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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.

Director:

Isao Yukisada

Writers:

Kazuki Kaneshiro (novel), Kankurô Kudô (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yôsuke Kubozuka ... Sugihara
Ko Shibasaki ... Sakurai Tsubaki (as Kô Shibasaki)
Shinobu Ôtake Shinobu Ôtake ... Michiko (mother of Sugihara)
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Hideyoshi (father of Sugihara)
Hirofumi Arai ... Won-su
Mitsu Murata Mitsu Murata ... Katô
Takahito Hosoyamada Takahito Hosoyamada ... Jeong-il (as Takato Hosoyamada)
Min Kim Min Kim ... Naomi
Gye-nam Myeong Gye-nam Myeong ... Staff member of South Korean embassy
Tarô Yamamoto ... Tawake
Ren Osugi ... Taxi driver (as Ren Ôsugi)
Sansei Shiomi Sansei Shiomi ... Mr. Kim
Masato Hagiwara Masato Hagiwara ... Policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anri Ban Anri Ban ... Kaori
Guin Poon Chaw 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Korean

Release Date:

20 October 2001 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 the Korean girl at the station grabs the stabbed neck, her hand is already covered in blood. See more »

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well done representative of "cool" Japanese cinema
26 March 2003 | by andmorrisSee 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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