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  • Summary: With compelling characters and vibrant dance sequences, Planet B-Boy is set in the international world of b-boying, the urban dance more commonly known as "break dancing." Weaving between the vivid backdrops of Osaka, Paris, Seoul, and Las Vegas, spectacular choreography frames the intimate stories of dancers who struggle for their dreams despite being misunderstood by their larger societies and their own families. An American dancer in Vegas looks for his big break; a Korean son seeks his father's approval; a 12-year-old boy in France confronts his family's racism. All of the b-boys' lives collide in Germany where their skills are put to the ultimate test: the "Battle of the Year" finals, with crews from 18 nations vying for the title of World Champion. (Elephant Eye Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 83
    The shows themselves are extraordinary, especially Japan's Ichigei group, which has the all-out fun and athleticism of a vitaminized Twyla Tharp troupe.
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Infectiously energetic.
  3. Though he doesn't break any new documentary ground, Lee knows how to shoot his subjects. Their stories are moving, and their moves are thrilling.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Often exhilarating docu charts several breakdancing crews' path to the Battle of the Year, which hosts national winners from 18 countries -- not excluding Israel, Belgium or Latvia -- in dazzling competitive displays.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    An eye-catching combination of cultural history, performer profiles and competition footage that should see enthusiastic response from niche audiences in urban and specialty venues.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    From moment to moment, Planet B-Boy is fun, sometimes thrilling and packed with illuminating details and striking personalities.
  7. 25
    Proves that what might be (but probably isn't) worth five minutes of your time while you're passing through the Times Square subway station really isn't worth a 1 1/2-hour movie.

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  1. BboyW.
    Mar 25, 2008
    Great documentary on bboying or breakdancing. I loved it not only because of the amazing moves but because it gives people who are unaware of bboying a taste of the bboy culture and lifestyle. Expand
  2. TomG.
    Apr 6, 2008
    An amazing movie that isn't just about dancing but the lives behind the members and the personal struggles they have to go through to reach their dreams. Expand
  3. B.C.
    Mar 25, 2008
    Awesome! Thanks for making this documentary!
  4. MaciekK.
    Mar 26, 2008
    Phenomenal break dancing. Compelling personal profiles. Would have preferred more non-stop dancing, but well worth a viewing. I hope that the DVD has the whole battle show. Expand
  5. JoshB.
    Mar 28, 2008
    If you watch the trailer and think you might like this movie, you will like this movie. Great mix of drama, humor, and cool dancing. (and in general, I don't give a crap about dancing or hip hop) Expand