April 15, 2008
Landmark Varsity Theatre
4329 University Way NE
PLANET B-BOY Explores the Vibrant Resurgence of B-Boying/B-Girling Across the Globe.
Knucklehead Zoo (USA): Mike Murda, Do-knock, Fonzie, Ben, Stress, Yust, Leo, Steve. Gamblerz (KOREA): Darkness, Bruce Lee, The End, Still, Laser. Phase-T (FRANCE): Crazy Monkey, Lil Kev, Bgirl Anne, Bee-D, Jou Jou, Claude. Last For One (KOREA): Bboy Joe, Taiyo, Zero 9, Min, Style M. Ichigeki (JAPAN): Shin, Katsu, Prince, Catcher, Quik, Non-man. Drifterz (KOREA): Ducky, Hong 10, Physix
Ken Swift, Trac 2, Mr. Freeze, Storm, Thomas Hergenrother, Machine (Osaka Japan),Charlie Shin and more.
While most people think of Breaking as a pop culture fad from the 80’s, it was originally known as “b-boying” or “b-girling” and it began in the 70’s on the streets of the Bronx and remains one of the most dynamic and recognizable dance forms in Hip Hop.
After disappearing from the mainstream radar, b-boying/b-girling went back underground. The movement flourished and the dance spread around the world. B-boys and b-girls can be found in almost every country imaginable, and the dance has continued to evolve in its artistry and athletics, remaining one of the most spectacular dance forms ever.
Weaving between the vivid backdrops of Osaka, Paris, Seoul and Las Vegas, unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of dancers who struggle for their dreams despite being misunderstood by larger society and even their families.
An American dancer in Vegas looks for his big break; a Korean son seeks his father’s approval; a twelve year old boy in France confronts his family’s racism – all the b-boys collide in Germany where the their skills are put to the ultimate test: The Battle of the Year finals featuring crews from 18 nations vying for the title of World Champion.
Coming from vastly different cultures, what the b-boys share above all is their willingness to sacrifice everything for b-boying as a way of life. By gaining personal insight into their lives, we see that it is their ultimate form of self-expression and creativity. With little chance of recognition or financial gain, the b-boys’ struggle to maintain their passion and love for their art is the original essence of Hip Hop in its purest form.
PLANET B-BOY features electrifying dance performances and astonishing displays of power and grace, showing how a street dance that emerged from New York City has evolved into an inspiring art form for a new generation around the world.
Director, Producer, and Editor:
Johnny Lee, Chris C. Kim, Danny Huang
Vasco Luca Nunes
Elephant Eye Films