Kikujiro (2000)

Best known for his stylish crime dramas, actor and director Takeshi Kitano (aka Beat Takeshi) takes a left turn into more heartwarming territory with the sentimental drama Kikujiro. Masao (Yusuke Sekiguchi) is a nine-year-old boy who lives… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 26, 2000
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000
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Kevin Courrier
Globe and Mail

... the slapstick and sentiment make for a queasy mixture.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The result is a heart-tugger made totally irresistible because of the combination of Kitano's wry, sly sense of humor and his rigorous detachment.

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Christopher Machell

A quiet masterpiece that delights and affects long after its revels have ended.

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Patrick Z. McGavin
Hollywood Reporter

... a great deal of fun.

Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

The comic drama is refreshingly anti-sentimental but will break your heart anyway.

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Brian Orndorf

Leads with Kitano's exquisite timing and ability to mine both laughs and heartache in a single instant. It's a gorgeous take on alienation and guardianship.

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David Rooney

... its treacly mix of emotional manipulation and klutzy comedy will make it hard to digest for most audiences.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

You can't smile when you keep feeling sorry for the kid--who is not, after all, in on the joke.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Filtered through Kitano's distant and deadpan touch, the material works, and it works well.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
definitely the sweetest of kitano's films and a chance for him to show his comedic talents. it's not quite like most american films with similar… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
A more gentle Kitano, with gentle standing for plenty of very dark gags towards the kid. In my case, i loved to see Kitano redoing the usual cliches in this… More
xGary Xx
Bad tempered small-time criminal Takeshi Kitano is "volunteered" to take a young boy to meet the mother he has never known, and after blowing all… More
Daisy Maduro
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Arash Xak
I always had high expectations for Kitano's movies but I never expected this one to be such a great movie, Truly refreshing
Emily B.
What a wonderfully cute film! Straying away from his usual Yazuka films, Takeshi Kitano made this charming, Wizard of Oz insipired road movie, Kikujiro.… More