Kikujiro (1999)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Comedy


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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.

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  • Takeshi Kitano and Yusuke Sekiguchi in Kikujiro (1999)
  • Takeshi Kitano and Yusuke Sekiguchi in Kikujiro (1999)
  • Yusuke Sekiguchi in Kikujiro (1999)
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  • Takeshi Kitano and Yusuke Sekiguchi in Kikujiro (1999)
  • Takeshi Kitano and Kayoko Kishimoto in Kikujiro (1999)

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1 April 2004 | vincent.vega-2
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| Funny, subtle storytelling
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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