Blood and Bones
|Blood and Bones|
Japanese Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Yōichi Sai|
|Produced by||Nozomu Enoki|
|Written by||Yan Sogiru (novel)|
|Music by||Tarō Iwashiro|
|Edited by||Yoshiyuki Okuhara|
|November 6, 2004|
Blood and Bones (血と骨 Chi to Hone?) is a Japanese film, directed by Yōichi Sai and starring Takeshi Kitano. It is based on the semi-autobiographical novel Chi to Hone by Zainichi Korean author Yan Sogiru (Yang Seok-il).
The film opened in Japan on November 6, 2004. It was released on DVD in Japan on April 6, 2005 and South Korea on May 16, 2005. Madman Entertainment distributed it in Australia, while Tartan Video was originally slated to release it in North America. These plans, however, were cancelled due to the company's closure and Kino Entertainment instead took the rights. It was released on DVD in North America on November 11, 2008.
The film was nominated for 12 Japanese Academy Awards and won four, including Best Actress, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Screenplay. It was Japan's official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
In 1923, the young Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island (South Korea), to Osaka (Japan). Through 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, where he exploits his employees. He makes a fortune, abuses and destroys the lives of his wife and family, has many mistresses and children and shows no respect to anyone. Later he closes the factory, lending out the money with high interest and becomes a loan shark. His hateful behavior remains unchanged to his last breath, alone in North Korea. The film is told from the perspective of Masao, his legitimate son by his abused and degraded wife, who knows nothing about his father other than to fear him.
- Takeshi Kitano - Shunpei Kim
- Hirofumi Arai - Masao Kim
- Tomoko Tabata - Hanako Kim
- Joe Odagiri - Takeshi Park
- Kyōka Suzuki - Yong-hee Lee
- Yutaka Matsushige - Nobuyoshi Ko
- Mari Hamada - Sadako Toritani
- Yūko Nakamura - Kiyoko Yamanashi
- Kazuki Kitamura - Yoshio Motoyami
- Susumu Terajima - Hee-bom Park
- Atsushi Itō - Yong-il / Young Joon-pyong
- Blood and Bones at the Internet Movie Database
- Blood and Bones at AllMovie
- Official site (in Japanese)
- Review in Japan Times
- Review at The Korea Society
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