Director: Takeshi Kitano
Takeshi “Beat” Kitano is best known for gritty, violent films, both behind and in front of the camera. My favorite Kitano role, however, displays the other side of his nature, as the title character of this film. His trademark rough character is incongruously paired with a young boy, Masao, and becomes determined to help him find his mother, whom the boy has never met before. Their adventures together are both odd and incredibly touching, a tone complemented by Joe Hisaishi’s brilliant music. This isn’t everyone’s favorite movie, but it certainly is one of mine.