|Directed by||Takeshi Kitano|
|Written by||Takeshi Kitano|
|Music by||Joe Hisaishi|
|Edited by||Takeshi Kitano|
|Distributed by||Office Kitano|
Kids Return ( is a 1996 Japanese film written, edited and directed by Kizzu Rit?n)Takeshi Kitano. The film was made directly after Kitano recovered from a motorcycle wreck that left one side of his body paralyzed. After extensive surgery and physical therapy he quickly went about making Kids Return amidst speculation that he might never be able to work again. The movie is about two high school dropouts, Masaru (Ken Kaneko) and Shinji (Masanobu Andô), who try to find a direction and meaning in their lives—one by becoming a yakuza lieutenant, the other by becoming a boxer.
Shinji and Masaru are delinquents and bullies in high school, terrifying their classmates, stealing money, and setting their teacher's car on fire. Some of their victims decided to get revenge and hired a boxer, who beats up Masaru. Deciding to get revenge, he takes his shy friend Shinji along with him to a boxing gym. Before long, to the their trainers' surprise, Sinji whos much more natural talent for boxing than Masaru. Masaru encourages his friend to keep going at it while he got involved in a different activity by joining the local yakuza. As Shinji focuses on becoming a successful boxer and Masaru aims to become a gang leader, their paths diverge.
While the two of them climb to the top in their respective areas, Shinji looks for guidance from someone else after being left by Masaru, and this leads him into an unhealthy lifestyle that results in the end of his boxing career. Masaru's self-confidence and lack of respect for his yakuza boss also ended his time with the yakuza, getting him kicked out. In the end, they are left with nothing, and as they ride their bike together in the schoolyard Shinji asks if it is the end, to which Masaru replies that it is only the beginning.
All compositions by Joe Hisaishi.
At the time of its release Kids Return was Takeshi Kitano's most successful film yet in his native Japan, which until then had been notedly much less enthusiastic about his films than international viewers.Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a 100% rating based on review from five critics, with an average 7.8 out of 10. David Wood, writing for the BBC, described it as "a tender, funny and melancholy affair which will come as a delight to ardent admirers after the recent Kikujiro." He gave the film 4 out of 5 stars.
|Japanese Academy Awards|
|Newcomer of the Year||Masanobu Ando||Won|
|Best Music Score||Joe Hisaishi||Nominated|
|Blue Ribbon Awards|
|Best New Actor||Masanobu Ando||Won|
|Yokohama Film Festival|
|Best Film||Takeshi Kitano||Won|
|Best New Talent||Masanobu Andô||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Ryo Ishibashi||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Katsumi Yanagishima||Won|
In 2013 a sequel to the film titled Kids Return: The Renunion was released, directed by the assistant director of the original, Hiroshi Shimizu. It is set ten years after the original and follows an older Shinji (Yuta Hiraoka) and Masaru (Takahiro Miura). The two of them meet after their failures in boxing and crime, respectively, and they work together to improve their situation. The new film was created with minimal input from Kitano.