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Kikujiro (1999)

Kikujirô no natsu (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Comedy | 26 May 2000 (USA)
A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kikujiro (as Beat Takeshi)
Yusuke Sekiguchi ...
Masao
Kayoko Kishimoto ...
Kikujiro's Wife
The Great Gidayû ...
Biker (as Gurêto Gidayû)
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Biker's Friend
Akaji Maro ...
Crazy Man
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Masao's Mother
Fumie Hosokawa ...
Juggler Girl
Nezumi Imamura ...
An-chan
Bîto Kiyoshi ...
Man at Bus Stop
Daigaku Sekine ...
Yakuza Boss
Yôji Tanaka ...
Yakuza Henchman
Makoto Inamiya ...
Yakuza Henchman
Hisahiko Murasawa ...
Yakuza Henchman
Tarou Suwata ...
Stall-keeper
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Storyline

Brash, loudmouthed and opportunistic, Kikujiro hardly seems the ideal companion for little Masao who is determined to travel long distances to see the mother he has never met. Their excursion to the cycle races is the first of a series of adventures for the unlikely pair which soon turns out to be a whimsical journey of laughter and tears with a wide array of surprises and odd ball characters to meet along the way. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Drama | Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for a threatening incident | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

$28,079 (USA) (26 May 2000)

Gross:

$198,238 (USA) (11 August 2000)
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Trivia

Takeshi Kitano made this gentler film as an antidote to his usual violent gangster movies. See more »

Quotes

Kikujiro: You're a farmer, huh?
Man at Bus Stop: No, no. I'm a banker.
Kikujiro: You're kidding. With a face like that?
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Crazy Credits

There's one more scene after the credits. See more »

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Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014) See more »

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Exactly what you'd hope for when the most insane/creative/unique director on earth decides to make a family film!
29 March 2004 | by (southern, cali) – See all my reviews

An extremely enjoyable movie!!! It focuses on a kid who lives with his grandmother, trying to go meet his real mother. Takishe is forced to accompany the child in order to ensure a safe trip. Luckily he screwed up & misbehaved in a wide assortment of hilarious situations.

Definitely recommended as an enjoyable movie to watch for everyone. There is enough unique visuals and interesting situations to easily entertain any first time viewer.

The dialog is also extremely light, no 10 minute conversations or useless stuff like that. So dont let the subtitles deter you from viewing the movie.


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