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Dolls

Dolls

2002 / 114min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: TAKESHI KITANO

CAST: MIHO KANNO, HIDETOSHI NISHIJIMA, TATSUYA MIHASHI

Another radical departure from formula for Kitano, this gorgeously stylized, almost ritualistic omnibus film is comprised of three slightly-overlapping stories, united by their touching, pensive tone, their focus on tragic relationships marked by acts of self-sacrifice, and the shared source of inspiration in the Bunraku puppet plays of 17th century writer Monzaemon Chikamatsu. A rich, elegant piece of work.