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The Art of Fighting (VCD) (Korea Version)
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Jae Hee stars in this action comedy as Byung Tae, a cowardly high school kid who is scraping through life the hard way. His days are tormented by school bullies and are making his life a living hell. One day he meets Pan Su (Baek Yoon Sik, Save The Green Planet, The President's Last Bang) a wizened elder, well versed in martial arts. Pan Su agrees to teach his art to Byung Tae and help him defend himself against his tormentors, and in doing so, Byung Tae begins to learn things about himself, and about life, that they don't teach at school. The Art Of Fighting is the feature length directorial debut from successful short filmmaker Shin Han Sol.
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Product Title: The Art of Fighting (VCD) (Korea Version) The Art of Fighting (VCD) (Korea Version) The Art of Fighting (VCD) (Korea Version) The Art of Fighting (VCD) (Korea Version) 싸움의 기술 (VCD)
Artist Name(s): Baek Yoon Shik | Jae Hee 白允植 | 在僖 白允植 | Jae Hee ペク・ユンシク | ジェヒ 백윤식 | 재희
Release Date: 2006-09-11
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): VCD
Publisher: Daekyung DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004509395

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10대 부실소년 vs 50대 싸움고수의 격돌! 구타유발, 부실고딩 vs 전설의 독서실 은둔고수의 만남!... 영화 <싸움의 기술>은 이 같은 모양새로 정의될 수 있다. 그러나 그뿐이라면? 우린 굳이 자신의 무릎을 치며 감탄의 마음으로 이 영화를 볼 이유가 없을 것이다. 어느 날... 목마른 소년이 샘물 같은 아저씨를 만나면서 영화는 시작된다.

공부도 싸움도 모든 것이 부실한 고등학생 병태. 구타의 나날 속에‘잘 맞는’기술만 늘어 가는 그의 유일한 바람은 맞지 않는 평온한 삶을 위해 강해지는 것! 그는 알카포네 콤플렉스에 시달리는 현대 남성의 초상을 보여주는 듯도 하다. 일대 일에서 일대 십의 실전은 물론! 동전던지기에서 개인기 개발까지의 모든 기술을 섭렵하고, 명어록을 쏟아내며 핵심을 콕콕 집어주는 전설의 고수 오판수. 그는 현대인이 만나고 싶어하는 인생의 멘토, 스승으로 등장한다. 그러나.. Panta rhei! 만물은 변하는 법. 비록 두려움과 경험부족은 늘 그를 엉뚱한 곳으로 몰고 가지만‘맞으면서 살아 보셨어요?’라고 외치던 병태는 변화를 위한 작은 영웅의 몸부림을 보이기 시작한다. 반면, 독서실 특실에 은둔중인 고수 오판수의 삶은 때때로 관객을 혼란스럽게 만든다. 그는 고수의 포스가 넘치는 잔혹한 파이터이며 동시에 건달의 유치함과 라틴음악을 읊조리며 멕시코 푸른 바다로의 탈출을 꿈꾸는 현대인의 무기력함이 공존하는 색다른 캐릭터이다. 영화 <싸움의 기술>은 두 남자의 이야기이다. 두 남자의 우정의 이야기이며 감탄할만한 공감과 경탄에 가까운 즐거움을 선사할 새로운 캐릭터의 영화이다.

초절정 부실고딩! 독서실 은둔고수를 만나다!

맞고 사는 게 일과인, 쉼 없이 구타를 유발시키는 소심한 부실고딩 송병태. 안 맞고 사는 평안한 삶을 꿈꾸며 온갖 책을 독파했으나 하루 하루가 고난의 연속이다. 그러던 어느 날, 대명 독서설 특실 B호에 기거 중인 한 낯선 남자를 발견하는데... 놀라운 어록들과 고수의 포스! 드디어 그 분이 오셨다!

"싸움의 기술? 맞아본 놈은 이미 알고 있어, 임마!"

오판수. 멕시코의 푸른 바다로 떠날 날을 기다리며 자신만의 생활의 기술(?)로 은둔 중인 전설의 고수. 15년 전, 전설적인 싸움실력으로 전국을 제패했던 고수 중의 고수! 모든 것에 무심한 듯 보이지만, 병태의 숨은 재능은 그의 흥미를 자극한다. 그러나... 맞고만 살아온 자의 두려움을 깨기가 어디 쉬운 일이겠는가! 응용력 부족, 경험부족 속에 '살아가는 것' 그 자체가 싸움의 연속인 세상에서 병태는 진정한 고수로 거듭날 수 있을까? 판수는 과연 병태에게 무엇을 가르쳐 줄까.
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Professional Review of "The Art of Fighting (VCD) (Korea Version)"

April 17, 2008

This professional review refers to The Art of Fighting (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
The Art of Fighting is a film that plays much better on second viewing once expectations have had a chance to adjust. This is a film that bears remarkably little resemblance to its marketing campaign, a film that plays things almost entirely straight despite a trailer that presents it as an off-kilter buddy picture and poster art featuring one of the leads levitating with a hand outstretched in benediction while the other mugs shamelessly for the camera. This begs the question: Is The Art of Fighting a misfire, a film that misses its mark almost entirely, or is it a case of misguided marketers trying to force a film into a box where it has no business being? While there are definitely some misses over the running time, the answer is almost entirely the latter. Korea is, remember, the same country that tried to present genuinely bizarre and truly ingenius genre-buster Save the Green Planet as a standard romantic comedy and then reacted with shock when the film tanked.

Jae Hee, best known for his recent work in Kim Ki Duk's stellar 3-Iron, stars as Song Byung Tae, the only son of a single and almost entirely absent policeman father. Believing his son to be unsuited to academics and in need of toughening up Song's father has forcibly transferred him into a rough technical school that focuses on practical trades over academics. Populated by thugs and wannabe gangsters the school seems just one small step from a reformatory and Song's hardened classmates recognize him for the fragile thing that he is and prey upon him mercilessly.

By chance one day Song happens to see Oh Man Su, a hardened gangster played by Save the Green Planet's Baek Yoon Shik, put a beating on a gangland goon and recognizes in Oh a possible road to his salvation. He must learn to fight and Oh must teach him. He then follows Oh everywhere begging to be taken on as a pupil, a role that Oh finally, grudgingly takes on.

On first blush it is easy to say that The Art of Fighting is little more than an unfunny action comedy, an impression bolstered by those misleading ads and something that no film should strive to be. And there are indeed attempts at comedy that largely fail, and fail for a very simple reason. Those big, expressive eyes and fragile features that made Jae’s performance in 3-Iron so effective make him singularly unsuitable for this sort of comedy. There's nothing even remotely funny about seeing this young man being beaten down by his peers again and again, it's horrible and tragic. He's little more than a child thrown to the wolves and the wolves are tearing him to pieces.

What saves the film from abject failure, however, is the simple fact that the director seems amply aware that Jae simply will not work if this is cast as a comedy, and he gets away from that approach hard and fast, most notably in a devastating sequence that features a desperate Song graphically slashing his own wrist to convince Oh of the depth of his need. Anyone who could include this sort of scene in a film is clearly not trying for comedy and this is the point where, misleading ads or not, it becomes abundantly clear that the film has an entirely different agenda than the marketing would lead you to believe.

More than anything The Art of Fighting is the story of two outcasts meeting and forming a surrogate family. Oh becomes the father figure that Song so desperately needs and - in the process - gets to transcend his own violent nature, the simple act of caring and investing in another person allowing him to become something greater than his past. It's a story not about fighting - though there is plenty of that - but about Song learning to take pride in himself, learning that all the strength he needs is already inside him if he can only learn to trust in it.

The film is not entirely successful, the fusion of elements not entirely complete or compelling enough, but the leads are strong and the direction assured. Baek Yoon Shik is simply a magnetic presence on screen and Jae Hee is slowly building an impressive body of work that belies his pretty boy looks and image. Jae may not be the next coming of Depp or Asano but he certainly seems to be taking his cues from the likes of them rather than answering the call of easy teen idol status that must surely be within easy reach. And so The Art of Fighting is not a clear cut success but it's not easily dismissed either. The end result may be a little muddled, but the blend of ingredients and unusual approach yields some truly fine moments.

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4.8 out of 10 (4)

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July 3, 2007

This customer review refers to The Art of Fighting (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
Not as expected Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Jae Hee is one of the few talents that i liked. But i was a bit disappointed in this film. I expected something better. Suggest you borrow a copy instead of buying.
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May 30, 2006

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Not really impressed!! Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
Well,this one has a few action scene.Not really interesting though.I just enjoyed the scenes where they teach you the wisdoms of street fight.That's all.Nothing more.
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May 23, 2006

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not bad Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
I didn't know what to expect from this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised and that it wasn't bad. I had some good laughs, and I suppose it helped that I like the actor, Jae Hee (saw him in Sassy Girl Chun-hyang). Of course the senior actor, Baek Yoon-Shik, was cool, slick and likeable. It's worth watching at least.
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March 25, 2006

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Art of Fighting Customer Review Rated Bad 3 - 3 out of 10
I wouldn't really call it a comedy, though there are a few decent laughs. This movie shows a lot of people being bashed and not much else - which you get pretty tired of. By the time the lead actor gets his revenge on his bullies, I was on the bullies side because the lead is so pathetic, you really won't have much sympathy for him.
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