Brash, loudmouthed and opportunistic, Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano) hardly seems the ideal companion for little Masao who is determined to travel long distances to see the mother he has never met… When his wife gives him 50,000 yen to travel with Masao, the journey begins.
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Kitano-"lite" in this case, and it works wonderfully. Outside of his auteur cycle, this is probably his most memorable work. To a lesser importance, I also found this to be the best Joe Hisaishi score for a Kitano film.
Beat Takeshi brings us one of the most light hearted film's you'll ever come across. Vintage Beat in all his comedic splendor. Showing he can bring warmth as well as violence. A film with a deep and beautiful meaning, told Kitano style.
Very enjoyable. Lots of lovely moments. Octopus man! And the alien! The last 30 minutes are the most enjoyable, but you need the context of the rest of the film to appreciate them. Charming with an edge.
Little tale of bond and redemption quick on the joke and the slapstick but equally often struggling for pathos. Kitano once more shows technical ability and a very neat execution but does not match them with a robust powerful story to burst the dam of emotions. In fact the film often feels decaf, weak, a little bit lost in pointless alleys, trying to say something very simple with too many words.