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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Sugihara
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Sakurai Tsubaki (as Kô Shibasaki)
Shinobu Ohtake ...
Michiko (mother of Sugihara) (as Shinobu Ôtake)
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Hideyoshi (father of Sugihara)
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Won-su
Mitsu Murata ...
Katô
Takahito Hosoyamada ...
Jeong-il (as Takato Hosoyamada)
Min Kim ...
Naomi
Gye-nam Myeong ...
Staff member of South Korean embassy
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Tawake
Ren Ôsugi ...
Taxi driver
Sansei Shiomi ...
Mr. Kim
Masato Hagiwara ...
Policeman
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Anri Ban ...
Kaori
Guin Poon Chaw ...
Sakurai's mother (as Ginpuncho)
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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.

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

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sweet movie with a good message
9 April 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie, although I didn't love it. The film centers on the prejudice experienced by a Korean teenager living in Japan; he doesn't fit in with Koreans or the Japanese. But he utters many times in the film, "This is my love story," and while he does have a love interest, it is a rather small part. I liked how this film looked at the different tensions of race, life, and love.

The acting was pretty great. The lead actor was very convincing as the teenager who is conflicted between two identities. He overacted the last scene, but there is this one very beautiful scene where he just sits and talks to a police officer. It's pretty awesome: very simple and beautiful. Kou Shibasaki as his love interest is pretty good as well, and she won the Japanese equivalent of the Oscar for her role in this. She makes the most of the relatively short amount of screen time she has, and we can see why the main character would fall in love with her.

Not the best Japanese movie I've ever seen, but still pretty good. Worth your while. 7/10


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