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Kikujiro (1999)

Rating:
7.8
Year:
1999
Country:
Japan
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Duration:
116

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ABOUT THE MOVIE KIKUJIRO (1999)

Kikujiro is a 1999 Japanese film starring, written and directed by Kitano Takeshi. The soundtrack was composed by Joe Hisaishi. The film was screened at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. [1] This film was remade in kollywood (Indian Tamil film) under the name Nandalala.

Kikujiro tells the story of a boy searching for his mother during summer vacation. The series is mainly divided into several smaller chapters, which are listed as small entries in the diary of the boy's summer vacation. Kitano's inspiration for the (non-movie) character is his own father, Kitano Kikujiro, a gambler who struggles to support his family and pay rent.

Similar to previous works like Getting Any? and A Scene at the Sea, Kitano refers only to the exposed yakuza in person Kikujiro, a departure from his career with popular crime dramas such as Sonatine and Hana-bi. The film is said to be inspired by The Wizard of Oz with the basic premise of a journey. Familiar elements and the location of Kitano's installation are shown: drawings, textures, the coast, and angels. Although the plot is composed mostly of sad events, the series often has a light-hearted atmosphere, achieved mostly through Kitano's character and his somewhat eerie encounter.

KIKUJIRO (1999) SYNOPSIS

Masao, a boy who lives alone with his grandmother in an old part of Tokyo's Shitamachi, receives a package, and in search of a seal, he finds a photo of his mother missing from Long time. He looked for her address in Toyohashi, a few hundred miles west. Leaving home to meet his mother, he meets her neighbor, Kikujiro and his wife. Kikujiro's wife forced him to accompany Masao on a journey to meet her mother, telling Mrs. Masao that they were going to the beach.

At the beginning of their journey, Kikujiro showed no seriousness about going to Toyohashi. He was drawn to cycling competitions and bet on their victories. Then, leaving outside a yakitori restaurant, Masao encounters a sexual harasser. After escaping with difficulty, Kikujiro promised to continue his journey and took Masao to meet his mother. When the taxi Kikujiro stole broke down, they were forced to hitchhike to Toyohashi, meeting various people along the way. They hitchhiked a ride from a juggler and her boyfriend on a date, and a poet on the way to ride them on a ride to Toyohashi. Once they reached Masao's mother's address, Kikujiro found her living as a housewife with another man and their daughter. Masao's mother lives a completely different life from what he expected. She almost forgot about him. Kikujiro told Masao that she had just left, pretending not to see her. He tried to comfort Masao with a little blue angel-shaped bell he bullied from two motorcyclists he met on the road.

Masao was so disappointed that Kikujiro could not help, but he tried to improve the situation of his trip back to Tokyo. He tells him that an angel will come according to his ringing bell.

They visit a summer festival held at a local Shinto shrine. While Kikujiro got into trouble with some yakuza with a fixed shooting game, Masao dreamed of a dancing Tengu.

Returning on the journey, they reunited with the poet and the two motorcyclists. They decided to camp for a few days together. Masao happily played some traditional games with them.

Kikujiro is reminded of his mother (implying that she, like Masao's mother, left him as a child too). Kikujiro asked one of the two drivers to drive him from the campsite to his mother's nursing home in Daito-cho, a small town, but in the end he decided not to see her and return to the camp.

The men continued to do their best to make Masao happy by playing around for a few days afterwards. Before they return to Tokyo, Masao dreams of them appearing on the Milky Way. In the morning, two motorcyclists said goodbye to them and left the camp. Masao and Kikujiro hitchhiked the poet's car back to Tokyo. After letting them down a bridge, the poet continues his journey to Osaka and Kyūshū.

Before Masao and Kikujiro broke up, Kikujiro said "Let's go on a few more times" and Masao thanked him. Kikujiro instructed Masao to take care of his grandmother. Masao asked Kikujiro's name and Kikujiro replied "Kikujiro, idiot! Now go away!". Masao ran across a small bridge with the Angel's bell ringing.

KIKUJIRO (1999) SYNOPSIS

Masao, a boy who lives alone with his grandmother in an old part of Tokyo's Shitamachi, receives a package, and in search of a seal, he finds a photo of his mother missing from Long time. He looked for her address in Toyohashi, a few hundred miles west. Leaving home to meet his mother, he meets her neighbor, Kikujiro and his wife. Kikujiro's wife forced him to accompany Masao on a journey to meet her mother, telling Mrs. Masao that they were going to the beach.

At the beginning of their journey, Kikujiro showed no seriousness about going to Toyohashi. He was drawn to cycling competitions and bet on their victories. Then, leaving outside a yakitori restaurant, Masao encounters a sexual harasser. After escaping with difficulty, Kikujiro promised to continue his journey and took Masao to meet his mother. When the taxi Kikujiro stole broke down, they were forced to hitchhike to Toyohashi, meeting various people along the way. They hitchhiked a ride from a juggler and her boyfriend on a date, and a poet on the way to ride them on a ride to Toyohashi. Once they reached Masao's mother's address, Kikujiro found her living as a housewife with another man and their daughter. Masao's mother lives a completely different life from what he expected. She almost forgot about him. Kikujiro told Masao that she had just left, pretending not to see her. He tried to comfort Masao with a little blue angel-shaped bell he bullied from two motorcyclists he met on the road.

Masao was so disappointed that Kikujiro could not help, but he tried to improve the situation of his trip back to Tokyo. He tells him that an angel will come according to his ringing bell.

They visit a summer festival held at a local Shinto shrine. While Kikujiro got into trouble with some yakuza with a fixed shooting game, Masao dreamed of a dancing Tengu.

Returning on the journey, they reunited with the poet and the two motorcyclists. They decided to camp for a few days together. Masao happily played some traditional games with them.

Kikujiro is reminded of his mother (implying that she, like Masao's mother, left him as a child too). Kikujiro asked one of the two drivers to drive him from the campsite to his mother's nursing home in Daito-cho, a small town, but in the end he decided not to see her and return to the camp.

The men continued to do their best to make Masao happy by playing around for a few days afterwards. Before they return to Tokyo, Masao dreams of them appearing on the Milky Way. In the morning, two motorcyclists said goodbye to them and left the camp. Masao and Kikujiro hitchhiked the poet's car back to Tokyo. After letting them down a bridge, the poet continues his journey to Osaka and Kyūshū.

Before Masao and Kikujiro broke up, Kikujiro said "Let's go on a few more times" and Masao thanked him. Kikujiro instructed Masao to take care of his grandmother. Masao asked Kikujiro's name and Kikujiro replied "Kikujiro, idiot! Now go away!". Masao ran across a small bridge with the Angel's bell ringing.

KIKUJIRO (1999)

Beat Takeshi - Kikujiro Takeda

Kishimoto Kayoko - Kikujiro's wife

Sekiguchi Yusuke - Sugiyama Masao

Daike Yūko - Sugiyama Satoko

Yoshiyuki Kazuko - Masao's grandmother

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