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Dolls (2002)

Original Title : Dolls
Director : Takeshi Kitano
Writer : Takeshi Kitano
Genre : Drama
Romance
Country : Japan
Language : Japanese
Producer : Masayuki Mori , Takio Yoshida
Music : Jô Hisaishi
Photography : Katsumi Yanagishima
IMDB ID : 0330229
Official site : http://office-kitano.co.jp/dolls/top.html
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Dolls (2002) - Takeshi Kitano
 

Starring

Miho Kanno Sawako
Hidetoshi Nishijima Matsumoto
Tatsuya Mihashi Hiro
Chieko Matsubara Woman in the Park
Kyôko Fukada Haruna
Tsutomu Takeshige Nukui
 

Plot

Three stories of undying love from acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. Bound by a long red cord, a young couple wanders in search of something they have forgotten. An aging yakuza returns to the park where he used to meet his long-lost girlfriend. A disfigured pop star confronts the phenomenal devotion of her biggest fan ... Three stories delicately intertwined by the beauty of sadness. Matsumoto and Sawako were a happy couple, but meddling parents and chase for success push the boy to a tragic choice. Hiro is an old Yakuza boss. Thirty years ago he was a poor worker who left his girlfriend to pursuit his dream of success. Now he's back in the park where he used to meet her... Haruna passes her days looking at the sea, her beautiful face is bandaged. Not a long time ago she was a successful popstar whose life consisted in hosting tv shows and signing autographs. Nukui is perhaps her most devoted fan, and today he wants to prove it...
 

Comments

unconventional love stories about faith Here are the initial reason to buy tickets at the Hong Kong Film Festival.Seems to me it's a stars lined up film. This is the first film I see from Takashi Kitano. And the synopsis on the HKIFF brochures mentioned that it is the most violent film from Kitano.I am no where to compare.However, I find a new way Kitano interpret the film-language then other film makers. Three stories made up Dolls.Two young ordinary couple want to be together against all odds, big brother and her girlfriend who has been waiting for him in the park for so many years, a big fan of a female singer who tried to get close to his idol and be friend. Three stories intertwined in a slight way, but they have one thing in common - faith. Kitano has stressed so much on the visuals, the costumes, the naturals view - from sakura, to the snowy Hokaido.They all make the visual of the film impressive.Red colour was presenting 'faith' throughout the film, such as the red rope that tied the young couple, the woman who waited in the park wears a red dress, fans of the female singer wears a red jacket.However, i found this irritating of such artificial serendipity.Like we see over and ove again the dead butterfly on the ground. Although for me, it takes a lot of patience for the film as there is not much dialogue and many scenes are long and static, you can find new, refreshing elements in Kitano's film.Worth to watch.
 
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