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 U.S. 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. (Then you see how all the qualities cross into each other.)
Planet B-Boy (Elephant Eye Films) A documentary by Benson Lee. Unrated. Time 101 minutes.