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Kikujiro no Natsu (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
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Kitano Takeshi is one of the most representative figures of Japanese cinema, be it as an actor or as a director. His distinct style and aesthetic, characterized by unflinching violence, bizarre surrealism, and deadpan black humor, has brought him awards and acclaim the world over, but the maverick director cannot be so easily pinned down. Kitano threw something of a curveball in 1999 with Kikujiro, an off-beat road movie that pairs together two unlikely travel mates. Though Kitano is known overseas for his cool and inscrutable film personae, in his native Japan he is still best known as a comedic figure, after years of manzai comedy and hosting wacky television shows. All of his films have an underlying current of quirky humor, and this comic side of Kitano is most evident in the lighthearted, oddly endearing Kikujiro, which almost resembles a series of television sketches in framework. The film has a lighter core, and certainly less blood, than other Kitano films, but features many of the elements that set apart a Kitano Takeshi film including idiosyncratic characters, quirky moments, taciturn screenplay, and a Hisaishi Joe film score.

For summer vacation, ten-year-old Masao (Sekiguchi Yusuke) decides to embark on a trip to find his mother who abandoned him when he was an infant. After some haggling from his wife (Kishimoto Kayoko), layabout middle-aged neighbor Kikujiro (Kitano Takeshi) ends up chaperoning Masao on his journey. The irresponsible Kikujiro, however, promptly loses all their money, leaving the pair in a financial limbo. To continue on their trip and keep spirits high, the two resort to hitchhiking, swindling, and general tomfoolery, encountering a host of strange personalities and peculiar adventures along the way.

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Product Title: Kikujiro no Natsu (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 菊次郎之夏 (DVD) (英文字幕) (日本版) 菊次郎之夏 (DVD) (英文字幕) (日本版) 菊次郎の夏 Kikujiro no Natsu (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Kitano Takeshi (Actor) | Sekiguchi Yusuke | Kishimoto Kayoko | Yoshiyuki Kazuko | Hosokawa Fumie 北野武 (Actor) | 關口雄介 | 岸本加世子 | 吉行和子 | Hosokawa Fumie 北野武 (Actor) | 关口雄介 | 岸本加世子 | 吉行和子 | Hosokawa Fumie 北野武 (Actor) | 関口雄介 | 岸本加世子 | 吉行和子 | 細川ふみえ Kitano Takeshi (Actor) | Sekiguchi Yusuke | Kishimoto Kayoko | Yoshiyuki Kazuko | Hosokawa Fumie
Director: Kitano Takeshi 北野武 北野武 北野武 Kitano Takeshi
Release Date: 2007-10-26
Publisher Product Code: BCBJ-3089
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Bandai Visual
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004975373

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
北野武 (監督、脚本、編集) / ビートたけし / 関口雄介 / 岸本加世子

[特典情報]
映像特典収録

製作国 : 日本 (Japan)

[ストーリー]
夏休みが始まった。しかし正男(関口雄介)には両親がなく、一緒に住むおばあちゃん(吉行和子)もパートで忙しい為、遊んでくれる人が全くいない。そこでどこか遠くで働く母親の元へ、写真だけを頼りに、絵日記と僅かな小遣いを握りしめて飛び出した。心配した近所のおばさん(岸本加世子)は、仕事もなく暇を持て余す旦那・菊次郎(ビートたけし)に母親の元まで送り届けるよう命令するが…。 勝手気ままで大人に成りきれていない菊次郎は9才の少年正男の母親探しの旅に付き合うはめになる。様々な人と事件に出会いながら現実の厳しさと人々の優しさにふれていく二人の『少年』の数日間の旅。時に突拍子もない行動に走る菊次郎の後をひたすらついて行くだけだった正男は、やがて横を、ついにはしっかり手をつないで歩き始める。

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (6)

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March 21, 2006

This customer review refers to Kikujiro
A Charming Masterpiece Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is a lovely little film. It is at once simple and sophisticated, and proves that Takeshi is a master filmmaker, not just a master of cinematic violence. There is only very brief mild violence, and it is important in terms of defining the central character's moral position.

The transfer on this dvd is excellent, and the musical score for this film is Hisaishi at his best, reminding me very much of his work on Totoro.
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October 31, 2004

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i luv it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I love kikujiro. I watch it over and over and my favorite part is at the end when massao asks what the persons name was and he says,"Kikujiro"
I LUV THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Anonymous

October 1, 2003

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this movie roccs Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
i didnt expect to enjoy this movie when i first got it. but my opinion quickly changed. the movie is sort of confusing but, once you get the hang of it, its understandable. i truly enjoyed this movie. i laughed and i cried. its so touching how beat takeshi actually cares for the little boy masao.
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Anonymous

January 30, 2003

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worth buying Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie was excellent!! A beautiful view of the human spirt, it has its own language that will deeply touch your heart. Directed by Kitano, who is also in the lead role, the film explores the interaction between the two characters, Kikujiro and the young boy. I especially enjoyed the boy's "summer diary" entries, which were filmed as pages with live motion in them. There are several zany but deeply touching moments in which Kikujiro recognizes the boy's deep hurt, a result from his family situation, and attempts to assuage them with his rough-n-tumble humor. This is a definite must see. Having not seen any of Kitano's other films, I wholeheartedly recommend this one has a film that will stir your soul. GO WATCH IT!!
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Anonymous

January 7, 2003

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excellent movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
this is really an excellent movie. the plot is cute and kikujiro is hilarious through the movie. it is very well made and directied by kitano himself (being one of my favorite actors, i was pleased with this movie) it may seem childish that kitano is in a role helping a kid across the country to his mother, but kitano keeps that bad-ass image through-out. this is a must buy for japanese movie fans!
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