I loved this film!
Everyone I've shown it to loves it as well, so I am guessing that you will
love it too. Volcano High is part of the awesome Eastern Eye series from The
AV Channel and tells the tale of Kim Kyung-Soo, a young man with extraordinary
powers who is expelled from school after school and winds up at Volcano High.
What follows is 100
minutes of some of the most entertaining Asian Cinema that you could imagine.
Volcano High is a school for the most powerfully supernaturally gifted
students in Korea and the melting pot of these powers and egos often mean that
there is a fight only moments away each time these powerful kids face each
Everything about Volcano
High radiates cool, from the way that the film has been shot, through to the
awesome effects that take place during the fight scenes, it all adds up to a
Must Own title for fans of this type of cinema. Add to the mix a type of
comedic humour that shows off a sparky sense of humour that is slightly
The story isn't too
complicated however with only subtitles to rely on, you better make sure that
you are paying attention all the way through. Basically the Principal at
Volcano High is in possession of a manuscript that will bestow power upon the
recipient. When the Principal is struck down by a spell that renders him in a
vegetative state, the Vice Principal brings in some super powered teachers to
keep the different factions within the student body from ripping the school
and each other apart whilst he attempts to find the manuscript. OK, maybe it's
a bit complicated after all!
This is the sort of
movie that will keep you laughing and stuck to the screen from the start to
the very finish. It is engaging, with a pace that ensures a thoroughly
entertaining experience that will have everyone talking about it.
This is a great looking movie shown in 16:9
widescreen format. The film has been given a wash that makes everything look a
little dark but is highly effective in bringing out picture detail and general
moodiness. I loved the way that it looked and cannot fault the transfer.
I loved the fact that this title did NOT have
an English soundtrack as often there is a lot lost in a foreign film when
there is an English dub, particularly in Asian Cinema where a great movie can
quite often become a bit of a farce due to the bad voice acting.
There are three soundtracks here, Korean 5.1,
Korean 2.0 and Korean 5.1 DTS for the sound purists out there. The audio
though is the only reason that this brilliant flick is not getting a 10. The
sound is all over the place and all I can suggest is that you keep a finger on
the volume control as it goes up and down the whole time which quite frankly
got annoying on the Dolby soundtrack. On a lesser title it would have resulted
in a much lower score. The nice thing is that all the channels are put to good
use and do sound good when running, especially during battle scenes. It's
funny but when doing research for this title I noticed that MTV in America has
dubbed this title a hip hop kung fu flick with rappers doing the voices of all
the main characters.
Make sure that you watch the extras on this
disc to see how the movie comes to life. Of particular interest is the behind
the scenes areas where you get to see how dangerous wire-fighting can be with
actors getting cut by the wires or dragged with a lot of force into
structures. You also will get to see the cast and crew good off a little bit
which was a nice touch.
Other extras involve a number of interviews
for even more information about the film from the principal players, deleted
scenes removed from the final cut and something that I really liked was the
ability to watch the feature again with the deleted scenes put into the film.
It fleshed out a few parts of the flick which were a little vague.
Behind the Eye was another great feature when
you saw the Eastern Eye logo on the screen you could hit enter on your remote
to watch some behind the scenes footage at select moments. Another really cool
Finally there were a number of trailer and
the standout one here was for The Grudge. Watch even this trailer late enough
at night and in the dark and I guarantee you that you are watching between
your fingers by the end!
Open the Eye
Making of Volcano High
Get it, Get it, Get it! Did I mention that I
really thought you should buy this movie?
- Tory Favro