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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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4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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 (From Twitch. 8 February 2012, 4:23 AM, PST)

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A wonderful, delightful movie See more (85 total) »

Cast

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Takeshi Kitano ... 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

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)

Directed by
Takeshi Kitano 
 
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(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 Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014)See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful, delightful movie, 2 February 2006
Author: Conrad Billings from United States

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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