aka Kikujirô no natsu First screened in May 2020
Director: Takeshi Kitano. Cast: Yusuke Sekiguchi, Takeshi Kitano, Gurêto Gidayû, Rakkyo Ide, Akaji Maro, Kayoko Kishimoto, Yûko Daike, Daigaku Sekine, Tarou Suwata, Hidehisa Ebata, Kenta Arai, Kazuko Yoshiyuki. Screenplay: Takeshi Kitano. Twitter Capsule:
I get Kitano wanting to show new colors. But these? Benigniesque fable, tougher in spots and with blessedly lower stakes.
I liked how the film got weirder: Moppet and Yakuza Go Boating. But the whimsy doesn't always charm and is unevenly balanced over two hours.
A substantial departure for Kitano, though Tough Adult/Sweet Kid combo is not exactly vanguard. Mixed media elements, desultory structure feel braver.