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Achilles and the Tortoise (2008)

Akiresu to kame (original title)
Machisu is a painter. He never had the success he thinks he is entitled to. Regardless of this, he always remains trying to be successful. His wife Sachiko keeps supporting him, despite all setbacks.

Director:

Takeshi Kitano

Writer:

Takeshi Kitano
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takeshi Kitano ... Machisu Kuramochi
Kanako Higuchi Kanako Higuchi ... Sachiko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kumiko Asô ... Sachiko - young
Aya Enjôji Aya Enjôji ... Tomisuke's wife
Kuruo Hatoyama Kuruo Hatoyama
Miki Hayashida Miki Hayashida ... Passenger
Masatô Ibu ... Akio Kikuta
Beat Kiyoshi Beat Kiyoshi
Taigi Kobayashi Taigi Kobayashi
Shôken Kunimoto Shôken Kunimoto
Yoshiyuki Morishita Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Male Prostitute
Akira Nakao Akira Nakao ... Risuke Kuramochi
Takashi Nishina Takashi Nishina ... Dream artist
Nao Ohmori ... Picture Dealer (as Nao Ômori)
Bobby Ologun Bobby Ologun ... Boxer
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Storyline

Machisu is a painter. He never had the success he thinks he is entitled to. Regardless of this, he always remains trying to be successful. His wife Sachiko keeps supporting him, despite all setbacks.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 September 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Achille e la tartaruga See more »

Filming Locations:

Nikkatsu Studios, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$926,528
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Interesting Unusual Japanese Art film
11 April 2010 | by mrcibuburSee all my reviews

I like different films especially from Japan and this fits the category, interesting from beginning to end, a sad film in my opinion but with lots of messages for art lovers if you look that deep into the story, a bit like Rembrandts 'Nightwatching'.

Didn't quite get the ending but it didn't seem to matter. Gosh to have a wife like he had, so patient and supportive all his life but sad for the daughter who had to endure so much also all her life.

The title is a stunning one. Okay the Tortoise is the pursuit of success but what is the Achilles, the inability over time to achieve that success? Good acting throughout but cant take it as a comedy with a western mind.


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