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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 ...
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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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Special Features

5.1 surround sound; Theatrical trailer; Previews; Weblinks
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2005
  • UPC: 660200310622
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 2:13:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,966

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Miho Kanno Sawako
Hidetoshi Nishijima Matsumoto
Tatsuya Mihashi Hiro
Chieko Matsubara Woman in the Park
Kyoko Fukada Haruna
Tsutomu Takeshige Nukui
Technical Credits
Takeshi Kitano Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Joe Hisaishi Score Composer
Senji Horiuchi Sound/Sound Designer
Norihiro Isoda Production Designer
Masayuki Mori Producer
Yohji Yamamoto Costumes/Costume Designer
Katsumi Yanagishima Cinematographer
Takio Yoshida Producer
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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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Disc Setup
      Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Audio: Dolby Stereo
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Scene Access
   Special Features
      Interviews
         Director Takeshi Kitano
         Actress Miho Kanno
         Actor Hidetoshi Nishijima
         Costume Designer Yohji Yamamoto
      Trailer
      Palm Interviews
         Play All
         Bright Future
         Dig!
         Reconstruction
         The Nomi Song
      Weblinks
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truth

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Beautiful Film!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Beautiful

    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.

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