Kikujiro

Film Intro
Kikujiro
Film Info
Original Title: 
菊次郎の夏
Country: 
Japan
Year of Production: 
1999
Rating: 
12
Genre: 
Drama
Running Time: 
121 mins
Original Language: 
Japanese

Summary

Kikujiro
Dir: 
Takeshi Kitano
Writer: 
Takeshi Kitano
Cast: 
Takeshi Kitano, Yusuke Sekiguchi, Kayoko Kishimoto
Synopsis: 

Takeshi Kitano's award-winning classic now available on bluray with a new 2K remaster from Office Kitano!

It’s summer and little Masao has no one to play with. With soccer practice suspended and his friends away at the beach, living alone with his grandmother seems even less fun for a nine-year-old boy.

With address and photo in hand, Masao decides to take off in search of the mother he’s never met. But with little money and even less sense of direction, Masao can’t go alone. A friend of his grandmother volunteers her husband to accompany the boy on his quest.

Kikujiro hardly seems an ideal companion for anyone, let alone for a boy as sensitive as the sullen Masao. Brash, loudmouthed and always on the lookout for easy money, the irresponsible Kikujiro doesn’t even appear to be overly fond of children.

Kikujiro’s excursion to the cycle races is the first of a series of adventures for the unlikely pair. Theirs will be a whimsical journey of laughter and tears with many a zany surprise and oddball character to meet along the way. All to discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. All to show wide-eyed Masao that the world, as he’s known it, is not without magic.

By the bittersweet trip’s end, Masao will have collected a wealth of information for his “What I Did Last Summer” project. And for Kikujiro, the heart-warming lesson that sometimes it takes a child’s games to help us see exactly what went wrong with our own lives.

Crew
Producer: 
Masayuki Mori, Takio Yoshida
Line Producer: 
Shinji Komiya
Editor: 
Takeshi Kitano, Yoshinori Ohta
Assistant Director: 
Hiroshi Shimizu
Art Director: 
Norihiro Isoda
Production Company: 
Office Kitano
Cinematography: 
Katsumi Yanagijima
Music: 
Joe Hisaishi
Blu-ray Disc Info
Kikujiro
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BD Release Date: 
February 22nd, 2016
BD Specifications: 
New 2k Transfer, Removable English subtitles, Cardboard slipcase with new illustrated design (limited to 1000 units only)
BD Bonus Features: 
Jam Session - 90 minute documentary on Kikujiro directed by the award-winning Japanese director Makoto Shinozaki
DVD Info
DVD Release Date: 
BLURAY ONLY RELEASE
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