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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

Writers:

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

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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 study in domestic violence
13 January 2007 | by wandering-starSee all my reviews

This is the tale of Joon-pyong Kim, who immigrates to Osaka from Korea as a teenager in the 1920's. The film flashes about 10-15 years forward and it turns he's a horrendous wife beater with a successful fish cake business. This film reminded me a little of Scarface: replace gang violence with the domestic variety and cocaine with fishcakes.

As in Scarface, the main character is devoid of compassion, mean, violent and you loathe him. In this respect the film succeeds with a very good performance by Kitano.

Where it fell short for me is Joon-pyong's life is kind of uninteresting. I liked the idea of a true story of a Korean immigrant trying to make it in Japanese society, through two wars and with all the racial strife.. but this theme was really a side bar to the depressing and unrelenting abuse Joon-pyong's family endures.

The film does succeed in demonstrating cycles of domestic violence and how a man can be successful in business and yet have a totally failed family life. But I think this theme was firmly established 1/2 hour into the film, and the film continues in that vein, not really introducing any highs or lows or change, in the next two hours.

The film has some good components but as another review said, there's nothing here to really cheer about.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Korean | Japanese

Release Date:

6 November 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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$4,649,617
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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