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Kids Return (1996)

Kizzu ritân (original title)
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 overview, first billed only:
Ken Kaneko ...
Leo Morimoto ...
Hatsuo Yamaya ...
Boxing Club Manager
Michisuke Kashiwaya ...
Mitsuko Oka ...
Coffee-shop Owner, Sachiko's Mother
Local Yakuza Chief
Susumu Terajima ...
No 2 In Local Gang
Moro Morooka ...
Peking Genji
Atsuki Ueda ...
Kôtarô Yoshida
Takekazu Shigehisa ...
Trainer (as Koichi Shigehisa)
Kyôsuke Yabe


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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Release Date:

27 July 1996 (Japan)  »

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Kids Return  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Shinji: Masaru, do you think we're already finished?
Masaru: Hell no. We haven't even started.
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Followed by Kids Return: The Reunion (2013) See more »

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fluent and elegant storytelling ...
17 June 2006 | by (Graz, Austria) – See all my reviews

So many things in this film are so well done. There is the nicely written and told story, the very suitable cast, the perfectly composed music and, of course, the excellent direction.

It was, from my point of view, a very good idea to have a variety of protagonists who are all, in some way, related to each other: all of them are just about to leave school and look for an adequate and fulfilling life. Some of them succeed, and some fail. Now the feat was to link all these single story lines together and make one film out of it. And Kitano really succeeded in this sector. And again this film has a lot of autobiographical elements in it. Kitano's own past as a delinquent or comedian for example.

The music was again a real pleasure. Joe Hisashi really knows his craft to compose very fitting melodies, which always remind me of old Japanese folk songs, and use them perfectly timed in Kitano's films.

If you've seen other Kitano movies and missed this one, you will definitely like it. For those who want to try out a Kitano film for the first time: watch it! It will be a very contemplative and rewarding experience.

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