Detention has never been longer. A group of unmotivated and difficult students has been locked by their psychopath teachers inside a high-tech school building. They now hav to try to make their escape. Not everyone will finish their school career here. The ultimate nightmare of every student comes true in this movie…
School for ever!
The origins of “School Break”
The plot of “School Break” initially included a senior student who voluntarily repeated grade 2 to save his brother from the Maths lessons and make it into grade 3. M. Clearfield, the director, wanted it to be an action movie.
Even though Clearfield was convinced of his idea, he didn’t go about it quickly. He was concerned that the plot was not convenient for an action movie. He later included a Freemason-Creationist cooking show into the plot and started to develop some interesting characters.
In 1965 he presented the project to the North Korean propaganda film industry “Brainwash” (세뇌), who didn’t believe in a success of the movie at first, because there was no dictator in it. Other companies that worked in the propaganda business were sceptical as well. It was even taken into consideration to turn the movie into a six-part mini series with Chuck Norris as cleaning lady, but that plan was quickly cancelled.
After successful movies like “The Whiteboard Connection”, “Teach Me Harder, Baby!” and “Blackboard Eraser IV” the Koreans changed their opinion and started working with Clearfield’s company “argzerfarz productions”.
The original title score of “School Break” was composed by the Turkish food chemist and lady-beard hairdresser Abdulkadur Koksalan, who was nominated for an Emmy.
The song “Wipe My White Blackboard, Balla Baby Balla” of the famous rapper “Cow-Shed-Boy” was exclusively written for the premiere of the film on Uganda’s TV channel “BRIBE TV”. It appears in the opening scene but was released as a single and music video as well.
German TV channel ARTE also comissioned a title song. The international hit “Write the test again, Sam – School Break Anthem” is sung by Emil Muchtebude, lead singer of the folk band “Unanimous Workaholics”. The song isn’t included in the trailer and the music video has never been released. It remains doubtful if anybody has ever heard the song at all. Still, in August 2007 it made it into the top ten of the Polish hit parade.
The film was shot in an old hospital in Germany where a few years before the notorious serial suicidal Tom Tumbler had had the world’s first ear lobe transplant.
The Dutch computer game company “Assmann” have bought the release rights for “School Break: The Overhead Transparency”. The game was developed by a Slovenian firm for PC, Playstation and Atari and publicly released for the European market in February 2013.
The plot of “School Break: The Overhead Transparency” takes place parallel to the plot of the film, but because of a time-space-paradox everything is unfolding backwards and in circles, so the game doesn’t make any sense at all. The players experience everything from the POV of undercover agent Morgana Freewoman who is infiltrating a group of students to copy their homework assignments.
The formula on the blackboard
The formula on the blackboard that can bee seen in the trailer contains Gödel’s completeness theorem, but unfortunately there hadn’t been enough chalk, so it remained incomplete.