Go (2001)

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Sugihara is a troubled youth with a Zainichi Korean father and Japanese mother. His father Hideyoshi was once a professional boxer in North Korea and he has trained Sugihara to fight ever since he was a child. After completing junior high school at a brutally strict institution emphasizing the Marxist ideology favored by the North Korean regime, Sugihara is determined to switch to a regular Japanese high school. At his new school, read morehe has to deal with boys who challenges him to fights daily, but his life changes when Sugihara falls for Sakurai, a mysterious girl he meets at a party. Sugihara is lacking in social skills but his affection for her appears to be reciprocated. But he fears that telling her about his ethnic background might jeopardize their budding relationship. Then Sugihara gets a call from an old friend from his days at the North Korean school. What Jong Il has to tell him will have grave consequences for his relationship with Sakurai.

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May 18, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
"This is my love story".

The movie opens up with this declaration, uttered in background narration by the main character while he's scorned and targeted by a players-filled basketball court. And it isn't only the rival team watching him with contempt: his own teammates are shouting the loudest.

"This is my love story", repeats Sugihara while he escapes from the police or is beaten by his father.

The read more contrast between the narration and the scene shown on screen gives us the key to the reading of the whole film, which is about finding ones place between love and hate, belonging and distancing, caring and detachment.

It's the story of a young man who has to show the world he doesn't give a dime while inside he's yearning for a sense of belonging.

GO is a wonderfully dramatic movie, one that deals with a cruel reality of discrimination. It's the journey of a guy who struggles to find his place on the planet. But don't be fooled by the surface: the director highlights the Japanese prejudices and the Korean stubborn obtuseness in equal measure. To each their own share.

And in the middle of this, there's Sugihara, who looks like a Japanese, talks like a Japanese, was born in Japan and is not recognized as one. His part is superbly acted: Yosuke Kubozuka is so convincing one can't help falling for him despite his murderous glances and his rebellious spirit.

So how is this a love story?

It is such on multiple levels: there's love for the friends, love for a father shown with fists, love for a country - or 2 - and love for a girl.

The music fits the pace beautifully, never overpowering the scenes.

Overall an emotion-filled movie, superb in acting, direction, plot and photography.

To be avoided if you're looking for a light watch. A must if you like thought-provoking films.
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May 3, 2017
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Ah, what a great movie.
I didn't expect it to be so good. The rating is so bad I almost didn't chose it :/
I thought I'd like it because it's one of these old Japanese movies that have that kind of special aura, and that it would be nice to distress a bit about my exams- but It really amazed me!
Acting- perfect. Flawless. Incredible.
The way it was filmed was read more really fantastic.
The story is very nice. It looks simple but it tackles so many political things - racism, presence of Koreans in Japan or even halfu Japanese-Koreans, difference between north and South Korea a few years ago...
Music: perfect.
Rewatch value: I think I, gonna watch it again tomorrow. There is some suspense but the way it's filmed is so amazing that I'd watch it just to see if I haven't missed any details ~

I really recommend this one :)

Sorry for my crappy English >
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Both have Kubozuka Yosuke
Both have this kinda Japanese 90s filming atmosphere
They sometimes give the same feeling, although IwGp is a drama and Go a movie
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    tropka Mar 24, 2015

    It's incredible how much Sugihara looks like Mugen from Samurai Champloo

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    SayItAintSoJoe Nov 24, 2012

    Another great Japanese movie that's much more intriguing than your run of the mill film.

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    autumnsoliloquy Jun 16, 2012

    Wow I just realised that Mizukawa Asami is that Korean girl at the train station! She looked so young there! Anyway, the opening sequence of this movie has got to be one of the coolest ever.

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    devitto Jun 10, 2012

    Where did you find this? :(

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    steciLovesDramas Apr 24, 2012

    awwww!! i missing the last 20 mins (as my calculation came out... i have 2 hours of the movie but the rest is missing~ T_T)
    don't know the ending of it now~ T_T

    if someone knows the ending or a way i could watch it.. pls message me :)

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    Mirichan Apr 18, 2012

    I don´t need any help anymore :) Thank You though^^

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    Mirichan Apr 16, 2012

    I can't find it too>_<
    Could anyone PM me too*~*???
    THANK YOU!:)

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    Byaku-chan Mar 19, 2012

    I found one in case you haven't found one yet, I just send you a messasge :)

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    _Rosie Feb 15, 2012

    This movie isnt on DC & I cant find it anywhere else if anyones knows of any links please could you PM me...THANKS

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      _Rosie Jul 27, 2012

      Thanks Hannah it must have been re-uploaded on DC since I last checked :)


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    Oct 20, 2001
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    2 hr. 26 min.


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