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Choi Yang-il (최양일)

Male - 1949/07/06

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Choi Yang-il is Japanese from Korean origin.
His Japanese name is Yoichi Sai.

CHOI Yang-il (崔洋一, SAI Yoichi, born 6 July 1949 in Nagano Prefecture, Japan) is an ethnic-Korean Japanese film director. His 2004 film < Chi to hone > won four Japanese Academy Awards, including two for CHOI himself, for Best Director and Best Screenplay. He had previously received two nominations in the same categories for< Tsuki wa dotchi ni dete iru >.

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  • Actor Ji Jin-hee to Promote Film 'Soo' in Japan

    2008/03/24, Source,
    Actor Ji Jin-hee, who recently stared in the action film 'Soo' (directed by Choi Yang-il,...More
  • Week's Movie Premieres
    2007/03/23, Source,
    Thanks for staying with us.
    The weekend is just around the corner, so let's check on what's new at the movies.
    There's a hardboiled action movie from Korea, a couple of Hollywood productions and a European film with Dustin Hoffman.
    Here's Son Heekyung.
    The Korean action drama "Soo" has actor More
  • 'Soo': Revenge, Redemption

    2007/03/22, Source,
    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    It's bloody and brutal, and harrowingly so. Japanese-born Korean director Choi Yang-il (Yoichi Sai) brings th,...
  • [MOVIE REVIEW] Director Choi Yang-il's 'Soo' pulls no punches
    2007/03/19, Source,
    Ethnic Korean-Japanese filmmaker Choi Yang-il (Yoichi Sai) does not pull any punches when he describes raw human instinct. A case in point is "Blood and Bones" starring Takeshi Kitano. Based on the semi-autobiographical novel "Chi to Hone" by,...More
  • Soo: Hard-hitting film by CHOI Yang-il (SAI Yoichi)
    2007/03/13, Source,
    Korean-Japanese director Choi Yang-il, known in Japan as SAI Yoichi, is in town with his first film made entirely in Korea with a Korean cast. "Soo", is a hard-boiled revenge-thriller about a man, Tae-su, who witnesses the killing of his iden,...More
  • Berlinale Market Fruitful for Korean Distributors
    2007/02/21, Source,
    Several Korean titles have been sold internationally at the recent Berlin International Film Festival. Asian and European markets are the main destinations for the Korean films.

    Park Chan-wook's award-winning ",...
  • Ji Jin-hee Transforms into Tough Guy
    2006/08/11, Source,
    Actor Ji Jin-hee has shed his previous gentle image and transformed into a "tough guy" in his first action movie, "Su".

    "Su" is the first Korean movie by ethnic Korean director,...
  • Gonggil's Theme
    2006/05/10, Source,
    #1 "Oh, I really don't know the identity"

    Such were the words from Lee Byeong-woo (41), the "guy who likes music", who was interviewed at a studio at Yeoksam-dong, Seoul, at 11:00 p.m. on May 9.

    From the beginning to the end of the in,...
  • Art Film Distributor Opens Theater
    2005/12/18, Source,
    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    A poster for a film series by the film distributing company Sponge to be held at its new theater in Seoul
    Local film distributing company Sponge, which has been devoted to introducing a variety of art and small-budget movies here, will open a theater in Seoul ne,...
  • Melbourne International Film Festival to invite Korean films in large numbers
    2005/07/11, Source,
    As the 54th Melbourne International Film Festival, scheduled to be held from July 20 through August 7 in Melbourne, Australia, pays attention to Asia region films especially in its 'Regional Focus Section', its non-competition section 'Regional Focus Section' invites a total of four Korean movies su,...More
  • 'Blood & Bone' sweeps over Japan Film Awards
    2005/02/21, Source,
    The most famous film director of Korean residence in Japan 'Yoichi Sai (Korean name: Choi Yang-il)'s 'Blood and Bone' has swept over major three parts in the 28th Japan Academy Awarding Ceremony held in Tokyo on late Feb. 18.

    As 'Blood an,...
  • 'Blood and Bones' uncovers extremes of desire
    2005/02/17, Source,
    Human instinct is essentially insatiable. The more, the better - though the society and morality classes preach otherwise. Here is a man who has no limit in his pursuit. He's violent, destructive, merciless and even manipulative. But can we blame him?

    "Blood and Bones", directed by renowned Korea,...
  • He Was a Blood-red Male
    2005/02/16, Source,
    by Seung-Jae Lee (

    Kim Joon-pyeong, played by Kitano Takeshi, moves to Osaka, Japan from Jeju Island in 1923 and built his own kingdom through violence and violence alone. He rapes his wife Lee Young-hee (Suzuki Kyoka) constantly and reigns over his children through violence. Ki,...
  • Pusan Film Fest Puts Focus on Diversity
    2004/09/14, Source,
    By Joon Soh
    Staff Reporter

    In a year when major European festivals have gone Hollywood in a big way, the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), Asia's biggest cinema event, will continue to go the other direction, emphasizing the diversity in international cinema more than in previous years,...
  • Art Films, Theaters Looking for Right Marketing Strategy
    2004/08/22, Source,
    By Joon Soh
    Staff Reporter

    The big news in local cinema has, of course, been the commercial strength of domestic blockbusters in the first half of this year. However, the massive success of films like "Taegukgi" and ",...

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