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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.

Director:

Takeshi Kitano

Writer:

Takeshi Kitano
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Cast

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 Masatô Ibu ... Akio Kikuta
Beat Kiyoshi Beat Kiyoshi
Taigi Kobayashi Taigi Kobayashi
Shôken Kunimoto Shôken Kunimoto
Yoshiyuki Morishita Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Male Prostitute
Akira Nakao Akira Nakao ... Risuke Kuramochi
Takashi Nishina Takashi Nishina ... Dream artist
Nao Ohmori ... Picture Dealer (as Nao Ômori)
Bobby Ologun Bobby Ologun ... Boxer
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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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 September 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Achille e la tartaruga See more »

Filming Locations:

Nikkatsu Studios, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Truly amazing film.
10 March 2009 | by ethSinSee all my reviews

Beat Takeshi's "Dolls" is one of my favorite movies, and I really enjoyed his other films "Kikujirou no Natsu", "Zatoichi", and "Brother". However, his last two films I viewed, "Kantoku, Banzai!!" and "Takeshis'" were nothing but narcissistic garbage, so I expected nothing from this movie. To my surprise, it turned out to be a fantastic film that's not only funny, but also deep.

The story follows the life of a boy who loves art and destined to become an artist, though fail to achieve success due to lack of originality and excessive imitation.

What I really liked about this film is that it explores what art really is, and pokes fun at the absurdity of some of today's so-called 'modern art'. It also depicts the suffering of an artist whose works are not 'understood' by others. It's interesting Kitano Takeshi's films are often artistic in its own way. Makes me wonder if his previous two films were too artistic for me to comprehend?

In any case, I enjoyed this film tremendously, and there were many memorable moments. Casting was done extremely well, especially in the 'college days', and all the actors gave a great performance for this wonderful movie.


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