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GO (Hong Kong Version)
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Based on the award-winning story by Kazunori Kaneshiro, the film "GO" is an alternative youth drama directed by Isao Gyojo of "Himawari."

It centers on a boy who finds himself going through the hardships of love and friendship, while learning to overcome prejudices based on nationality and race. Japanese hottest artist Yosuke Kubozuka , who plays the excellent role of a Korean highschool student who lives in Japan, won both the "Best Actor" and the "Best New Artist" award. Also starring Kou Shibasaki, Shinobu Ootake and Tsutomu Yamazaki. This movie was not only gigantic in Japan, but also in Asia and all over the world!

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Product Title: GO (Hong Kong Version) GO! 大暴走 (香港版) GO! 大暴走 (香港版) GO (海外版) GO (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kubozuka Yosuke (Actor) | Otake Shinobu | Shibasaki Ko (Actor) | Kudo Kankuro | Yamazaki Tsutomu (Actor) | wada hiromi | Imai Tsuyoshi | Yanagijima Katsumi 窪塚洋介 (Actor) | 大竹忍 | 柴咲幸 (Actor) | 宮藤官九郎 | 山崎努 (Actor) | wada hiromi | 今井剛 | 柳島克己 洼冢洋介 (Actor) | 大竹忍 | 柴咲幸 (Actor) | 宫藤官九郎 | 山崎努 (Actor) | wada hiromi | 今井刚 | 柳岛克己 窪塚洋介 (Actor) | 大竹しのぶ | 柴咲コウ (Actor) | 宮藤官九郎 | 山崎努 (Actor) | 和田洋巳/編 | 今井剛 | 柳島克己 Kubozuka Yosuke (Actor) | Otake Shinobu | 시바사키 코우 (Actor) | Kudo Kankuro | Yamazaki Tsutomu (Actor) | wada hiromi | Imai Tsuyoshi | Yanagijima Katsumi
Director: Yukisada Isao 行定勳 行定勋 行定勲 Yukisada Isao
Release Date: 2002-08-28
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 123 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1001847334

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* Screen Format: 4:3
* Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

導演: 行定勳
Director:Yukisada Isao

  杉原(窪塚洋介飾)在派對中邂逅日本少女櫻井(柴崎幸飾),經過連串約會,兩人情感升溫,櫻井成為了他的初戀情人;然而杉原卻因為自己的身份徘徊在痛苦之中。背景獨特的杉原是個於日本出生及長大的韓國人,就讀於韓國人學校,父親是個退休拳手,自小向杉原灌輸拳法,令他在打鬥中戰無不勝,面對困難時意志堅定……一天晚上,死黨正一致電告訴杉原:「我有些東西想告訴你,實在太可怕啦,你一定會明白」杉原的命運從此出現了重大轉變,特殊身份不再是一面打不破的牆…… 

  Sugihara (Kubozuwa Yousuke) meets a Japanese girl, Sakurai (Kou Shibasaki), at a party. He blunderingly starts to date her and gradually feels drawn to each other. Sakurai becomes the first girlfriend he has ever had. Sugihara has not told her that he is a Korean. With a peculiar background, he is in agony whether to tell her or not. for his confession might ruin their relationship. Sugihara was born and raised in Japan and schooled at a Korean school in Japan. His father, a former professional boxer, hammered boxing into Sugihara since childhood. So far, sugihara got the best of 24 fights and thanks to dad, he becomes strong-willed. One night, Jong-il, sugihara's best friend, calls and says, "I've something to tell you. It's awesome and I think you'll understand." This is the beginning of his future destiny because the Peculiar identity will no longer be the unbeatable obstacle to him....
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Awards

This film has won 9 award(s) and received 5 award nomination(s).
  • Japan Academy Prize 2002
    • Picture of the Year Nomination
    • Director of the Year Winner, Yukisada Isao
    • Screen Play of the Year Winner, Kudo Kankuro
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Winner, Kubozuka Yosuke
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Winner, Yamazaki Tsutomu
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Winner, Shibasaki Ko
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nomination, Otake Shinobu
    • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Winner
    • Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing Winner
    • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction Nomination, wada hiromi
    • Outstanding Achievement in Music Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction Winner
    • Rookie of Year Winner, Kubozuka Yosuke, Shibasaki Ko
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Professional Review of "GO (Hong Kong Version)"

July 12, 2006


Go is not the first film to touch upon the sensitive issue of racial discrimination in Japan. Early in the 60s, renowned master Nagisa Oshima has already directed a film called Death by Hanging, in which he explores the identity crisis of Korean Japanese in a rather radical yet humorous way.

The story of this film is quite different from Death by Hanging, yet it has a similar premise - to explore the identity crisis of Korean in Japan. Sugihara (Yosuke Kubozuka), a Korean Japanese, has to tackle with discrimination and strive for success in a harsh society. The story, combining Sugihara's relationship with his parents, his friends and his girlfriend, is exceptionally rich. Climax keeps popping up again and again, that you will never find a break.

Although the subject is racial discrimination, the director does no intend to lecture us or analyze the topic in an academic approach. The film is instead turned into a highly comical and whimsical farce. Violence is not used to spill blood, it is rather a device to generate humor. The several fight scenes between Sugihara and his father are some of the most entertaining moments of the film that you don't want to miss.

In terms of the cinematic style, Isao Yukisada's approach is very energetic. Starting from the beginning, the opening credit has already given you a strong impression that this is not a quiet film. Everything seems to be chaotic and rolling, which is very refreshing. Yukisada's ingenious mind is also exhibited by all well conceived scenes throughout the film. Ideas like running on the railroad, chasing the motorbike, the duel of father and son are wonderful and unconventional. Similar to Battle Royale, what is good about it is that the director has the courage to depict scenes that are usually treated as taboo.

As a fairly new actor, Yosuke Kubozuka assured us that he is the perfect choice for the role in this film. Even though he was under "siege attack" by veteran actors Tsutomu Yamazaki and Shinobu Otake, he was still able to handle his character convincingly. It is no wonder why he was able to capture the best actor awards in many film festivals. His partner Kou Shibasaki has done a great job as well. Their relationship in the film is interesting. At first, they get in touch with each other because they both don't know the other's identity. The "unknown" is always more attractive than the "known". Later when they have discovered the identities, they are bewildered, finally they successfully break the barrier and get together. What is interesting is that this relationship parallels to the way you make friends with foreigners. At first, you do not know much about the foreigner's culture, when you get to know more, you may get confused by the difference between your cultures, and finally when you fully understand them, you will find out that there is actually no difference between you and them. No matter Japanese or Chinese or white, everyone is the same, we are all human being after all!

If you are looking for a serious case study of racial issue from a film, Go may not be your choice. It does not have a very intact narrative structure, nor is the story organized and presented in a systematic and conventional way. Nevertheless, what is most valuable about this film is the optimistic attitude proposed by the filmmaker. No matter who you are or where you are from, there is always a way out if you are able to live optimistically.

DVD (HK version) - The DVD version does not contain too many special features.

Cool guy(s) - Yosuke Kubozuka, Kou Shibasaki, Tsutomu Yamazaki

Reviewed by: Kantorates - Cinespot.com

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Customer Review of "GO (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (7)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.3 out of 10 (10)

Anonymous

December 17, 2003

GO daisuki Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie isn't the best I've seen, honestly. The paradox is that this happens to be my favorite movie of all time at the moment! This is the only movie I've ever seen with an ending that actually made me feel good! Calmi Couri Apassionatte for example had an overly good ending--sort of sappy and corny. Other movies with a good ending seem to leave you wanting more. This movie, however, has the absolute perfect ending. It's touching, sweet, believable, and not overly sweetened. The ending also makes it the perfect Christmas movie too!
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Anonymous

October 5, 2003

This customer review refers to Go (Korean Version)
Very Interesting! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I really liked this movie! I thought it was very well made and drew me into the story a great deal. Lots of neat stuff to think about while you watch it and leaves you thinking about it even after the movie is over.
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Anonymous

March 21, 2003

This customer review refers to GO (Japan Version)
One of the best Japanese films of recent years Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is a Brilliant film which was well directed and the leading role was well performed by Yousuke Kubozuka and I would recommend this film to anyone even if you are not a fan of his.
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Anonymous

February 11, 2003

Excellent all around ... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Go is a film that holds a spot at the top of my Japanese cinema collection, and a film that will earn it's way to yours. While some may say that Kobozuwa Yousuke's performance of a Korean coming of age in Japan is somewhat dry; many will not notice. It may not be a groundbreaking portrayal, but Kobozuwa holds true to the film; and Sugihara's struggle can be felt throughout. Acting aside, you can't escape the epic story told by Isao combining many popular ideas and literature with some subtle symbolism. Whether you watch the move for fun, or watch the movie to think, Isao's hand plays across the screen wonderfully. Combined with a refreshing outlook on cinematography, Isao composites works like Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, that's impact can be seen throughout the film. While much more lighthearted than Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the film holds to that basis. This well-rounded work will both have you smiling, and feeling for the struggle of the two protagonists of the story. Kou Shibasaki does a wonderful job portraying Sakurai, and will up Go’s acting caliber. Also brandishing an excellent soundtrack, this movie will find it’s way to your “frequently played list?of your DVD collection.
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Anonymous

December 7, 2002

Good Movie. Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
At first, the movie might seem a little weird, but you will slowly become absorbed into the story.
All in all, a pretty damn good film, leaving you feel like you've watched something special.
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