Dolls (2002)

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Takeshi Kitano's 'Dolls crosses between dream like and highly stylized realism, the film opens in the traditional bunraku doll theater and then cross-cuts between three modern love-tragedies - a daring tragic triptych on the nature of unrequited love and abandonment - which span the four seasons and cover much of Japan. While paying homage to the art form, Kitano effectively creates the exact reverse of bunraku: a selection of human emotional disasters read moreas a doll might see them.

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Apr 27, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
This movie contains 3 very sad stories with one of them acted as the main story. All of them featured pure love to the extend either it makes the character unconsciously loss sanity, or consciously let go their sanity, or ...
I don't usually like movies with multiple stories, but this one is just very well blended.

The acting is great, esp Miho Kanno. She's very convincing. The scenery is beautiful, the read more cinematography gives off surrealism style for me (thanks to its doll elements). The use of doll elements is great. If you (like me) think Japanese dolls is eery, you will find the use of it here is eery as well, and that's one of what makes this movie special.

This movie seems to contain alot of traditional Japanese culture symbolization, I wish I understand it more. This movie is not a movie to be watched over and over again. I guess you won't want to rewatch it, but it will stay in your memory for a long time.

A note for future watcher: this is a very very slow drama, without much dialogues. Not recommended if you can't stand this type of movie.
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Jun 20, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
This was a very strange movie, but it was strange in a good way. I had no idea what I was getting into when I decided to watch it and it ended up being a really sad movie, but I don't regret watching it at all. This is the type of movie that you end up remembering because of it's uniqueness and it's great storytelling.

Story: The story combines three separate stories. read more Just as a word of warning: they are all really sad. There are a lot of doll elements and symbolism in this film, which gives it a very surreal atomphere. At first I was a little confused by it because the way some of the actors acted were really stiff in some scenes, but I soon realized that their acting was supposed to be mimicking the dolls you see in Japanese doll theater. There was also not a whole lot of talking in this film. Things are shown to you rather than explained through long exposition. I personally really liked this, but I could see how it may bother some people and that some may find it boring.

Acting: All of the actor/actresses were really good. The only person I knew of beforehand that stared in the movie was Kanno Miho, who did a fantastic job.

Music: The music has a very early 2000 vibe to it that fits really well with the surreal atmosphere.

Rewatch value: This was a great movie, but I don't see myself rewatching it. At least not anytime soon.

Overall: This is a very underrated movie with a combination of unique stories, great actors/actresses, beautiful scenery, and great atmosphere. I would really recommend it to anyone that's craving something different.
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    DragonAlien Nov 4, 2015

    Pure love. ♥

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    Simplifica Apr 2, 2015

    underrated jmovies/dramas? well, not surprising :D

    seems wonderful, will watch it soon... :)

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    Maria Jun 15, 2014

    I'm going to watch this!! It looks so damn great!! Trgaedy and psycho my favorite type!! hell yeah! :d

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    Totoro Aug 10, 2013

    I watched this maybe 7 years ago. Still remembered it when I put my entries into my drama list a few months ago. It left a big impression on me.

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    charmecia5 May 3, 2013

    this movie was really good. Totally had me wondering and guessing. Worth watching.

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    Ranchik Apr 27, 2013

    I wish they'd show more Sawako - Matsumoto flashback scenes.. Their chemistry back then is such a lovely bitter-sweet one..

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    Bladey Feb 5, 2012

    So underrated by mdl users. I guess it's just not a movie for everyone.


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    Oct 12, 2002
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    1 hr. 54 min.


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