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Kitano Takeshi (Actor) | Suzuki Kyoka (Actor) | Odagiri Joe (Actor) | Arai Hirofumi (Actor)
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Blood And Bones (DTS Version) (Collector's International Edition) (Hong Kong Version)

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Acclaimed actor/director "Beat" Takeshi Kitano turns in a riveting performance in the powerful and harrowing drama Blood and Bones! Kitano stars as Shunpei Kim, a Korean immigrant in Japan whose life is a troubled tableau of cruelty, abuse, and snarling, sudden violence. Kim is a despicable creature, who physically and sexually assaults his estranged wife, abuses workers at his fish cake factory, and gambles away his earnings instead of using them to feed his family. When his ruthless ways result in success, Shunpei opens up a loan-sharking business, bringing even more potential victims into his destructive orbit. As the years pass, Shunpei's continuing heartlessness reveals the ugly and even uniquely human in his daily life in Osaka's Korean ghetto. Shunpei is a cunning survivor, but at what terrible cost?

Director Yoichi Sai adapts the semi-autobiographical novel by Korean-Japanese author Yang Sok Gil into a brutally insightful look at Japanese society. Blood and Bones marks the first time Takeshi Kitano has appeared in a leading role under another director's watch in over ten years. Sai reportedly waited six years for Kitano to accept the lead role as Shunpei Kim, and refused to shoot the film with any other actor besides Kitano. His perseverance paid of, as Kitano turns in what may be his most compelling performance ever, creating a truly frightening, hateful, and yet disturbingly charismatic character. Blood and Bones is a powerful showcase for the veteran performer, and a must-see Japanese film.

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Product Title: Blood And Bones (DTS Version) (Collector's International Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 血與骨 (DTS版) (珍藏國際版) (香港版) 血与骨 (DTS版) (珍藏国际版) (香港版) 血と骨 (DTS版) (珍藏国際版) (香港版) Blood And Bones (DTS Version) (Collector's International Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kitano Takeshi (Actor) | Suzuki Kyoka (Actor) | Odagiri Joe (Actor) | Arai Hirofumi (Actor) 北野武 (Actor) | 鈴木京香 (Actor) | 小田切讓 (Actor) | 新井浩文 (Actor) 北野武 (Actor) | 铃木京香 (Actor) | 小田切让 (Actor) | 新井浩文 (Actor) 北野武 (Actor) | 鈴木京香 (Actor) | オダギリジョー (Actor) | 新井浩文 (Actor) Kitano Takeshi (Actor) | Suzuki Kyoka (Actor) | 오다기리 죠 (Actor) | Arai Hirofumi (Actor)
Director: Sai Yoichi 崔 洋一 Sai Yoichi 崔洋一 최양일
Release Date: 2006-03-30
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 1.33 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround, Hi-Fi Stereo
Disc Format(s): DVD-9, DVD-5, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 148 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Other Information: 2DVDs
Package Weight: 230 (g)
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004153388

Product Information

* Screen Format:
- Disc 1 - The Movie: 16:9 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
- Disc 2 - Special Features: 4:3 (Full Screen)
* Sound Mix:
- Disc 1 - The Movie: DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1, Stereo
- Disc 2 - Special Features: Dolby Digital 2.0
* DVD Type :
- Disc 1 - The Movie: DVD-9
- Disc 2 - Special Features: DVD-5
* Language:
- Disc 1 - The Movie: Japanese
- Disc 2 - Special Features: Japanese
* Subtitles:
- Disc 1 - The Movie: Traditional Chinese & English
- Disc 2 - Special Features: Traditional Chinese
* Special Features: (Approx: 40 mins):
- 崔洋一與北野武談《血與骨》
 Yoichi Sai and Takeshi Kitano on "Blood and Bones"

導演:崔洋一
Director: Yoichi Sai

榮獲
日本金像獎最佳導演、女主角及男配角獎
日本旬報最佳導演、劇本、男主角及男配角獎

血不若水濃 拳頭不及骨頭硬
野獸凶猛 不比人性猙獰
打死罷就 兄弟照樣無情

北野武繼《大逃殺》後
傾力示範 人渣正傳

《不思議人吃人事件》、《導盲犬小Q》
日本首席大導演 崔洋一 Yoichi Sai
一錘定音 明日經典作

《爆肚風雲》鈴木京香 Kyoka Suzuki合演

1923年,當金俊平從南韓來到日本大阪時,心還以為踏上了發財福地。可是,他漸漸發覺,在這片土地上等著他的只有入血入骨的歧視。唯一自保的方法,就是暴力。天生力大如牛的他,憑拳頭打江山,好不容易才給他熬得一間小小魚餅店,賴以維生。無奈,慾念難止,金旋即陷入債務與桃色的糾紛……。

從《導盲犬小Q》一反過來,導演崔洋一不再展示一個人間狗界都有情的世界,相反,同為韓裔日籍的他,拍得北野武這角色別具爆炸力,將他身邊的親信、老婆、情婦、兒子,寫得無情冷血,有血有淚。

In 1923, KIM Shun-pei left Cheju, an isolated island in the far South of Korea for Osaka, Japan, dreaming of making his fortune in a new land.

Contrary to his hopes, what was waiting for Shun-pei in Japan was a brutal life of discrimination and hard labour. With his remarkable physical strength, cunning and ruthlessness he overcomes the odds stacked against him and opens a kamaboko (steamed fish cake) factory, which before long is a success, bringing him the fortune he coveted for so long. However, with no limit to his obsession for money, Shun-pei gradually transforms himself into a ruthless loan shark.

BLOOD AND BONES paints an unflinching portrait of a man's deeply bound to his ego and obsessions and the web of turmoil his wife, mistress, children, relatives and all those around him are drawn into as a result of his choices and brutal, violent nature. Based on a true story by YAN Sogiru, Beat Takeshi portrays the epic rise and fall of a first generation Korean man in a defining role.
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July 16, 2007

This professional review refers to Chi to Hone (BLOOD AND BONES) Collector's Edition (Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
Takeshi Kitano is Japan's true 'King of All Media.' A cultural icon in his home country as an actor, director, poet, comedian, painter and newspaper journalist, Kitano is best known to the rest of the world as a minimalist craftsman of gritty, nihilistic gangster films. In Blood and Bones, Kitano steps in front of the camera under the direction of someone other than himself for the first time in nearly a decade, and gives a career-affirming performance as one of the most unlikable characters ever seen on screen.

Kitano plays Kim Shunpei, a Korean immigrant who comes to Osaka, Japan in 1920 as a teenager. Working at a fish paste roll store, Kim claws his way out of poverty to become a father and leader in the immigrant community where he lives. But this is not the heart-warming story of the downtrodden pulling themselves up by their bootstraps. What we see very quickly is that Kim is a thoroughly malevolent brute who secures his position as community leader not through benevolence and accommodation, but by violence and intimidation.

The very first scene of Blood and Bones shows Kim brutally beating and raping his wife in front of his children. He cheats on his wife flagrantly, keeping his mistress in a house down the street and bringing her into his family after he inevitably knocks her up. He comes home drunk late at night swinging a hatchet about the house and beats his children, even throwing his daughter down a flight of stairs. At his fish roll factory, Kim keeps his employees in line through similar acts of intimidation. When one of his employees asks for overtime pay, Kim responds by burning his face with a hot coal. As his business grows, Kim expands his enterprise to loan sharking, grimly prowling the neighborhood carrying a big stick and mercilessly flogging all who owe him money.

Based on a semi-autobiographic novel by Korean-Japanese author Yang Sok Gil, Blood and Bones has a sprawling, epic scope with a feel similar to a Bernardo Bertolucci film. Blood and Bones covers six decades and runs nearly two and a half hours, and can't be described as anything but epic. And yet, despite the grand scope, director Yoichi Sai manages to give Blood and Bones a closed and almost claustrophobic feel. He achieves this by keeping the story anchored to one immigrant community; in fact, to one street.

As the story progresses through the decades, we see Kim's family grow, and his sons, daughters and mistresses have children of their own. But few leave the neighborhood and soon Kim's extended family all but occupies the entire street. Not by choice, mind you, but by the sheer force of Kim's will. The years of terrorizing both his family and his neighbors have created a pervasive sense of hopelessness and self-imposed isolation amongst everyone around Kim. Their spirits have been so thoroughly broken by Kim's abuse that the thought of simply leaving never occurs to them. As the decades roll by, nothing seems to ever change, with only passing planes or a new car signifying that time has, in fact, passed.

Although Blood and Bones is constructed as a character study, it's really just a backdrop for a smoldering performance by Kitano, with the rest of the cast simply fading into the background as Kitano unleashes a career's worth of fury on the audience. Director Sai waited six years to cast Kitano in the role, knowing he'd be the perfect actor to play Kim. And it's no surprise, really. When you boil the character down to its essence, Kim is like all the characters Kitano has ever played, with the exception of an emotional vacuum in Kim that is not a characteristic of Kitano's other characters.

The nearest parallel to Kitano's Kim is Nishi in Hana-Bi, a man who swings between extreme love and extreme anger and takes out these emotions on the people around him. But unlike Nishi, Kim is a man completely incapable of love or tenderness, and knows only anger and violence. And unfortunately that's the movie's greatest shortcoming. We get almost no insight into why Kim is the way that he is, with the exception of some nasty looking scars on his back, indicating that Kim may have been the victim of some sort of abuse or persecution in Korea. As a result, the audience has little chance of understanding or sympathizing with Kim.

And outside of Kim, there's precious little else to Blood and Bones. In the first decade, Kim beats people up and has a mistress. In decade two, Kim is still beating people up and has another mistress. And so on. The only wrinkles to the story come in the form of the various calamities that befall Kim's family, but after a while there's only so much heartache the audience can take. The fact that Kim remains an intriguing figure throughout the film is a testament to the power and intensity of Kitano's performance, but unfortunately that's not quite enough for a film this long.

Movie Grade: 3.5/5

By Gopal - BeyondHollywood.com

March 13, 2006

Much has been made of Takeshi Kitano's performance in Yoichi Sai's Blood and Bones, an acclaimed drama following a Korean immigrant family in Japan. Taking place over a forty year period from Kim Shun Pei's arrival in Osaka in 1923 through to his death, Kitano essentially is the film, his presence infesting every frame whether he is on camera or not. Based on the true story of author Yan Sogiru's own family and captured on film by Toichi Sai - himself an ethnic Korean living in Japan - Kitano plays Kim as a brutish, abhorrent man, making his entrance by beating and raping his wife in full view of his young daughter. Kitano's performance is stellar, easily the standout in a film that also features Odagiri Joe and Susumu Terajima. But regardless of the strong performances, possibly even because of them, two-and-a-half hours of continual domestic violence makes for very difficult going.

Kim arrives in Osaka a penniless immigrant, an unskilled laborer in a country with deeply ingrained bias against Korean immigrants. If Kim is capable of any emotions beyond lust, greed and anger they are certainly not on display here, as he violently abuses his wife, terrorizing his children in the process. But with that violent streak comes a fierce will to succeed and Kim eventually succeeds in establishing a successful fish cake factory, quickly rising in wealth and stature.

But don't think for a moment that Kim's rise in wealth will quell his baser instincts. If anything the taste of success makes him all the hungrier for more. He keeps his own family living in squalor, little more than slave labor conscripted to feed and care for his workers while Kim himself takes on a mistress and builds her a beautiful new home directly across the street from his family. When the unknown son of an earlier rape arrives - played by Odagiri Joe - it isn't long before he is thrown out with a beating to send him on his way. He continues to beat and rape his wife. He burns a worker's face. He knocks out his own daughter's teeth, inspires such hatred that his own son attacks him with a knife. And this is all before he embraces the added violence that comes with establishing himself as a loan shark.

Told from the perspective of Masao, his legitimate son by his much battered wife, the film plays as a peculiar character study of Kim, peculiar because Masao clearly knows next to nothing about his own father. And who can blame him? Masao is terrified to get close enough to learn anything about him. Kim is less a person - or even a monster - in the film than he is a pervasive, malevolent force. When he is present the family strives to simply stay out of striking distance. When absent they live in fear of his inevitable return. The film does reach beyond being purely about Kim, however. We witness the rise of Japanese militancy, the seldom spoken-of situation of ethnic Koreans in Japan, the effects of the post-war collapse, political dissent fomented by the Japanese Communist Party, and much more. This is all told from a unique perspective, one both inside the culture enough to speak of it with first hand detail but also outside enough to be openly critical. It also shows in painful detail the ongoing generational consequences of family violence.

The recent Hong Kong DVD release is perfectly adequate, if not spectacular. The first disc includes an anamorphic transfer of the feature that strikes me as a little soft but is otherwise fine. The original Japanese audio tracks are included along with good quality English subtitles that clearly mark which lines are spoken in Japanese and which in Korean. The Korean dialogue appears in quotation marks, which is a very important feature for a cross-cultural film such as this, particularly for those unable to distinguish between the two languages on their own. Unfortunately the extras on the second disc do not include English subtitles.

Impeccably crafted by director Sai and flawlessly acted by all involved Blood and Bones succeeds in meeting all of the lofty goals it sets for itself. It fully deserves the accolades that have been showered upon it thus far. It is also a very long, very difficult film, one that will likely alienate a great many people based on subject matter and level of violence alone. This is a grim picture, graphically violent and disturbingly realistic, without a shred of hope. Whatever made him this way, Kim is quite simply a bastard, a truly horrific human being, and Sai pulls no punches in presenting him as such. Incredibly well crafted, but miles away from what one might commonly call "entertainment".

By Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net

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