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Blood and Bones (2004)

Chi to hone (original title)
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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Yôichi Sai

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Sogil Yan (novel), Yôichi Sai (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takeshi Kitano ... Joon-pyong Kim
Hirofumi Arai ... Masao Kim
Tomoko Tabata Tomoko Tabata ... Hanako Kim
Joe Odagiri ... Takeshi Park
Kyôka Suzuki Kyôka Suzuki ... Yong-hee Lee
Yutaka Matsushige ... Nobuyoshi Ko
Mari Hamada ... Sadako Toritani
Yûko Nakamura Yûko Nakamura ... Kiyoko Yamanashi
Kazuki Kitamura ... Yoshio Motoyama
Shûji Kashiwabara Shûji Kashiwabara ... San-myung Jang
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Hee-bom Park
Atsushi Itô Atsushi Itô ... Yong-il / Young Joon-pyong
Miako Tadano Miako Tadano ... Chun-mi Kim
Mami Nakamura Mami Nakamura ... Sanae Otani
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jae Baxley Jae Baxley ... Fight Spectator
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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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Korean | Japanese

Release Date:

6 November 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood and Bones See more »

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Opening Weekend:

$294,978 (Japan), 5 November 2004, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 78th Academy Awards in 2006. See more »

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A violent man wreaks havoc with family and neighbors in Osaka's post-war Korean-Japanese community
8 November 2004 | by sk4ekSee all my reviews

This movie represents the first leading role Beat Takeshi has taken in more than a decade in a movie he didn't direct. The advance reviews of his performance were enthusiastic, and his powerful depiction of the violent and controlling Kim Shunpei more than lives up to the notices. Still, the film itself is a flawed creation; unable to pack all of the critical backstory of the original best-selling book even into a 140-minute film, the director settles for presenting a series of scenes that cycle repeatedly between set-up, violent outburst, and aftermath , with little connecting tissue and almost no effort to explain how or why the main character became the dangerous 'monster' he is. With leaps of years and even decades between scenes, it's clear that many of the book's defining incidents failed to make the screenplay, and while the lead and supporting performances are almost uniformly fine, I left the theater exhausted from the violence but feeling nothing for the victims--Kim's family, neighbors and employees--of it. (It is also probable that foreign audiences, not familiar with the cultural, political, and social issues surrounding the ethnic Korean community in Japan, will have trouble appreciating the crucial nuances of language and expression, most of which are unlikely to survive the subtitling process).


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