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  • Actors: Yang Dong-geun, Aya Hirayama, Masaya Kato, Jeong Tae-woo, Jung Doo-Hong
  • Directors: Yan Yun-ho
  • Producers: Jeong Yong-il
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 30 May 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007SMD8W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,538 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Korean martial arts action. In the 1930s, young Choi Baedal (Yang Dong-geun) travels from his native Korea to Japan, in the hope that he can join the Japanese airforce and train to become a pilot. Experiencing prejudice in Japan because of his Korean background, Choi is shocked to find that he is not allowed to compete in any of the local martial arts tournaments. His determination sees him retreat into the mountains, where for two years he trains until he feels he is ready. Taking on the best fighters in the country, Choi soon establishes himself as the greatest martial artist in Japan, so successful that he can set up his own training school.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "joey_s_87" on 23 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
I have seen other reviews of the film, describing it as unrealistic, melodramtic and not a true biopic of the kokushin karate founder. My view is that they have approached the film from entirely the wrong angle.
Firstly Fighter In the Wind is based on the Manga adaptation that focuses on his legendary status. Choi Baedal is a hero to many and the manga builds upon his heroism. The film is a tribute to his "indominatable spirit", and it attempts to capture the raw emotion of a fighter.The film tries to address this abstract concept rather than present a truly realistic portrayal of Choi Baedal. It is therefore worth remebering that this is a highly entertaining ang gripping movie that wants to play with our emotions, it is not a documentary that seeks to educate us so stoically.
Fighter in the Wind is perhaps one of the most stirring martial arts films I've seen. Allthough it may be seen as melodramatic, I disagree and believe that whoever said this was watching the subtitles rather than paying attention to the splendid performance of the korean and Japanese actors. There is a complex subtlety to the way the chracaters interact with one another,there is relatively little dialogue that helps establish this chracteristion, and more is said about the chracters through facial expression and body language. At times I was incredibly moved by the treatment of Choi Baedal, particularly his early days with the Yakuza and also with his relationships with his former master and his friends Yoko and Chunbae. Simply put, allthough I come from a theatrical experience of drama, I think the quality of acting is superb. There are also interesting dramtic techniques sucha s the us eof radio presenters and newspaper bulletins to provide a chorus to the main drama.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Whyte on 26 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
very loosely based on a true story. the story is roughly this; korean guy goes to japan during WW2 to become a fighter pilot. war ends and so do his dreams of being a pilot. staying in japan he has to deal with racism, yakuzu etc, and getting beaten up constantly. wanting to make something of his life decides to be the best martial artist in japan. so he trains on his own for a year up in the mountains and then challenges everybody in japan to a fight(not at the same time), and wins.

these are actually true events that have been given the cinema makeover. kind of like when they base a film from a book- its not exactly the same so some people take it badly. trust me, the fighting in this film is BONE-CRUNCHING.

i loved this film and its not that far from the truth. it has a story that you can follow and hasn,t been poorly edited like some asian films. i would recommend you buy this dvd but it would do no harm to rent it first. enjoy!
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I love martial arts films. Sadly, I don't love this film, primarily because you can't call it a martial arts film. It's a love story with a bit of fighting thrown in.

Don't get me wrong - I like character development, so if that involves a love interest, then that's fair enough. But when you bill something as an action film, you have to off-set the character development with a fair amount of action and action is totally missing here.

In the first HOUR there is one half decent fight - not featuring the hero because he hasn't learned to fight yet. This fight features his mentor. And it's a decent fight by a gifted martial artist. He fights again later, but some "nice" camera angles, some "nice" photographic effects and some "nice" editing all mean you don't actually get to watch that fight.

The hero? If you've seen the old Chinese films where there's a useless fighter who finds a master, undergoes some gruelling training, and then is the ultimate fighter - then you know this story. Nothing new here.

As for the hero's fights? They are ALL dismal.

The editing and camera work don't linger on the fight long enough for you to appreciate it.

The fights are also very brief. I was aware of that, having read other reviews. However, those other reviews mention this is compensated for by the fights being brutal. So, I was expecting limb breaking, eye gouging, all your usual brutal fare, but minus wire work and high kicks, especially as the latter seems to be contrary the fighting being highlighted. Not the case!

Brutal? No, more than usual. Nothing special at all. In fact, the choreography wasn't that great. There were some nice kicks. But you never really get to see any combinations, just the odd one. And there was some wire work.

It's a pity, because the film's production values do look quite high.

Sadly, after high expectations, I found this film to be a total waste of time and money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graduate on 13 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
This is a really great movie. I watched it several times and just loved it. I am studying karate shotokan and I think that this movie is one of the most realistic movies about martial arts. Choi Baidal (Oyama) proved that if you really want to achieve smth in your life you can do it even if your life costs nothing.
Also I would advise to watch Never Back Down and Ip man 1part.
Thanks
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By Springelec on 15 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Not your usual martial arts product, although the theme of good verses evil remains against the personal struggle of Korean character, Choi Bae Dal to better himself despite the prejudices of the Japanese provincial over lords who regarded all Koreans as an inferior race. Fighter in the Wind is loosely based upon the true story of Kyokushin Karate founder, Masutatsu Oyama and is not your usual Steven Segal or Claude Van Damme fodder. Skilfully directed with the rich back drop of the second world war and it's effect upon Japan and its colonies, Fighter in the Wind's message is that anyone can achieve whatever they want to become given enough determination and personal sacrifice. This hard story is softened by the love interest of Yoko, played by Japanese actress Aya Hirayama, who becomes Choi's raison d'etre (reason to be). Their love story within the main theme of the film should appeal to female members of a mixed audience, who would not usually watch a martial arts film. Overall, very enjoyable and suitable for a mixed adult audience. Rated 15. Contains violence and strong language.
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