A few days back, we were blessed enough to watch the lovely Japanese film Kikujiro (1999).
As if writing and directing this jewel was not a generous enough gift to viewers, Takeshi Kitano also donned the greasepaint for a key role in the film.
Even if you’ve not seen Kikujiro, surely you are aware of it because the thieving Indian bastards pinched one memorable scene from this film.
Remember Ranbir Kapoor and his co-star placing a nail on the road in Barfi, sending a passing car sliding down an embankment and then the two running like mad?
Kid, that was a straight lift from Kikujiro.
As we now sadly know, that was only one of many scenes stolen from different movies and cobbled together as Barfi.
Kikujiro centers around an atypical journey.
Of a young boy Masao (Yusuke Sekiguchi) and a retired gangster (Takeshi Kitano) hitchhiking from Tokyo to distant Toyohashi to meet the kid’s mother in a far off town and their encounters with a motley set of characters en route.
Young Masao, a cute young kid, lives with his grandma in Tokyo. Masao’s father is long dead and his mother, whom the boy can’t remember, lives far away.
Feeling lonely during the vacation, Masao heads off to see his mother after stumbling upon her address. Seeing him traveling alone to a distant place alone, his neighbor insists her husband (Takeshi Kitano) accompany the boy.
Thus the stage is set for one of the most interesting, colorful, touching journeys ever depicted on celluloid.
Like a lot of great movies, Kikujiro is many things.
It’s a fine comedy punctuated by displays of man at his bestial worst with an ample serving of love and a pinch of tragedy.
What’s not to like of such an amalgam!
Each of the characters in the film, be it the kid, the retired gangster, the poet, the bikers, the child molester or the young couple, is an offbeat, unusual personality, certainly not part of the herd.
Together, this colorful group delivers extraordinary magic on the screen.
Joe Hisaishi’s soundtrack adds to the beauty of Kikujiro, more than doubling the charm of the film.
The best track, and the most acclaimed, is, of course, Summer.
Kikujiro is rich proof that sometimes in life the journey is more important than reaching the destination.
Kikujiro is one of those rare movies that will never age.
As long as people watch movies, discerning viewers will rejoice in the wonder that is Kikujiro.
Many decades after SI and this blog’s readers no longer walk this land and are but faint memories, Kikujiro will continue to enthrall viewers.
SearchIndia.com enthusiastically recommends Kikujiro to lovers of good cinema.