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Mikan no taikyoku (1982)

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 ...
Hideji Ôtaki
Yoshiko Mita
Tsukasa Itô
Jun'ichi Ishida ...
(as Junichi Ishida)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peng Du ...
Guan Xiaochuan
Zongying Huang ...
Kuang Yuanzhi
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 <levy@cs.brandeis.edu>

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20 April 1984 (USA)  »

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The Go Masters  »

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16 November 2008 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

There is a way to do this right. You can see it in "Hero," where the film is alternately a game of Go, a collection of ordered drops of rain, and many, many other things. That film mattered.

This one may be said to be important because it was a collaboration between Japanese and Chinese (which means the Red Army) concerns and it deals honestly with outrageous Japanese thuggery. And the production is expensive at least, with lots of people and accurate, detailed sets. But as with many collaborations, the artistic vision got watered down. Like hundreds, perhaps even thousands, it traces human emotions both caused and effected in societal conflict.

There is nothing new here, nothing effective. The fact that our chief males either are experts at this marvelous game or admirers of the art of playing matters little. It could have substituted a calligrapher, poet or swordsman. There's nothing at all of the surrounding and capture, the shifts and pulls of the game. One can see that the story was originally envisioned to be folded in this way, and perhaps the source material was. But as with so many others, it got lost on the way to the pier.

I found the performances stilted, even by Japanese standards. As they dominate this thing philosophically, that is the metric we should use I suppose.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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