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Kikujiro (2000)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40145317
UPC: 043396052796
UPC 14: 00043396052796
Category Keywords: Adventure  Friendships  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.
Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Hi-fi Stereo, English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/3/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 116 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2000
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 05279
Video UPC UPC: 00043396052796
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Yusuke Sekiguchi
Video Cast Info Takeshi Kitano
Video Cast Info Kazuko Yoshiyuki
Video Cast Info Yuko Daike
Video Cast Info Kayoko Kishimoto
Video Cast Info Takeshi Kitano - Editor
Video Cast Info Katsumi Yanagishima - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Masayuki Mori - Producer
Video Cast Info Joe Hisaishi - Composer
Video Cast Info Takeshi Kitano - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Takio Yoshida - Producer
Video Cast Info Takeshi Kitano - Director
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Katano,Takeshi
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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