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Sugihara, born in Japan but with North Korean parents, falls in love with a Japanese girl after changing from a North Korean school to a Japanese school. His boxer dad teaches him boxing - skills used a lot.

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Sugihara
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Sakurai Tsubaki (as Kô Shibasaki)
Shinobu Ôtake ...
Michiko (mother of Sugihara)
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Hideyoshi (father of Sugihara)
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Won-su
Mitsu Murata ...
Katô
Takahito Hosoyamada ...
Jeong-il (as Takato Hosoyamada)
Min Kim ...
Naomi
Gye-nam Myeong ...
Staff member of South Korean embassy
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Tawake
Ren Osugi ...
Taxi driver (as Ren Ôsugi)
Sansei Shiomi ...
Mr. Kim
Masato Hagiwara ...
Policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anri Ban ...
Kaori
Guin Poon Chaw ...
Sakurai's mother (as Ginpuncho)
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Sugihara, born in Japan but with North Korean parents, falls in love with a Japanese girl after changing from a North Korean school to a Japanese school. His boxer dad teaches him boxing - skills used a lot.

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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 74th Academy Awards in 2002. See more »

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When Sugihara and Tsubaki visits the schoolyard the second time Sugihara jumps the fence. He grabs the bar to the right of the post. In the next shot his hands are to the left. See more »

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well done representative of "cool" Japanese cinema
26 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I love this movie. Not only is Yusuke Kubozuka the man but this movie is just done really really well. It is a very good combination of stylistically surreal scenes such as the basketball scene and the race against the train, along with a plot that delves into issues that are very prevalent in Japanese society. A good friend of mine has experienced quite a bit of this prejudice in Japan being of partially Korean descent. It's actually been a little while since I've seen the movie so I can't really comment on too much of the specifics, but I just remember it as being a very intense experience that came through on a number of levels, combining an interesting love story, cool action sequences, humor, social commentary, and a coming of age story all into one amazing movie. Also it was great to see the actor who played the father again because he was so cool back in "Tampopo".


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