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Blood and Bones (2004)
"Chi to hone" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  6 November 2004 (Japan)
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In 1923, the Korean teenager Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island, in South Korea, to Osaka, in Japan. Along the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of ... See full summary »

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Joon-pyong Kim
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Tomoko Tabata ...
Hanako Kim
Joe Odagiri ...
Takeshi Park
Kyôka Suzuki ...
Yong-hee Lee
Yutaka Matsushige ...
Nobuyoshi Ko
Mari Hamada ...
Sadako Toritani
Yûko Nakamura ...
Kiyoko Yamanashi
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Yoshio Motoyama
Shûji Kashiwabara ...
San-myung Jang
Susumu Terajima ...
Hee-bom Park
Atsushi Itô ...
Yong-il / Young Joon-pyong
Miako Tadano ...
Chun-mi Kim
Mami Nakamura ...
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In 1923, the Korean teenager Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island, in South Korea, to Osaka, in Japan. Along the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of kamaboko, processed seafood products, in his poor Korean-Japanese community exploiting his employees. He makes fortune, abuses and destroys the lives of his wife and family, having many mistresses and children and showing no respect to anybody. Later he closes the factory, lending the money with high interests and becoming a loan shark. His hatred behavior remains until his last breath, alone in North Korea. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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$294,978 (Japan) (5 November 2004)

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$1,301,595 (Japan) (19 November 2004)
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Yôichi Sai says he waited six years for Takeshi Kitano to become available to play the lead role. He refused to shoot the film with anyone else. See more »

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Harsh essay on the cycles of violence
26 July 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Yoichi Sai's long film is about a Korean immigrant (to Japan), played by Takeshi Kitano, who cares about nothing but his own pleasure and gain. His destructive personality and violent temper decimate everything and everyone around him. Based on a true story, the script does not attempt to explain or justify Kitano's character. It presents him without judgment.

The rapes and beatings (mostly of family members) are relentless and occasionally surreal. One brutal exchange between father and son takes place during a rainstorm and is visually arresting. Another sequence, where father and son respectively destroy each other's homes, has a dark, humorous edge.

The director chooses his shots carefully and recreates the periods in which the film is set (circa 1923 to the mid-80's) effectively but never ostentatiously.

Although there is much repetition, the film does serve up a smörgåsbord of atrocities for exploitation fans. The treatment of women is harsh. One beating, in particular, of a young woman by her coarse husband, is strong stuff indeed and flawlessly conveys the cycle of violence a perpetrator creates within his own circle and extended family.

Clearly given a generous budget and clearly a labor of love, BLOOD AND BONES is well worth seeing and should not be forgotten.

Kitano is extraordinary.


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