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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.

Director:

Seung-wan Ryoo

Writers:

Ji-hie Eun, Hae-Young Lee (as Hae-yeong Lee) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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 / edited by statmanjeff

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Taglines:

Urban martial arts versus an ancient evil.

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [South Korea]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

30 April 2004 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Arahan See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Ja-woon: Martial arts are for suppressing violence, for stopping conflict, and for avoiding cruelty. This is the truth all martial arts aspire to. Only the truly powerful can defend by anticipating an opponent.
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Soundtracks

Kung Fu
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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Fun, Action and Special-Effects
5 July 2004 | by haimoffSee all my reviews

I had a chance to view this film during the NIFFF 2004 (Neuchatel International Fantasy Film Festival) in Switzerland. Far Eastern Films are very popular this days (at least in Europe) and offer a different way of telling stories than the big US-productions. The naive downtown policeman Sang Hwan helps the good and punishes the bad. He is discovered b a martial art master and trained to unleash the powers within him, in order to fight the ultimate evil Heung Un and save the world. This South-Korean film is combining humor, action and special effects a little bit in the tradition of Jackie Chan-films. "Arahan" is based on a Korean cartoon. 3 out of 5 *


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