a pedestrian, the clumsy, naive and honest rookie policeman Sang-hwan (Seung-beom Ryu) runs after him, but the skilled specialist in martial arts Wi-jin (So-yi Yoon) captures the criminal and Sang-hwan is severely injured. She brings Sang-hwan to her home, where the six Masters of Tao heal him and believe that he has a powerful Qi, the spiritual energy of the universe, and could be a powerful warrior. Sang-hwan begins his training to ascend to a Maruchi, while the evil and ambitious Heuk-woon (Doo-hong Jung) is accidentally released from his imprisonment. The powerful Heuk-woon attacks the masters, searching a key that they protect, which would permit him to become an Arahan and dominate the world. When the masters are defeated, Sang-hwan and Wi-jin are the only hope to mankind.

"Arahan" has great special effects, a nice cast and could be a good action movie. Unfortunately the comedy never works, with the clumsy anti-hero Sang-hwan being a confused not-funny character. Maybe this type of humor works in other cultures, but I did not like it. The developments of the rich characters is weak, and maybe in Asian cultures the concepts of Qi and Tao are clear, but at least for me, I was forced to research about these concepts of the Chinese culture to understand their meanings. But for fans like me of South-Korean movies, "Arahan" is essential. My vote is six.

Title Brazil): "Arahan"


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