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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 ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Joon-pyong Kim
... Masao Kim
Tomoko Tabata ... Hanako Kim
... Takeshi Park
Kyôka Suzuki ... Yong-hee Lee
... Nobuyoshi Ko
Mari Hamada ... Sadako Toritani
Yûko Nakamura ... Kiyoko Yamanashi
... Yoshio Motoyama
Shûji Kashiwabara ... San-myung Jang
Susumu Terajima ... Hee-bom Park
Atsushi Itô ... Yong-il / Young Joon-pyong
Miako Tadano ... Chun-mi Kim
Mami Nakamura ... Sanae Otani
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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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$294,978 (Japan), 5 November 2004, Limited Release
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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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Not fun to watch but it's an important movie - I give it a 9/10
20 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

This great movie is not just a study of domestic violence. It's much more than that. It's a historical document of the life in Japan roughly from WWII to the 1970'. It shows the life of Korean immigrants in Japan, the constant latent hostility between the Japanese and the Koreans, the difficulty to have a reasonable life in Japan during that time, the way of life in Japan for the "simple folk", the strong hierarchy in the family and in business, and many more aspects. This movie is not entertaining as such and is certainly not fun to watch, it's brutal and often makes you sick. But you can learn more about domestic violence and about the Japanese way of life than in any other way. The script and the actors are great and everything is not just authentic but REAL. So you should not watch this movie for fun but because the subjects are so very important and because you will learn so much – even if you know Japan quite well already.


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