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Planet B-Boy

Planet B-Boy
Promotional movie poster
Directed by Benson Lee
Produced by Benson Lee
Amy Lo
Executive producers:
Johnny Lee
Chris C. Kim
Danny Huang
Starring Gamblerz
Knucklehead Zoo
Last For One
Phase T
Ken Swift
Thomas Hergenröther
Trac 2
Music by Woody Pak
Cinematography Vasco Nunes
Editing by Benson Lee
Jeff Marcello
Distributed by Elephant Eye Films
Release date(s) March 21, 2008 (USA)
Running time 101 min.
Country United States
Language English

Planet B-Boy is a 2007 documentary film that focuses on the 2005 Battle of the Year while also describing B-boy culture and history as a global phenomenon. This documentary was directed by Canadian-American Korean filmmaker Benson Lee, shot by Portuguese-American filmmaker Vasco Nunes, and released in theaters in the United States on March 21, 2008. It was released on DVD on November 11, 2008.


Planet B-Boy features extensive footage of the dancers in competition as well as street performances and various rehearsals by the different crews from around the world. The narrative of the film centers on five particular crews (representing France, Japan, South Korea, and the United States) in their quest to win the Battle of the Year, and it includes multiple interviews with the B-Boys and their families. The film also includes interviews with German B-Boy and promoter Thomas Hergenröther (who founded the Battle of the Year competition) and legendary B-Boy Ken Swift of the Rock Steady Crew.

This film has been shown at numerous festivals around the world[1] after originally making its debut on April 26, 2007 at the Tribeca Film Festival.[2] Planet B-Boy has received many strong reviews[3][4][5] and currently has a 91% rating at Rotten Tomatoes - with the consensus that "Lee's dazzling documentary makes a compelling argument for breakdancing as an art form".[6] In March 2008 it was revealed that director Benson Lee was working on a feature adaptation of Planet B-Boy, starring Chris Brown and featuring many American b-boys such as Kid David from Renegades and Casper from Boogie Brats.[7]

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External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • AllRovi
  • Official website
  • Interview with Benson Lee
  • March 2008 interview with the New York Daily News.
  • Conversation with Benson Lee, Director of Planet B-Boy April 2009, State of Mind Music
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