Kikujiro 2000

Kikujiro

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Masao (Yusuke Sekiguchi) is a lonely 9-year-old boy who decides to spend his summer vacation looking for his estranged mother, whom he has never met. Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano) is an immature man who has never had any serious responsibilities. When his wife gives him 50,000 yen to travel with Masao, the journey begins.

Cast & Crew

Yûko Daike
Masao's Mother
Kazuko Yoshiyuki
Masao's Grandmother
Kayoko Kishimoto
Kikujiro's Wife
Akaji Maro
Scary Man
Joe Hisaishi
Original Music
Katsumi Yanagijima
Cinematographer
Yoshinori Oota
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Tatsuo Ozeki
Production Designer
Hitoshi Takaya
Lighting
Norihiro Isoda
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Critic Reviews for Kikujiro

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Audience Reviews for Kikujiro

  • Oct 01, 2009
    <a href="http://tinypic.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i30.tinypic.com/hs3ss6.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> If you know Kitano;s previous movies, you will be surprised to see Kikujiro, because it shows a new face of him, because he is known for his violent movies. In here there was no violence. He was sentimental, and much more gentle. But I guess he should have stick with his violent ones. I did not like it so much, it was a slow movie, of a man who helped a little boy to find the mother who abandoned him. The acting was good and the music was amazing, but that was all. There were some funny scenes also but I found it boring. There were certainly many better Japanese movies.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2009
    What a wonderfully cute film! Straying away from his usual Yazuka films, Takeshi Kitano made this charming, Wizard of Oz insipired road movie, Kikujiro. It's a simple story of a young boy searching for his mother who ends up being accompanied by petty gangster, Kikujiro. The duo may seem mismatched at first but the film beautifully follows them as their friendship grows. Through out the course of this road trip they meet eccentric characters and share many hilarious and touching moments. Kikujiro is probably not as well known as some of Kitano's other films, I for one only knew Kitano for his more violent films before I discovered this, but whether you are knew to Kitano like myself, or enjoy his other work it's definitely recommended.
    Emily B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2009
    I always had high expectations for Kitano's movies but I never expected this one to be such a great movie, Truly refreshing
    Arash X Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2007
    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 D Super Reviewer

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