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Achilles and the Tortoise (2008)

Akiresu to kame (original title)
Machisu is a painter. He never had the success he thinks he is entitled to. Regardless of this, he always remains trying to be successful. His wife Sachiko keeps supporting him, despite all setbacks.

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Machisu Kuramochi
Kanako Higuchi ...
Sachiko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kumiko Asô ...
Sachiko - young
Aya Enjôji ...
Tomisuke's wife
Kuruo Hatoyama
Miki Hayashida ...
Passenger
Masatô Ibu ...
Akio Kikuta
Beat Kiyoshi
Taigi Kobayashi
Shôken Kunimoto
Yoshiyuki Morishita ...
Male Prostitute
Akira Nakao ...
Risuke Kuramochi
Takashi Nishina ...
Dream artist
Makoto Ohtake ...
(as Makoto Ôtake)
Bobby Ologun ...
Boxer
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Machisu is a painter. He never had the success he thinks he is entitled to. Regardless of this, he always remains trying to be successful. His wife Sachiko keeps supporting him, despite all setbacks.

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20 September 2008 (Japan)  »

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Achille e la tartaruga  »

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A humorless and wearying exercise
9 June 2010 | by (Berkeley, California) – See all my reviews

Another relentless study by Kitano of an artist with no talent who refuses to give up, this goes on far too long and bludgeons the viewer with its relentless picture of a helpless sycophant trying to become a success by imitating his betters or copying trends that have just gone out of style. There is a disconnect between the early passages of the artist as a boy, which are fable-like, haunting, and touching (but also droll and odd) and the segments of the artist as an adult and "old" man (when Kitano himself takes over), the latter being simply a series of conceptual put-ons. Throughout the film is hurt by its suggestion that art of limited merit has no merit at all; that a child artist wouldn't produce anything of interest. And its later scenes are increasingly brutal and macabre. Another example of Kitano's limits as an "auteur." His work is distinctive and persistent, but there is a coldness, even a cluelessness, about it that is unappealing. The Allociné critic rating of 3.0/70 is full of raves, showing Kitano's strong "auteur" status among the French. Seen in Paris in April 2010.


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