Kitano: Dolls

In the moonlight the color and scent of the wisteria seems far away.

haiku by Yosa Buson

written and directed by Takeshi Kitano

Dolls is a 2002 Japanese film written, edited and directed by Japanese director Takeshi Kitano. A highly stylized art film, has been praised for its cinematography and features costumes by Yohji Yamamoto.

The Matsumoto-Sawako relationship is central to the movie. Sawako attempts at commiting suicide, Matsumoto joins her realising by surviving she has become incapacitated and decides to take her with him; together hey spend days and nights not knowing what to do until Matsumoto finds a red rope and they tie each other to it. Matsumoto and Sawako wander around the country non settling, going through and against time and seasons, they have no goal, they wander joined by the red rope until in Winter they fall in the snow in the depths of a creek. Sun rises and time stops. Sawako and Mitsumoto’s wandering is a search for happiness, a way to rebel to destiny. The red rope is a classic symbol in Japanese mythology, it is the joint that connects two human beings, two world, two universes.



trailer 1, trailer 2



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