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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.


Takeshi Kitano


Takeshi Kitano
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Credited cast:
Takeshi Kitano ... Machisu Kuramochi
Kanako Higuchi Kanako Higuchi ... Sachiko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kumiko Asô ... Sachiko - young
Aya Enjôji Aya Enjôji ... Tomisuke's wife
Kuruo Hatoyama Kuruo Hatoyama
Miki Hayashida Miki Hayashida ... Passenger
Masatô Ibu ... Akio Kikuta
Beat Kiyoshi Beat Kiyoshi
Taigi Kobayashi Taigi Kobayashi
Shôken Kunimoto Shôken Kunimoto
Yoshiyuki Morishita Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Male Prostitute
Akira Nakao Akira Nakao ... Risuke Kuramochi
Takashi Nishina Takashi Nishina ... Dream artist
Nao Ohmori ... Picture Dealer (as Nao Ômori)
Bobby Ologun Bobby Ologun ... Boxer


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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Release Date:

20 September 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Achille e la tartaruga See more »

Filming Locations:

Nikkatsu Studios, Tokyo, Japan See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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many things showed about art and the people involved but could be two movies
25 November 2015 | by HombredelfuturoSee all my reviews

The movie does not work in only one level; so it can be seen as a sampling of art, in this case: "painting"; from different viewpoints or dimensions. Good actors, humor Kitano style, the Japanese twisted style; however it is a mixture of 2 or 3 movies in one; changes radically from one part to another (the movie is not formally divided) and the only connection seems the art itself (that s not bad at all...) The first half has a coherent development of the script, good photography and shows us the protagonist as a school kid then as a young man. He, an almost autistic person that seems unaffected by the (good and bad) things that happen in his life. Perhaps the answer to why he continues to fail in his work. Failure to get emotionally involved in a way o another in such episodes or not take part physically or to be mentally affected by them, makes an artist that will not acquire the necessary skills (after assimilate and process its) to then translate them into his work; normally a way to say things or feelings of what a person (an artist) can not say in another way. We see a person who may have a natural talent for painting, or based on to paint and repetition developed good capabilities but do not know how to let out his own creative streak, which just ends up imitating the great painters or following great schools of painting in an evident level.

-in a second part of the movie, changes completely and we see Kitano, fulfilling the lead role and with his rough style and Yakuza pose, this main character loses all silence and dedicating autism demanding constantly to his suffered side kick wife; dragging them in a not so good life. In this part the artist is showed like an "art junkie" There s kind of humor here and the shots are more TV like ones. The movie could be better or could be at least two movies...

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