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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
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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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Trivia

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

Quotes

Shinji: Masaru, do you think we're already finished?
Masaru: Hell no. We haven't even started.
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The beautiful struggle that is life...
19 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Shinji looks up to his friend Masaru, who doesn't seem to worry about the future nor his education... instead he spends his time pulling pranks on fellow students and teachers.

They don't bother looking for a purpose in life unlike many of the other characters, who all seem to have personal agendas or desperately seeking meaning.

Obviously they are failures in the eyes of overachieving Japanese society.

After a series of events they eventually find their goal in life. Shinji becomes a talented boxer and Masaru is making a fast career within the local yakuza.

This is a very personal and honest 'Kitano', an underdog story filled with moments of humor, melancholy, cynicism and realism. In life there are no real winners or losers, choices are made and often we fail.

In the end there is a moment of genuine Kitano magic, (like in most of his movies) where in one line one of them says it all.

Superb ! 9.5/10


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