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Kikujiro (1999)

Kikujirô no natsu (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Comedy | 26 May 2000 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Takeshi Kitano

Writer:

Takeshi Kitano
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takeshi Kitano ... Kikujiro (as Beat Takeshi)
Yusuke Sekiguchi Yusuke Sekiguchi ... Masao
Kayoko Kishimoto Kayoko Kishimoto ... Kikujiro's Wife
The Great Gidayû The Great Gidayû ... Biker (as Gurêto Gidayû)
Rakkyo Ide ... Biker's Friend
Akaji Maro ... Crazy Man
Yûko Daike ... Masao's Mother
Fumie Hosokawa Fumie Hosokawa ... Juggler Girl
Nezumi Imamura Nezumi Imamura ... An-chan
Bîto Kiyoshi Bîto Kiyoshi ... Man at Bus Stop
Daigaku Sekine Daigaku Sekine ... Yakuza Boss
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Yakuza Henchman
Makoto Inamiya Makoto Inamiya ... Yakuza Henchman
Hisahiko Murasawa Hisahiko Murasawa ... Yakuza Henchman
Tarou Suwata Tarou Suwata ... Stall-keeper
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Storyline

Brash, loudmouthed and opportunistic, Kikujiro hardly seems the ideal companion for little Masao who is determined to travel long distances to see the mother he has never met. Their excursion to the cycle races is the first of a series of adventures for the unlikely pair which soon turns out to be a whimsical journey of laughter and tears with a wide array of surprises and odd ball characters to meet along the way. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a threatening incident | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,079, 28 May 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$198,238, 13 August 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The football uniform the kid is wearing to the practice where he is the only one there is one of the Dutch national team's away game outfits. See more »

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Kikujiro: Hey, Baldy, you didn't have to take everything off jackass!
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One of the best and most beautiful films about growing love between man and a boy
23 October 2004 | by mateusz-2See all my reviews

Maybe Takeshi Kitano remembered his travel with his father (Kikujiro), maybe he just wanted to show his father just like he wanted to see him. Anyway this film, despite of very few words and quite simple dialogue lines, shows so many emotions that after seeing it, sometimes laughing, sometimes sad and full of empathy, i have spent many days thinking of it. How can grown-up simple man witch is not quite good in relationships with people, can spent so much time with little boy. How so violent person can show beautiful world to sad little boy. Takeshi is one of my favorite actor/director/writer. I discovered him just by being bored with all-the-same Hollywood movies. Now, thanks to him, I'm truly in "love" with Asian movies. For those who liked this movie, and wants to see some good others, see the Hana-Bi (little violent, but even more deep) and Dolls (i was crying - one reason was i was touched, second - beauty of the colors and form).....For me its just one word - Outstanding.


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