|Starring||Jang Jin Yeong, Ng Shing Yan, Cheng Won Chak, Cheng Hung Yan|
|Audio||Dolby Digital Surround 5.1|
|Running Time||98 Minutes|
Not suitable for young persons and children.
descriptionKye Doo-Sik (Jung Joon-Ho) has a problem. He's a good gang boss, having quickly risen through the ranks, but when a higher position opens up he finds himself hitting a glass ceiling. Unless he can at least finish high school, his boss tells him, he'll never get beyond his current position. It seems that most of the bigger bosses had at least some college education. So off to a private high school he goes.
The gang story in My Boss, My Hero is largely ignored except for a big gang-fight ending. Instead, the focus is on the story inside the school. One teacher is tough but fair, while another teacher is very competent but sexually harassed. One student is a bully, another is the class bitch, and yet another needs a scholarship to go to college (the class bitch's family influence stands in the way). There's even a transsexual for comic relief. Doo-sik's two lieutenants (one an idiot, the other competent) support their boss from the sidelines and frequently get entangled in the situation. At first, Doo-sik plays the role of the student to the hilt, even allowing himself to be the victim of the bully and otherwise taking all the abuse the Korean school system has to offer (which is apparently a lot if this movie is to be believed). Then, it's time for him to start beating everyone up.
For a comedy, there's a great deal of violence. Not just slapstick, either, but full beat-down-bloody, trip-to-the-hospital violence. Doo-sik takes his lumps and dishes them out frequently to his idiot sidekick, who takes it out on the people below him. The teachers smack around the students and are in turn smacked around by the parents and gang members. Despite this, My Boss, My Hero plays like an entire TV season of Asian school comedy/drama compressed into 98 minutes. Actually there is a Japanese Drama version starring Nagase Tomoya which is my 2nd most favorite J-drama behind Gokusen. Very similar plot to Gokusen but in reverse with the student, this time, trying to hide his Yakuza Heritage.
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