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.
Kitano’s films have always been a tonal balancing act, and “Kikujiro” is no exception, juggling sobriety, sentiment, slapstick and savagery in a way that really shouldn’t work as well as it does. It’s a cocktail western critics evidently found more palatable within the confines of the crime genre, but this film is one-of-a-kind; visually arresting, contemplative, weird and wonderful.