Go (2001)





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Isao Yukisada spins this gritty coming-of-age tale about Sugihara (Yosuke Kubozuka), a Japanese-born, third-generation Korean who struggles to find a place in a society that will not accept him. The film begins with Sugihara studying at a Korean junior high school that is dedicated to memory of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. His father (Tsutomu Yamazaki) is a grizzled ex-boxer who recently changed his citizenship from North to South Korea so he and his wife -- Sugihara's mom (Shinobu Otake) -- could visit Hawaii. Though his father regularly gets drunk and thrashes him, he also taught Sugihara the finer point of the sweet science. At one point in the film, Sugihara takes out an entire basketball team that was bent on taking him out. Upon graduation, Sugihara enters a normal Japanese high school where he meets and soon falls for Sakurai (Kou Shibasaski) -- a loose-sock copper-haired damsel who is attracted to Sugihara's restless spirit. As the film progresses, Sugihara desperately struggles to throw off the stigma of his ethnicity and live a quiet, successful life. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Yôsuke Kubozuka
as Sugihara
Kou Shibasaki
as Sakurai
Shinobu Ôtake
as Michiko
Tsutomu Yamazaki
as Hideyoshi
Hirofumi Arai
as Won-Su
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Audience Reviews for Go

A powerful, impressive, energetic, vivid, funny, insightful movie about Zainichi (Koreans in Japan) & how the younger generation fight against the label given, taking off their lives from the pull of the huge social machine & deal with the scenario encounter. Yosuke Kubozuka is just awesome for his core, complicated character.


This is all about a Japanese/Korean young man growing up living in Japan. When it first started I really did not know where the movie was going, but it picked up and turned into a really good story. You get to see the lead characters growth, and you see the world change around him as he adapts his values. The love interest was well placed. Very Romeo & Juliet, sans the death. I highly enjoyed the ending. i thought it complemented the story he portrayed from the beginning.

Robert Farley
Robert Farley

A story about the hardships Korean residents must live with in Japan. One person in particular, Sugihara, is the main character. This movie has comedy, action, drama, and romance. It's done very well, and it is worth watching.

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