|GO! 2001 / JAPAN / ROMANCE + DRAMA|
|GO! Region 3 IVL DVD [HK]|
|This is my first attempt at writing a review after such a long absence from the online movie review scene, so, excuse my feeble attempt for hoping that I do not ruin such a beautiful movie that is GO!. I first heard of GO! at an online chat group someone mentioning it as a quasi-semi-controversial Japanese movie about discrimination, about being different, about being a Japanese-born Korean growing up in Japan. So after awhile a few months or so I finally found a copy, but it took me awhile to be able to watch it in its entirety for I believe this is one of those movies that you have to be in the 'mood to be able to watch and absorb everything the movie is going to throw at you.
The movie throws at the viewer so many different scenarios of being a teenager in rural Japan, peer pressure, good ole' school fights, dissaray teenage views on life, and what's more? Being different. The movie tells the story of a Japanese born Korean named, "Lee Song Ji" who calls himself "Sugihara" among his Japanese friends, is sent to a North Korean School to learn everything that is about North Korea, its history, culture, and of course the Korean Language. As he grows up, he becomes more obsessed and confused at the same time about his own identity. Wether to accept his Korean background or change it to a Japanese one. After quitting the North Korean School, and quickly enrolls himself to a Japanese school, and in no time was immidiately invovled in school brawls.
After claiming the No.1 title in school for being undefeated, he gains more courage to accept who he is. He also befriends a Yakuza's son, who invites him to a birthday party. It's in this party that will completely change his views on life, and love. And Sugihara's friends...little does he have is a reflection of his life, and himself. As a Japanese born North Korean, the struggles he's enduring as a outsider is not against the outside world, not even among his friends, and peers but, against himself. The struggle for an identity.
In my opinion, if one wanted to fully understand the exact difference, and pinpoint the problems that these two races has had in the past. Well, one is going to have to turn to the history books. I, for one is not about to do that. Personally, I just want to review such a fantastic, and truest of the truth of a movie. It captures the very essence of what, and how it is to be different, and the honest confusion that goes along with it.
Sugihara never asked to be born in a foreign country, in this case it is Japan, in an unamed city. He never asked to be sent to a North Korean school, to learn everything there is about his motherland. And yet, there he is doing daily traditional soldier marches, there he is having to listen to his teachers on how he has to become a doctor, or a lawyer so that he could take that skill back to serve his country. North Korea.
|what's in a name?
that which we call a rose
by any other name,
...would smell as sweet.
|race, homeland, nation, unification, uh, patriotism, integration, compatriots, goodwill, makes me sick.
rulers, repression, slaves, no, subjects? aggression, discrimination, exlusion, chosen ones, blood, mixed, pure, union...
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|Kubozwa Yousuke, Kou Shibasaki, Otake Shinobu, Yamamoto Taro, Yamazaki Tsutomu|
|Directed by: Isao Yukisada
Released: 2001 [Japan]