Dolls

Dolls

DVD - 2004 | Japanese
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Dolls tells three stories of ill-fated love. Matsumoto (Nishijima) is in love with Sawako (Kanno), but chooses to marry his boss's daughter instead so he can get ahead in the world. After Sawako attempts suicide and loses her mind, Matsumoto chooses to do penance by giving up everything to take care of her. Yakuza boss Hiro (Mihashi) left his love (Matsubara) long ago in order to make something of himself; she promised she would come to the park to wait for him every Saturday, and he is shocked when he returns to the bench decades later and finds her there, with his lunch. And traffic worker Nukui (Tsutomu Takeshige) is so dedicated to young pop sensation Haruna (real-life pop sensation Kyoko Fukada) that he makes a bizarre sacrifice after she is partially blinded in an accident.

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Tells the story of the ill-fated relationships of three sets of men and women.

Publisher: [United States?] : Palm Pictures, c2004
Branch Call Number: DVD DOL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Dōruzu

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jimg2000
Sep 07, 2015

Takeshi Kitano, star of tough guy yakuza films (e.g. Beyong Outrage 2014) directed this beautifully shot film about three tragic love stories based on his own experiences (see link to summary.) The main couple was based on a Bunraku play "The Courier for Hell" by Chikamatsu Monzaemon and adapted to a tethered couple wandering in public known as bound beggars. The other intertwined tales involved an old woman waiting for her long lost lover each Saturday and a man's ultimate action to get close to a singer ... The images were hauntingly slow, brutal but dazzling.

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booksmile
Mar 05, 2014

A bit slow and sad and odd, but beautiful visuals.

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Bellemama
Jul 20, 2013

Even the movie is over a decade old, it's a timeless piece. Beautiful stories with beautiful cinematography.

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jimg2000
Sep 07, 2015

Director's comments on the film:

http://www.kitanotakeshi.com/index.php?content=filmography&show_film&id=30

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