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Sugihara, born in Japan but with North Korean parents, falls in love with a Japanese girl after changing from a North Korean school to a Japanese school. His boxer dad teaches him boxing - skills used a lot.


Isao Yukisada


Kazuki Kaneshiro (novel), Kankurô Kudô (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Yôsuke Kubozuka ... Sugihara
Ko Shibasaki ... Sakurai Tsubaki (as Kô Shibasaki)
Shinobu Ôtake Shinobu Ôtake ... Michiko (mother of Sugihara)
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Hideyoshi (father of Sugihara)
Hirofumi Arai ... Won-su
Mitsu Murata Mitsu Murata ... Katô
Takahito Hosoyamada Takahito Hosoyamada ... Jeong-il (as Takato Hosoyamada)
Min Kim Min Kim ... Naomi
Gye-nam Myeong Gye-nam Myeong ... Staff member of South Korean embassy
Tarô Yamamoto ... Tawake
Ren Osugi ... Taxi driver (as Ren Ôsugi)
Sansei Shiomi Sansei Shiomi ... Mr. Kim
Masato Hagiwara Masato Hagiwara ... Policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anri Ban Anri Ban ... Kaori
Guin Poon Chaw Guin Poon Chaw ... Sakurai's mother (as Ginpuncho)


Sugihara, born in Japan but with North Korean parents, falls in love with a Japanese girl after changing from a North Korean school to a Japanese school. His boxer dad teaches him boxing - skills used a lot.

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Japanese | Korean

Release Date:

20 October 2001 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 74th Academy Awards in 2002. See more »


When Sugihara and Tsubaki visits the schoolyard the second time Sugihara jumps the fence. He grabs the bar to the right of the post. In the next shot his hands are to the left. See more »

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This is my love story
15 January 2005 | by penguinopolipiteseSee all my reviews

When I first saw this movie I was kind of turned off by it. It can be kind of confusing the first time around. But as with most good things it gets better with time and familiarity. The movie basically revolves around a Japanese born but fully north Korean teenager who struggles to find his place in society and come to terms with his tough father. As a Japanese-born Korean or "zainichi" he often feels alienated both by Korean and Japanese culture. The movie follows the trials and transformations in his life and his desire to find who he is and where he belongs. I think a lot of people who are the second or third generation of immigrant families will really get this movie. It's like being stuck between two worlds sometimes. But regardless of background people will be able to relate to the story (manic as it is). If you like say fight club, you will probably like this movie. There are quite a bit of action and fight sequences, a lot of introspection, and also romantic elements. The movie tends to segregate these elements to some extent which makes the film seem lop-sided but in the end everything balances nicely. This is probably one of my favourite movies, Japanese or otherwise.

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