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It’s been a long while since the Korean Wave first washed through the Japanese entertainment industry and altered the landscape forever. Not a day goes by without a Korean star making an appearance in the Japanese media. DVD rental stores devote huge sections of floor space to hanryū productions.

It seems, however, that this adoration is one-sided; plenty of Korean performers find raging success in Japan, while their Japanese counterparts are rarely invited to work on the peninsula. Full-fledged collaborations are practically unheard of. And this is why “Michi — Hakuji no Hito (Takumi: The Man Beyond Borders)” is a bit of an eyebrow raiser.

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