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An outstanding Takeshi Kitano stars in a great piece of Japanese cinema in “Blood and Bones”

“Blood and Bones” is based on the semi-autobiographical novel “Chi to Hone” by Zainichi Korean author Yan Sogiru. It was one of the most acclaimed Japanese films of 2004, nominated for 12 Japanese Academy Awards and winning four, including Best Actress, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Screenplay, and was Japan’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards.

The script revolves around the story of a family of Korean immigrants in Japan, starting in 1923, when they moved from Cheju Island to Osaka. The central figure of the story is Shunpei Kim, although his son, Masao, narrates the story. Shunpei, after the end of the war arises as a leading figure of the poor community he leaves in, as he builds a fishcake factory from scratch, and manages to bring great profit. However, Shunpei is not a kind benefactor, but a rather awful human being. In that fashion,

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