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After Takeshis' and Glory to the Filmmaker, acclaimed filmmaker Kitano Takeshi completes his idiosyncratic trilogy on artistic rumination and creative crisis with Achilles and Tortoise. More accessible and audience-friendly than his previous two essays, Achilles and the Tortoise is told in three acts, following the art and adventures of an ardent, but middling artist at different stages in his navel-gazing life. Mocking art while making it, Kitano himself painted the film's colorful artwork which delightfully parody the protagonist and modern art. Taking the film's title from Zeno's Achilles and Tortoise paradox positing that the fastest runner can never overtake the slowest, Kitano creates a fascinating character study full of offbeat humor, wry commentary, and self-absorbent reflection.

The son of a wealthy businessman, Machisu (Yoshioka Reo) discovers his passion, or perhaps obsession, for art at a young age. After his father's bankruptcy and suicide, Machisu has to move in with his unwelcoming rural relatives, but that doesn't deter him from painting. In his teenage years, Machisu (Yanagi Yurei) engages in various off-the-wall artistic pursuits at art school, and meets his soulmate Sachiko (Aso Kumiko, Suite Dreams). In middle age, Machisu (Kitano Takeshi) and wife Sachiko (Higuchi Kanako, Memories of Tomorrow) stalwartly continue to chase after their lifelong passion and dreams. But

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Product Title: Achilles and the Tortoise (English Subtitled) (Blu-ray) (Japan Version) Achilles and the Tortoise (Blu-ray)(英文字幕) (日本版) Achilles and the Tortoise (Blu-ray)(英文字幕) (日本版) アキレスと亀 (Blu-ray) Achilles and the Tortoise (English Subtitled) (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)
Also known as: ACHILLES TO KAME 畫狂師/阿基里斯與龜 画狂师/阿基里斯与龟 ACHILLES TO KAME ACHILLES TO KAME
Artist Name(s): Kitano Takeshi | Kajiura Yuki | Aso Kumiko | Osugi Ren | Omori Nao | Tsutsui Mariko | Ibu Masato | Nakao Akira | Higuchi Kanako | Tokunaga Eri 北野武 | 梶浦由記 | 麻生久美子 | 大杉漣 | 大森南朋 | 筒井真理子 | 伊武雅刀 | Nakao Akira | 樋口可南子 | Tokunaga Eri 北野武 | Kajiura Yuki | 麻生久美子 | 大杉涟 | 大森南朋 | Tsutsui Mariko | 伊武雅刀 | Nakao Akira | 樋口可南子 | Tokunaga Eri 北野武 | 梶浦由記 | 麻生久美子 | オオスギレン | 大森南朋 | 筒井真理子 | 伊武雅刀 | 中尾彬 | 樋口可南子 | 徳永えり | 円城寺あや | 柳憂怜 | 吉岡澪皇 Kitano Takeshi | 카지우라 유키 | Aso Kumiko | Osugi Ren | Omori Nao | Tsutsui Mariko | Ibu Masato | Nakao Akira | Higuchi Kanako | Tokunaga Eri
Director: Kitano Takeshi 北野武 北野武 北野武 Kitano Takeshi
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2017-09-27
Publisher Product Code: BCXJ-1280
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Other Information: Blu-ray
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1061059212

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北野武 (出演、監督、脚本、編集、挿入画) / 樋口可南子 / 柳憂怜 / 梶浦由記 (音楽)


北野武監督最新作『アウトレイジ 最終章』公開記念! 北野武監督の過去作が待望のBlu-ray化! 今振り返るべき名作が高画質でよみがえる! "好きなことを追い続ける大切さ""支えてくれる人の存在"を描いた、愛と幸福の物語! 夢を追いかける夫婦の物語! ――裕福な家に生まれた少年の真知寿(まちす)は"画家になる"夢を持っていた。しかし突然両親が亡くなり、環境が一変してしまう。ひとりぼっちになった真知寿は、画家になることだけを人生の指針として生きるしかなくなった。そんな愛に見放された真知寿の前に、ひとりの理解者が現れる。絵を描くことしか知らない彼の純朴さに心惹かれた幸子である。やがてふたりは結ばれ、真知寿の夢は夫婦の夢となった。愛と希望に満たされ、様々なアートに挑戦するふたり。しかし作品は全く評価されない。ふたりの創作活動は、街や警察をも巻き込むほどにエスカレートしていき、家庭崩壊の危機にまで直面してしまう・・・。うまくいかなくても前に進むしかない人生の中で、ふたりが確かに手にしたものは・・・。
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The concluding chapter of the self reflective trilogy that Japanese icon Takeshi Kitano began with Takeshis' and continued with Glory to the Filmmaker, it is hard to imagine Achilles and the Tortoise being more different than the films that came before. While both Takeshis' and Glory were shot through with manic energy and featured Kitano playing some distorted version of himself, Achilles is a far more sedate and quiet film, one that follows a conventional structure, following a single character through the course of his life, and is concerned more with the creative impulse than with any sort of self representation. If Takeshis' was an attempt to break new stylistic ground while satirizing the media monster Kitano himself had become and Glory was a deliberate throwback to the comedic madness of Getting Any, then Achilles draws more on the meditative side of Kitano, the side responsible for films such as Dolls and A Scene At The Sea.

Achilles and the Tortoise is the story of Machisu. A young boy when we first meet him, Machisu's father is a wealthy businessman largely responsible for the financial well being of his entire town. Machisu's father is also a largely ignorant but very passionate lover of modern art, a passion he indulges by buying large quantities of paintings of questionable worth - paintings foisted off on him by an unscrupulous art dealer fully aware that his wealthy client will never have any idea whether what he's buying is any good or not. When Machisu shows that he has inherited his father's love of art he is encouraged to indulge that particular love, given free rein to pursue painting and drawing above all else. Unfortunately, Machisu has also inherited lack of skill and taste.

Tragedy strikes and Machisu is left an orphan but he never abandons his all-consuming love of art, constantly sketching and drawing and painting, sinking whatever money he makes into supplies and lessons, constantly pursuing his goal of become a recognized painter. But he never really does. The son of Machisu's father's art dealer proves no help, disparaging Machisu's early work as being too old fashioned and constantly suggesting that he become more daring, more experimental, more whatever the buzz word of the day may be - suggestions that Machisu follows slavishly without ever making any progress. He ages, marries, has a daughter, but never makes any progress whatsoever when it comes to infiltrating the art world.

With the title taken from Zeno's Paradox - a famous mathematical proof that it is impossible to catch anything you may pursue, regardless of how much faster than it you may be, a proof that eventually led directly to the creation of calculus - the question of the film is whether Machisu's artistic career is destined to fail because he lacks talent or if he is destined to fail because he pursues success as defined by other people's opinions rather than simply following his own feelings and inclinations? Kitano is clearly aiming for the second option with the entire film standing as a comment on the absurdity of commercialized art.

Achilles and the Tortoise is a quiet, meditative bit of work from Kitano, the humor - it is frequently very funny - drawing more quiet smiles than outright laughs. It is elegantly constructed and well acted, a film that would have drawn much more attention had it come at the beginning of this self reflective cycle of films rather than at the end. Though certainly not A-list Kitano it is a huge step forward from the mostly disastrous Glory to the Filmmaker and a very positive sign for what is to come.

Notable here are two key points: first, all of the paintings in the film are the creations of Kitano himself. In addition to being a prominent writer, director, actor and television personality in his native Japan, Kitano has become a fairly prolific painter in recent years, one of his paintings previously featured prominently in cult hit Battle Royale. And, second, this is definitely the end of Kitano's self-reflective period - he has already announced that his next film will be a samurai picture - though not Zatoichi 2 - and that he is closing the book on this phase of his film career.

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