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In Pursuit of Dreams

Asakusa Kid is not so much about the whole career of Takeshi Kitano, but rather it focuses on the legend’s humble beginnings. It is a touching story centering on a relationship between a mentor and his student. We see how “Take” learns tap dancing, performance wit, and comedic timing. Eventually, he becomes “Beat” Takeshi we all know and love, but this kind of transformation comes with a price.

If I were to make a cheesy cinematic comparison, I would say that Asakusa Kid is a heartbreaking callback to Rocky V (1990), but the difference is that the movie we discuss is based on real events. Consequently, we are given an insight not only into Takeshi Kitano’s trials and tribulations as a young comedian, but also into the world of Japanese stage comedy of the 1970s. From erotic cabarets to manzai skits, the realm of entertainment outside of Television (which was a groundbreaking novelty at that time) feels stale and outdated. This stark contrast marks a conflict between Master Fukami who clings to the traditional stage and Take who desires to make a name for himself.

I really have to give a shout out to top notch production design. Just as with The Naked Director drama, the viewers are transported back in time to Japan of pre-Bubble era. Interestingly, apart from a closing song by Soul Cobra Twist, we can also hear Takeshi Kitano himself singing the Asakusa Kid song. The music from the master himself really enhances the film’s finale.

With regard to performances, Yo Oizumi really steals the movie with his wonderful portrayal of Senzaburo Fukami. You can’t help but feel the character’s pain, especially in the second half of the story. Additionally, Yuya Yagira is amazing as young (and old) Takeshi Kitano. He got all the tics and mannerisms right. Additional praise goes to supporting actresses, in particular, Mugi Kadowaki as Chiharu and Honami Suzuki as Mari.

All things considered, Asakusa Kid is not about gore, violence, and exploitation, which were so popular in the 1970s. It is a delicate coming-of-age tale about a student who feels indebted to his wonderful teacher. By knowing Kitano’s beginnings, you become more appreciative of his cinematic endeavours. This movie is definitely worth a try.

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Jan 2, 2022
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"Don’t get laughed at. Make them laugh."

Charming and heartwarming movie about the humble beginnings of Takeshi Kitano. While it isn't necessarily a characterization of Takeshi Kitano or his working process, it does show his formative years. At its core, Asakusa Kid is a touching depiction of the relationship between a student and his mentor which makes for an entertaining watch even if you aren't a Takeshi Kitano fan.

What made me thoroughly enjoy this were the wonderful performances by Oizumi Yo, Yagira Yuya and Kadowaki Mugi. Oizumi Yo is convincing as the charismatic mentor, while Yagira Yuya impresses with his nuanced portrayal of Takeshi Kitano's mannerism while giving a heartfelt performance of the artist's early years. On top of that, their chemistry and dialogues are what makes this movie work. Kadowaki Mugi was captivating, and I've yet to see a performance of her that I don't like. She has long become a favorite of mine.

An added bonus were the vibrant sets and lively jazz sounds that made me feel nostalgic for a time I didn't live in. If I had to criticize anything, it would be the fact that it seems a bit rushed. It feels like there was more to explore, and this might have had more impact if we had enough time to get to know the characters better. But it's a movie and not a drama, and I think they did a great job with the time they had. It's a colorful coming-of-age story brought to live by the stellar performances of the cast and the atmospheric set design.

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