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 aSee more details below

Overview

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.

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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
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:13:00
Sales rank:
15,247

Special Features

5.1 surround sound; Theatrical trailer; Previews; Weblinks

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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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