Kikujiro (2000)



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Movie Info

After the success of Hana-Bi (1997), Takeshi Kitano, or 'Beat' Takeshi, as he is often called, made another film in which once again he is the director, screenwriter, editor, the leading player and the talent behind the art work. Unlike many of his films about the violent lives of the yakuza, Kikujiro is a bittersweet road movie about two characters who have very little in common. Masao (Yusuke Sekiguchi) is a sensitive nine-year-old boy who has to spend his summer vacation alone with his … More

Rating: PG-13 (for a threatening incident)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Takeshi Kitano
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 12, 2000
Sony Pictures Classics


as Kikujiro

as Masao's mother

as Man At Bus Stop

as Biker/Fatso

as Biker/Baldy

as Traveling Man

as Juggler Girl

as Scary Man

as Yakuza Boss

as Kikujiro's wife

as Masao's grandmother
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Critic Reviews for Kikujiro

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (14)

... the slapstick and sentiment make for a queasy mixture.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

... a great deal of fun.

May 11, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The result is a heart-tugger made totally irresistible because of the combination of Kitano's wry, sly sense of humor and his rigorous detachment.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

... its treacly mix of emotional manipulation and klutzy comedy will make it hard to digest for most audiences.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Top Critic

The film isn't just bad; it's a barely coherent, inert mess -- a heart-tugger for voidoids.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Kikujiro is more on the nose, and that's probably why it doesn't entirely work.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kikujiro


definitely the sweetest of kitano's films and a chance for him to show his comedic talents. it's not quite like most american films with similar themes. kitano plays off his gangster image as a loud mouth lowlife who still manages to intimidate people. the kid is a bit of a blank slate with deadpan expression through most of the film. lots of quirky characters and odd situations with a minimum of sentimental mush, altho the music gets a little sappy at times. overall charming

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Bad tempered small-time criminal Takeshi Kitano is "volunteered" to take a young boy to meet the mother he has never known, and after blowing all their money at the track they resort to hitch-hiking meeting the inevitable mix of oddballs along the way. Anyone familiar with the films of Beat Takeshi will know of his formula of crime drama punctuated by comic snapshots of "gangsters at play", but here he ditches the whole gangster element leaving a warm if slightly aimless character study cum road movie. There is little in the way of narrative or drama, the story instead concentrating on the relationship between the boy and Kitano's worst-role-model-ever of a father figure and their comic mishaps. It may be because I'm a little too hard-bitten and cynical, but for me this wasn't quite enough; there are laughs and some nice images, but when a film dispenses with narrative driven drama, an emotional connection must replace it, and I didn't really feel it. A pleasantly amusing tale, but it all felt a little slight and insubstantial to me.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Kitano puts the violence to one side for a change and focuses on the good in all people. Kikujiro is beautiful 'Road movie' with all the typical kitano signatures (Games on the Beach etc) and humour. Towards the end you can't help but feel that maybe Beat hasn't been laid to rest after all. A hilarious and touching comedy of the highest calibre.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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