Reason of watching: Lately I was into (
read: in love with) Shinhwa and Dongwan -a member of Shinhwa- was the main reason of watching the movie. 🙂
Comments/Review of the whole movie:
MOST RECOMMENDED! I might be bias but really, the story line is really good. The overall movie is very entertaining and engaging. They put in bits and pieces of humor in it to make it fun to watch while the whole story has a deep meaning and good moral message. I can say that this movie is at the same level as the famous Karate Kid. They have similar concept but wrapped differently. The movie is suitable for teens and above.
Let’s cut the story short (aka the synopsis) + commentary:
The movie started from the taekwondo club of a high school. The club has a very weak members who were not so good in taekwondo. One day, those members of the Taekwondo club got into a fight with the school gangsters in the bus. At the end, the gangsters were all jailed because of it.The taekwondo coach of the time was desperate with the team and the school, so he resigned and get a job at another high school. Most of the members quit too, except for the team captain and a sub player. The principal got panicked and called for a meeting. The result of the meeting is not to stop the club but to take in the gangsters and look for another coach.
So the principal tried to pursue those gangsters to join the taekwondo team. But those gangsters didn’t just agreed to go into the taekwondo team. However one of the gangsters got a pregnant girlfriend so he’s kinda desperate to get out of the jail. So because of him, the whole gang finally agreed to sign the contract of joining the team.
And at another scene there is this girl (or lady who is not introduced properly. She might be a taekwondo teacher or a girlfriend of the taekwondo captain or just a taekwondo maniac.) called Su Bin, who was in charge of the taekwondo club. She went to look for taekwondo coach. She finally found one coach. This coach appears like a loser, his students left him one by one until no one left, and the principal also did not quite like him as if he is so embarrassing. But anyway he coached those gangsters and the two original member wholeheartedly.
At first of the training, the gangsters didn’t want to wear the taekwondo uniform. The gangster leader, Yong Gaek, and the captain, Min Gyu, got into an argument about it. But that girl, Su Bin, suddenly appear and got into the arguments. The gangster leader,Yong Gaek, who is somehow like the girl, Su Bin, finally agreed to wear it but he stripped down in front of her and all the taekwondo members. So she got angry and left. But anyway she got them to wear the uniform.
The story rolls on how that leader, Yong Gaek, slowly get into the training (and motivated by the presence of the girl, the movie kinda tried to show that he is interested in her) and he gets all the gangster into training. But the hardship of the training left the team with 5 people. The two original members, Min Gyu and Seong Wan, and another 3 gangster members, Yong Gaek; Jeong Dae and Hyeok Su. These last 5 people made it into the tournament. Just few days before the tournament, the captain was changed from the original captain, Min Gyu, to the gangster leader, Yong Gaek, because the coach thought that Min Gyu can be discouraging and not uniting the team. By this time, the gangster still fight like a gangster not like taekwondo sportsmen. Just days before the tournament, the other gangsters who are not in the team threaten the rival team with knives. During the tournament, Hyeok Su got angry and got into a real fight at the stadium and all three gangsters there fight with all the rival team. Because of the fight the tournaments was put in halt and they were all waiting for a decision/result. Min Gyu got angry at Hyeok Su for acting “stupid” and gave him a blow. Yong Gaek who’s already changed a bit didn’t side with Hyeok Su and give Hyeok Su another blow. The result came out and stated that the tournament will continue on but Hyeok Su will be disqualified. Hyeok Su got angry at Yong Gaek and left.
The tournament continued and the high school proceeded to the next round. By this time the principal was not that happy and still doubtful that the team could win but the coach said that he (the coach) might be a loser, but the kids are good kids and they should be given a chance. So the principal let him go on.
The coach went back to the training room and only found Seong Wan. He asked where’s the others, and looked for them. Yong Gaek and Jeong Dae was chilling in a pub. The coach wanted them to continue fighting for the tournament but he also knew that the rival-team-to-be is very hard, the rival team is coached by the former coach. So the coach and all the members gathered at the pub and they discussed about this. Yong Gaek who is still has high pride of a gangster wasn’t aware and he wants to challenge the rival team and asked the coach to set up a friendly match. They all finally had a match but they were crushed. Even the coach vs the former coach resulted in coach embarrassing loss.
Another day at the room practice they discussed their strategy. With four members, the team is short of one person. Randomly there is a ballet guy who is always topless and watching them practice, suddenly broke the glass and “jumped” gracefully into the training room. (Hillarious!)And shortly he is recruited.
So the coach brought the team to train at a beach. The team trained hard. But somehow they met the other rival school who was training there too. This rival school was coached by the former coach. So the rivalry was great. They went in for a trash talk, at first Yong Gaek can hold his anger but just after another pissing sentences from the rival school, he couldn’t hold it any more and start beating the rival team. Min Gyu who usually don’t get into fight, at last he “helped” fighting for his team. The villagers around there saw it and called for both coaches. The former coach quickly came and started beating his team. He saw Min Gyu and talk and look down on him. The team finally went back, but the coach had already packed his stuff. Jeong Dae thought the training is over, but actually the coach was acting angry and asked Min Gyu to tell them all of the basic principle of taekwondo. Min Gyu kept silent. So the coach asked Seong Wan. Seong Wan said that taekwondo is only used for protecting oneself when attacked or threatened. So the coach asked them to take off their uniform and tore them and he wanted to leave. Yong Gaek finally knelt and begged for forgiveness. The coach smiled as if he knows this is gonna happen. At that night, they had campfire and started talking, the ballet guy at the end started dancing and one by one they all dancing and practicing taekwondo. (Here is an example of the humor of the movie ^^)
After training at the beach, they all went back. The night before the tournament, Yong Gaek was getting ready. But he got a news that Hyeok Su was in trouble, so he rushed in to check out what happened. It turns out that the rival school bullied Hyeok Su. Yong Gaek, who is now a fully and trully taekwondo sportsman, faced the leader of the rival school team. He didn’t fight like a gangster but he said he’ll receive what the rival wanted to do. So the leader broke his right shoulder and left.
On the day of the final tournament, there is a few rounds the 32th, 16th, 8th, 4th, and final. The team passed 32th, 16th and 8th with quite hardship and to note there is not cheering team for them. By this time, during break Min Gyu saw that Yong Gaek was bleeding due to his broken shoulder. But Yong Gaek “threatened” Min Gyu not to tell anyone at least until after the tournament finished. There is sooo much drama from this part on you gotta watch it! The ending was as great as I could expect. I cried watching this movie too -I always cried watching good movies- . There is no weird or hanging ending, they cut the movie clean. 😀