Thursday, March 06, 2008

Planet B-Boy Review...

(Revised 10.21.08 Slone shows off his latest work...He's the artist for Planet BBoy)...

Though it is not my job to be a movie critic, it is my friend Steve's job and he got passes to see Planet B-boy...I was glad to see it for a few reasons. Not only did the beginning sequence bring the culture back to its four elements, the bboying was in its purest form, and what has changed (the power moves, the level of difficulty, the choreography) in the decades since its inception, has only given it more validity. I don't think a lot of the youth gets the whole concept of hiphop, only the mainstream spoon-fed marketing ads of it, the MTV drivel, the "American Idol type dance shows"...This movie brought it back to the whole point of hiphop, battling...The other reason this movie really hit home with me was the backgrounds to the crews who were in the finals. The Koreans have really run with bboying and though a Korean crew won first (Last for One) and third place (Defending 2004 champs Gamblerz) at Battle of the Year 2005 in Germany, I really think that the Japanese crew Ichegeki that took second should've been the winners though they won best show. They had the most awesome concept and choreography. Not to be a traitor to my peoples, but I thought the Japanese were better. Anyways, it was nice to see boys from the southern countryside take the title anyway. And man, did I relate to the feeling like a minority within society picture they gave of bboying in Korea. Another thing, Slone did the artwork in it...That was really well done. Big ups to Slone...All in all, this documentary was really nicely done. I leave you with one of the best quotes in the movie. "I don't dance to make money. I make money to dance." Honorable mention goes to Phase T from France.

1 comment:

S said...

Great review, way better than mine, cuz you got to the heart of why it's worth seeing.

I wanna be Korean.

-Steve