• 2003
  • Japan
  • 1h 53min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Kitano 'Beat' Takeshi
  • Cast: Miho Kanno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tatsuya Mihashi

The latest film from awe-inspiring Japanese comic, actor, painter and director Takeshi sets up an odd but compelling concept. In a play by Chikamatsu (Japan's equivalent of Shakespeare), banruku dolls perform a sad tale of human tragedy. Takeshi reverses the polarities of the theatre, making the dolls the onlookers to three stories performed by live actors. In keeping with the pain and sorrow it depicts, 'Dolls' is a measured and tranquil piece, much more in the mood of Takeshi's 'Hana-Bi' than the intrinsically bloody 'Violent Cop'.

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