Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Running time: 114 minutes
Tired of making crime films, cult Japanese director Takeshi Kitano decided to make a film about love. Inspired by a memory from his youth of two beggars wandering the streets of Tokyo bound together by a string, the result, Dolls (2002) focuses on the tragic love of three couples interspersed with scenes from Bunraku theatre. Written, edited and directed by Kitano, it features both the glorious cinematography of Katsumi Yanagishima and beautiful costumes by Yohji Yamamoto and traces what is ultimately each person's inescapable destiny through three separate stories: Sawako (Miho Kanno) becomes suicidal when her fiancé, Matsumoto (Hidetoshi Nishijima) leaves her to marry his boss' daughter. Hearing of her attempted suicide, Matsumato returns to the damaged Sawako attaching himself to her with a red rope. Hito is a retired Yakuza boss who decides to revisit the devoted girlfriend of his youth, Rykyo, who has patiently waited for him every Saturday for fifty years while obsessed fan Nukui (Tsutomu Takeshige) violently declares his love for teen pop singer Haruna (Kyoko Fukada) after she is disfigured in a car accident. Kitano has said that he found it ironic that in aiming to make a film about love he produced what could be his most violent film: “This is not because the violence is particularly gruesome, but it's sudden and without warning. When a yakuza dies, you can say, I saw it coming and he deserved it. When it befalls ordinary men, you cannot excuse it, and it becomes unforgivable.”
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