Fighter in the Wind in May
Optimum Asia have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Fighter in the Wind for 30th May 2005 priced at £19.99. This explosively violent Martial Arts epic was inspired by the life of the Korean fighting legend Choi Baedal (Yang Dong-geun) whom the New York Times described in 1961 as 'the toughest man in the world'. Choi's unique style of karate used the fighting principal 'one strike, certain death' to crush his opponents.
During WW2, Choi travels to Japan in the hope of becoming a pilot but instead is faced with hardship and prejudice because as a Korean, he is considered a second-class citizen. Forbidden by the Japanese from learning martial arts and forced onto the street, Choi becomes more determined, and retreats to the mountains to begin the arduous task of disciplining both mind and body through tough training methods. Choi returns to the city nearly two years later to take on Japan's best fighters in some brutal and brilliantly choreographed hand-to-hand combat. The film follows Choi's progression through the martial arts world as he rises to fame to become the most skilled martial artist in Japan.
Written and directed by Yang Yun-ho, Fighter in the Wind was released theatrically in Korea in the Summer 2004 and is the third collaboration between the director and actor Yang Dong-geun. The film also stars top Korean Martial Arts expert Jeong Du-hong (No Blood No Tears) as Choi's mentor and the beautiful Aya Hirayama.
- 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 Surround
- Optional English subtitles
- Action Diary of a Martial Arts Director (17:17mins)
- Interviews with:
- Director Yang Yun-Ho (9:42mins)
- Actor Yang Dong-geun (7:48mins)
- Actress Aya Hirayama (10:28mins)
- Actor Kato Masaya (6:42mins)
- Music video (3:31mins)