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

 -  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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Kikujiro (as Beat Takeshi)
Yusuke Sekiguchi ...
Masao
Kayoko Kishimoto ...
Kikujiro's Wife
Gurêto Gidayû ...
Biker
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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Masao: By the way, Mister, what is your name?
Kikujiro: It's Kikujiro, dammit.
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A wonderful, delightful movie
2 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From its hauntingly beautiful soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi to the wonderful characters who inhabit Takeshi Kitano's magical Japan - everything in this movie comes together to make this one of modern cinema's truly underrated masterpiece.

The story involves a petty thug, Kikujiro, who is coerced into accompanying a young boy, Masao, on his cross country journey to find his birth mother. Along the way they meet a whole host of characters. Some friendly, some mysterious, some quirky, some abrasive, but all of them refreshingly human.

A lesser writer or director would have settled for a quick dose of weirdness from the main characters' fellow wanderers, but Takeshi Kitano milks them for all of the depth and endearment that the too few minutes we are graced with their presence allows.

If you enjoyed the whimsical, go-nowhere feel of Lost in Translation, you will LOVE this movie. In my opinion Beat Takeshi's efforts blow Sophia Coppola's out of the water.

Nine out of ten.


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