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Go in Movies: THE STONE (2013)

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.

timthumbCho 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.

4e1f77644c1345ed99efc1fa07b21cf5He jumped into various types of businesses including Go clubs. Even while working, he constantly presented his own novels and scripts.

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.

 watch the trailer with ENG subtitle here:



About LinuxGooo

I am a real Go Beginner… but I like to learn and have fun with. And I fell in love with playing for influence (mainly San-RenSei fuseki, Cosmic style) as white and black. … 26th Jan 2014 I started on KGS (as 6-7kyu since Sept), another global GO Server on the web. On 4th March 2014 I registrated on OGS (Online Go Server). In July I began to play on Korean servers, on Tygem (10kyu) and on Wbaduk (11kyu). If possible by time, I like to have reviews and analysis of my games, which helps to progress (beside observing/Kibitzing Dan games). – My special thanks go to different KGS teachers/players for audio lectures and individual reviews: Dsaun (N.Y.), Battusai, TapJoshua (4D), Troll (2D), MXHero (5D), Shygost (3D), Mingjiu Jiang (7P)… not to forget all the other KGS players who offered me their knowledge and shared their personal experiences. My special tks go to Dsaun for his audio lecture “Shape” (on 22nd Febr 2014) which was the first step into a systemtical learning. Currently I study with www.321go.org and with the first GO book: “Graded Go Problems for Beginners” (Vol. 1-4) by Kano Yoshinori. Volume 1: Introductory Problems Volume 2: Elementary Problems VOlume 3: Intermediate Problems Volume 4: Advanced Problems For individual “offline training” I experimented with and use different bot programmes: Aya 6.34 (1k), Oakfoam GNU Go 3.8 and Zenith 4.4. better known as Zen (5k-5D) (Rec.: Running these bots I use as front end (Goban) Drago.) For editing/rediting SGF files the programme MultiGo 4 is suitable. Have fun behind the board…


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