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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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Storyline

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 »

Also Known As:

Go! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toei Tokyo,Star Max,TV Tokyo See more »
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Runtime:

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 »

Goofs

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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stylish
19 March 2002 | by kleanerSee all my reviews

I liked this film. The topic of the could have been very heavy but this movie is fast and enjoyable, like "Trainspotting". The first part of the film is very stylish, especially the basketball court fighting scene and "Super Great Chicken Run" scene.

Unlike the beggining scene, however, the later scenes are bit slow and a bit boring. The acting is really good. The main actor played the Korean-Japanese guy very realistic even though he isn't one of them.

The use of the Shakespeare's quote at the beginning of the film represent the theme of the film very well. Who cares about the nationality? It's important to be truthful to who I am.


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