Third Window Films are set to release a number of films by legendary director Takeshi Kitano on Blu-ray this year. So far we have had the release of Hana-bi (my review here) and we are going to get a number of others such as Kids Return, A Scene at the Sea, Dolls, and Kikujiro. It’s a phenomenal run of titles and Kikujiro is a very popular film. It’s a family film, a road movie and it will make you laugh and cry and laugh even more. Here’s some info from a press release!
Third Window Films are all set to release Kikujiro on February 22nd and it’s going to be available on Blu-ray with a new 2K master from Office Kitano.
菊次郎の夏「Kikujiro no Natsu」
Release Date: June 05th, 1999 (Japan)
UK Release Date: February 22nd, 2016
UK Distributor: Third Window Films
Running Time: 121 mins.
Director: Takashi Kitano
Writer: Takashi Kitano (Screenplay),
Starring: Takeshi Kitano, Yusuke Sekiguchi, Kayoko Kishimoto, Yuko Daike, The Great Gidayu, Rakkyo Ide, Fumie Hosokawa, Beat Kiyoshi,
(THE TRAILER IS FROM THE JAPANESE RELEASE AND NOT THE BLU-RAY FROM THIRD WINDOW FILMS)
It’s summer and little Masao (Yusuke Sekiguchi) has no one to play with. With
soccer practice suspended and his friends away at the beach, living alone with his grandmother seems even less fun for a nine-year-old boy.
With address and photo in hand, Masao decides to take off in search of the mother he’s never met. But with little money and even less sense of direction, Masao can’t go alone. A friend of his grandmother volunteers her husband Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano) to accompany the boy on his quest.
Kikujiro hardly seems an ideal companion for anyone, let alone for a boy as sensitive as the sullen Masao. Brash, loudmouthed and always on the lookout for easy money, the irresponsible Kikujiro doesn’t even appear to be overly fond of children.
Kikujiro’s excursion to the cycle races is the first of a series of adventures for the unlikely pair. Theirs will be a whimsical journey of laughter and tears with many a zany surprise and oddball character to meet along the way. All to discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. All to show wide-eyed Masao that the world, as he’s known it, is not without magic.
By the bittersweet trip’s end, Masao will have collected a wealth of information for his “What I Did Last Summer” project. And for Kikujiro, the heart-warming lesson that sometimes it takes a child’s games to help us see exactly what went wrong with our own lives.
Jam Session – 90 minute documentary on Kikujiro directed by the award-winning Japanese director Makoto Shinozaki (director of Sharing which was at the Vancouver and the Rotterdam International Film Festivals.
Cardboard slipcase with new illustrated design (limited to 1000 copies)