Kids Return
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Kids Return
Kids Return
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Produced by Masayuki Mori
Yasushi Tsuge
Takio Yoshida
Written by Takeshi Kitano
Starring Masanobu Ando
Ken Kaneko
Leo Morimoto
Hatsuo Yamatani
Michisuke Kashiwaya
Mitsuko Oka
Yuuko Daike
Ryo Ishibashi
Music by Joe Hisaishi
Cinematography Katsumi Yanagishima
Edited by Takeshi Kitano
Distributed by Office Kitano
Release date
  • July 27, 1996 (1996-07-27)
Running time
103 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Kids Return (, Kizzu Rit?n) is a 1996 Japanese film written, edited and directed by 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 music was composed by Joe Hisaishi, and the cinematographer was Katsumi Yanagishima.


The movie is about two high school dropouts, Masaru (Ken Kaneko) and Shinji (Masanobu Ando), who try to find a direction and meaning in their lives—one by becoming a yakuza lieutenant, the other by becoming a boxer.


At the time of its release it was 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.

Cast and roles


Kids Return
Soundtrack album by Joe Hisaishi
Released 26 June 1996
Label Polydor

All compositions by Joe Hisaishi.

  1. "Meet Again" - 5:02
  2. "Graduation" - 1:07
  3. "Angel Doll" - 2:21
  4. "Alone" - 1:15
  5. "As a Rival" - 1:29
  6. "Promise... for Us" - 5:08
  7. "Next Round" - 1:28
  8. "Destiny" - 3:31
  9. "I Don't Care" - 2:18
  10. "High Spirits" - 2:03
  11. "Defeat" - 2:29
  12. "Break Down" - 3:46
  13. "No Way Out" - 2:51
  14. "The Day After" - 0:44
  15. "Kids Return" - 4:40

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