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Planet B-Boy 

When: Fri., March 28, 7 p.m. 2008
Price: $7.75-$9.75

Given the popularity of urban dance movies like Save the Last Dance and this year's Step Up 2 the Streets -- to show that yes, white girls also have soul -- it's clear that our cultural fascination with breakdancing is still alive and kicking. Like many of his contemporaries, Korean-American director Benson Lee decided to pimp the B-Boy mystique. His 2008 documentary Planet B-Boy covers breakdance scenes in Paris, Seoul, Osaka, and Las Vegas, combining riptide dance sequences with personal storylines about racism and immigrant issues. What distinguishes his film from its mainstream counterparts is Benson's commitment to authenticity: Rather than use a thin melodramatic plotline to glue his film together, he portrays an international B-Boy culture, and shows how they parlay their break-battle skills -- stamina, competitiveness, and a profound will to survive -- in the trenches of everyday life. Planet B-Boy opens Friday, March 28 at Landmark Shattuck Cinemas (2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley).

— Rachel Swan


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