Fighter in the Wind | Chicago Reader

Fighter in the Wind

A young Korean man, loosely based on a real-life karate master who wrestled bulls and skillfully portrayed by Yang Dong-guen, wants to become a World War II pilot. He moves to Japan, where he encounters extreme bigotry and begins a brutal, self-imposed training regimen that includes barefoot ice climbing. Moving from abject humiliation to steely resolve, he eventually becomes the best fighter in Japan. Yang Yun-ho's handsome 2004 Korean film, its fight sequences edited for maximum excitement, is most interesting as an indictment of Japanese racism and for its brief depiction of the postwar chaos, with thuggish GIs who seem even worse than the yakuza. In Korean and Japanese with subtitles. 120 min.

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