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Champion
Champion
Actors: Oh-seong Yu, Min-seo Chae, Seung-won Yun, Doo-hong Jung, Byeong-seo Kim
Director: Kyung-Taek Kwak
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2006     1hr 57min

Champion is the true story of Korean boxer Kim Duk-koo. Born into poverty, Kim turned to boxing and embraced the sport in the late ?70s. He quickly shot through the Korean boxing ranks and was dubbed by the WBA as the worl...  more »
     
     
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Actors: Oh-seong Yu, Min-seo Chae, Seung-won Yun, Doo-hong Jung, Byeong-seo Kim
Director: Kyung-Taek Kwak
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: First Look Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/17/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 57min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Korean
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Underlying lesson is growing up, don't give up.
Kuroda Taiki | 01/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Almost every movie I've watched from South Korea embodies their pride, no matter, what I mean by that is that you feel it, and as if you were Korean yourself and proud. Movies like Shiri, Tae Guk Gi, etc.

This movie was good right out, people like past reviews may say, oh, they didn't display true boxing technique and ring strategy....neither did Rocky, but you can't compare that movie to this either. This was based on the life of the famous korean national lightweight champ Kim Dook Koo. He grew up much like most boxers before him around the world, dirt poor, with their fists and body to make money after hustling on the streets for so long.

It was good in that the only pure thing to happen to him was meeting his future wife, btw she's so pretty. He became the Korean national champ, then the Pan-Pacific Asian champ, then went to face off with Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini for the international championships. The both were the same height, same weight, and even the same weight class. So skill and brute power came in. He dies after going head to head slugfest after the coma-inducing 14th round. His coach, is a strict guy, a former boxer himself said the most impressive thing when Kim Dook Koo kept showing up late for practice. "Look at yourself, in the mirror, you're not a kid anymore so I don't want to hear you story. Boxers spend more time in the mirror (shadowboxing) than Ms. Koreas." You see Kim go through all the changes, his ego shooting up after becoming champ. His friend going, "Tadpoles die out of the water, but you're a frog now in a different world. So why would you turn your back on the tadpoles who helped you when you were in the water?"

The lesson is really about fighting spirit. Don't let yourself get down."
No English subtitles
P. Steen | GR,MI | 04/26/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I wasted my money renting this title and it is entirely in Korean with no English subtitles."
This brings some finality to this dark chapter of sports.
Tom Plum | Roswell, NM United States | 07/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"So many of us grew up knowing of Kim Deuk-Gu as a part of history but little about the man, seeing such things as his picture in Sports Illustrated and the talk of his last match. That picture has been a haunting image for the past few decades.

This movie from 2002 brings to light and energizes this champion of the ring, this fighter with a good foreign flair to it by being a Korean made movie.

It is innovative in it's camera shots, story telling and filmed almost entirely in South Korea and done in the Korean language, one watches and reads the subtitles translated. It is very moving and brings a triumphant finality to the story of Kim Deuk-Gu. The word Champion may often be overused to the point that I don't know when it is proper, but here it applies."