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Kids Return
Kids Return
Actors: Ken Kaneko, Masanobu Ando, Leo Morimoto, Hatsuo Yamaya, Michisuke Kashiwaya
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
UR     2000     1hr 47min

Takeshi Kitano's humorous, offbeat, and ironic tale of lost adolescence and survival. Masaru and Shinji are two delinquent teenage slackers who cut classes, play pranks on their teachers and extort money from their fellow ...  more »


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Actors: Ken Kaneko, Masanobu Ando, Leo Morimoto, Hatsuo Yamaya, Michisuke Kashiwaya
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Creators: Katsumi Yanagijima, Takeshi Kitano, Masayuki Mori, Takio Yoshida, Yasushi Tsuge
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Teen, Drama
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 12/12/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/1996
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1996
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 47min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese, Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

A great movie, probably more so for Kitano fans
conan_o | the dreary deathland that is Milwaukee | 02/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I took this movie on the shelf one day even though I had never heard of it, only to discover how great it was.I've never been that big a fan of Takeshi Kitano, but I have to say that Kid's Return is a great movie and in my opinion his best. It's very funny, especially in the beginning and has a great score. It seems like most movies involving boxing never fail."
Back to the School Yard
Daitokuji31 | Black Glass | 06/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"_Kids Return_ marks the 5th film directed by Kitano Takeshi that I have had the pleasure to watch. Unlike the pure sentimentality of _Kikujiro_, the brutality and arthouse elegance of _Fireworks_ the near silent _Scene at the Sea_, and the over the top madness of _Getting Any?_, _Kids Return_ is a simpler story that depicts the lives of two high schoolers Masaru and Shinji. Masaru, Ken Kaneko, _Himitsu_, is a brash young man with chin length hair who enjoys bullying other students for pocket money. He also enjoys playing a number of jokes on his teachers. Sick of his delinquent ways his teachers give up actually teaching him anything and patiently wait till the day he will graduate. Things seem to be going pretty well for Masaru until one day an amatuer boxer beats him up avenging one of the schoolers Masaru had robbed earlier. Masaru soon drops out of school and joins a boxing gymShinji, Masanobu Ando, _Tribute to a Sad Genius_, _Battle Royale_, almost seems to be the polar opposite of Masaru. Whereas Masaru roughs up a number of individuals to get their money, Shinji just goes along with his friend silently. After Masaru quits school and joins the gym, Shinji quickly follows suit.However, it is soon evident that Shinji has more athletic ability than his friend, and after Masaru quits after losing a sparring match to Shinji, Shinji's star continues to rise in the amateur boxing world. Masaru, looking for a place to belong, joins the yakuza and tries to find his niche in organized crime.However, things do not work out quite like he two friends would hope."
Once again Kitano does it right!
Cauwel Benjamin | Paris, FRANCE | 12/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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!"
DVD quality isn't.......
parabellum_p3 | WVU, WV | 12/12/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As far as the review of the movie, I must concur with all positive writtings about it. HOWEVER, I must stress that the movie wasn't remastered or anything, hence the DVD quality is actually below satisfactory level. What a shame, coz' the movie IS kick-a**!!"