Director: Takeshi Kitano
It’s summer vacation, but third grader Masao, has nothing to look forward to. His father is dead, his mother, who he has never seen except in photographs, is working somewhere far away. His friends have left town. All he can do is write in his picture diary.
When his grandmother leaves for work he decides to go on an adventure to Toyohashi where his mother lives. Kikujiro, who has never had a serious job in his life, accompanies Masao on his odyssey to find his mother. At the bicycle racetrack Kikujiro hits the jackpot with Masao’s innocent guess.
But in their desire to multiply their fortune, they lose all the money they had won. After many adventures, they reach their destination. But they find a different name-plate on the house. A little girl emerges with her parents.
On the way back, Kikujiro takes Masao to an old folks home. He sees an old woman sitting apart from the other women, her face shadowed by the same loneliness shared by Masao’s mother, the loneliness of a mother who has abandoned her child …
Beat Takeshi Kitano, Yusuke Sekiguchi, Kayoko Kishimoto
Nippon Herald and Office Kitano
35mm / colour / 121 mins.
Born in Tokyo in 1947, Takeshi Kitano became involved in theatre in the early 1970s and, under the pseudonym of Beat Takeshi, became one of Japan’s most renowned comedians. He became famous in the West for his role in Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983). He made his directorial debut in 1989 with Violent Cop. His films include Sonatine (1993), Kids Return (1996), Hana-Bi (1997) and Kikujiro (1999) and Brother (2000), the first film he shot outside Japan.