A once very happy couple now spend their time wandering aimlessly in the wake of a tragic incident, bound to each other by a long, red cord. A well respected and ageing, but also lonely gangster feels himself being drawn back to the park where he once met, and eventually left, his former girlfriend over thirty years ago. A young and stunningly beautiful pop singer is disfigured in a nasty car accident – her life and career in ruins. Then her number one fan shows up to support her and prove his devotion to her in a horrifying manner…
In his latest film, multi artist Kitano studies the beauty of grief through a kind of inverted Bunraku puppet theatre, spanning a period of all four of Japan’s distinct seasons. The people play the part of the puppets, while the puppets themselves appear as narrators.
Dolls is without doubt one of Kitano’s most quiet, subdued films, and it is also possibly his most beautiful. It is an overflowing fountain of gorgeous, vibrant cinematography and art direction, almost guaranteed to make you want to take off on a fall trip to Japan, with the suitcase crammed with photo equipment and film stock!
Takeshi Kitano ble født i Tokyo og stormet forsiktig inn i showbusinessbransjen i 1972 som ”Beat” Takeshi i komikerduoen The Two Beats. Han er i dag enormt populær i sitt hjemland som komiker og TV-personlighet. I tillegg til å lage film er han også forfatter og kunstmaler (flere av maleriene hans har vært å se i de senere filmene hans). En utvalgt filmografi: Violent Cop (1989), A Scene at the Sea (1991), Sonatine (1993), Kids Return (1995), Hana-Bi (1997), Kikujiros sommer (1999), Brother (2000). Sonatine og Kids Return er tidligere vist ved Oslo Filmfestival.