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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 ...
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Biker
Rakkyo Ide ...
Biker's Friend
Akaji Maro ...
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Masao's Mother
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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?
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Funny, subtle storytelling
1 April 2004 | by (vienna) – See all my reviews

Kikujiro is a movie with beautiful calmness that's a great diversity from the fast cut movies today. Takeshi Kitano proofs once and for all, that he's a master filmmaker that will forever be remembered. And even though he dislikes the fame that goes along with his more successful movies (Zatoichi), it's a shame he doesn't get more recognition for his films.

Kikujiro no natsu tells the story of a kid who decides to visit his mother that he never met. Through odd circumstances kikujiro (Kitano), though absolutely unqualified, is forced to lead the kid. But as we see only moments later the boy would be better off alone, as kikujiro's fondness of gambling and (very amusing) way to treat people makes the journey a funny and quite touching odyssee.

What stands out in this movie is the simple comedy. It shows Kitano started off as a comedian, and his dialogue and acting made me almost spill my milk more than a few times. This is certainly one of his best. A great film for a quiet, rainy sunday afternoon.


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