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Dolls (2002)

Three stories of never-ending love.

Director:

Takeshi Kitano

Writer:

Takeshi Kitano

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miho Kanno Miho Kanno ... Sawako
Hidetoshi Nishijima ... Matsumoto
Tatsuya Mihashi ... Hiro, the Boss
Chieko Matsubara Chieko Matsubara ... Ryoko, the Woman in the Park
Kyoko Fukada ... Haruna Yamaguchi, the Pop Star
Tsutomu Takeshige Tsutomu Takeshige ... Nukui, the Fan
Kayoko Kishimoto Kayoko Kishimoto ... Haruna's Aunt
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda ... Young Hiro
Yûko Daike ... Young Ryoko
Ren Osugi ... Haruna's Manager (as Ren Ôsugi)
Shimadayu Toyotake Shimadayu Toyotake ... Tayu, Puppet Theater Narrator
Seisuke Tsurusawa Seisuke Tsurusawa ... Puppet Theater Shamisen Player
Minotaro Yoshida Minotaro Yoshida ... Puppeteer of Umegawa the Courtesan
Yoshida Yoshida ... Puppeteer of Chubei
Shôgo Shimizu ... Matsumoto's Father
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Storyline

Three stories of undying love: Bound by a long red cord, a young couple wanders in search of something they have forgotten. An aging yakuza returns to the park where he used to meet his long-lost girlfriend. A disfigured pop star confronts the phenomenal devotion of her biggest fan. Written by <intlpress@aol.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 October 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Lutke See more »

Filming Locations:

Niigata Prefecture, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,067, 12 December 2004

Gross USA:

$4,067

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,405,725
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the last Takeshi Kitano film to feature music by Joe Hisaishi. Kitano claimed that it became too expensive to hire Hisaishi for soundtracks while Hisaishi claimed that he didn't like the screenplay of the movie. Actually, they both had an argument about some pieces which weren't selected for the soundtrack, and where to put the others in the movie. They stopped working together since then. See more »

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Dolls
Written by Joe Hisaishi
Performed by Joe Hisaishi
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Amazingly aesthetic
26 January 2003 | by elclownSee all my reviews

Takeshi Kitano proudly presented Dolls in the last Venice festival, where it received bad critics and reviews from the so-called cinema intellectuals and movie critics (I'd rather called them dollar-seekers). A few months later it was premiered in the Sitges Cinema Fest, I didn't expected too much, I was too wrong.

Dolls is a great movie about true love and the meaning of life. It's perfectly directed, it's perfectly acted, it's... perfect? May be, of course it depends on you. The point to criticize the movie for most of the critics, is the point that I praise: the use of the symbols is 100% aesthetic, I even believe that the real love is not the subject of the movie, but aesthetics; and the greatest of everything is that using this strange way of filming he really emphasizes the story. The traditional filming would use symbol's as a way to directly emphasize the action, but this movie uses the symbols independently from the action and that gives strength to the overall story.

The aestheticism is very dangerous, because it can turn your movie into a sum of meaningless scenes attached with a very poor story, making it very boring. However Kitano-sensei (my biggest and greatest inspiration) manages to exploit aesthetics without loosing the plot.

This is not the first time that Kitano tries to explain a story with images, in Ano natsu ichiban shizukana umi (A scene at the sea) tried something similar, but didn't fully succeed.

In conclusion, it's a masterpiece you shouldn't forget. Kitano is one of the greatest directors nowadays and this movie proves it. Whether you are a hardcore Kitano fan or just enjoy films, watch it, you won't get disappointed.

10 out of 10


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