Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Planet B-Boy 2007

Directed by Benson Lee

This exhilarating documentary brings us all the excitement of the 2005 break dancing Battle of the Year. Featuring insane performances and impossible choreography from the world's best b-boys.

USA In English, French, Japanese and Korean with English subtitles
95 minutes 35mm



Vasco Lucas Nunes


Jeff Marcello
Benson Lee


Woody Pak


Knucklehead Zoo
Last for One
Phase T
Asia One
Ken Swift
Mr Freeze
Poe One


Tribeca, Sydney, Edinburgh, Amsterdam Documentary 2007


"Hip-hop fans should flock to Planet B-Boy to see what break dancing looks like around the world, but so should movie-musical and performance-art fans who love intelligent and aggressive improvisation and energy. Benson Lee‘s movie follows b-boy crews from France, Japan, South Korea and the US as they prepare for and engage in the 2005 international Battle of the Year, staged in Braunschweig, Germany. The buildup engages you in national styles and rivalries. You see what hip-hop experts mean when they say that Japan boasts innovative choreography, France the most musical dancers, and South Korea powerful and precise acrobatics... The movie puts a humorous twist on French resentment of the US (an American hip-hopper expresses befuddlement: After all, he didn‘t vote for Bush), before zeroing in on the respectful competition between Korea and Japan, and later between Asians and Europeans." — Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun.