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Kikujiro (1999)
"Kikujirô no natsu" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  26 May 2000 (USA)
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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)
Rakkyo Ide ...
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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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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$28,079 (USA) (26 May 2000)

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$198,238 (USA) (11 August 2000)
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[after trying out several unkind methods to get a ride with someone, Masao and Kikujiro finally succeeds]
Masao: You see? Asking politely is easier.
Kikujiro: [chuckles] Shut up, smart-ass.
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A sweet family film from Kitano.
3 December 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Kikujiro (1999) is a tale about a little boy who so desperately wants to see his mother. He's accompanied on the trip by an old rascal named Kikujiro. The two make an unlikely pair of traveling companions. It's a sweet film and an interesting change of pace for Takeshi Kitano. He plays

with more of his comedic side in this picture. I enjoyed this movie very much. A fun trip down memory lane. Kitano shows that he can be humorous and light hearted as well as he is hard-boiled and stoic. Recommended.

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