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Kikujiro no natsu (Kikujiro) 1999 M

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Kikujiro no natsu (Kikujiro) 1999 M

35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY, 121 MINUTES, JAPAN, JAPANESE (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: TAKESHI KITANO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: KATSUMI YANAGISHIMA / EDITORS: TAKESHI KITANO, YOSHINORI OOTA / PRINT SOURCE: CELLULOID DREAMS / RIGHTS: AMALGAMATED FILMS, SONY FILMS

As much an odd couple film as an eccentric road movie, Kikujiro follows Takeshi Kitano as the gruff Kikujiro who begrudgingly escorts nine year old Masao across the countryside to visit his mother. After Kikujiro loses their travel money on the horse races, the two must rely on the sympathy of strangers to get to their destination, encountering a series of obstacles and adventures which play out as classic Kitano comedic skits, peppered with oddball characters and Kitano making fun of himself. Made in reaction to the criticism he received for the level of violence in his previous films, Kitano explores the subtle and deepening relationship between knavish adult Kikujiro and sober, innocent Masao.

Contact: 8.00pm Fri 22 Jan 2010 / Cinema A

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