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Whimsical adventures and silly games are punctuated by violent beatings: despite its moments of sweetness and offbeat humor, this is no family film. In one scene the downcast orphan struggles with a child molester who is trying to yank down his underwear before Takeshi rescues him. It's an uncomfortable scene that is inexplicably played for uneasy humor, the most extreme example of the film's ambiguous tone. Kitano never gets the film under control and the sweetness gets cloying at times, but he invests it with hilarious moments of bizarre, deadpan humor. Though hardly his best, this is without a doubt his strangest film to date, and that's saying something. --Sean Axmaker
Kikujiro is a very serene movie with excellent direction and beautiful cinematography.
That is one of the beauties of this film; it goes well beyond the boundaries of the culture and language that are contained within.
Just like in his previous films, Kikujiro has an undertone of sadness throughout the entire movie, even during the funniest scenes.
This unusual movie places its 2 protagonists against the world. There's a lot going on in the "road trip" including
a bizarre and unusual meeting of different allies... Read more
Can't say enough about this movie. It's my favorite of all time.Published 2 months ago by Kristin Rourke
Beat Takeshi makes some wonderful movies. This one is heartfelt with a twist of weird thrown in. Excellent soundtrack.Published 4 months ago by Michael J. Wilson
My family, students and I all love this film; the acting is outstanding, characters are unique and quite interesting, there is never a dull moment. Read morePublished 8 months ago by SEMTsensei
This is one of Beat Takeshi's classics! It is hilarious, silly, and intelligent! It make me laugh every time I watch it. It was cleverly done!Published 10 months ago by ckg
story is great, but language is not appropreate for japanese language learners .so I returned this because it is not good for my child to copy phrases from Kitano ( yakuza-like... Read morePublished 12 months ago by kitty222
We watched this several times over the years. Funny story and plenty of slap-stick comedy. The movie is funny every time we watch.Published 15 months ago by John and Somsee
Great film, with haunting music. Basic story of a little boy living with his grandma sets out to find his mother. He has been told that she is working in another city. Read morePublished 17 months ago by M. Lyons
They're all lonely and abandoned people in their own ways, but the characters develop together beautifully. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Wiz Dood