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Japan · 1999
Rated PG-13 · 1h 57m
Director Takeshi Kitano
Starring Takeshi Kitano, Yusuke Sekiguchi, Kayoko Kishimoto, Yuko Daike
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family

Brash, loudmouthed and opportunistic, Kikujiro is the unlikely companion for Masao who is determined to see the mother he has never met. The two begin a series of adventures which soon turns out to be a whimsical journey of laughter and tears with a wide array of surprises and unique characters along the way.

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Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

An experimental feature that keeps shooting off its ideas like an endless row of skyrockets, Kikujiro ultimately conveys this grief with such sustained intensity that it can only leave a scorched path of devastation in its aftermath.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Appears to be a complete about-face for Kitano, and yet it's unmistakably his, both stylistically (the film is gorgeous to look at) and thematically.


USA Today by Mike Clark

It's tough to think of another child-adult pairing in a long screen tradition with so little emotional kick.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

If the movie finally doesn't work as well as it should, it may be because the material isn't a good fit for Kitano's hard-edged underlying style.

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