Subtle and subversive...splendidly done. -- International Herald Tribune, January 31, 2003
Wonderful...a prison movie unlike any that have come before it. -- Variety, November 10, 2002
From the Contributor
Director Sai Yoichi's films have often focused on outsiders and immigrants, a reflection of the director's own position as a Japanese-born Korean. Beginning his film career as an assistant director to Oshima Nagisa, Sai made his directorial debut in 1983 with A Mosquito on the Tenth Floor. Ten years later, All Under the Moon, a seriocomic tale of a Korean taxi driver working in Japan, was a major hit with both critics and audiences alike. Since then, the director has moved between commercial projects like the thriller Marks and the guide dog blockbuster Quill and more personal films such as Dog Race, a comedy about the friendship that develops between a policeman and his Korean-Japanese informer, and 2004's Blood and Bones, an epic biopic starring Takeshi Kitano as the real-life gangster who ruled Osaka's Korean ghetto for nearly fifty years.