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Chi to hone (2004)

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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Box Office

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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Trivia

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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Once upon a time in Japan
17 February 2018 | by nmegaheySee all my reviews

Blood and Bone might as well be called 'Once Upon A Time In Japan' for the strong resemblance it bears to Sergio Leone's epic account of the immigrant experience in post-war America. The immigrants in Yoichi Sai's unrelentingly violent film are Korean, displaced there after the Japanese occupation, the country and any national identity further destabilised after Japan's defeat in the war. Arriving in Osaka in 1923, Kim Shunpei is determined to make a better life for himself, and when he returns from the war sets up a fish-cake factory, expanding later into the loan shark business. His explosively violent temperament however means that he leaves behind him a trail of death and destruction that doesn't even spare his family.

Well-known for violence in his own gangster movies, 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano takes brutality to monstrous proportions in a performance of remarkable and terrifying intensity, but you could tire very quickly of him punching women in a yet another appalling rampage. In some ways however Kitano is just too big a personality, even for such an epic film, overshadowing any finer points it might have made about the Korean-Japanese experience.


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