Three stories of never-ending love.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miho Kanno ...
Sawako
Hidetoshi Nishijima ...
Matsumoto
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Hiro, the Boss
Chieko Matsubara ...
Ryoko, the Woman in the Park
Kyoko Fukada ...
Haruna Yamaguchi, the Pop Star
Tsutomu Takeshige ...
Nukui, the Fan
Kayoko Kishimoto ...
Haruna's Aunt
Kanji Tsuda ...
Young Hiro
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Young Ryoko
Ren Ôsugi ...
Haruna's Manager
Shimadayu Toyotake ...
Tayu, Puppet Theater Narrator
Seisuke Tsurusawa ...
Puppet Theater Shamisen Player
Minotaro Yoshida ...
Puppeteer of Umegawa the Courtesan
Yoshida ...
Puppeteer of Chubei
Shôgo Shimizu ...
Matsumoto's Father
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Three stories of undying love: Bound by a long red cord, a young couple wanders in search of something they have forgotten. An aging yakuza returns to the park where he used to meet his long-lost girlfriend. A disfigured pop star confronts the phenomenal devotion of her biggest fan. Written by <intlpress@aol.com>

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12 October 2002 (Japan)  »

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$281,481 (Japan) (11 October 2002)

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$4,067 (USA) (17 December 2004)
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This is the last Takeshi Kitano film to feature music by Joe Hisaishi. Kitano claimed that it became too expensive to hire Hisaishi for soundtracks while Hisaishi claimed that he didn't like the screenplay of the movie. Actually, they both had an argument about some pieces which weren't selected for the soundtrack, and where to put the others in the movie. They stopped working together since then. See more »

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Guilt and Eternal Love
26 June 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Matsumoto (Hidetoshi Nishijima) and Sawako (Miho Kanno) are in deep love for each other. When the president of the company where Matsumoto works "selects" him to marry his daughter, Matsumoto's parents force him to accept the engagement. On the wedding day, Matsumoto is informed that Sawako has attempted to commit suicide and is slow and catatonic in a clinic. Matsumoto feels guilty, and takes Sawako out of the clinic; his decision affects their lives.

The old Yakuza boss Hiro (Tatsuya Mihashi) misses his girlfriend from thirty years ago that has promised to wait for him in a park while he would chase success. When Hiro visits the park, he sees her on the bench where they used to meet each other.

The pop-star Haruna Yamagushi (Kyôko Fukada) has an obsessive fan called Nukui (Tsutomu Takeshige) that stalks her. After a car accident, Nukui makes a decision to be close to his beloved idol.

"Dolls" is a sad and depressive movie based on the Japanese Puppet Theater Bunraku that tells three tales of guilt and eternal love. Each tragic love story is disclosed in a very slow pace and supported by stunning cinematography and excellent direction and performances. Takeshi Kitano has also a magnificent work promoting the culture of his country overseas. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Dolls"


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