Kids Return

Synopsis: Two buddies visit the schoolyard of the high school they used to attend, and remember their young and dumb days. They used to be the bullies in the school, until they find their own ways of life; one as a boxer, and the other as a member of the yakuza.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Director(s): Takeshi Kitano
  13 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

They'll never be criminal masterminds.

They only have guts for silly gags.

They'll end up petty crooks at most.

Out of the way, please.

Stand back, boys. I want to park.

Good morning, sir.

I say, you boys are still here?

Other schools would've expelled

such morons long ago.

We're not a charity organization.

It's brand-new.

I've just had it waxed.

It mustn't be touched by morons,

so step back. Be careful.

I'm not hiding any money here.

Just take it off.

The other too.

If you're broke, get a job.


What'll it be?

Two soup noodles,

grilled dumplings and a beer.

Have cigarettes?

You shouldn't smoke and drink

while you're still at school.

Give me a break, Grandpa.

Kids shouldn't be drinking beer.

You little shits.

There's no law against it.

There is.

It's my money. Stay out of it.

You little--

Leave it.

Sorry about that.


It's on me.

- Dickhead. Light his cigarette.

- Sorry, sir.

I'll go and bring the car 'round.

Excuse me, sir.

I hear Kansai's trying to muscle in.

We can deal with him.

- Kazuo.

- Yes, sir?

- For the cigarettes. Keep the change.

- Thank you, sir.

- Are you good to your parents?

- Yes, sir.


Yes, I am, sir.

Excuse me, sir.

He must be a lieutenant.

Gangs are not bad

if you're a lieutenant.

- He's cool, isn't he?

- He is.

I wanted to be a baseball player.

That's not easy.

Everyone told me

I couldn't be a professional.

Didn't you practice every day?

- Yes, Ping-Pong.

- No wonder you failed.

It's you who set fire

to Mr. Ashida's car!

Why do you do such stupid things?

We didn't do it.

- Do you have any proof?

- You were the only ones there.

Read my lips--

we didn't do it.

It may sound cruel,

but we should insist they quit school.

We don't want them

to become gangsters.

Their jokes are pathetic...

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Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano (北野 武, Kitano Takeshi, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese comedian, television personality, director, actor, author, and screenwriter. While he is known primarily as a comedian and TV host in his native Japan, abroad he is known almost entirely for his filmwork. With the exception of his works as a film director, he is known almost exclusively by the stage name Beat Takeshi (ビートたけし, Bīto Takeshi). Kitano rose to prominence in the 1970s as one half of the comedy duo Two Beat, before going solo and becoming one of the three biggest comedians in the country. After several small acting roles, he made his directorial debut with 1989's Violent Cop and garnered international acclaim for Sonatine (1993). But he was not accepted as a director in Japan until Hana-bi won the Golden Lion in 1997. In October 2017, Kitano's completed his Outrage crime trilogy with the release of Outrage Coda.He has received critical acclaim for his idiosyncratic cinematic work, winning numerous awards with Japanese film critic Nagaharu Yodogawa having once dubbed him "the true successor" to influential filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. Many of Kitano's films are dramas about yakuza gangsters or the police. Described by critics as using an acting style that is highly deadpan or a camera style that approaches near-stasis, Kitano often uses long takes where little appears to be happening, or editing that cuts immediately to the aftermath of an event. Many of his films express a bleak worldview, but are also filled with humor and affection for their characters. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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