It Only Happens in the Movies?

Japanese Cinema and Encounters

30 January to 26 March 2015

Belfast
Birmingham
Bristol
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh

Kendal
London
Newcastle upon Tyne
Nottingham
Sheffield

Blood and Bones

血と骨  (Chi to hone)

In 1923, Shun-pei Kim 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 struggling to make a name for himself in a foreign country 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. Starring legendary Japanese actor ‘Beat’ Takeshi Kitano.

Showing at: ICA, London; Watershed, Bristol; QUAD, Derby; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee; Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Showroom Cinema, Sheffield; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Distributor: Office Kitano

Images © 2004 BE-WILD, ARTIST FILM, TOSHIBA ENTERTAINMENT, EISEI GEKIJYO, ASAHI BROADCASTING, XANADEUX

Director: Yoichi Sai
2004, 144min, English subtitles

Showing at:

ICA
1 February 2015

Watershed
7 February 2015

QUAD
13 February 2015

Dundee Contemporary Arts
23 February 2015

Filmhouse
2 March 2015

Showroom Cinema
9 March 2015

Tyneside Cinema
22 March 2015