Rikidōzan (film)

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Yeokdosan film.jpg
Movie poster
Revised Romanization Yeokdosan
McCune–Reischauer Yŏkdosan
Directed by Song Hae-sung
Produced by Kim Sun-ah
Haruo Umekawa
Written by Song Hae-sung
Starring Sol Kyung-gu
Miki Nakatani
Tatsuya Fuji
Masato Hagiwara
Masakatsu Funaki
Music by Lee Jae-jin
Cinematography Kim Hyung-koo
Edited by Park Gok-ji
Release date
  • December 6, 2004 (2004-12-06)
Running time
137 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Japanese

Rikidōzan (Hangul역도산; RRYeokdosan) is a 2004 South Korean-Japanese film written and directed by Song Hae-sung.[1] The film is based on the life of Rikidōzan, a legendary ethnic Korean professional wrestler who became a national hero in Japan in the 1950s. It stars Sol Kyung-gu in the titular role, with Miki Nakatani, Tatsuya Fuji, and actual Japanese wrestlers Keiji Mutoh and Masakatsu Funaki in the cast.


denotes an actual professional wrestler


Sol Kyung-gu gained 20 kilograms (44 lbs.) for the role and also delivered 95% of his lines in Japanese.[2][3] Despite winning great praise for his performance, however, the film vastly underperformed in the box office on its local release, with total admissions at 1,249,794.[4]

Nevertheless, Rikidozan was recognized at the 42nd Grand Bell Awards, winning Best Director for Song Hae-sung, and Best Cinematography for Kim Hyung-koo.


  1. ^ Kim, Gab-sik (13 October 2004). "A Dialogue between Film Directors Song Hae-sung and Iwai Shunji". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  2. ^ Lee, Seung-jae (1 December 2004). "I Reflected on Myself in Rikidozan". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Sul Kyung-gu Brings a Touch of Muscle to Wrestling Role". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 December 2004. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  4. ^ "Commercial Releases in 2004: Ranked Box-Office Results". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 

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