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Dolls
     

Dolls

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Director: Takeshi Kitano

Cast: Miho Kanno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tatsuya Mihashi

 
Master filmmaker Takeshi Kitano returns behind the camera for the first time since his indifferently received English-language effort Brother (2000) with this operatic tale of lost love. Dolls takes puppeteering as its overriding motif -- specifically, the kind practiced in Bunraku doll theater performances -- opening each section of his film with a

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Master filmmaker Takeshi Kitano returns behind the camera for the first time since his indifferently received English-language effort Brother (2000) with this operatic tale of lost love. Dolls takes puppeteering as its overriding motif -- specifically, the kind practiced in Bunraku doll theater performances -- opening each section of his film with a story provided by the puppets and their masters, which relates thematically to the action provided by the live characters. Chief among those tales is the story of Matsumoto (Hidetoshi Nishijima) and Sawako (Miho Kanno), a young couple whose relationship is about to be broken apart by the former's parents, who have insisted their son take part in an arranged marriage to his boss' daughter. He initially agrees, causing the unstable Sawako to be committed to a psychiatric hospital. When he leaves his new bride at the altar to save Sawako, however, he realizes that she's so incapable of caring for herself that she needs to be tied to him with a red rope. Inextricably bound, the two wander through Japan, encountering others along the way who have similarly overlooked love for other, more fleeting pleasures: fame, power, money.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Michael Wilmington
A work both rigorously stylized and deeply personal. Devotees of Kitano and Japanese cinema will admire Dolls.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2005
UPC:
0660200310622
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Palm Pictures / Umvd
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:13:00

Special Features

5.1 surround sound; Theatrical trailer; Previews; Weblinks

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Dolls [1:32]
2. Bound Beggars [6:52]
3. Failed Suicide [4:53]
4. Butterfly [4:46]
5. Trouble [5:37]
6. Toy [4:05]
7. Forgive Me [5:18]
8. His Choice [4:27]
9. Force [4:34]
10. I'll Wait for You [7:10]
11. Fishing [7:17]
12. Visitor [5:59]
13. Extra Lunch [2:17]
14. Sacrifice [6:38]
15. Fallen Leaves [7:11]
16. Snow [2:00]
17. Memory [7:02]
18. End Credits [8:34]

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Dolls 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best thing about this movie is its breathtaking cinematography. The shots, colors, composition, everything, makes it one of the most visually interesting movies I have seen in some time.On another level, the story is great. Its about the tragedy of love but it is done in a very unique way. These three stories (tied together by a red chord) touch on variety of human emotions. This is a must see in my book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This whole movie is based around how we as humans react to the world around us. It ranges all emotions in one film, lust, love, devotion, loyalty, betrayel, and depression, in the itricate weaving of the story line between many characters. Its a little slow paced but the beauty and realism are worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dolls is one of the most beautiful movies ever created. The colors are so vibrant. Not only is the movie beautiful, but it has amazing story lines. Dolls is about three love stories that pass through the four seasons and are all intertwined. One story is about a couple that wanders the park together tied together by a red string. MY favorite story line is about a pop star who gets her eye mutilated and becomes depressed. An obsessed fan helps her live her life again. One of the best elements of the film is the way the director transforms Kabuki theatre into a realistic story. Fantastic films!