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

Director :
Takeshi Kitano

- You have 10 minutes stage time.

- Okay.

- Hi, there. We're Antarctic 55.

- Nice to be here with you.

What a wonderful crowd you are.

It's great to see you all.

- We've been a duo since high school.

- That's right, since high school.

You know, people recognize me now

when I go out.

The other day,

everybody was staring at me.

Good for you.

- I was just taking my suit off.

- Well, it is rather flashy.

- They were all staring at me.

- Both men and women?

- Yes, even a lion.

- A lion? ln the street?

But I kept undressing.

And now you're a celebrity.

- So I pulled my pants back up.

- Good move.



Still at it?

No, I quit.

Oh, I see.

And you?

I'm doing nothing.

Are you going anywhere?

Yes, job hunting.

I'll give you a ride.

No, thanks.

We used to ride to school together,


Watch out! Pedal to the right!

Are you trying to kill me?

Masaru, shouldn't we be at school?

We're at school, stupid!

This is the school playground.


Stop looking out the window.

It's those morons again.

What's going on?

He's got it.

Shall we go to class

for a change?

School is almost over.

So what do you want to be?

- Dojokes, gags, you know.

- You mean a comedian?

I wanted to be a model

when I was a kid.

We all had big dreams--

a fashion model?

- A plastic model.

- You're nuts!

He's here again.

Must have the hots for Sachiko.

He's not her type.

I'm leaving.

See you soon.

Leaving already?

I got a part-timejob.

That's nice.

- Good luck.

- Thank you.

You too should get a job

if you're broke.

- What is this?

- What?

It's probably a gift for you.

It's so naff.

I think it's sweet.

Hand over your money.

What about you?

I don't have any.

Okay, jump.

Jump up and down.

No money, eh?

Take off your socks.

Take off your socks, I said!

Let's go.

Why don't you smoke?

Smoking can damage my health.

So what?

You're already brain-damaged.

Thanks a lot.

Coffee, please.

There. You left it here.

- It's a gift for you.

- Thanks, but I don't want it.

I want you to keep it.

I have one, too,

exactly the same.

If you have the time,

would you read this?

All right.

One coffee.

What did he give you?

Maybe a love letter.

You never know.

- Can I pay?

- That'll be 800 yen.

- Leaving already?

- We're hardworking students.

"When I get into bed

and close my eyes...

it's your face, Sachiko,

that appears before me.

And you smile at me.

It is evident...

I've fallen deeply, madly,

completely in love with you!"

"Fallen in love."

Did you get it?

This is so embarrassing.

Now listen well.

Suppose you throw a dart

at the circle on the left.

What is the probability

of the dart hitting "A"?

That's assuming that you don't

miss the target, of course.

Get this right.

The length of the radius is 1 0.

All right?

We don't expect you two to study.

All that we ask is that

you don't disturb the others.

If you can't stop that,

don't bother to come to class.

Maybe we should

have them expelled.

You mean both of them?

This is the money I earn

from my part-timejob.

I can't spare any money.

In that case, try shoplifting.

I can't afford to be arrested.

My mum, I'm all she's got.

Your mum?

Why should we care?

- Go and buy it!

- You go and buy it!

- Why me?

- Want holes in your head?

Okay, what do you want?

- What?

- A hamburger.

Me too. And you?

I want--

- What do you want?

- I'll have a fish burger.

- A hamburger for me too.

- What's got into you guys?

Just go and buy them!

If they get any worse,

it'll be insufferable.

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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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