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Baramui paiteo (2004)

A young Korean man arrives in Japan near the end of World War II with hopes of being a fighter pilot, but ends up on the streets battling racism, organized crime, occupying American ... See full summary »

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Yun-ho Yang

Writers:

Hak-ki Bang (comic book), Yun-ho Yang
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dong-kun Yang ... Choi Bae-dal
Aya Hirayama Aya Hirayama ... Yoko
Masaya Katô Masaya Katô ... Kato
Tae-woo Jeong Tae-woo Jeong ... Chun-bae
Doo-hong Jung Doo-hong Jung ... Beom-su
Seong-min Park Seong-min Park ... Ryoma
Sachiko Kokubu Sachiko Kokubu ... Ryoma's Wife
Fuuma Kosaka Fuuma Kosaka ... Tomoya
Mayu Sonoda Mayu Sonoda ... Setsu
Ji-woong Choi Ji-woong Choi ... Yakuza Boss
Ha Sang-Won Ha Sang-Won ... Yakuza
Han-garl Lee Han-garl Lee ... Miwa
Han-sol Lee Han-sol Lee
Hisao Maki Hisao Maki ... Martial Arts Association Elder
Seong-hwan Koo Seong-hwan Koo ... Circus Clown
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Storyline

A young Korean man arrives in Japan near the end of World War II with hopes of being a fighter pilot, but ends up on the streets battling racism, organized crime, occupying American servicemen, and his own fear of failure as a martial artist. (Korean with English subtitles)

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korean | japan | 1940s | 1930s | taekkyon | See All (37) »


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Official Sites:

official site [South Korea]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Japanese | Korean | English

Release Date:

6 August 2004 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Baramui Fighter See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The end of the film refers to the kumite, a series of 2 minute matches. Oyama completed the 100 man kumite 3 times in 3 days as a demonstration. See more »

Quotes

Beom-su: Baedal, if you make a fist you can't grasp anything. Not friends, not earth, nor sky. But if you unclench your fist you can hold the whole world
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Version of Karate Bullfighter (1977) See more »

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Performed by Do-hyun Yoon and Yoon Do Hyun Band
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Not a "martial arts film" but a great film about martial arts!
8 July 2006 | by to_kill_betterSee all my reviews

A romanticised biopic of karate legend Mas Oyama (here called "Choi Baedal") this is rare gem in Korean cinema and the genre of martial arts films. As many reviewers have mentioned, the fight scenes in this movie are shorter and more brutal than the average Hong Kong action film, but this is easily forgiven as the quality of the film-making is so high. Most people watching martial arts movies will find themselves dozing through the story waiting for the next fight, but the good storytelling, quality acting, beautiful cinematography and stylish editing make the story elements of "Fighter in the Wind" a pleasure to watch.

The cast all seem perfectly at home in their roles, making it easy to love or hate the characters as required. Dong-kun Yang plays Baedal with the right mix of naive idealism and hard-headed brutality. The stunning Aya Hirayama provides a likable love-interest. Taewoo Jeong is charming as Baedals cheeky con-man friend Chunbae, and Masaya Kato is suitably arrogant and superior as old-fashioned karate master Kato.

This may be a film based around martial arts, but it is not a typical martial arts movie. The story features some spectacular fighting techniques from the surprisingly acrobatic Yang, but the fighting is an embellishment to an otherwise fascinating and well-told story rather than the focus of the movie.


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