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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 ... 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
Beat Kiyoshi Beat Kiyoshi ... Man at Bus Stop (as Bîto Kiyoshi)
Daigaku Sekine Daigaku Sekine ... Yakuza Boss
Yoji Tanaka Yoji 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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Around 00:42:09, when the man is jumping down, we can see the ground moving up, so it's a fake one. See more »

Quotes

Kikujiro: [to the teenagers who have stolen Masao's lunch money] Hand over more money or I'll kill you guys!
Kikujiro's Wife: Quit playing gangster!
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Crazy Credits

There's one more scene after the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Unique Congratulation (2014) See more »

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Written by Joe Hisaishi
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A sweet family film from Kitano.
3 December 2003 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Kikujiro (1999) is a tale about a little boy who so desperately wants to see his mother. He's accompanied on the trip by an old rascal named Kikujiro. The two make an unlikely pair of traveling companions. It's a sweet film and an interesting change of pace for Takeshi Kitano. He plays

with more of his comedic side in this picture. I enjoyed this movie very much. A fun trip down memory lane. Kitano shows that he can be humorous and light hearted as well as he is hard-boiled and stoic. Recommended.

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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

Gross USA:

$200,920

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$461,259
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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