KIKUJIRO

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Starring: Beat Takeshi (stage name for
Takeshi Kitano), Yusuke
Sekiguchi, Great Gidayu,
Rakkyo Ide, & Nezumi Mamura

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers & adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 116 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Takeshi Kitano

Executive Producer:

Producer: Masayuki Mori & Takio Yoshida

Writer: Takeshi Kitano

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Content:

(PaPa, B, LLL, V, S, NN, A, D, MM) Pagan worldview regarding angels with two people praying at Buddhist temple (but Buddha not mentioned or shown in foreground) plus some minor moral elements about caring for parentless child; 1 strong obscenity, 32 mild obscentities & 1 mild profanity (“my god”); mild dramatic & comic violence such as man gets angry, man threatens people, man smacks boy on top of head (not brutally) to get him to move along, implied rock throwing against truck’s windshield, man punches pervert, man beats other man with stick from afar, & thugs beat man unconscious off-screen bloodying his face & shirt a little; no sex scenes but pedophile tries to take off boy’s underwear after forcing him to take off clothes off screen, then tries to do same with adult male; rear male nudity, full male nudity covered by cartoon photo & full male nudity in longshot; alcohol use; smoking; and, man gambles away boy’s traveling money, gambling man makes boy pick numbers in bicycle races, boy has very scary nightmare about pedophile, & man is almost constantly rude to little boy & other people until the last quarter of the movie.

Summary:

KIKUJIRO is a strange Japanese drama about a gloomy little schoolboy without any parents befriended by a cranky middle-aged man who eventually helps the boy gain a measure of happiness. MOVIEGUIDE® cannot really recommend this slow-moving movie, because there are several disturbing scenes where the man mistreats the boy and other people, as well as many mild obscenities, a pagan worldview regarding angels, some nudity, and a particularly bad scene with a pedophile, followed by a scary nightmare.

Review:

KIKUJIRO is a strange Japanese drama about a gloomy little schoolboy living with his grandmother in Tokyo. With his school friends gone for the summer, he decides to visit the mother he’s never seen, whom his grandmother says is working hard for him in another city. The grandmother’s friend sends her ne’er-do-well, gambling husband, Kikujiro, to go with the boy. After being rude to the boy and losing all his traveling money at the bicycle races, Kikujiro starts to take a shine to the boy as they hitchhike to see his mother. They fail to locate the mother, so the man camps out with the boy, along with three young men they meet along the way. The movie shows the men playing lots of goofy games before it’s time to return to Tokyo.

MOVIEGUIDE® cannot really recommend this slow-moving movie, despite some of its good qualities. There are several disturbing scenes where the husband mistreats the boy and other people. There are also many mild obscenities, a pagan worldview regarding angels, some nudity, and a particularly bad scene where an old pervert tries to take off the boy’s underwear until Kikujiro stops him and knocks him silly.

In Brief:

KIKUJIRO is a strange Japanese drama about a gloomy little schoolboy living with his grandmother in Tokyo. With his school friends gone for the summer, he decides to visit the mother he’s never seen, who purportedly is working hard for him in another city. The grandmother’s friend sends her ne’er-do-well, gambling husband, Kikujiro, to go with the boy. After being rude to the boy and losing all his traveling money at the races, Kikujiro starts to take a shine to the boy as they hitchhike to see his mother. They fail to locate the mother, so the man camps out with the boy, along with three young men they meet along the way. The movie shows the men playing lots of goofy games before it’s time to return to Tokyo.

MOVIEGUIDE® cannot really recommend this slow-moving movie, despite some of its good qualities. There are several disturbing scenes where the husband mistreats the boy and other people. There are also many mild obscenities, a pagan worldview regarding angels, some nudity, and a particularly bad scene where an old pervert tries to take off the boy’s underwear until Kikujiro stops him and knocks him silly