Arahan jangpung daejakjeon (Urban Martial Arts Action) (2005)
Writer/director Ryu Seung-wan (No Blood No Tears) directs his brother Ryu Seung-beom again in Arahan, marketed as "Urban Martial Arts Action." Actor Ryu plays Yu Sang-hwan, a bungling but honest patrolman. One day while chasing a purse-snatcher, he comes across a beautiful convenience store cashier and part-time martial arts master named Eun-jin (Yoon So-yi, making her feature debut), whom he finds about to deliver a devastating "palm blast" to the young thug he's just chased down. Eun-jin's aim is off, and Yu ends up knocked unconscious. She brings him back home to the temple of the "Seven Masters," a group of five cranky ch'i masters led by her father, Ja-un (Ahn Sung-Ki from Nowhere to Hide and Slimido). Ja-un quickly recognizes Yu's amazing untapped potential. Yu thinks the five old-timers are a bunch of kooks, but he's attracted to Eun-jin, and after he gets beaten up by some low-level gangsters, he returns to the temple, determined to learn how to do a "palm blast," so he can fight back. Ja-un patiently tries to teach him the ways of ch'i, but Yu is not the most attentive pupil. He wants to learn powerful fighting techniques, and seems more interested in gawking at Eun-jin than in the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of the Seven Masters' teachings. But push comes to shove when a former Master, Heug-un (fight choreographer Jung Doo-hong), who betrayed the cause returns from centuries underground determined to seize the ultimate power and rule the world. Ja-un believes that the seemingly hopeless Yu is the only hope for humankind. Arahan was shown at the 2005 New York Asian Film Festival, presented by Subway Cinema. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi … More
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1 part comedy, 1 part action, Seung-wan Ryoo's Arahan is a bundle of amusement.After an opening sequence with dialogue that acts as the hook and some stellar opening credits, Arahan is off and running. The first half consistently uses humor to help liven up the storytelling before it turns into an action fest for the finale.The action is fantastic and the CG effects are more than suitable for this picture. What really stands out is the choreography, thanks to Doo-hong jung, which comes complete with fists, swords, and some other special powers thrown in the mix. The final fight is actually quite long and this contributes to the film's 1 hour 50 minute run time.Seung-beom Ryoo delivers a joyous performance with his facial expressions and line delivery. The lovely So-yi Yoon is also a delight to watch. The rest of the supporting cast completes the circle of fine acting.At the end of the night, Arahan is one successful action comedy out of Korea. Check it out if time allows.More
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