The comic action film ``Arahan" received the grand prize of this year's Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival at the event's closing ceremony.
``Arahan" was directed by Ryoo Seung-wan and starred the filmmaker's actor brother Ryoo Seung-bum as a policeman who taps into Taoist superpowers to save the world. The festival called the film ``an amazing combination of fantasy, martial arts and comedy" in its press release announcing the winners.
What is ARAHAN?
When the chi powers of Maruchi and Arachi who have reached the status of the enlightened are joined, they attain the way of Arahan, or Arahat, as described in Buddhist scriptures.
Arahat is the term for a sainthood in Theravada Buddhism, for which an individual has obtained the nirvana by overcoming all attachments and understanding the principles of the universe. It is also spelled "Nahan" in Korean. -DvdAsian.com
South Korean director Ryoo Seung-Wan received acclaim after his low-budget film "Die Bad" and got commercial attention with his film "No Blood No Tears". "ARAHAN Urban Martial Arts Action" (aka. Arahan jangpung daejakjeon, 2004) precedes "City Of Violence" and has gotten a good box-office return in Asia. At first glance, some people can be reminded of Stephen Chow's KUNG FU HUSTLE, this Korean installment does have similar themes in the myths of … more