Break Through!

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Break Through!
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Japanese パッチギ!
Hepburn Pacchigi!
Directed by Kazuyuki Izutsu
Starring Erika Sawajiri
Shun Shioya
Yōko Maki
Cinematography Hideo Yamamoto
Release date
  • January 22, 2005 (2005-01-22)
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Break Through! (パッチギ!, Pacchigi!) is a 2005 Japanese film directed by Kazuyuki Izutsu.


Romeo, A.K.A. Kosuke Matsuyama (Shun Shioya), is a second-year high school student. A nice, normal, nonviolent type, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a rampaging crowd of Korean boys, outraged by insults perpetrated by several of his idiotic class-mates on two Korean girls. He makes a narrow escape, but soon after, he and his best bud Yoshio (Keisuke Koide) are sent by their home-room teacher to invite the Korean students to a friendly soccer game as a way of restoring the peace.

Trembling like black-uniformed leaves, they enter enemy territory, where Kosuke encounters a doll-faced, but serious-looking girl (Erika Sawajiri) playing a Korean folk song, "Imjin River," on a flute. He and Yoshio are also nearly lynched by her older brother Lee Ang Son (Sosuke Takaoka) and his gang, but he is already smitten—and eager to learn that haunting tune.

The story concentrates on Kosuke's struggle to not only master a song, but win the love of a girl who seems to live in an alien, hostile world. Meanwhile, Ang Son and his crew are street-fighting with Japanese toughs as if playing a contact sport, with one side scoring hits, then the other. He is macho to a fault, but when he learns that his sweet-heart (Kyoko Yanagihara) is pregnant and determined to keep the baby, he faces a choice that makes him quail: grow up or cop out.


48th Blue Ribbon Awards[1]

  • Won: Best Film

27th Yokohama Film Festival[2]


  1. ^ ブルーリボン賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  2. ^ 第27回ヨコハマ映画祭 2005年日本映画個人賞 (in Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival. Retrieved 2010-01-16.