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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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The lighter side of Takeshi Kitano - childhood summer memories in abundance See more (85 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)

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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Quotes:
Kikujiro:You're a farmer, huh?
Man at Bus Stop:No, no. I'm a banker.
Kikujiro:You're kidding. With a face like that?
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Referenced in Spirited Away (2001)See more »
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The lighter side of Takeshi Kitano - childhood summer memories in abundance, 15 October 2000
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

Vignettes of childhood memories - possibly Kitano's own childhood experiences and impressions, "Kikujiro" is not like the deep or layered deliveries Kitano has in "Fireworks" (Hana-bi) 1997, or "Sonatine" 1994. There are no cops or graphic depictions of violence. There are still some gangster-type characters, but the encounters are simple, requiring no synthesis. Kitano's familiar elements and locales are present: drawings, vignettes, seaside, temple, and angels.

It's really a loving portrayal of one little boy, Masao's, summer, spent with this seemingly eccentric retired gangster "Mister" played by Kitano. We have a pair of comic bikers, a lone van traveler, an arguing truck driver, a fun juggling couple, prankish hitchhiking gags, and a rather extensive betting session at the (bicycle) races. There are occasions for sentimental tears, for instance, when "Mister" took a side trip to visit his own mother; but play is the key operative here. Even though the child appears to be a sulky non-smiling little boy most of the time, a boy will be a boy when it comes to play and open up to lightness of the heart.

If you're the hurrying kind, this film may not be for you. The film is at its own flow and pace. It's Masao's summer vacation adventures, and he's not in a hurry to go home. Joe Hisaishi's theme music for "Kikujiro" certainly is catchy and the score gave Kitano's film its rhythm and accents along this unlikely pair's journey - a grown man, who's become childlike once more while escorting Masao on his quest to fulfill the dream of seeing his mother. Does it matter whether Masao sees his mother or not? He gains a friend, Kikujiro.

Kudos to Sony Pictures Classics for their film distribution selections! At the recent Bravo cable channel's IFC (Independent Film Channel) tenth Gotham Awards, Catherine Deneuve presented the Industry Lifetime Achievement Award to the trio: Tom Bernard, Marcie Bloom, Michael Barker. It was noted: "This award is being created specifically for this year's ceremony to honor the trio for their 20 years of service as champions of independent filmmakers." Besides the theme from Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown", Joe Hisaishi's music from "Kikujiro" was mostly used during the montage of the film clips. Films the trio has co-produced include the popular 1999 Tom Tykwer's "Run Lola Run" (German), Pedro Almodovar's 1999 triumph "All About My Mother" (Spanish), the Brazilian gem in 1998 "Central Station", Hal Hartley's 1997 saga "Henry Fool", John Sayles' 1996 hit "Lone Star", the 1995 French surprise "The City of Lost Children", and as far back as 1971 Vittorio De Sica's "The Garden of the Finzi-Contini".

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