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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.

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Seung-wan Ryoo

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Ji-hie Eun, Hae-Young Lee (as Hae-yeong Lee) | 2 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

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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)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,707
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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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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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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Comedic action film has plenty to recommend it, however the juggling of two many styles makes it less than the sum of its parts
2 September 2005 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This is the story of the Seven Masters who recruit a bumbling police officer into their group in order when its discovered that he possesses a high level of Chi. The timing is very fortuitous since an ancient enemy has awoken and is once more spreading evil in the world.

I first read about this movie when several on-line reviews said that this was destined to be the next big thing in movies. Later reviews were positive, but were less glowing noting that the film has several parts that don't fully mix together. I'm in the camp with the later reviews since I find the mixture of styles works against the parts.

I should begin with the action. If you want to see great action this is the movie for you. Hand to hand and weapons such as swords are used through out the film to great effect. Sure its done with wires and computers, but it doesn't matter since its so much fun to look at. Very often you watch the madness on screen and go "OH Cool" even though you know how its done. I loved when our hero throws a cup at the villain who catches it on the flat end of his sword, and then sends it spinning back with even more force. Amazing.(You really should try this film for the action if nothing else.) The humor in this film is both knowing and very funny. The opening round-table of the masters discussing the difficulty of training is priceless, especially if you've seen any martial arts movies. There is a nice friendly edge to it, that is mostly right on target. The problem is that our hero is often much to bumbling to be believed, especially after he's been in the training program for a while. The too slapsticky attitude is what really hurts the movie since there is no natural progression, just silliness for silliness sake (The ending for example).

The cast and the characters are great. These are people you can really root for. The villain is also suitably evil.

If you were to take all of the movies parts and look at them separately you'd be amazed at how good they all are. The problem is that when you put the bits together the film doesn't quite work together. As I said the slapstick doesn't hold up all the way through. The film is overly jokey at times, even in serious moments. Its hard to keep a light edge when characters are spewing blood and being run through with swords. It takes a bit of the love for the film away and leaves you with admire and simply like. The film also suffers from a pacing problem with slow period in the middle with the training bookended by a funny beginning and an action packed end.

Still I think you should give the movie a shot especially if you like action movies, especially when they have a humorous side to them. In all probability you're going to be like me and like this movie, but you won't love it.


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