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Once Upon a Time in High School

Spirit of Jeet Kune Do: Once Upon a Time in High School / 말죽거리 잔혹사 is a South Korean drama movie. The background of the film was set in a high school in South Korea, 1978. Hyun-soo transfers to another school. He is sent to a bottom-rank class and experiences violence in classroom by the group of gangsters in his class, led by Jong-hun, who is a stereotypical Korean bully in school. The teachers are also depicted as authoritarian to the students, using violence to the students for the sake of discipline, as did most Korean teachers in the 70s and to some extent in the modern days as well.

Directed by Yu Ha
Written by Yu Ha

Kwon Sang-woo as Hyun-soo
Han Ga-in
Lee Jeong-jin

Music by Kim Jun-seok
Release date January 16, 2004 (South Korea)
Running time 116 min.
Language Korean

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