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Planet B-Boy (2008)

Gamblerz , Ichigeki , Benson Lee  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gamblerz, Ichigeki, Knucklehead Zoo, Last For One, Phase T
  • Directors: Benson Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arts Alliance America
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CD6LK2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,108 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With compelling characters and vibrant dance sequences, Planet B-Boy is set in the International world of B-boying the urban dance more commonly known as break dancing. Weaving between the vivid backdrops of Osaka, Paris, Seoul and Las Vegas, unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of dancers who struggle for their dreams despite being misunderstood by larger society and even their own families.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than a Highlight Reel... October 16, 2008
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I saw this in New York when it played theatrically. I was skeptical at first that this wouldn't be anything more than a highlight reel but I quickly found out that's not true. Planet B-Boy delves into the subculture of b-boying (breakdancing) and shows that it's not only a hobby, it's a lifestyle. It follows crews from all over the world who are brought together by the love of expression by means of "B-Boying" and ultimately to the "World Series" of B-boying, "The Battle of the Year" which is an International competition featuring the best dance crews in the world. It is absolutely amazing to see these people defy the laws of gravity and do the physically impossible.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Excellent Indeed August 28, 2008
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I saw this movie in the theaters when it was making its US tour. It was really really awesome. It wasn't just about b-boying but also about the guys and their stories. But of course, the dancing is insanity and a must-watch.

Oh... the American crew in the movie (Knucklehead Zoo) has some members that are also in Super Crew- winners of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew Season 2.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Great gift. January 12, 2009
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I first saw Planet B-Boy in the theater when it came to L.A., on its first day. My son breakdances, it came out shortly after Step Up 2, and I thought it seemed like an indie film worth supporting. It was so much more. For people who are really into this, the heart of the dancers on the teams is completely inspiring. So are their moves. So is the worldwide influence of what started as streetdancing in the U.S. The archival footage is great as well.

The physicality of the moves in this movie really is like being taken to school. The different flavors and styles of the teams provoke all kinds of choreography thoughts. The music is fantastic, and it all comes together. As soon as I knew it was out on DVD, I bought one copy for myself and one copy for a hiphop/rap/breakdancing fan at work. This movie has so much love of dance. If you have a heart for this kind of expression, you'll feel it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary. December 19, 2008
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I normally do not buy DVDs, let alone write a review, but after watching this documentary I had to buy it just to show support for the director and bboying.

I read the product details and was expecting a bare-bones DVD but was pleasantly surprised with a 30 minute bonus feature "More On bboying" that goes even more in-depth into the history of bboying (i.e. Rocksteady Crew, "Flash Dance", and the European evolution of breakin). The bonus feature alone is worth the purchase of this DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply. Amazing. May 27, 2010
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I got this dvd on a whim and was far from disappointed. The interview footage really makes the dancers come off as people who love what they're doing, and that becomes more and more evident as the fact that they often receive little or no recognition (or at times almost ill treatment) in their home countries. I found myself rooting for the little guys as much as everyone else, and the personalities of not only the countries comes through, as well as the dancers. Culture plays a part in the storytelling aspects of B-Boy, but at the end of the day, they all love to dance. Everyone wants to win, but at the same time, they're much more humble than a professional athlete ever seems. Overall, a tremdendously well done doc on a form of dance that is becoming more and more commercial. This one still feels like down-home good times even with the successes and failures of the crews and the individual members throughout the training process and Battle of the Year. Absolutely recommended for any fan of dance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Inspiring July 29, 2012
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Korean-American director Benson Lee does a good job of weaving a dramatic Asian-centric storyline into this profile of an quintessentially romantic but angst-driven male adolescent activity. The film follows five breakdancing (b-boying) dance teams (2 from South Korea, 1 from Japan, 1 from France, 1 from USA) that have been selected to participate in the annual Battle of the Year dance competition in Germany. Because this is meant for the American market (where it did well in theaters) there's a lot of emphasis on the American team, but really the two starring roles belong to the teams from South Korea and Japan. The two South Korean teams display a fanatical dedication and work ethic that is indicative of their culture, but the Japanese surprisingly display a passion and a love that one wouldn't associate with Japanese culture. In fact, the Japanese team pointed out that the last time they participated in Battle of the Year they were focused on winning, and that's why they performed so badly -- this time around they want to express how much they love b-boying.

Oddly enough, the Battle of the Year has become of late a proxy battle stage between the two historical antagonists -- Japan and South Korea. It'd be interesting to see a documentary exploring this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it! November 3, 2010
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This is a great documentary style film. It is not just dancing the entire time. It's a story about getting into and competing in "Battle of the Year." If you have any appreciation at all for movement or for being passionate about something; then you should see this. It's amazing how many people from all over the world are b-boying strong. The bonus footage of about 25 minutes is of original b-boys talking about their experiences and some of the history. All of the interviews are sincere and you can really see the emotion regarding the lifestyle; particularly from Mr. Freeze and Ken Swift. FYI, Storm is on here as a judge and commentator...love him, but he wears a funny shirt ;)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exciting, entertaining and informative view into the world of professional breakdancers.
Published 2 months ago by Hutson R
5.0 out of 5 stars Digging it back up.
Hip-hop is the tribal arts brought to modern light, and this shows a great deal of the head spinning b-boys. If you're into the hip-hop culture, then this is a must watch.
Published 9 months ago by Sean Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for kids!
I am not sure if the adults who said this was a family movie, watched the entire movie until the end. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joel C. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars very neat
so i purchased this for my three yr old who has showed some interest in dance i want him to c all forms of dance. Read more
Published 12 months ago by evaristo
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Wildly Entertaining
The story behind break dancing, told through stories of multiple dynamic personalities. Great routines, good beats, and a positive message make it a definitive winner. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Irina
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I enjoy the product. It was exactly as describe. I would buy more if I needed some more. Get one
Published 14 months ago by Randy B. Sary
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and entertaining
I had no idea about the history of breaking and hip hop until I saw Planet B-Boy. It's a great view into a subculture that is brimming with dedicated artists that kick ass at what... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jesca
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont waste your time
Really boring and lame. All kind of different languages and subtitles and family stories I really don't care about. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Breezey
5.0 out of 5 stars love this documentary
I've seen this documentary several times and love it. if you're into the bboy thing, its pretty interesting. Maybe I love it more because it is about my people.
Published 18 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Love it!
A Must have for all who love the Hip Hop Culture!~ Inspiring Movie for all B-Boys & B-Girls To watch!~
Published 20 months ago by Alekesy W.
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