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Directed by Yoo Ha (Marriage is a Crazy Thing, nostalgic drama Once Upon A Time in High School topped the national box office when it was released. Starring heartthrob Kwon Sang Woo (My Tutor Friend), Lee Jun Jin (Bet on My Disco), and starlet Han Ga In (Yellow Handkerchief), the film is set in 1970s South Korea. Once Upon A Time In High School won awards for Best Art Direction and Most Popular Actor (Kwon Sang Woo) at the 25th Blue Dragon Awards.

Bruce Lee enthusiast Hyun Soo (Kwon Sang Woo) transfers to the notorious Jeong Mun High School where teachers are authoritative and school gangs prevail. He meets another Bruce Lee fan in the hot-blooded student leader Woo Sik (Lee Jung Jin), and the two soon become close friends. Both fall in love with high school beauty Eun Ju (Han Ga In). Though Hyun Soo is gentle and kind, she is attracted to Woo Sik, who has the courage to stand up for her. Later Woo Sik is set up by the school authorities and compelled to leave school. With the leader deposed, the rowdy students burst into violence, and now Hyun Soo must step up. Training hard with those trademark Bruce Lee nunchakus, Hyun Soo makes his mark on the school rooftop.

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Product Title: Once Upon a Time in HIgh School: Spirit of Jeet Kune Do (DVD) (Japan Version) Once Upon a Time in HIgh School: Spirit of Jeet Kune Do (DVD) (Japan Version) Once Upon a Time in HIgh School: Spirit of Jeet Kune Do (DVD) (Japan Version) マルチュク青春通り 말죽거리 잔혹사
Artist Name(s): Kwon Sang Woo | Lee Jung Jin | Han Ga In | Yoo Ha 權 相佑 | 李廷鎮 | 韓可仁 | 柳河 权 相佑 | 李廷镇 | 韩可仁 | 柳河 クォン・サンウ | イ・ジョンジン | ハン・ガイン | ユ・ハ 권 상우 | 이 정진 | 한 가인 | 유하
Release Date: 2013-07-12
Publisher Product Code: PHNE-300256
Place of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Twin
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033017870

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
クォン・サンウ / ハン・ガイン / イ・ジョンジン / ユ・ハ (監督、脚本)

[特典情報]
映像特典収録

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
本編118分
製作国 : 韓国 (Korea)
公開年 : 2004

[ストーリー]
1978年、軍事政権下の韓国。ブルース・リーに憧れる高校生のヒョンスは、ソウル郊外のマルチュク通りにある男子校に転入する。厳しい鉄拳教育の学園生活の中、固く結ばれたウシクとの友情、ケンカとナンパに明け暮れる毎日。そして、一目惚れした美少女ウンジュとの淡い恋。甘く切ない、楽しいことばかりだった毎日に、やがて悲しい別れが訪れる……。

ブルース・リー、深夜ラジオ、通学バスの彼女。これからもずっと、あの時を忘れない…/クォン・サンウ主演 甘く切ないラブ・ストーリー/新世代No.1韓流スター、クォン・サンウ主演 青春ラブ・ストーリー

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Professional Review of "Once Upon a Time in HIgh School: Spirit of Jeet Kune Do (DVD) (Japan Version)"

December 3, 2007

This professional review refers to Once Upon A Time In High School (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
The kung fu fever Bruce Lee brought to the world reached its all-time high again with a female version of the legendary martial arts king in Quentin Tarantino's 2003 production Kill Bill. In Once Upon a Time in High School, director Yoo Ha (Marriage is a Crazy Thing) is bold enough to work up the Bruce Lee fervour again in a 70s Korean state school. Is it a new attempt or simply another clichéd imitator?

The one catching most of the limelight should be leading man Kwon Sang-woo. From the angry held-back student in My Tutor Friend to the romantic lover in Stairway To Heaven, Kwon has proved himself to be one multi-faceted actor. Now in Once Upon A Time In High School, his time spent on bodybuilding has paid off well as Kwon plays a die-hard Bruce Lee fan who shares the kung fu master's sense of justice and fights against school violence with just a pair of nunchakus.

The school violence movie is no new genre at all. Unlike the Hong Kong production My School Mate, The Barbarian featuring one-on-one grapples or the Korean surreal precedent Volcano High, however, Once Upon a Time in High School brings this genre to a new level. It gives a realistic depiction of the high school students who live in the clutches of hostility and bullying. Jeong Mun High School is where class struggles and extreme hegemony prevail. No school rule can prevent those authoritative teachers from exercising corporal punishment on students and those local tyrants from bullying the weak. As a huge fan of Bruce Lee, Hyun-soo (Kwon Sang-woo) meets another fan Woo-sik (Lee Jung-jin) and that is when their friendship begins. A love triangle, however, is bred when these two young men fall in love with the same girl at school.

But brotherhood still prevails. When he finds Woo-sik beaten up hard and at the same time dumped by his girlfriend, Hyun-soo cannot hold back his rage and anger any longer. Vowing revenge, this high school student trains himself in Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do as well as the related martial arts philosophy. Only after being fully prepared does he grab a pair of nunchakus and confront the culprit school gang on the rooftop. Despite being under siege at first, Hyun-soo wins a landslide victory with his bare hands. There are actually only a few combat scenes in the movie. However, the theme of fighting for justice is made evident as references to Bruce Lee's fighting style and his righteous mind are made.

Parental guidance is definitely needed in this movie because of the frequent use of coarse language and the disturbing scenes of savage beating. However, it is still delightful to find a sweet storyline interweaving love with brutality. Hyun-soo has a love-at-first-sight crush on Eun-ju (Han Ga-in) while meeting this lovely girl on a bus. Just like the love relationships in another Korean blockbuster The Classic, the director leaves a big hole in Hyun-soo's life as he is too shy to deliver his love. His being a bashful young man with his face blushed is a big contrast to his belligerence, which makes this movie excel with a fresh and creative plot.

Once Upon a Time in High School does not explore the father-and-son relationship to the extent that would have been needed to explain how far Hyun-soo's character was influenced by it. Finally, the movie closes with not much of a concrete ending but a prophecy that a new kung fu generation is waiting just around the corner. Does it mean that there is going to be a sequel?

Reviewed by Garden

Translated by Holly

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Customer Review of "Once Upon a Time in HIgh School: Spirit of Jeet Kune Do (DVD) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.9 out of 10 (22)

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March 5, 2007

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1 people found this review helpful

watchable Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
I don't quite like the timid shy look of KSW in this film, but he played it beautifully. Like many Korean films, they like to play schools. Felt sorry for the teachers when all the students are so uncontrollable. In a way, there are some romantic bits but I can't understand the girl either. The ending is not to my liking.
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September 4, 2006

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Well Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
Nothing special about this film. Just numerous high school battle of those bad students. Survival of a new student to his new environment. So dissappointing.
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May 27, 2006

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Intense Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
This movie is pretty good, but one thing I don't understand with Korean films is, why do they have to cuss so much?? KSW and the other actors were excellent. My only disapointments were: why the heck did the stupid girl run off with his friend, and the ending was weak. Overall movie is excellent!
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April 22, 2006

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waste of MY time Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
this movie was a disappointment to me. i guess i was expecting to much. the only part that i liked was when ksw was working out. besides that, i thought it was a waste of my time watching this movie.
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January 4, 2006

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nothing special Customer Review Rated Bad 3 - 3 out of 10
this movie is your typical rental movie. Pretty boring through out the movie without much excitement. For me, it was just Meh... but I guess if you're a girl that like kwon Sang Woo, it could be great..
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