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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 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

Takeshi Kitano made this gentler film as an antidote to his usual violent gangster movies. 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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There's one more scene after the credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in Jam Session (1999) See more »

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Written by Joe Hisaishi
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Funny, subtle storytelling
1 April 2004 | by vincent.vega-2See all my reviews

Kikujiro is a movie with beautiful calmness that's a great diversity from the fast cut movies today. Takeshi Kitano proofs once and for all, that he's a master filmmaker that will forever be remembered. And even though he dislikes the fame that goes along with his more successful movies (Zatoichi), it's a shame he doesn't get more recognition for his films.

Kikujiro no natsu tells the story of a kid who decides to visit his mother that he never met. Through odd circumstances kikujiro (Kitano), though absolutely unqualified, is forced to lead the kid. But as we see only moments later the boy would be better off alone, as kikujiro's fondness of gambling and (very amusing) way to treat people makes the journey a funny and quite touching odyssee.

What stands out in this movie is the simple comedy. It shows Kitano started off as a comedian, and his dialogue and acting made me almost spill my milk more than a few times. This is certainly one of his best. A great film for a quiet, rainy sunday afternoon.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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