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Fighter in the Wind

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A young Korean Taekwondo competitor arrives in Japan near the end of World War II with hopes of being a fighter pilot, but ends up on the streets battling racism, organized crime, occupying American servicemen, and his own fear of failure as a martial artist. He retires to the wilderness for two years to train his body in the art of karate and returns to take on the world.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Masaya Kato, Jeong Du-hong, Yang Dong-geun, Aya Hirayama, Jeong Tae-woo
  • Directors: Yang Yun-ho
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Epoch
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033HKDXG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,538 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Fighter in the Wind" (aka. Baramui Paito, 2004) is the story of Choi Bae-dul, a real-life legendary martial arts figure who, during his peak, defeated hundreds of martial arts experts in Japan and around the world, or to be more precise, the film is based on the manga (Japanese comic) based on the martial artist's life. Choi Bae-Dul or otherwise known as Matsutatsu Ayama fought more than 270 fighters and most of them were beaten with a single blow; his fights never lasted for more than three minutes. Choi Bae-Dul was dubbed as the `GODHAND', a living, breathing manifestation of the Japanese warrior maxim `ichi geki hissatsu' (one strike, certain death) and this style embodied his belief as the supreme level of Karate. Bae-Dul was also known for his powerful kicking strength. Choi Bae-Dul also fought and won 300 successive matches in the Kumite during his later years. He is also the founder of Kyo Kushin karate, a style that millions of students still practice today.

Much of the film takes place during World War II and is set in Japan. The first half of the film follows the adventures of a young Choi Bae-Dul (Yang Dong-Geun), whose desire to become a pilot takes a side-winding nose dive when death and humiliation destroy his dreams. He stows away in a freighter to Japan to become an aviator. Choi Bae-Dul has experienced many hardships as a Korean in Japan, much of it is discrimination. After experiencing a devastating humiliation at a marketplace, he is tagged as the "pant-wetter" and he is aided by a fellow Korean who trains him in the martial arts. Things aren't as simple for a Korean in Japan, and when his master is killed by the Yakuza during a melee, Choi becomes more resolved in learning KARATE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By yangban on September 28, 2010
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Good movie, but for those who know the real story of Mas Oyama can get a bit frustrated.
Does not show his training in Shotokan on in Goju Ryu. In the movie he has a Taekkyon master and he learns his Karate alone, after his master is killed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Hernandez on November 2, 2011
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This was a great movie that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I would recommend to any Martial Arts fan who enjoys good fight scenes mixed in with a good story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Horgan on May 9, 2010
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I am not usually watching these types of movies with my husband, but this one was surprisingly good!! Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Esteban A. Balarezo on October 20, 2013
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Excelent movie. Masutatsu Oyama, more commonly known as Mas Oyama, was a karate master who founded Kyokushinkai Karate. The movie relates part of his life, his suffering and his willing to become the stongest man in the world.
Whoever is in the path of the empty hand, must watch it.
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By Ricardo M. Ruiz on December 23, 2012
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You can get a good idea of the movie from youtube but overall awesome fighting movie with nothing shy of that asian film making realism. Fight scenes give incredible impact, no strings attached, with a good plot.
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By Norma Aymerich on June 5, 2013
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It is a good movie, has a lot of history in it about the creator of the karate style Kiokushi; it is well play, good fights. it wont disapointe you
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