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Mikan no taikyoku (1982)

 -  Drama  -  20 April 1984 (USA)
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Ten years before the outbreak of the Second World War in Asia, a Japanese Go master and his Chinese rival meet in China to play a game of Go (loosely described as an Asian version of chess)... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Rentarô Mikuni ...
Rinsaku Matsunami
Misako Konno ...
Nobuko Otowa
Hideji Ôtaki
Yoshiko Mita
Tsukasa Itô
Junichi Ishida
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peng Du ...
Guan Xiaochuan
Zongying Huang ...
Kuang Yuanzhi
Danping Shen ...
Xiong Ahui
Guanchu Shen ...
Kuang Aming
Daolin Sun ...
Kuang Yishan
Shaokang Yu ...
Dr. Zhang
Lei Zhang ...
Xiao Ahui


Ten years before the outbreak of the Second World War in Asia, a Japanese Go master and his Chinese rival meet in China to play a game of Go (loosely described as an Asian version of chess). It soon becomes evident that the Chinese master's son is the most talented player that the Japanese master has ever encountered, and he convinces the boy's father to let him bring the child back to Japan to train him as a professional Go player. Years pass, and as the young Chinese master grows to maturity in Japan, the Japanese invasion of China forces him to choose between his triumphant career and his loyalty to his native country. His decision is complicated by his marriage to the daughter of the Japanese master, with whom he has produced a child. His choice will profoundly alter the lives of two families. Their saga serves as a reflection of the tragic relations between their two great countries, and the possibility of reconciliation and healing. Written by Simon Levy <>

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20 April 1984 (USA)  »

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The Go Masters  »

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Best foriegn film I have seen.
30 August 1999 | by (Honolulu, HI) – See all my reviews

This movie is not my favorite movie, that would be the Shawshank Redemption. However, it is my favorite foreign film of all time. People in america hear plenty about the horrors that occured in the European Theater during World War 2. Unfortunately, the only thing that we all seem to know happened in Asia collectively is that we won by dropping the Atomic Bomb on hiroshima. In the 80's there was the brief publicity over the cancer victims of hiroshima. For the most part however, the Pacific Theater has been greatly ignored. This movie not only shows the brutality of the Japanese war machine both in Japan and in the land they conquered. It also gives a good picture of the atrocities that occurred in China as well.

Still. all that is nothing. It also ties all of that history in to the game of Go, a game revered in both cultures. It shows the differences between both cultures. If you are looking through the movie store one night, wondering what to rent. I recommend this.

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