Kikujiro (菊次郎の夏 literally “Kikujirō’s Summer”) is a 1999 Japanese film starring, written, and directed by Takeshi Kitano. Kikujiro tells the story of a young boy searching for his mother during his summer vacation. The film is mostly divided into smaller chapters, listed as entries in the boy’s summer vacation diary. Kitano’s inspiration for the character (not the film) was his own father, Kikujiro Kitano, a gambler who struggled to feed his family and pay the rent. Aimed at the whole family, the film was allegedly inspired by The Wizard of Oz with the basic premise being a road trip. Kitano’s familiar elements and locales are present: drawings, vignettes, the seaside, and angels. Although the plot is composed largely of sad events, the film often has a light-hearted atmosphere, achieved mostly through Kitano’s character and his somewhat bizarre encounters.
Takeshi Kitano 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 film work.
VTS TOYS VM-025 1/6th scale “Once The Summer” Takeshi Kitano 12-inch Action Figure PARTS LIST: HIGHLY DETAILED HEAD SCULPT, ACTION BODY, 3 PAIR OF HANDS, FEET WITH SLIPPER. COSTUME: WHITE SHORT, BEACH SHORT, SUIT PANTS, BELT, COIF
ACCESSORIES： BELL OF THE ANGEL, CORN x 3, ONIGIRI x 3, PAPER BAG, SUNGLASSES, BANANA LEAF, BENCH, PLATFORM BACKBOARD, CIGARETTE