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Kikujirô no natsu
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Takeshi Kitano (written by)
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Release Date:
26 May 2000 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Takeshi Kitano's most underrated movie. See more (84 total) »

Cast

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Takeshi Kitano ... Kikujiro (as Beat Takeshi)
Yusuke Sekiguchi ... Masao
Kayoko Kishimoto ... Kikujiro's Wife
Gurêto Gidayû ... Biker
Rakkyo Ide ... Biker's Friend
Akaji Maro ... Crazy Man

Yûko Daike ... 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
Hidehisa Ebata ... Stall-keeper
Kanako Kojima ... Hostess
Kyoko Nagata ... Hostess
Shimie Komura ... Hostess
Fuyu Ooba ... Hostess
Yuki Tsukamoto ... Hostess
Yuko Yasui ... Hostess
Kenta Arai ... Masao's Friend
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Masao's Grandmother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shinobu Hosokawa ... Kind Woman (uncredited)
Takeshi Ohnishi ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Naoto Seshimo ... Tap Dancing Barista (uncredited)
Yoshiyuki Ukon ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
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Directed by
Takeshi Kitano 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Takeshi Kitano  written by

Produced by
Shinji Komiya .... line producer
Masayuki Mori .... producer
Takio Yoshida .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joe Hisaishi 
 
Cinematography by
Katsumi Yanagijima 
 
Film Editing by
Takeshi Kitano 
Yoshinori Ohta 
 
Casting by
Takefumi Yoshikawa 
 
Production Design by
Tatsuo Ozeki 
 
Art Direction by
Norihiro Isoda 
 
Production Management
Akira Yamamoto .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hiroshi Shimizu .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Senji Horiuchi .... sound designer
Akira Nakano .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hitoshi Takaya .... lighting designer
 
Music Department
Makoto Morimoto .... music producer
Shunji Tsuchikawa .... music producer
Akira Watanabe .... music producer
 
Other crew
Hideko Nakada .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kikujirô no natsu" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for a threatening incident
Runtime:
121 min
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
Masao:By the way, Mister, what is your name?
Kikujiro:It's Kikujiro, dammit.
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References Stand by Me (1986)See more »
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34 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Takeshi Kitano's most underrated movie., 22 November 2003
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

Western audiences basically only know Beat Takeshi for his tough guy persona. Japanese audiences have seen many sides to him for a long time, and probably regard him as a comedian more than anything else. Maybe this is the reason why 'Kikujiro' isn't all that well known. Takeshi wrote and directed this movie as a follow up to his most celebrated work 'Hana-bi', but as it isn't a yakuza crime drama, it seems to have been largely overlooked. And that's a damn shame, because it's a very good movie, and anyone who enjoys Kitano's work will enjoy it. On paper the plot looks very Disney-like (grumpy old coot hits the road with an unhappy kid), but hey, this is Beat Takeshi, so what he does with it is always original and surprising. Much of the movie is playful, but then much of 'Sonatine' was too, only 'Kikujiro' doesn't mix that up with the orgy of violence you might expect from watching Kitano's better known movies. However it does have some dark moments that you would NEVER see in a Hollywood film dealing with similar "heart warming" subject matter, especially the "scary man" sequence featuring Akaji Maro, an actor you might recognise from Tarantino's 'Kill Bill'. I enjoyed 'Kikujiro' a lot, and the more Kitano movies I see, the more I think he is one of the most underrated directors working today.

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