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Kids Return (1996)

Ken Kaneko , Masanobu Andô , Takeshi Kitano  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ken Kaneko, Masanobu Andô, Leo Morimoto, Hatsuo Yamaya, Michisuke Kashiwaya
  • Directors: Takeshi Kitano
  • Writers: Takeshi Kitano
  • Producers: Masayuki Mori, Takio Yoshida, Yasushi Tsuge
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000051S63
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kids Return" on IMDb

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Takeshi Kitano's humorous, offbeat, and ironic tale of lost adolescence and survival. Masaru and Shinji are two delinquent teenage slackers who cut classes, play pranks on their teachers and extort money from their fellow students. After dropping out of school, Shinji takes up boxing. Masaru, the loud mouth, talks his way into the local Yakuza gang. But just as they're about to attain success in their new professions, the past returns to haunt them.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie, probably more so for Kitano fans February 9, 2001
I took this movie on the shelf one day even though I had never heard of it, only to discover how great it was.I've never been that big a fan of Takeshi Kitano, but I have to say that Kid's Return is a great movie and in my opinion his best. It's very funny, especially in the beginning and has a great score. It seems like most movies involving boxing never fail.
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The electric performance of a high schooler armed with a machine gun (in Battle Royale) carries over to the film Kids Return. This young Japanese actor has become a presence in several quality films. Ando plays one of Japan's "lost" teenagers. Suitable only for work as a yakuza soldier or common laborer, he discovers a talent for boxing. Brief success is followed by disappointment, as he settles into life on the margins.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Once again Kitano does it right! December 15, 2000
Kid's return is Takeshi Kitano's fifth movie. Born in Tokyo in 1947, Takeshi's movies are filled with childhood memories. Kids return is once again a masterpiece. Two friends go back to their school and talk about the past, when they first met. In the beginning, they are enemies but as the time goes by, they end up as best friends, and become bullies. Boxing is the element that has linked them but only one of them follows a boxing carrier while the other turns out to be a Yakuza. A very fine movie full of intense moments. If you are a Kitano fan, get it into your collection. I can promise that you won't regret it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars DVD quality isn't....... December 11, 2003
As far as the review of the movie, I must concur with all positive writtings about it. HOWEVER, I must stress that the movie wasn't remastered or anything, hence the DVD quality is actually below satisfactory level. What a shame, coz' the movie IS kick-a**!!
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