Today 6th July 2014 i fell over the trailer of “THE STONE” (2013, Korea)… an action movie of 110 minutes length being directed and produeced by CHO Se-rae.
Cho Se-rae was born in Yecheon County of the North Gyeongsang Province of South Korea. After more than ten years of working as a novelist, scriptwriter, broadcast writer, and a member of a film crew in the Korean film production industry, so-called Chungmuro, CHO Se-rae decided to become a businessman due to hardships of life.
THE STONE is Cho Se-rae’s feature debut as a film director.
The story: A gang boss Nam-hae meets a young Go player Min-su, who rekindles his interest in the game.A gang boss Nam-hae meets a young Go player Min-su, who rekindles his interest in the game. Despite his outstanding talent, Min-su has been wasting his days as a gambler without pursuing a real career out of it. Nam-hae orders his second in command to persuade Min-su and Min-su becomes Nam-hae’s private Go tutor. In learning Go from Min-su, Nam-hae looks back on his own life. While Min-su discovers the coarse masculine underworld, the meaning of life and true victory through Nam-hae. However, when Nam-hae’s competition starts to expand their territory, Nam-hae is forced into a path to destruction. (seen @ KoBiz – Korean Film Biz Zone http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr)
In my view the bad of this movie: Again (as so often we know it from Hollywood) its about Criminal gangs and violence… it might give GO internationally a bad image as game of the underground, the Asian Mafia, illegal bets and corruption… The good thing: it has some philosophical aspects. – E.g. “If life is a game of GO, I wish I can place my first stone again.“