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Kids Return [DVD] [1997] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000051S63
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,938 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dropping out of high school, two friends at first find success, one as a up-and-coming boxer and one as a low level gangster. Yet, their life decisions still find a way of catching up on them.

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Kids Return is a nice episode in Kitano's oevre. Instead of the usual hardboiled (pitiable?) yakuza and police characters he now presents the story of two youths, best friends, who part their ways to pursue their own careers (professional boxing and Japanese mafia) and both fail to live up to it, resulting in their reunion years later.
Kids Return differs from Kitano's other top movies (Violent Cop, Sonatine, Hana-Bi) in it not being a violent downward spiral to suicide or death. Instead, the story brings hope to those who fail in life, however frail that hope may be.
Besides that, it is a nice portrait of the world of Japanese young adults, and the most important theme seems to be that the 'kids' get dragged to their dooms by others, i.e. they are turned into losers by already established losers. The young boxer being dogged by a bitter older boxer into screwing up his promising career; the young salesman being dogged by his collegue to leave their ungrateful employer and to start working as taxi drivers, resulting in mutual misery; the young misfit who is taken in as a yakuza (despite the advice by the self same boss not to become yakuza), resulting nearly in his death.
Of course, the soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi is (again) terrific, and it greatly adds to the atmosphere.
One drawback, however, are the many puns Kitano uses throughout the movie that just don't shine in the English translation. Especially when the stand-up comedians appear with their torrents of speech! But that is something we can neither blame Kitano nor the translator for, I'm afraid.
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Beat Takeshi films always leave me thinking 'that was good but i wonder what it was Really about' well i worked out this one, i think.
This isnt so much a review as a discussion by the way.
At the beginning of the film we see two comedians talking about their dreams to play baseball, and they are funny, or at least a bit drole, by the way despite what the above reviewer says, because they are not doing PUNS they are telling JOKES. and the jokes do work because they are just based on supidity, and stupidity is funny in any language.
anyhow back to the review. The film is ACTUALLY about dreams you see? there are 2 main characters (young lads) and one perifory character who each get a chance to live out their various dreams, and at the end we see the results of what can happen if they are or aren't fulfilled, and how the fulfillment of dreams can actually be a negative experience in the end.
Any way the acting is good, the music is good, and there are some very funny moments, although this is no comedy, it is infact loaded with melancholy, until the suprise ending, which infact flips it all around and suddenly we can be optimistic again.
As good as the other Beat Takeshi films i've seen
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Kid's return is Takeshi Kitano's fifth movie. Born in Tokyo in 1947, Takeshi's movies are filled with childhood memories. Kids return is once again a masterpiece. Two friends go back to their school and talk about the past, when they first met. In the beginning, they are enemies but as the time goes by, they end up as best friends, and become bullies. Boxing is the element that has linked them but only one of them follows a boxing carrier while the other turns out to be a Yakuza. A very fine movie full of intense moments. If you are a Kitano fan, get it into your collection. I can promise that you won't regret it!
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I'm a big fan of Takeshi Kitano's work and had high hopes for 'Kids Return' especially as it's taken 14 years to get a region 2 DVD release. While it's great to see a previously unreleased Kitano film it is in reality a fairly average Japanese drama about two high school drop outs who join a boxing club which leads them taking two very different paths in life.
If you're a fan to Takeshi Kitano then you'll want to see it, though if your not a Kitano fan then it's probably worth giving a miss.
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Format: DVD
I love this film. It's very touching, despite containing quite a bit of violence. It makes me nostalgic about my teenage years, although I'm a girl. I can't recommend it strongly enough.
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