Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Isao Yukisada
  41 wins & 5 nominations.
122 min

What's in a name?

That which we call a rose

by any other name,

...would smell as sweet.

Romeo and Juliet





uh, patriotism,

integration, compatriots, goodwill,

makes me sick.

Rulers, repression,

slaves, no, subjects?

Aggression, discrimination,

exclusion, chosen ones,

blood, mixed, pure, union...

Was born in Japan.

As a so-called ''Korean-Japanese.''

Don't think l'm any different.

They call me this.




This is my love story.

Three years ago

Don't be chicken on me.



how many have made it?

One who made it 10 years ago

died on a Yakuza job.

l'm the only survivor.

So it's called

''Super Great Chicken Race.''

''A train is approaching platform 2,

please stand behind the line.''

You idiot!







l'm a legend!

Not bad!

Pigs are comin'.

Faster, idiot!


C'mon a**hole!

Under arrest!

Let go!

Are you the father?


What? You're not?

Father, right?

He, he's gonna get killed!

Lady, lady!

Hey, um...


Look. Didn't have to

go to family court.

Be grateful.

Say thanks.

Kill you.

Didn't mean it.

l'll say it again,

'This is my love-story'.


Here we are in Hawaii.

Beautiful blue sea, blue sky.

And next...


You can't beat father, you know.

He ranked 7th in Japan.

Hey, let me do it myself!

No, l do it best.

Let me do it.

l can do it better!




What, you wanna go there?

Go where?

To the ''symbol of

corrupt capitalism.''

ldeologies go out-of-fashion.

The Soviets lost out to the cold.

The cold freezes your nose.

Same with ideology.

Where are you going?



Let's go to Hawaii.

He's gone senile.

(Don't need this anymore.)

(l want a passport.)

(You can go as a North-Korean

these days, you know.)

Hey buddy, l'm a real Marxist.

A spy...

(l might be a spy.)

(Pretty stubborn.)

(Not a problem.)

Go, if you want!

No use. Can't talk sense.

l just want to go to Hawaii.

(Let's switch.)

Anything can happen.

(Switch it.)

(Switch it.)

Just for a trip to Hawaii,

he gave up his

North-Korean citizenship,

and became a South Korean.

That stupid picture is

still at the front door.


now l should call them ''mom and pop.''

Stop the car, mom.


Pull over.

Get out.

Sit down.

Have a good look.

What'll you do?


Easily change your nationality.

Be an American or Russian

if you got money.

Wish the scenery was better.

See the world,


decide for yourself.

The ocean stared at me.

And l stared right back.

So l thought about it.

l thought hard about

my futureless existence.

Hey there, scum.

What are you up to?

Causing a disturbance. Move.

What the f***. Just looking.

Wha-, what the hell !

Japanese eventually

mix into society.

But as for me...

The fool of the North Korean school...

this is me.

Looking for a job,

after university...

...this is it.

Work to be a doctor or a lawyer...

My nickname is ''Stupid''

so forget it.

l hated marches,

classical music and raisin curry.



But l had a right to choose.

(Where you going?)

North or South Korean national.

A narrow choice.

But l felt like a person

for the first time.

Decision made.

Turning South Korean.


But not going to hawaii.

Going to Japanese school.

So sudden.

Seeing the world.


l gave up smoking, fighting and,

...entered Japanese school.

And now, this is me.

But people don't change easily.

Thanks to this, l got my break.

Where's Sugihara? You?

Not me.

You, a**hole?


Who is it?

After leaving basketball,

the challengers lined up.

l'm 24 for 0 now.

l'll make you famous.

What the hell is that?

What 'Billy The Kid' said.

l know Captain Kidd.

Buried treasure?

Hardy, har, har.


Hardy, har, har.

Har, har.

har, har.

Hey! Sugihara!

The leader Malcom X

said something really cool.

Self-defence isn't violence.

lt's intelligence.

Totally right.

l hate violence, but,

sometimes have no choice.

l hate hitting,

but hate getting hit more.

That's all.

l knew it.

The Revolutionary History.

Textbook from North Korean school.

What l'm doing is revolutionary,

so it comes in handy.

You hit that guy

with an iron dumbbell.

lt was an ashtray.

l just heard a rumor.

Kato was the first to challenge me.



lt's bubbling.



Kato was the only son of a

Yakuza boss.

He should've told me.


Looks better than before.


Looks good, sonny, like that guy.,

Keanu Reaves.

Better than before.

And Brad Pitt eyes?

Eyes are good as they are.

Yes, yes, eyes are good as they are.


Thought l'd have you

cut off a finger,

but it's OK.

Yes, sir..

After that,

somehow we became friends.

Sugihara, it's my birthday.

Buy you a coffee.

No need.

l mean, l'm having a party tonight.

Lots of cuties.

5000 yen's nothing.

Don't be down 'cause

a counter went under.

lt's not that.

Hurts that two went under at once,

but l still got two.

So what?

Mom's left the house.

You reap what you sow.

He can buy a new car,

but l can't learn flamenco.

What is it?

Same uniform but different.

Shut up.



Waitress, dessert!

A whole pineapple.

Hey, it's Stupid.


What's with the hair?

Real symbol of capitalism.

lt was two and a half years

since we met.

At North Korean school

we had ''self-criticism time.''

Speaking Japanese was forbidden.


(Today Wonsu used Japanese.)

My teacher Mr. Kim

really loved self-criticism time.

His nickname was ''Kim Satan'' .


(come forward.)

(What did you say?)

Gotta take a sh*t.

(l had to take) ''a sh*t.''

(What's wrong)

(with saying) ''Gotta take a sh*t?''


(how should l say)

''Gotta take a sh*t?''

(l have to defecate).

(that doesn't sound right)

(so l used) ''sh*t'' (in Japanese.)


(how many times you say) ''sh*t''?

(1 ,)


(6 and a half)

(Stand up!)

(Anyone else who used Japanese?)

(He used it too?)

(Going to Japanese school.)

(Stand up!)

(What is it?)

(Traitor to the race!)

(Stand up!)

(l'm standing.)

(F***ing with me?)

Since then l was marked

as a traitor.

Heard you're wearing jeans,

and listen to Mariah Carey.

And you ''laborers''

are ordering desert.

Hey stupid,

still a fighter like before?

Holiday tomorrow so...

l told you it's Mariah's concert.

Goddamn p*ssy! A**hole!


Shut up!

Hey lady, lady...

Don't be smart!

No Korea or Japan when you're young.

You're just kids!

Shut up and eat.

Look, you left all this meat,

and you order desert!

Too young for beer too.

Boys should drink milk.

Milk !

He really got me but l hit him with,

...a counter-punch...


You came.



Got LSD and pot.

Want some?

OK, enjoy.

When l told my friend

l was moving back home,

he said, ''Go to Yoshiwara,

you should see the geisha on display.''

l heard one shouldn't go,

one can catch a life-

threatening disease,

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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