Planet B-Boy
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Director Benson Lee explores the global resurgence of breakdancing in a documentary that proves the so-called "B-boying" trend didn't die with the passing of the '80s. An urban dance style that started on the streets of New York City in the 1970s, B-boying would become an important building block in the formation of hip-hop culture. Though the popularity of such films as Beat Street and Breakin' would inspire teens all over the world to jump onto the cardboard to "pop and lock," as with most trends the urban dance craze seemed to fade into oblivion as quickly as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"Benson Lee's crackling 2007 video documentary follows five teams as they compete for a world title, with one amazing number after another showcasing the dancers' chorus-line precision, gymnastic athleticism, and thematic novelty."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"If I could, I would spin on my head to express how much I enjoyed Planet B-Boy."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Great entertainment backed with profound social and cultural insight about the worldwide grass roots importance of breakdancing. After admiring the dancers' athleticism, you'll want to hit the gym."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"While the film stresses how hip-hop unifies different cultures, it's interesting to see how each culture's youth has appropriated the principles of hip-hop for its own self-expression."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Planet B-Boy effortlessly makes the case that breakdancing is a genuine art form. Mixing ballet and the street, the crews are dazzling."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"If Benson Lee's intention with Planet B-Boy was to set the record straight on the continuing story of break dancers, then his documentary has to be counted a success. With a few caveats."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"The seemingly endless performances can be a bit much, but Lee's sensitivity to the need of these dancers to say something about themselves through dazzling moves is memorable."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"What they all have in common, as Quik, a member of Japan's Ichigeki Crew, explains, is a passion for the border-busting power dance, movement as a movement, freedom of expression, wild-style."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"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."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"...a well-balance work that captures the often jaw dropping performances by the dancers."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"What's fun about Benson Lee's documentary Planet B-Boy isn't just the amazingly athletic displays of B-boys he puts on screen, but the film's sense of cultural discovery."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"An exuberant study of the ways competition and collaboration can team up when it comes to the creativity of these guys."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"An exhilarating documentary about street dancers from around the globe."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Regardless of its shortcomings, there is a variety of break dancing on display here that will bring the viewer up to speed on the state of the art."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"After watching this movie, I felt like every nerve ending in my body was shooting sparks. No wonder these boys dedicate their lives to this dance. It's electrifying."
‑ Beverly Berning,
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