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Kids Return (1996)
"Kizzu ritân" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  27 July 1996 (Japan)
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Dropping out of high school, two friends at first find success, one as a up-and-coming boxer and one as a low level gangster. Yet, their life decisions still find a way of catching up on them.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Kaneko ...
Masaru
Masanobu Andô ...
Shinji
Leo Morimoto ...
Teacher
Hatsuo Yamaya ...
Boxing Club Manager
Michisuke Kashiwaya ...
Hiroshi
Mitsuko Oka ...
Coffee-shop Owner, Sachiko's Mother
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Sachiko
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Local Yakuza Chief
Susumu Terajima ...
No 2 In Local Gang
Moro Morooka ...
Hayashi
Peking Genji
Atsuki Ueda ...
Reiko
Kôtarô Yoshida
Takekazu Shigehisa ...
Trainer (as Koichi Shigehisa)
Kyôsuke Yabe
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Two buddies visit the schoolyard of the high school they used to attend, and remember their young and dumb days. They used to be the bullies in the school, until they find their own ways of life; one as a boxer, and the other as a member of the yakuza. Written by <H@jime>

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Takeshi Kitano's first film following his near-fatal scooter accident. See more »

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Shinji: Masaru, do you think we're already finished?
Masaru: Hell no. We haven't even started.
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The moral--Don't be an idiot!
29 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Kids Return" is not a particularly enjoyable or must-see viewing experience. However, it might be worth showing to stupid teenagers, as the lesson in this 'Don't be an idiot'---and clearly illustrates the life of two morons as they enter adulthood.

Shinji and Masaru are two teenage juvenile delinquents. They often don't bother going to school and when they do, they goof off, beat up fellow students for their lunch money and commit petty crimes. However, as the film progresses you see some light at the end of the tunnel for the pair when they decide to take up boxing. However, one of them soon tires of it and joins the yakuza (Japanese mob). The other has a future as a great boxer. However, in BOTH cases, a lack of follow-through and stupidity ends up undoing their paths and by the end of the film, they are two unemployed idiots with no future.

Takeshi Kitano wrote and directed this film but did not appear in it. It's interesting in that so many of his other films seem to glorify the mob life--or at least look at it from a rather judgment neutral point of view. Here, however, it seems to be much more of a morality play where Kitano is taking away a lot of the romance and you see that dumb punks grow into dumb young adults! Well done but also not particularly enjoyable viewing.


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