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Kikujirô no natsu
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Director:
Writer:
Takeshi Kitano (written by)
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Release Date:
26 May 2000 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Demonstrates that Kitano is still a master without the violence 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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Referenced in Spirited Away (2001)See more »
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45 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Demonstrates that Kitano is still a master without the violence, 17 March 2002
Author: Simon Booth from UK

By 1999 Takeshi Kitano had quite rightly gained a lot of international recognition for his brilliantly constructed Yakuza/Cop stories, but was apparently dis-satisfied that everybody tended to focus on the violence in them. So he decided to make a movie without any violence to remind people that he was a much more rounded talent than that. "Are you sure about this?", the world asked. "Yes", he replied... and made Kikujiro.

Kikujiro is difficult to adequately describe, but the fact that it was allegedly inspired by the Wizard of Oz is a good starting point. The basic premise is a road trip, where Kitano is the unlikely chaperone for a little boy who wants to go and find his mother. After gambling away all the money his wife gives him to take the kid, they have to improvise their transport across the country. Along the way they meet a small but colourful cast of characters, and get to know each other a little bit too.

I'd hesitated about picking this up for ages, and eventually went for a rental rather than a purchase. Kitano minus violence just didn't seem right! But that was definitely an injustice I was doing him, and Kikujiro is a good demonstration that his talents really are much broader. In fact, after watching it there is no doubt that he is one of the greatest director/actor/writer and editor working in the world today. A brilliantly painted story, full of subtly and quirkiness. Awesome cinematography and an incredible soundtrack... truly world class in every respect. Well, to be fair the child actor was a bit stiff, but it seems mean to hold that against the movie.

Definitely recommended if you haven't already seen it!

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