Volcano High – Violence in Korean High School

September 10, 2007 · Posted in Films 

Volcano High (2001)
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Over the last several months, I have not exactly a TV nor a movie addict. However, as I was flipping through the newspaper last night, a particular show caught my eyes – Volcano High. Unlike previous film reviews, e.g. Secret, Rush Hour 3 and 881, Volcano High is not the latest show in cinema. Moreover, this is a Korean film about violence in a Korean High school.


The main story surrounds the students of Volcano High, a martial arts school and the secret manuscript, which brought about the school clubs attempting to beat each other in order to obtain the sacred skills. The main cast is a student, Kim Kyeong-su, who possesses supernatural power, enrolled into Volcano High as his ninth school, after being expelled from the previous colleges.

Volcano High
Being strong is not a good thing, as that is the main reason why he was expelled from previous schools. If you are the strongest, you remain to be the target in everyone’s eyes to beat, and such that it often gets him into trouble. Nevertheless, he tried his very best to curb his power to avoid challenges and stayed away from troubles. Unfortunately, that was short-lived as the Principal died, from a conspiracy.

The Vice-Principal pushed the blame to a student, who was then a top fighter in the college. He was, too, greedy for power as he seek to attain the manuscript. As trouble arises, the Vice-Principal gets out of control and finally sought help from 5 great teachers from elsewhere.

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The fight ended in a showdown between one of the teachers and Kim, as the latter finally exercised his power to win the battle. Overall, the scene is great and is accompanied by the English subtitles, which makes it easy for audience like myself. There is a bit of comedy and some excellent martial arts. The plot is probably the only weakness and it does not have a strong story within. It is based more like a simple animation replaced by real-life human beings in the show. Otherwise, the show deserves some credits.


  • Recommendation 8/10 – actually, I was hesitating between 7 or 8 out of a total of 10 points. Nonetheless, I do believe this show has its credibility. If you have watched The Matrix, then it is probably somewhat similar.
  • Comedy – some parts are really hilarious. For example, Kim looks real stupid at times, though he may be skilled with supernatural power. At other times, when he was in a fight with someone, he would eventually think of his father and brother who reminded him to endure, and often he ended up blown off with a punch.
  • Martial Arts – a little like The Matrix and X-Men. In the final part of the show, Kim demonstrates his supernatural skill to control the water element, which is something like anti-gravity.
  • Ending – this is a typical comic show made into a film with real-life human. Though many would not fancy supernatural and artificial powers, others will find it rather enthralling and enticing to watch. I felt that the story did not build up to a climax, though the ending was quite a good showdown. In some part of the final section, I still do not understand if one of the guy had died or not.

Charlie ChaplinWell, so much about Volcano High.

Anyway, since this is a television broadcast, the next show that follows after that is the Charlie Chaplin show (The Pawnshop).

It has certainly been a long time since I last watched Charlie Chaplin, the greatest silent comedian of all time.

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2 Responses to “Volcano High – Violence in Korean High School”

  1. Gallery of posts up to 09-11-2007 United States WordPress 2.0.11 on September 12th, 2007 1:42 am

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  2. David Marshall Singapore Mac OS X Safari 533.19.4 on January 30th, 2011 3:31 am

    This is a really entertaining film both as a slightly comic kung fu movie and as a quietly subversive take on the problems caused by deference in Korean society.

    For a full review, see: http://opionator.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/volcano-high-or-wasango/