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Dolls (2002)

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Release Date
 USA: Nov 7, 2003
 UK: 30 May 2003
DVD Release Date
 R1: Mar 8, 2005
 R2: 24 Nov 2003

Official Website:
Dolls Website

Running Time
1 hour, 54 minutes

Country Japan

Production Companies
Bandai Visual Co. Ltd., Office Kitano, TV Tokyo, Tokyo FM Broadcasting Co. Ltd.

Studio Palm Pictures

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Experimental, Love

Plot: Takeshi Kitano continues alternating between introspective drama and violent films with DOLLS, which he wrote, directed, and edited in between the bloody gangster picture BROTHER (2000) and the samurai update THE BLIND SWORDSMAN: ZATOICHI. Beginning with an excerpt from Bunraku puppet theater master Monzaemon Chikamatsu's THE COURIER FOR HELL, Kitano goes on to tell the story of three sets of men and women obsessed with ill-fated relationships. Matsumoto (Hidetoshi Nishijima) is in love with Sawako (Miho Kanno), but he chooses to marry his boss's daughter instead so he can get ahead in the world. After Sawako attempts suicide and loses her mind, Matsumoto chooses to do his penance by giving up everything to take care of her, leading her through the streets and parks tied to him with a red cord so she can't get away and hurt herself. Hiro (Tatsuya Mihashi) is a yakuza boss who left his love (Chieko Matsubara) long ago in order to make something of himself; she promised she would come to the park to wait for him every Saturday, and he is shocked when he returns to the bench decades later and finds her there, with his lunch. And traffic worker Nukui (Tsutomu Takeshige) is so dedicated to young pop sensation Haruna (real-life pop sensation Kyoko Fukada) that he makes a bizarre

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 Directed by
Takeshi Kitano
3-4x juugatsu, Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi, Kidzu ritan
 Written by
Takeshi Kitano
Asakusa Kid, Johnny Mnemonic, Zatoichi
Miho Kanno
Tomie, Hypnosis, Wizard of Darkness
Hidetoshi Nishijima
Casshern, Tony Takitani, Love/Juice
Tatsuya Mihashi
Tora! Tora! Tora!, Casshern, High and Low
Chieko Matsubara
Tokyo Drifter
Kayoko Kishimoto
Fireworks, Kikujiro, Takeshis'
Kanji Tsuda
Audition, Ju-on: The Grudge, Sonatine
 Music By
Joe Hisaishi
Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle

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