Blood and Bones

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Blood and Bones
Blood and Bones cover.jpg
Japanese Theatrical release poster
Directed by Yōichi Sai
Produced by Nozomu Enoki
Written by Yan Sogiru (novel)
Starring Takeshi Kitano
Kyōka Suzuki
Joe Odagiri
Music by Tarō Iwashiro
Cinematography Takeshi Hamada
Edited by Yoshiyuki Okuhara
Release dates
Running time
140 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

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. The DVD has not yet been released in the UK or USA, but was picked up for distribution by Tartan Video. It was released on DVD in Japan on April 6 and in South Korea on May 16, 2005, it was also released by Madman Entertainment on DVD in Australia.

The film was nominated for 12 Japanese Academy Awards and won four, including Best Actress, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Screenplay.


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.


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