Achilles and the Tortoise
Akires to kame Director: Takeshi Kitano


Machisu, the only son of a rich collector, has a child's love for painting. Praise from a famous artist friend of his father inspires the young boy to dream of becoming a painter himself. Precocious Machisu begins to paint everyday and everywhere, even during class, to the dismay of his teacher. When tragedy strikes, little Machisu's privileged life ends, leaving him orphaned, but with an incomparable passion for art…

As a young man, poor loner Machisu manages to attend art school with money earned from working. He is introduced to an unconventional world of bold creativity but he also gets his first bitter taste of harsh criticism from a dealer. Encouragement comes in the form of attractive clerk Sachiko who is convinced that she alone understands him. Marriage is soon followed by a daughter, as love and hope drive Machisu to commit even more deeply to his art…

"Glorious symphony of colours… wicked sense of humour in each character… superb camera work and a striking collection of Kitano's own paintings… smooth staging, trademark Kitano deadpan acting and cruel streak of irony."

Screen Daily


Festivals and awards: Venice (in competition), Toronto, London
Links: Trailer

Programme: Eastern Sunrise

Country: Japan
Year: 2008
Length: 119
Language: Japanese
Producer: Masayuki Mori, Takio Yoshida
Screenplay: Takeshi Kitano
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Cinematography: Katsumi Yanagijima
Music: Yuki Kajiura
Editor: Takeshi Kitano

Cast: Beat Takeshi, Kanako Higuchi, Yurei Yanagi, Kumiko Aso, Akira Nakao

Producer: Office Kitano


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Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano (b. 1947, Tokyo, Japan) began his distinctive show business career in 1972, working under
the name of "Beat" Takeshi. He has enjoyed enormous success in Japan as both a stand-up comic and weekly
television personality; he is also an accomplished actor
and painter whose artwork appears in some of his films.
In addition, he has written poetry, novels, short stories and essays. His samurai-film "Zatoichi" won several awards at the 2003 Venice Film Festival and was popular amongst Estonian audience as well. ACHILLES AND
THE TORTOISE is Kitano's 14. feature film as director.

Sono otoko, kyobo ni tsuki (Violent Cop, 1989), 3-4* jugatsu (Boling Point, 1990), Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi (A Scene at the Sea, 1992), Sonatine (1993), Minna Yatteruka (Getting Any?, 1994), Kids Return (1996), Hana-bi (Fireworks, 1997), Kikujiro no natsu (Kikujiro, 1999), Brother (2000), Dolls (2002, Nukud, PÖFF 2003), Zatoichi (2003), Takeshis' (2005), Kantoku Banzai! (Elagu filmitegija!, PÖFF 2007), Achilles to Kame (Achilles and the Tortoise, 2008)


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