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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 ... Male Prostitute
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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Parlez-moi d'Amour
Music by Jean Lenoir
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Which do you choose a rice ball or the artwork by Pabro Picasso when you're on the verge of dying of hunger?
24 June 2020 | by Aoi_kdrSee all my reviews

People may think that creators make a living by what they want to do. The working to keep living looks similar to what they really want to do at first. But, actually it's different for some people. Even if he seems to do what he wants, everyone wants more honor really.

This's the story about lives of an unsuccessful artist, Machisu and his wife. He had been nearby where he wanted to reach. That's why he had felt more frustrating by not reaching there. Neverless, he must create some things. I can image how tough it is. But he had to answer a need because he made a living by it. And his pride must not be able to let him publish the garbages to the public. How easier it is to make it just "a hobby".

If his goal was just realistic arts, his job will be replaced by AI easily. Is the art which has the goal worth?

It's just the "foundation" to give the persuasion and reality on his own opinion. Everyone can copy and draw realistically with practicing a lot. There's the trend and the styles everyone likes. So it's a bit stupid to ignore the flow stubbornly. The creators who make new things must know new and good ones and choose to adopt or reject them. There's some things --- sold well, liked by creators and acknowledged by everyone. It's exciting to live with them, but is also very tough. It's like a marathon without the goal. They're running out of breath forever. When they would stop it, it's "the End" really.

To go different way from the others, it would be a detour. Machisu couldn't creat even good things because he held too complexed things. There's something about him that made everyone feel that he looked great. But that kind of expectation became a handicap and dragged him down. He's like Achilles who cannot overtake the Tortois.

There's an absolute difference between getting the top selling and the talent.

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Release Date:

20 September 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquiles y la tortuga See more »

Filming Locations:

Nikkatsu Studios, Tokyo, Japan See more »


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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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