Dolls (2002 film)

  • Miho Kanno: Sawako
  • Hidetoshi Nishijima: Matsumoto
  • Tatsuya Mihashi: Hiro
  • Chieko Matsubara: Ryoko
  • Kyoko Fukada: Haruna Yamaguchi
  • Tsutomu Takeshige: Nukui

Dolls ( also: Takeshi Kitano's Dolls) is a Japanese film from 2002 directed the film drama led Takeshi Kitano, who also wrote the screenplay. .

The omnibus film consists of three loosely connected story lines that are parallel to each other and do not run chronologically. The film begins with a Bunraku performance at ( " The messenger to the underworld " of Chikamatsu ) and ends with a.


A young man named Matsumoto broke off his engagement with his fiancee Sawako to marry the daughter of a company president. Then this is committing a suicide attempt and remains mentally kicked off. As Matsumoto learns this, he saves her from the hospital and binds her so she does not run away, with a thick red rope itself. Both travel through Japan and being stared at and laughed at when they stumble by the people.

The second storyline is about a man named Nukui who is obsessed with the pop singer Haruna Yamaguchi. As Haruna had a serious car accident and is threatening to go blind in one eye, Nukui hidden themselves in order to be near her and can preserve the image of her beauty in front of the accident. Finally, the now blind Nukui Haruna must meet and they do a walk together. Then dies Nukui - probably due to a car accident.

The third storyline is about an old yakuza boss named Hiro who remembers after decades of his youth love Ryoko. When he goes to the park, where they met earlier, he noted that this still keep its promise, every Saturday waiting with a snack for him. But he does not bring himself to make himself known to her. Instead, he sits down next to her and accepts the offer of lunch box with thanks, but is shot by the second meeting.


The film premiered on 5 September 2002 in the competition for the Golden Lion at the International Film Festival in Venice. He was shown in the following time on some other film festivals. On 10 October the same year dolls launched in Japanese theaters. This was followed by theatrical release in other countries. In Germany, where the film started off on 30 October 2003, he was seen about 12,300 times.

The version shown in the third programs on German television was shortened.


The majority of the critics took the film to positive. So Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun - Times, though the film is not a film for everyone ( especially not for the impatient ) was, but Kitano, as he believed, successful in " to draw us in its speed and in his world and us to slow down on the sadness of the characters. "

The lexicon of international film meant Dolls was " designed as a powerful Bildpoem full of melancholy ". The film was a " beguiling as well as sometimes alienating masterpiece on its visual beauty you can not get enough. "

" The ostensible peace, silence, slowness and taciturnity of the film is undermined by the almost shattering tragedy and violence that goes into the production and presentation of the three pairs. This violence is not that of action cinema. "

" The successful combination of exquisite form and content in general valid, Dolls ' can Takeshi Kitano finally a thing of the greats in the director compartment, and Takeshi Kitano's Dolls' occupy a permanent place in the history of film. "

" Fans of Kitano's other works [ ... ] are, Dolls' do not know much to begin. "

" [ Kitano ] pulls the strings knowledgeable enough, but there is no life in his dolls. "

" Carries its subtext in the text [ ... ] The decision to make a film that consists only of subtext, but rarely goes well: such cinema seems many pretentious, and if you freely admits the basement, the basement is logically empty. This is the case with dolls, everything says what he has to say "

" Self-confidence magnificent [ ... ] but leaves entirely apathetic, schematically, hollow, technically adolescent. [ ... ] Overall, as a dip in syrup. "

" Kitano is talented enough that even his failures fascinate yet somehow as a filmmaker "


At the ceremony of the Japanese Academy Awards in 2003 for the film " Best Cinematography ", " Best Music " was, "Best Production Design " and " Best Lighting" nominated, but was excellent in none of the four categories. The Hochi Film Award received Miho Kanno as " Best Supporting Actress ".