Move through Fantasy and Reality while watching Asian Drama!
Description: A TV movie about a homeless teen who wanders the streets and skips school but is able to redeem himself through the beauty of boxing. Ordinary teen Kang Yoo (Dong Ho), who can?t get along with people at home or school, begins to learn the basics of boxing from a book. One day, he goes out on the street and defends himself with his new learned boxing skills from a group of thugs. Since that time, he is called the hunter of thugs. By chance, Kang Yoo meets Sang Ho (Sung Woong), who becomes his mentor. Kang Yoo pushes himself to find out who he really is ?
Better than the Japanese version.
While the Japanese drama is really straight from the manga, it cuts short and leaves you wondering what else happens. Unless you’ve read the manga, which is now fully translated in English, you wouldn’t know. One of the failures of the Japanese version is how they made each fight out to be. A lot of focus on the main character’s one-two’s, mainly, his hands, rather than the action itself.
That’s solved here. Although the story is the same, the setting is not, and I’m assuming the names are different as well. As I know no Korean, I cannot say how accurate the names are, but I can tell you this: If you wanted to see the manga come to life, this is the real thing.
Right from the start you’re bombarded by a marathon of fight scenes from later in the show, some featuring Kamishiro, some featuring Izawa. They’re all great, and they show what’s to be expected of the action. And after watching the first episode, I’m not disappointed at all.
While it may not currently make any references to Shimokita and such, the spirit and flare is there; this Holyland is the true successor to the Manga in every way. You want a good show? This’ll be it, and if it stays true to the manga, you can expect it to be dramatic, action packed, and funny. All the characters have great personalities, and it covers a lot of ground. You can even expect that this’ll be as informative as the mangaka’s monologues on each page where there’s something new or technical that needs explaining. The first episode features textbook examples pretty much straight from the manga.
If you’re looking for something close to this, there’s another one called Fight (or Road Fighter, Mazzang, etc, can be found here, seven episodes long starring Yu Gun.) that I’d also recommend, though this is gonna be much better than that, it looks like..