PLANET B-BOY taps into the urban artform of breakdancing. Art, as director Benson Lee points out, can sometimes be more at home on the pavement than in a museum. We follow breakdancers around the globe, doing what they do best,wherever gravity permits them. Scenes from a moving subway train are orchestrated, but never seem contrived. The story brings us to the Battle of the Year, an international competition and a mecca for breakdancers. Intimate portrayals of some of the competitors reveal racism and the struggle for acceptance. PLANET B-BOY is a candid tribute to the art, the people and the music.
Benson Lee is a Korean-American director whose work has been theatrically distributed worldwide, aired on HBO, Cinemax and the Sundance Channel. His first feature, MISS MONDAY (1998), was filmed in London and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it received the Special Jury Prize for Best Actor. Lee also co-produced the documentary BLACK PICKET FENCE (2002), which received the Jury Award at the Full Frame Film Festival and was released by Seventh Art Releasing. PLANET B-BOY is his first documentary as a director.