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Tough guy kiujiro is an unlikely candidate to take an 8-year-old boy on a quest to find the mother he's never met. The wandering duo's adventure takes them on a madcap tour of the japanese countryside from the races to a gangster-infested carnival.


Studio Sony
SKU 40145317
UPC 043396052796
UPC 14 00043396052796
Format DVD
Release Date 6/3/2008
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Beat Takeshi directs this surprisingly gentle, ultimately uplifting story about faith and hope. Masao (Yusuke Sekiguchi) is a lonely 8-year-old boy who decides to spend his summer vacation looking for his estranged mother, whom he has never met. Kikujiro (Takeshi) is an immature man who has never had any serious responsibilities. When his wife gives him 50,000 yen to travel with Masao, the journey begins. As the two slowly grow to accept one another, they both learn powerful lessons about life and friendship.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
New York Times "...There are some arresting visual touches...and a handful of loose, whimsical scenes..." 05/26/2000 p.E19
Total Film "...A warm-hearted tale..." 07/01/2000 p.98
Sight and Sound "...A beautiful and engaging film with vivid scenes which linger in the memory..." 07/01/2000 p.47
Box Office "...Kitano's talent as an artist is apparent in the unique visual style of the film..." 09/01/1999 p.146
Los Angeles Times "...A heart-tugger made totally irresistible because of the combination of Kitano's wry, sly sense of humor and his rigorous detachment..." 05/26/2000 p.C9
Takeshi Kitano
Yusuke Sekiguchi
Takeshi Kitano
Kayoko Kishimoto
Cast & Crew
Yusuke Sekiguchi - Star
Takeshi Kitano - Star
Kazuko Yoshiyuki - Star
Yuko Daike - Star
Kayoko Kishimoto - Star
Takeshi Kitano - Editor
Katsumi Yanagishima - Director of Photography
Masayuki Mori - Producer
Joe Hisaishi - Composer
Takeshi Kitano - Screenwriter
Takio Yoshida - Producer
Takeshi Kitano - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 05279
UPC 00043396052796
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 116 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks Japanese
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Hi-fi Stereo, English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Katano,Takeshi
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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