See this is why I love Kitano films.,
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This review is from: Kikujiro [DVD] (DVD)
'Kikujiro' is a beautifully shot, masterfully directed and humorously written road-movie telling the tale of a young boy's quest to try and find his mother, who is apparently working on the other side of the country. Reluctantly, he's accompanied by a lazy, wannabe-Yakuza who just wants to gamble his money away. The resulting journey is an unforgettable take on lonliness, morality and friendship.
When a road movie such as this one reaches the destination, adding anything else to the end would feel like it was bolted on, and leaves a bitter taste. I was worried that, with around a third of the film to go, I'd end up growing tired of it. But it's actually the final act which makes this film so damn good. You'll laugh, cry and forget all about your problems as Kitano masterfully ties up the film.
Honestly, I've never heard my parents laugh so much at a film, so the subtitles were clearly not a barrier for them.
It's definately up there with the best of the Kitano filmography, but it could also be one of the best Japanese movies I'll ever see.