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Kikujiro (1999)

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Original title: Kikujiro no natsu


Release Date
 USA: May 26, 2000
DVD Release Date
 R1: Dec 12, 2000

Official Website:
Kikujiro Website

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for a threatening incident.

Running Time
2 hours, 1 minute

Country Japan

Production Companies
Bandai Visual Co. Ltd., Nippon Herald Films, Office Kitano, Tokyo FM Broadcasting Co. Ltd.

Studio Bandai Visual Company, Nippon Herald Films, Office Kitano, Tokyo FM Broadcasting Company

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Other Titles
• Kikujiro
• Kikujiro no natsu



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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Gangsters, On The Road, Experimental, Love, Tragedy, Surreal, Thieves, Coming Of Age, Sea

Plot: In Takeshi Kitano's KIKUJIRO, the actor/writer/director (billed as "Beat Takeshi") portrays the brash, mischievous title character, a middle-aged man living with his wife in Tokyo. When Masao (Yusuke Sekiguchi), a sullen neighborhood boy, embarks on a quest to find his estranged mother, Kikujiro's wife instructs him to accompany the child. Unfortunately, before they even leave town Kikujiro squanders all of their travelling money by gambling at the cycle races and as a result these two unlikely companions must hitch a series of rides on the open road. As Kikujiro and Masao trek along the Japanese countryside, they encounter strange characters and circumstances, leading to a series of misadventures.

Given Kitano's reputation for violent gangster films, KIKUJIRO is a surprisingly gentle departure. However, the film still bears many of the director's stylistic trademarks (such as lingering shots of characters and landscapes) that often recall the more humorous and meditative moments of his other films like SONATINE and FIREWORKS. Kitano and the young Sekiguchi are superbly subtle in their roles, allowing their unusual chemistry to carry the film. Heart-warming without being predictable or overly sentimental, KIKUJIRO is a welcome addition to Kitano's accomplished body of work.

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 Directed by
Takeshi Kitano
Dolls, 3-4x juugatsu, Kidzu ritan
 Written by
Takeshi Kitano
Asakusa Kid, Johnny Mnemonic, Fireworks
 Cast
Takeshi Kitano
Johnny Mnemonic, Fireworks, Zatoichi
Yusuke Sekiguchi
Jam session - Kikujiro no natsu koshiki kaizokuban
Kayoko Kishimoto
Fireworks, Dolls, Takeshis'
Yuuko Daike
Fireworks, Zatoichi, Dolls
Kazuko Yoshiyuki
Taboo (Gohatto), Yogen, Empire of Passion
Beat Kiyoshi
Takeshis', Danpu wataridori
Great Gidayu
Takeshi's Castle
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 Music By
Joe Hisaishi
Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle



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