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Best known for his stylish crime dramas, actor and director Takeshi Kitano (aka Beat Takeshi) takes a left turn into more heartwarming territory with the sentimental drama Kikujiro. Masao (Yusuke Sekiguchi) is a nine-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother. His father is dead and he's been told his mother is forced to live far away due to her job; he has no memory of her. One day, Masao decides it's high time he met his mom, so armed with a photograph and an address, he sets out in search of her. Before long, he encounters Kikujiro (Takeshi), a tough guy with a sharp tongue. Kikujiro and his wife think it's a bad idea for the little fellow to be traveling by himself, so Kikujiro (on his wife's insistence) hits the road with Masao to keep an eye on him. Masao and Kikujiro become close as they share adventures on the road, leading up to a troubling revelation about Masao's mother and Kikujiro's efforts to bring the child back to happiness. Kikujiro was shown in competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

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Yuko Daike
as Masao's mother
Beat Kiyoshi
as Man At Bus Stop
Great Gidayu
as Biker/Fatso
Rakkyo Ide
as Biker/Baldy
Nezumi Mamura
as Traveling Man
Fumie Hosokawa
as Juggler Girl
Akaji Maro
as Scary Man
Daigaku Sekine
as Yakuza Boss
Kayoko Kishimoto
as Kikujiro's wife
Kazuko Yoshiyuki
as Masao's grandmother
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  • Oct 01, 2009
    <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" 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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