Friday, May 22, 2009

Fighter In The Wind - 追風武士

Fighter In The Wind (追風武士) is a 2004 film out of Korea. The movie is based on Masutatsu Oyama, who developed the karate style of Kyokushin.

Masutatsu Oyama is of Korean orgin that goes to Japan to be a fighter pilot as a stowaway. Escaping abuse and finding his way in post war Japan. The story is about how Masutatsu develops his style and the life experiences that shaped it. Masutatusu finds a living as a rickshaw driver. But local gangsters and Korean immigrants get in a fight and Masutatsu is taken out early, but not harmed. Masutatsu takes to the hills and trains. Like they do in kung fu movies. From the mountains returns a hardened Masutatsu.

Masutatsu starts going to all the dojos he can find to challenge the experts.

The romantic love interest of the movie is the lovely Aya Hirayama.

Fighter In The Wind is not released in the US and the version I watched had decent subtitles with many errors, but I was able to decipher the movie.

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