YMCA Baseball Team (2002)





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An oddball group of unlikely athletes become Korea's winning force in baseball in director Kim Hyun-seok's YMCA Yagudan (aka YMCA Baseball Team). When Ho-Chang (Song Kang-ho) loses a ball and sneaks into the yard of an American missionary in an attempt to retrieve it, he catches his first glimpse of the sport that will soon change his life and lift the spirit of his downtrodden nation. Soon learning that the lovely Jung-rim (Kim Hye-su) is currently in the process of organizing Korea's first baseball team, Ho-Chang eagerly signs-up along with best friend Kwang-tae (Hwang Jeong-min) and Dae-hyeon (Kim Ju-hyuk), who also strives for Jung-rim's affections. Despite his father's wishes that he follow a more scholarly path, Ho-Chang and his team are soon at the top of their game. As Korea begins to feel the bleak realities of the Ulsa Treaty and the team's playing grounds are usurped by Japanese soldiers, one game may prove a nation's final hope to achieve triumph in the face of adversity.
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A funny, friendly, formulaic Korean, baseball comedy that is a solid extra-base hit. In 1905, YMCA missionary Philip Gillett introduced baseball to Korea and the following year the first game was played. "YMCA Baseball" is inspired by these events, but the comedy works better than the drama. The film's humor sometimes reminds me of "Major League", minus the lewdness and rudeness. It is sometimes hilarious and sometimes subtly funny. My favorite scenes are the side-splitting scenes when the players are first learning the game, but I also love the clever little touches like the Korean-style splash hit. When the movie veers into drama, it tends to be overwrought, overacted and underdeveloped. Nevertheless, "YMCA Baseball's" main characters are cuddly and the movie consistently entertains.

Tim Williams
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